Family Promise Mission statement: Through the collaborations of local faith communities, Family Promise of Gainesville provides homeless children and their families with compassionate care that includes case management, education, housing, meals and transportation until they can transition to a home of their own.
ULC is one of 13 Churches in the Gainesville Area for more information visit Family Promise website at https://www.familypromisegvl.org/
Our Next hosting: April 29th.
Please contact Amy Schirmer at 352-214-0991 if you're interested in getting involved or have questions.
Recent hosting and family update:
We had an amazing show of support for our family guests last Jan/Feb with time and donations from our members who fed and accommodated four families with 11 children. We were also blessed with volunteer coverage and meals on two evenings by Holy Faith Catholic Church's youth and young adult groups. In addition to serving as volunteers, the youth group collected about 20 brand new games and puzzles and donated them to us for our hosting.
I am incredibly grateful for our volunteers who are ALL so giving and self-reliant. You make coordinating the week a joyful breeze -- truly! Of special note: Pat Dasler introduced a work colleague to Family Promise and to our church by bringing her along to volunteer one evening. The Lutheran Student Gators reportedly had a blast playing with the children on their regular Tuesday devotions evening. Thanks to Krissi and Pastor Terrance for enabling that! Our facilities also, once again, served as a beautiful safety net for these families in need.
Since then, Shontai and Eris' families have graduated from the program and found housing they can afford. Lakeisha's family relocated to Ocala where her job is. Brandi will be moving out soon, enthusiastic with a new job in a leasing office where she will also be able to live with her two boys.
This Spring Family Promise Garage sale: Nearly $6,000 was raised at this one-day event to which several of our members contributed goods and time. What was two years ago thought to be a one-time event in order to empty out the storage units full of donated goods collected throughout the year has turned into a very dear annual funding source hosted and organized by Trinity United Methodist Church. Thank you for your donations and patronage!
March 14th the community joined Family Promise's ribbon cutting ceremony for the first mobile home in the Partners in Housing program and shared a light lunch at 11:30 am at Lamplighter MHP. A second home is being purchased soon. These will serve as transitional housing for our families who qualify.
The fourth annual Bed Race fundraiser will be on Saturday, May 5 at Trinity UMC. Last year, the Lutheran Student Gators raced a bed with Pastor Chad at the helm and financial support from Pat Dasler and our UELC members.
Thank you all for your continued support! Amy Schirmer