After more than two years of planning, fund raising and hard work, Family Promise of the Midlands is now serving homeless families. The first family to enter the program spent the week of Dec. 8 at Shandon Presbyterian Church. The following week, they were at Ebenezer Lutheran Church.
“We are off to a great start,” said executive director Kathleen McLean-Titus. “There is a great need for Family Promise in the Midlands and our host congregations certainly are living up to the spirit of this Christmas season,” she added.
As part of the Family Promise program, homeless families spend the night in church Sunday school classrooms and unused space. Each Sunday, the families rotate to a different church. Fifteen Midlands churches are participating in the program.
“Throughout the week I witnessed Christ in the volunteers who lovingly set up the bedrooms, in the family we hosted, in the meals that were prepared and served, in the volunteers who spent the night, in those who transported our family members to the church and in the care of our director,” said Tracey Waltz, one of the coordinators at Shandon Presbyterian.
Participants in the program are screened by the executive director and must be actively seeking permanent housing.