NORTH FULTON, Ga. – Family Promise of North Fulton/DeKalb Counties, an affiliate of Family Promise, is proud to be part of a nationwide effort to help children and families who are homeless regain their sustainable independence. The week of Sunday, Oct. 20 through Sunday, Oct. 27, has been designated Family Promise Week.
Family Promise Week will be celebrated nationwide and in the 182 communities where there is a Family Promise affiliate. Since 1988, Family Promise has helped more than 500,000 people – men, women and children – with housing, case management and other services. 2013 marks the organization’s 25th anniversary of serving families across the country.
Starting 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 – who make up 40 percent of all people who are homeless – are already in the community. Most Family Promise affiliates can accommodate four families or 14 people at one time. The program brings together houses of worship to provide temporary homes, facilities to provide space during the day for case management and most importantly, thousands of volunteers who, by sharing a few hours of their time, enable families to turn their lives around.
Based on the Fulton County 2000 Census and the Metro Atlanta Task Force for the Homeless, approximately 800 families with dependent children are homeless in the North Fulton community.
Family Promise of North Fulton/DeKalb, has served 28 people (nearly 60 percent of them children) by providing temporary lodging since opening its doors in February 2013. This is done through a partnership of 12 local houses of worship representing roughly 12,000 congregants, involving more than 800 volunteers and nearly 13,000 volunteer hours.
Because of the extent of in-kind contributions, over $25,000 so far this year, Family Promise of North Fulton/DeKalb Counties 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.