Family means a lot to many people. The success of a family means the most to Family Promise of Knoxville. This is a great organization. The volunteers are great, the staff is awesome and the families are wonderful. The way it is organized uses the network of churches and support site wisely and to the best benefit of their guests.
Family Promise is an excellent organization which helps homeless children and their families get back on their feet. They are good stewards of the money and resources donated by the community. As they work to grow, they are ever mindful of the generosity of their donors as well as the needs in the community for this population.
Working with Family Promise for the past 6 years has broadened the my life and the lives of many in our church. We use our Children's Sunday School area to house our guests when they stay with us. The children of the church help, move chairs, make beds, draw welcome signs and sometimes make cookies for the families. How wonderful to learn about the effects of homelessness when you are so young. These youngsters are the future of our society. What a wonderful way to become aware of others needs.
I have volunteered for Family Promise Knoxville since it started. I am presently the volunteer coordinator at my church. What makes Family Promise Knoxville great is the way the volunteers offer their help and support without question.
I have been involved with Family Promise of Knoxville for over 8 years. I have found this non-profit to be efficient and effective. The families enrolled in the program get the help they need to become self sufficient quickly and their success rate for keeping the families from becoming homeless again is greater than 85%. I don't think there is a better run non-profit in Knoxville.
I have served as a volunteer, a volunteer coordinator at my church and 4 years on the Board. There are countless amazing aspects of the program but the one that touches my heard the most is the children. I originally became involved in the program to help provide a blessing to the families and the children. I quickly found out that I was the one receiving the larger blessing when I heard the squeal of a kindergartner who got the first look at her new bunk bed. Family Promise Knoxville is a remarkable program.
I have been involved with Family Promise from the beginning, 3 years as our churches coordinator. It is such a great feeling to see homeless families move to jobs, housing and independence. This is not an easy program, moving children and all your belongings each week to a new church with new rules is not something you do without commitment. The FP staff have requirements and rules that must be followed or you are out. These you families have budgeting and parenting classes to help them succeed. I am proud to be a part of the program.
We have been involved in Family Promise from the first rotation of guests. This is an organization that actually moves people from dependence to independence in a short time. Being able to see this happen and in a small way be a part of the process is very rewarding. We have helped in many capacities each rotation and it is great to see the "graduates" and hear the success stories each year at the pasta cook-off. Pat L
I have been involved with helping the families in the program for a number of years and feel Family Promise does outstanding work in our community. I have seen miracles happen for many families in need all with the help of this great organization. Those volunteering have the heart to serve and it makes such a tremendous difference in the lives of those who desperately need assistance.
As far as I know, Family Promise is the only organization in Knoxville that serves families - that is their purpose- to provide housing that keeps moms and dads and their children together during their time of temporary homelessness. Additionally, Family Promise provides transportation, parenting classes, financial classes, and the tools for finding jobs as well as sustainable housing. I am a volunteer at one of the host churches. So for one week, about 3 times per year, I am able to interact with the families and see their appreciation for the program and hear about the success stories when the next family moves into more permanent housing. Family Promise provides that life-line and is desparately needed in this community.
Family Promise of Knoxville takes a unique approach to help make families with children self-sufficient by meeting both immediate needs for food, shelter and transportation, and developing long term skills for employment, parenting and managing a household. All this is done in a very cost effective manner.
Family Promise has served many members of our community for years even through a name change. Our church has logged countless hours caring for the clients and helping them on a pathway to independence and a home. Children should have a safe and nurturing environment to live and grow in. This organization helps further that goal. Homelessness for children is growing problem in our area and Family Promise is helping with the problem.
My husband and I have spent the night with Family Promise folks for years! The families in this program are on the way back up- to housing, to jobs, to independent living ! Each morning when we leave them, we marvel at their tenacity and at their faith that they can reestablish their lives. We are amazed, and we are humbled, by what happens to us all through Family Promise!
I have been a volunteer for a number of different organizations in my life but feel that Family Promise makes a bigger difference in the lives of people in crisis than any other organization I have worked for. To see families supported and encouraged during their time of need and then return to self-sufficiency and housing in a relatively short period of time is a truly rewarding experience for volunteers like me.
Family Promise does a great job with their clients. They have best practices that they follow and hold residents accountable for their actions. I have watch people receive housing, job training, and get a better handle on their children. Sometimes the clients need more help than others, but it is really a pleasure to meet new people on a path to a new life through Family Promise. Plus I look forward to forward to our week with new friends.
Westside UU Church is a strong supporter of Family Promise. We have been a host church for nearly 2 years. I have personally participated in each host week in a large or small role. We as a church community pledge our continued commitment to Fsmily Promise and its important mission.
Family Promise makes a real difference helping homless families get into a home and get back on their feet. The reason this nonprofit is so impactful is because it's focused on relationships. Family Promise walks beside families, offering them mentoring. Family Promise also brings together faith communties to host the families so congregants from faith communities can make a difference and also get a different face related to homelessness. I have served meals with Family Promise and served as an overnight host, and I must say the experiences have given me a different perspective on homelessness and hope that we can make a difference.
My family and I have cooked and served meals for the families staying at our church, Westside UU Church, every time we have hosted families. It has always been a wonderful experience.Our ten year old helps. He sets out plates and flatware. He plays with the other kids. Last time, one of the fathers was someone that graduated from high school with me. To be able to give back in such a personal way is wonderful. To be able to teach our son how good it is to help others is priceless. On the practical side - Family Promise is so organized. The trailer arrives; we set up. The families arrive promptly. It's a great non-profit that's helping our community one family at a time.
I volunteer through Westside Unitarian Universalist Church (Knoxville) to host homeless families in the Family Promise program. The program works well to identify highly motivated families needing support to work toward stabilizing their living situations. FP provides an effective support system that addresses all needs to ensure a successful path to self-sufficiency. The program focuses on giving families a hand up, rather that just a hand out, which enables families not only to succeed in supporting themselves, but also to become contributing members of society. Spending time with the families during "host week" at our church is a meaningful personal growth experience and a privilege for my family and me.
I have been very impressed with Family Promise of Knoxville. They work hard to ensure that the host churches are clear about the expectations of them, and they provide amazing support to the families. The families are generally helpful, appreciative, and open about their situations. I love seeing the success rate! And I love spending time with the children.
I have been involved with Family Promise through my church, Westside Unitarian. The program is very well organized, and both the families and volunteers have a clear understanding of the program expectations. The families are well screened. The program features family education on financial management and raising children. Adults are assisted with job searches, finding housing, and transportation. All the families we have hosted have secured housing . Initially, our small congregation was not sure we had the energy and resources to provide shelter to these families each quarter. Now, about 50% of the church volunteers during each Family Promise week - because we can feel what a difference we are making!
I have volunteered for Family Promise through my church, Westside Unitarian Universalist Church, in Knoxville. Family Promise not only provides shelter to homeless families, but it also gives families a chance to get their lives back on track with jobs and housing. Nothing is more heartwarming than the knowledge that we've done a little bit to keep children safe and secure with their families.