Our annual fundraising event Empty Bowls is Sunday, April 19, at Sierra Madre United Methodist Church. Come buy a ceramic bowl beautifully handcrafted by local potters. Enjoy soup donated from local restaurants. And enjoy live music and drawings for prizes.
All proceeds will go to Family Promise to provide temporary shelter to homeless families and help them regain their independence by finding housing and jobs. Tickets are $30 in advance online or $35 at the door. To buy tickets online and for more information, please go to http://bit.ly/EmptyBowls2015.
Most of us have a roof over our heads, good food will soon be enjoyed and goodwill shared with friends and family. Some families have not been as fortunate. They will not be as secure about where they will be sleeping, or what they will have to eat. They may have exhausted their resources, or lost their supportive family members.
But you have helped Family Promise families to feel safe and secure and supported throughout this year and the two years before. So far this year you have helped us serve 17 families, comprised of 23 adults and 31 children (12 of the children were under the age of 5).
These families were provided with safe sleeping space, great hospitality and fellowship and support by our host and support congregations. A special Thank You to Church of the Good Shepherd United Methodist, who so generously stepped up to host the open week of Christmas. And for all the congregations and volunteers who so generously give time and care to our families, a sincere thank you.
The eBay Foundation Corporate Advised Fund at Silicon Valley Community Foundation has awarded Family Promise SGV a $1,500 grant.
The grant was recommended by the eBayFoundations’s employee-volunteer led Los Angeles GIVE Team.
The funds will be used to purchase and install wardrobes in order to secure the belongings of families in the Family Promise program.
Our thanks to the students and teachers for bringing food, gift cards and clothing for our families!
You have done so much to transform the lives of homeless children and their families! Since Family Promise started almost three years ago you have helped keep 63 parents and 92 children off the streets. Nine babies were born while their families were in our care. On average, the families have regained their independence, found jobs and have regained stable housing within 61 days with the compassion and care of a multitude of volunteers. We are so thankful and hopeful for more. We’re confident you agree. Would you consider helping touch the lives of more homeless children and adults by making a donation today?
Angel and son
Angel became homeless when her parent figure had a massive stroke and died shortly after we admitted Angel and her son to Family Promise. Angel had no time to mourn and knew she had to work to support herself and her 6-month-old son. She had already found a job when we took her in. But her car was not running and she needed help getting her child to child care and herself to work at the night shift.
With Family Promise SGV’s help, Angel was able to get herself to work and her son to child care until she was able to get her car repaired. She is now fully employed and will soon have her own apartment.
Thank you to all who have been donating to the ACTS Thrift Store and mentioning Family Promise of San Gabriel Valley. I know that some people have wondered if we are really getting credit for the donations and I want to assure you that we are.
Currently we have $871 on the books at ACTS. And this is after three of our families were able to go there just this month and get clothes and other needed items.
ACTS Thrift Store is located at 1382 Locust St., just south of the 210 Freeway on Hill Street in Pasadena. Store hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday to Friday, and 9 am. to 6 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call the store at (626) 577-4477.
Again, thank you for your constant help and support for Family Promise. Our families are so grateful!
It is with pleasure that we introduce our newest board member. Matthew Rayburn comes to us with an important array of skills that will definitely help sustain and support Family Promise of San Gabriel Valley.
Matthew has 10 years of experience working with programs for homeless clients. He is currently employed as associate director/regional manager at People Assisting the Homeless (PATH) in Los Angeles. He has his bachelor’s degree in philosophy from USC and is currently working toward his master’s in public administration, nonprofit management.
In the short time Matthew has been working with us, he has assisted in launching the Board Nominations Committee, helped to finalize our Strategic Plan for 2014-2015, and consulted on applying for grants. We welcome his passion for homeless families and his energy and experience for board governance.
Dessiree and Isela
It is always bittersweet to have one of our families leave Family Promise and move on to a more stable situation.
Yadira and her daughters, Dessiree and Isela, have moved on to a transitional housing program. Yadira plans to find full-time employment within a month and then work toward getting her own place. Dessiree has transferred to her new school and, while it was scary, she is quickly adjusting.
It was great having Dessiree with all her energy here with us and to see Yadira through her pregnancy and birth of a healthy baby girl.
Yadira and her children will continue to be in our thoughts and prayers as they journey back to independence.
Start your holiday shopping by going to an alternative gift fair and boutique on Sunday, Dec. 7, to benefit a number of local organizations, including Family Promise of San Gabriel Valley.
The gift fair will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Sierra Madre United Methodist Church, 695 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. The church is one of the host congregations in Family Promise SGV.
The event will benefit a number of local missions projects. Proceeds from a special boutique will benefit Family Promise of San Gabriel Valley.
For more information, see this flier.