On April 10, 2016 the Board of Trustees of Wilmington First United Methodist Church voted unanimously in favor of recommending the Church Council approve participation with the Family Promise program on our church property.
This matter will be discussed and voted upon during the Church Council meeting this coming Sunday, May, 1. 2016.
Representatives from the South Bay chapter of Family Promise will be present on a future date to describe the program and answer any questions or concerns issued by members of our church.
Nick Rasmussen, Executive Director of Family Promise, South Bay, provided the following information describing the program:
An estimated 3,000 children in the South Bay are homeless, with one in four homeless people being a child. The families of homeless children are overwhelmed by the daily demands of seeking food, shelter, transportation. The result of this struggle is a lack of stability for the entire family and the children often suffer most. Family Promise of the South Bay offers a lasting solution to homeless families with children and an exit plan from the cycle of poverty. By providing temporary housing within loving congregations, keeping families together, developing job skills and assisting in seeking permanent employment and housing, we seek to help families rebuild their own foundations. Family Promise is an effective program that brings hope, dignity and a life change for families without a home.
The heart of the question for Wilmington FUMC is whether the congregation agrees with the Board of Trustees that we should house homeless families in our Sunday School classrooms for one week, 4 times a year. Another element to consider is whether members of St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church should be volunteer and spend the night with the families.