A gathering of volunteers, and lay leaders were present in the First United Methodist Church sanctuary to hear an overview and receive training from representatives of the South Bay chapter of Family Promise ahead of the first cycle of a joint effort to provide temporary housing, training and grace to needy families.
Nick Rasmussen, Executive Director of Family Promise South Bay lead the meeting. Also in attendance, Pastor Nelson Castorillo and Father Hildebrand Garceau from neighboring St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church.
First United Methodist Church of Wilmington will host 4 families, a total of 13 adults and minors for one week in November. These families are homeless, but through a housing first ministry, the families are given a safe, comfortable place to sleep and eat. Each morning the adults are driven to paying jobs, the children to school and daycare.
This initial host week is an unprecedented joint effort between First United Methodist Church and St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church. Volunteers from St. Peter and Paul will stay with the families over night to oversee the process. Members of First United Methodist Church will prepare breakfast and dinner as well as bedding and necessary furnishings.
More information about Family Promise can be found at www.familypromiseosb.org