Cheerful Giver Changes Lives
In August 2019, we celebrated an exciting and unexpected donation from an anonymous Cheerful Giver. Along with dozens of other local nonprofits, Family Promise was surprised when Central Carolina Community Foundation president and CEO JoAnn Turnquist handed executive director Karen Newsome a check for $10,000.
The Cheerful Giver had chosen Family Promise of the Midlands as one of the organizations doing important work in the community and entrusted us to invest the gift in meaningful ways to the benefit of the families we serve.
Now it's time for the "rest of the story." Family Promise of the Midlands has been humbled by the difference this gift has made, and we want to share that story with you. Below is a list of the projects that the Cheerful Giver made possible. You can also read more about the generous Cheerful Giver here.
Thanks to the Cheerful Giver, Family Promise was able to offer services to our guests that we might not otherwise have been able to afford. In some cases, these funds removed barriers that were keeping our families from taking "next steps" to ensure their financial stability:
These funds covered several car payments for a guest who was about to have her car repossessed before she could receive the first paycheck at her new full-time job. Without the car, she could not have kept the job.
One graduate in our program had access to an Aflac grant to further her education, but before she could enroll, she first needed to pay off a balance accrued when homelessness caused her to drop out of her college classes to focus on the needs of her family.
Money from this gift will fund a stipend for an assistant case manager position this summer, when our social work interns will be on summer break, to enable us to provide more support for our guests--both those currently in the program and those who have "graduated."
These funds are covering the cost of both a bathtub for the children of our guest families and ADA shower, to be used as part of a Day Center renovation project expected to be completed this spring.
Karen Newsome, who was executive director of Family Promise at the time and implemented this gift, underscored the impact it had on the morale of the staff: "This gift did more than offer financial assistance for our guest; knowing that the Cheerful Giver believes in our ministry affirmed the difficult work we engage in every day."
Pictured below are executive director Jeffrey Armstrong and volunteers and supporters of Family Promise celebrating the generosity of the Cheerful Giver.