Monday, December 6, 2010

Family Promise offers a helping hand to homeless

From New Jersey-

The folks at Trinity Episcopal Church in Vineland answered the call when we were asked to become a host church for the interfaith hospitality network, Family Promise of Gloucester County.

This is a very compassionate organization, whose mission is to provide homeless families an opportunity to achieve stability by providing shelter, food, case management and hospitality while simultaneously utilizing resources within local congregations and the community.

The religious organizations that host the families provide space for overnight accommodations and dinner each evening for a period of one week every 10 weeks. We feel that we are called to open our hearts and parish homes to those less fortunate than ourselves. Redeemer Lutheran agreed to co-host this project.

Isn't it a wonderful opportunity to work in cooperation with another religious community to do God's work?

Our first scheduled host week was in August 2005. We were prepared to host 14 people and ended with only 10, as one family moved into their own home sooner than expected. Redeemer Lutheran hosted in October. We invited our congregations to lend a helping hand at dinner, crafts, homework, reading or driving the Family Promise van. They also stepped up to opportunities to stay overnight and do laundry.

More here-

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