Family Promise of the South Bay is a committed to being a resource to social service agencies and other referring agencies. When a homeless family seeks shelter through an agency, a social worker can contact Family Promise of the South Bay with information about the family and the Family Promise staff will conduct an in-depth intake to determine their ability to join the program.
Isn’t it difficult for families to move week to week?
Moving every week isn’t ideal, but most families say that the homelike setting and the support of volunteers more than compensate for the moving. While host congregations change every week or two, the day center remains the same, providing continuity and a home base for families as they look for housing and jobs. The day center also provides a permanent address that families can use in their housing and job searches.
Will the children miss school because their families are staying in different congregations each week?
Letter from a Family Promise guest:
Thank you for the things you did to help us get where we are today. Today my family woke up in our home. I can’t tell you exactly how it felt. ‘Amazing’ doesn’t scratch the surface of the myriad of emotions we feel; joy’ isn’t providing the depth.
Thank you for everything you did to support us, to uplift us, to give us strength. Thank you for every prayer, every thought, every wish.
Thank you for giving us solid ground, so that we could stand on our own. Thank you for giving up your own comfortable bed, for giving up your comfort zone, for giving of yourself.
Thank you for teaching the world, one step at a time, that we are all responsible for one another, without conditions.
Thank you for the gifts, material and otherwise, that made us feel less like refugees and more like guests.
Thank you for sticking up for us when we couldn’t do it for ourselves, for making sure we felt safe and had the things we needed to maintain our dignity. Thank you for seeing us through the frustration and fear that caused us to lash out, to get angry or withdraw.
Thank you for understanding us when we barely understood ourselves.
Thank you for not tying strings to your empathy, your compassion, or your love. Thank you for helping us find God when we may have otherwise lost our way. Thank you for being there when we needed you the most, and for making it seem like no big deal, when really, it was monumental.
Thank you for providing us with a safe haven, a place where we didn’t have to keep our kids under us at all times for fear of what might happen if we didn’t, for so much more than the word ‘shelter’ implies.
Thank you for the meats that brought us nourishment and a sense of community. Thank you for the counsel, for letting us be vulnerable, for talking with us, not at us.
Thank you for the hugs, the smiles, the talks long into the night.
Thank you for being friends in a place where we thought we hadn’t any.
Thank you for going the extra mile, for doing the things most people only think they should do, and for doing it selflessly.
Although we may not remember every name or face we encountered, we will never in our Lives forget that God showed his face to us in each one of you this fall. We have been given a glimpse of the God that we were created in the image of, and we are forever changed because of it.
With much love and heartfelt thanks,
Jennifer Randazzo and family
National Facts on Homelessness and Poverty