Family Promise Week will be celebrated nationwide in the 192 communities where there is a Family Promise Affiliate. Since 1988, Family Promise has helped more than 600,000 people—men, women and children—with housing, case management and other services. There are 3 affiliates in the State of Oregon: Salem, Hillsboro and Lincoln County.
Started as a local effort to address the crisis of family homelessness, Family Promise works on the principle that the elements to help children and their families, are already in the community. The program brings together, facilities to provide space during the day for case management, houses of worship to provide overnight housing, and most importantly, thousands of volunteers who, by sharing a few hours of their time, enable families to turn their lives around.
Family Promise of Lincoln County, started in 2014, has served 66 people since opening its doors. This represents 20 families including 4 pregnant women and 36 children who have been given the opportunity to get back on their feet. This is done through a partnership with 12 local congregations and organizations and involves approximately 300 volunteers.
Because of the extent of in-kind contributions, Family Promise is able to help families despite a very low budget—while at the same time building community between its volunteers and the families served in the program. In Lincoln County, 80% of families served have moved on to long-term housing. The people they meet and work with during their stay with Family Promise, become their community and support system of the future.
Those families in the program are learning a variety of skills along the way. They have opportunities to gain skills in parenting, budgeting, nutrition and home renting programs. They have worked on menu planning, responsible shopping skills and are also learning to give back to the community. Several members of the families participated in a recent car wash fundraiser for Family Promise and have now started preparing meals once a week to take to the congregational volunteers as a way to say thank you to their weekly hosts.
During Family Promise Week there are a number of activities planned as outreach to the community:
*Monday, October 19th from 4-7pm there will be a Volunteer Training at the Family Promise Day Center. If you have ever been interested in volunteering or would like to hear about the possibilities, please join us at our Day Center at 5030 SE Hwy 101, Lincoln City.
*Wednesday, October 21st we will have a Celebrity Server event called “Guns and Hoses” with a friendly competition between Police Chief, Keith Kilian and Captain Jim Kusz from the North Lincoln Fire Department. The event will be held at the Red Hook restaurant (now called New Mexico) from 5:30-7:30pm. While eating your great meal at our sponsoring restaurant, if the servers do a great job, we ask that you tip them a little extra for Family Promise.
*Friday, October 23rd at Taft 7-12 at 6:30pm there will be a Family Promise Awareness Worship and Prayer night. Please join in for worship, prayer and an offering for the local affiliate.
Family Promise Week will help spread community awareness of the crisis of family homelessness here in Lincoln County. For more information go to the Family Promise website at www.familypromiseoflincolncounty.org or call the Family Promise Day Center at 541-614-0964.