A new Lincoln County non-profit group, dedicated to helping homeless families get back on their feet, has announced a new plan to enlist the help of churches, county-wide, to put one family up for a certain number of days a month. Non-profit Family Promise says they’ve signed up one church, Faith Baptist, as their first partner in the program.
Family Promise says a homeless family is brought in and offered a kitchen, showers, laundry services, computers with internet access, a nursery and case management to connect families with offices and agencies to help them get their lives back on track.
Family Promise Project Manager Hanna Connett says each church that signs up will take in an eligible family for one week, four to five times a year. Connett says the program will prove to be very effective at a cost that is 1/3 the amount required to run a full time homeless shelter. “I believe the Family Promise model is a unique and effective solution for families with no where to go. When the community, its churches and social agencies unite to create a strong response to this critical need, we can truly provide hope and safety to families, especially the children.”
Connett says they would like all churches in Lincoln County to examine the web page of Family Promise at www.FamilyPromiseOfLincolnCounty.org They’re also seeking financial donations from Lincoln County citizens who want to help better care for the area’s homeless families and their children. It’s estimated that there are nearly 500 Lincoln County children who living in homeless families. Family Promise is also calling out to the community for volunteers. Call them at 541-996-4878.