As a Board member I am absolutely dedicated to helping homeless families in any way that I can because i deeply believe that people need each other. As a volunteer also, I have seen up close how parents and children can be hit hard by situations beyond their control. Family Promise helps in a small but significant way to show people under economic stress that others care about them very much. The organization encourages families to stick together, that jobs and homes are in their future. And individual volunteers welcome them with food and warm beds to show the human affection so often needed. Family Promise of Lorain County helps in a unique way toward these goals.
I am so proud to be not only a board member of Family Promise of Lorain County but the President. It has been a good experience for me personally since I have gone outside the box to reach out to those I thought I knew but now realize I knew little about. The face of the homeless are changing. We have families who lost their jobs, lost their homes, and have nowhere to go. The faces in our shelter our those of children. The average age of a child in our care in 2010 was just 5 years of age. Currently we have two moms-to-be ready to give birth any day. Although we are not a religious organization, our Interfaith Hospitality Network is one of our programs with over 700 volunteers throughout Lorain County that provide food, shelter, and hospitality. Family Promise also provides intensive case management services which I believe is the key that makes us different. We help our parents with life skills. We help them develop a plan and stick to it, so when they move back into a home they can sustain it. This program helps lift up families that need a helping hand. I'm very proud of our board, our staff, our volunteers, and our guests. Together we are families helping families in need.