Family Promise works to help families regain a place to live. Most have had a major issue--illness or accident, job loss--that has caused them to lose their home. Many times, Dad and Mom are working or trying to work but just can't get caught up and then ahead of the bills. Family Promise provides a place to stay (one week per church with a rotation among about 11 churches), meals (breakfast and dinner with fixings available to pack a lunch) and counseling re: jobs, budgeting, etc. This enables families to save enough money for a security deposit, etc to get into an apartment or house again.
I have worked with Family Promise since it started in Monmouth County. I have talked to many guests--people who just had a run of bad luck. This organization is special for several reasons--it targets FAMILIES who need help and are willing to follow some rules to receive the help, it gives people specific jobs they can do to help those in need and it does it without the government's involvement. I have found most guests want to get their life together and not need this assistance any longer than they have to--it is really a hand up, not a hand out.
Just this year I have begun working with Family Promise through our church, which has also been involved since it began in our area 11 years ago. This year has brought both challenges and rewards for myself personally, and I have been blessed this year to be a part of something that helps families take the last (and often hardest) step to reclaiming their place in the world. Cindy Ferrador
I am a relatively new volunteer to Family Promise of Monmouth County - I was searching for ways for my children and I to give back a bit to our community. Working full time and being a single mom, I searched for an organization that was well run, organized and successful in its endeavors in order to be certain my limited time would be productive. I found that in FPMC. My research showed they have a successful model in doing what they do - I believe they are one of a kind in our area. I have seen first hand how dedicated and hands on the staff and other volunteers are. It is time well spent and a joy to see the successes of this well run organization. It is a model organization in my opinion from which other non profits could pattern themselves upon.
I've been helping this organization for 9 years, since my twins were 3. Now they help too. It has been a wonderful experience and has afforded my husband and me with the opportunity to teach our children, by example, how to try to live selflessly and in service to others while in turn ever reminding us of how blessed. The organization relies on volunteers to make it work. When it comes to what non-profit organization we support financially, it's always an easy choice, knowing we are truly helping our neighbors in need.