Dear Coordinators, Volunteers, and Clergy,
Because of the efforts of your congregation, Family Promise of Brevard has been able to help children and their families’ right here in Brevard County. But were you aware that Family Promise of Brevard is one of 202 programs nationally affiliated with Family Promise? Since its formation in 1988, collectively Family Promise Affiliates have served more than 700,000 men, women and children, involving 6,000 congregations and more than 180,000 volunteers.
The week of Sunday, October 16 through Sunday, October 23, has been designated Family Promise Week and is being celebrated nationwide. Family Promise Week will bring attention to the crisis of family homelessness and the efforts to address it in communities across the country. I have attached a church bulletin and fact sheet for you to share with your congregation.
We want to use this week to first of all thank you and your congregation for your participation. We know that for you this is a wonderful outreach, but for the families we serve, it is truly life changing.
We also believe that Family Promise Week provides an opportunity to increase awareness of the issue of family homelessness. During the week, we hope congregations will give thought to the fact that children and their families make up 40% of all people who are homeless, and that children themselves represent one out of every four homeless people.
It is also an opportunity to bring the congregation’s participation in this program into sharper focus. Countless scripture in all faith traditions speaks to the core concepts of Family Promise: caring for those in need, sacrifice, sharing with others. Your work serving homeless families illustrates your faith. Our core concept is hospitality—which to us means sharing what we have without judgment. Your congregation has shared its house of worship, its time and talent, to help families in need. I hope you can highlight that in various communications with your congregation during Family Promise Week.
Once again, thank you for your efforts. A volunteer bringing in a lasagna, spending the night as an overnight host, or making quilts for our beds, is not just local outreach—it is part of a national movement. Family Promise Week unites people of faith in the belief that we can—and will —end family homelessness.
With heartfelt appreciation,