Cleveland, Georgia –   Family Promise of White and Habersham Counties, an Affiliate of Family Promise, is proud to be part of a nationwide effort to help children and families who are homeless regain their sustainable independence.  The week of Sunday, October 16 through Sunday, October 23, has been designated Family Promise Week.

Family Promise Week will be celebrated nationwide and in the 202 communities where there is a Family Promise Affiliate.  Since 1988, Family Promise has helped more than 700,000 people—men, women and children—with housing, case management and other services.

Started as a local effort to address the crisis of family homelessness, Family Promise works on the principle that the elements to help children and their families—who make up 40% of all people who are homeless—are already in the community.  The program brings together houses of worship to provide temporary homes, facilities to provide space during the day for case management, and most importantly, thousands of volunteers who, by sharing a few hours of their time, enable families to turn their lives around.

Family Promise of White and Habersham Counties, established in 2011, has served more than 250 people since opening its doors, more than half being young children.  This is done through a partnership of eleven local congregations, many social service organizations, and involves almost 100 volunteers.  In addition to hosting more than a dozen families that have returned to stable housing and “normal” lifestyles, FPWHC provides referrals to other agencies for the many homeless or destitute people who inquire about assistance.  Because of the extent of in-kind contributions, FPWHC is able to help families despite a very low budget; for every dollar received in direct support, FPWHC provides an additional four dollars of valuable services (e.g., shelter, food, transportation, man-power, and training) — while at the same time building community between its volunteers and the families served in the program.

Family Promise of White and Habersham Counties has planned an exciting and fun family-friendly event during Family Promise Week  – The Great Helen Duck Race — to highlight the extent of the need right here in our community.  Just within the public schools of White and Habersham Counties, there are more than 260 homeless students whose families need your support.  FPWHC cannot assist all of these families, given our currently limited capacity.  With your help, we could do so much more to achieve success among the local homeless population. Nationally, more than 75% of families served move on to long-term housing after 3-4 months of program experience.

Family Promise Week will help spread community awareness of the crisis of family homelessness here in White and Habersham Counties.

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