Family Promise at St. John's Lutheran Church
Along with twelve other local Beaufort area churches, St. John's Lutheran Church provides food and shelter to homeless families in our area. St. Mark's Chapel, Episcopal is St. John's support congregation in this effort.
St. John's Lutheran Church is a proud host congregation with Family Promise. St. John's hosts families quarterly in order to support the Mission of Family Promise of Beaufort County.
Family Promise of Beaufort County is an interfaith non-profit 501(c)(3), organization committed to helping low-income families achieve lasting independence. We help families accomplish this by providing shelter, meals, and support services for homeless families, and through programs designed to redress the underlying causes of homelessness.
The sad fact is the average age of the homeless is none years old, and 60% of the participants of Family Promise are children. Not exactly the population we think of when we think of the homeless.
We are part of this program because there are no homeless shelters in the Beaufort County area. Nationally there are 5000 congregations and more than 120,000 volunteers who help with this worthy ministry. The families receive training for job and money management so they can become self-sustaining. 80% of the families in the program move on to long-term housing.
Family Promise was founded on the belief that one homeless child is too many. We believe that the citizens of Beaufort County are compassionate people who want to make a difference. As the 131st Family Promise affiliate in the nation, our mission is to link those in need with those who want to help. Volunteers are needed during each hosting week, to provide meals and friendship to our guests.
These are the 2017 host weeks here at St. John's Lutheran Church:
February 12 thru February 19, 2017 April 30 thru May 5, 2017
July 16 thru 23, 2017 October 29 thru November 5, 2017
Please mark your calendars now and consider how you can help.
This link has some details about the different volunteer services needed for a Family Promise Host Week -
Family Promise Host Week Details.
If you are interested in learning more about Family Promise or becoming a volunteer, please contact the church office, 843-524-3461,
or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Link to Beaufort County Family Promise web site.
Link to national Family Promise web site.
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