From the Director’s Desk: Ending Homelessness One Family At A Time
One August morning on my way in to work, I stopped at my Meijer to pick up fish food for our Day Center finned friends. I grabbed the food and was making my way to the checkout when I spotted one of our currentÂ families strolling around the infant aisle. They were pick-ing up the special formula they need for their son and it really reinforced what I tell people a lot. Our families truly ARE regular families experiencing a housing crisis. No one would have been able to label this family as homeless, unless you were intimately connected with them.
To further enforce this, our intern makes screening phone calls and handles intake phone calls. She hung up the phone after one of those calls and said wow, sometimes you just think they have it all together and you just don’t know what’s going on in their lives. Turns out she took a phone call from a former school mate whom she has seen more than once since school ended. She said â€œher kids are always so clean and she is always smiling.
Family Promise of Genesee County exists for families fighting through a crisis; families who never thought they would need a shelter program. It is so wonderful to hear our guest-families frequently say, we never thought a shelter would be like this, or I don’t really consider this a shelter, and it’s nice to know that there are genuine people who still care.
The impact our volunteer family has on the guests means more to them than some guest families are able to express. To date, we have 13 program graduates. So far this year, we’re graduating more than half of the families coming into our program and I have faith that number will continue to grow! Whether you volunteer, donate or just help us spread the word, you’re part of our mission
Ending homelessness one family at a time. THANK YOU!
Lindsay Moore, Director
Family Promise of Genesee County
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FPGC Summer 2015