A few Family Promise chapter’s across the country closed as a result of the pandemic.
But because of YOU, we never stopped.
Family Promise of Gainesville is still working to end childhood homelessness, and still engaging the community to help local families.
When the pandemic hit, the whole shelter system changed. Instead of housing our families in churches, we now house them in apartments we rent. Though this costs us more, we are housing 150% of the families we used to serve.
- Volunteers never stopped providing meals for our families. New partners, like Working Food and Underground Kitchen, joined our efforts to drop off meals for families every weeknight.
- We never stopped providing shelter for families who were living in their car with newborn children.
- Never stopped advocating for a family whose mother had a stroke and father died from a stroke suddenly, less than a year apart.
- Never stopped advocating For families whose landlord refused to fix mold problems that hospitalized asthmatic youth.
- We never stopped finding new ways to serve families. We reimagined our services with new partnerships and new programs to include:
· homeless diversion,
· homeless prevention,
· rental assistance,
· life-skills courses
· new employer partnerships to increase income for our clients,
· quarterly food and supply drives,
· and new permanent affordable housing units for shelter graduates.
All of these programs provide ways to help families stay stably housed. With the eviction moratorium ending, the hidden homeless folks we serve will need our help more than ever.
We will return to our regular rotational shelter in spring of 2022 and we look forward to seeing volunteers connect with our hard working families.
We know you’ve never stopped caring for those in need.
With your help, we will continue this work, and
never stop until we end childhood homelessness.