FAMILY PROMISE OF LAWRENCE INC
November 17, 2009
I have been honored with providing my assistance to Family Promise towards the beginning. Unfortunately, there were potential resistances from the public and I helped to send "town hall meeting" notices to the community surrounding volunteer churches. During this process, the more I learned about Family Promise, the more excited I became to help in whatever way I could. To my delight my church agreed to join as a host church and I help in several ways each and every time. The program is dear to me and my family. Even though my son has started College he has already signed up to volunteer while at home over his holiday break.
Many times when you decide to support programs or donate to different causes, you pray and hope you are making a difference. When you allow yourself to participate in the Family Promise program you absolutely know you are making a difference to not only the families but in yourself. There are so many rewards it almost seems impossible to list them all. With the diversity that exists between the families and volunteers, it may seem on paper that the program would not be successful or run as well as it does. However, there is more than enough respect, love and genuine desire to see everyone and the program to succeed that the differences do not really seem to exist. No one and life is not perfect and in that respect everyone has something to share and contribute. Family Promise is not just how I am helping homeless families. I receive so much from each family and I am truly blessed and thankful for what the families provide me during their time in the program and afterward. Family Promise is a "family" with lasting relationships.
What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...
I get to meet really fantastic people and share in their lives. Helping to make the day easier and seeing a warm smile replace some worries or frowns in not only the families faces but mine also.
If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...
Provide better beds that travel from church to church. A more spacious, better equipped day center. Additional funds to help families during their stay in the program and when they are successfully leaving the program.
How frequently have you been involved with the organization?
About every month
When was your last experience with this nonprofit?
Volunteer & Mailings, day center, host housing coordinator, evening and overnight volunteer.