Family Promise of Lycoming County empowers families to become and remain self sufficient
by breaking the cycle of homelessness, provides community awareness and advocacy,
and creates mission opportunities for individuals and faith based communities.
A society in which every family has a safe home, a sustainable livelihood,
and the opportunity to build a better future for themselves and their community.
2013 has been a busy and productive year for Family Promise of Lycoming County, Inc. We celebrated our 3rd anniversary this year with an open house at our Day Center and honored our volunteers and former graduates at our Annual Volunteer Appreciation Dinner. In June we launched our 1st Annual Amazing Race To End Homelessness, to be renamed The Amazing Adventure to End Homelessness for next year. We look forward to our annual auction and our blanket and comforter give-a-way.
We are pleased to have a wonderful community that supports us in so many ways. Penn College of Technology students are conducting a Box City Fundraiser and Awareness event on Nov 1st. We also are looking forward to celebrating the 25th Anniversary of Family Promise with Family Promise Week from October 20-27th. Look for more information about our Family Promise Week activities on our events page.
Not everything has been fun and games though. We have been exceptionally busy this year. We have helped 27 families so far this year. This consisted of 80 people, 41 of which were under the age and 18. Of the 41 youth in our program, 20 where under 5. We have seen 2 brand new babies come into the world while in our program. We have witnessed the strength of people when everything around them in crumbling and they bring a life into the world and make everyone proud. Eight of our families have graduated into permanent housing, five returned to co-habituating, one went to another program and four remain in the program at this time. The remaining nine decided to leave the program for personal reasons.
We continue to assist many of our graduates with various training, mentoring, case management and assistance with food from the food pantry. FPLC does this with no government assistance and for 1/3 of the cost or other shelter programs. Our community has shown us how wonderful they truly are and we can never thank everyone enough for all their support.
How do we do this?
Our day center and office provides our guests with a place to call their own during the day hours. Here, they can do laundry, shower, look for employment and housing and relax in a homelike environment. Our dedicated Office Angels provide continuous love, caring and support to our guests throughout each day. Our staff is there to help each guest through their customized care management plan which includes nutrition class, parenting, budgeting, time management, and many others. With the help of over 20 host and support congregations and over 1000 volunteers, we are able to provide food, shelter and intensive case management services to our guests with no government funding.
How can you help?
Members of the community can help in many ways to make a difference for a homeless family. Volunteers are needed at the host churches to make and serve meals, drive the guests from the church to the day center or spend the night in the church to be there for the families in case of an emergency. Additional volunteers are needed at the day center as Office Angels to help answer telephones, do light office work, or maybe just read a book to a child. Not in to office work? Be a part of the Board of Directors or a member of a committee, working on fundraisers, agency development or congregation recruiting.
For more information on donating to Family Promise, volunteering or becoming a host or support congregation, please call Melissa Magargle, Executive Director at (570) 567-7103 or email email@example.com.