My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Family Promise Of South Palm Beach County Inc, Delray Beach, FL, USA
I was greatly disappointed in Family Promise of south Palm Beach county. I was experiencing homelessness with my children largely due to an abusive ex husband manipulating finances and my ability to work. As I have come to learn later, because I was a battered woman, the rigidness of the rules and schedule caused me to "re experience the abuse" and trauma off my marriage. I felt like I was walking on eggshells everytime I went too the daycenter. The bouncing every week from a house to a church to another church to a house again was so unstable for me and my children that my children were emotionally confused. Because of the sleep deprivation I experienced my own car was completely totaled.
Inn the end I was just a statistic to the staff at Family Promise. They asked me and my the children to leave having no car, no home and no where to go. In asking me to leave, the director began using the same blameshifting tactics of reasoning to justify her leaving me and my three children in a worse situation then what we came. Had it not need for the efforts on one specific angels on this organization's staff, my ex husband's threats of leaving me to "sleep on the streets" would have been realized.
The individual churches volunteering their time were all very hospitable and a great reason for why I did not suffer a complete breakdown from the rigidness of this program. I give two stars rather then one simply because I did witness the organization actually helping some of the people who were strong enough to get through it. Even these guest graduates complained of how awful, controlling, traumatizing and unstable the organization was.
In speaking with a member of one puff the Jewish synagogues out was realized that even the volunteering members know nothing of the complete hell guests and their children have to endure. It was the second week of our stay. Myself and another member described how the program worked. The woman from the synagogue responded in horror that the program was too unstable for young children.
Possibly there can be hope for Family Promise actually being an ethically run non-for-profit but that would begin by having one stable location for families to sleep in with all churches accommodating asset that one location. Secondly it would require replacing certain staff members to that ALL members are competently educated enough to recognize the individual needs of its guests rather then treating all persons as if they were rehabilitating from drug addiction (the area of human services strict rules are intended for).