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Mar 20, 2020

Family Promise Brings Hope to Homeless Families

By Lori Draz

Through a community-based response, one organization’s mission is to help families experiencing homelessness and low-income families achieve sustainable independence.

Family Promise of Monmouth County, an affiliate of Family Promise National, was started by a group of local interfaith leaders who understood the importance of keeping families together while serving them in a way that offers dignity and hope. This organization works with families with children, providing prevention, emergency shelter and stabilization services to move them from homelessness to stable lives. Thanks to prayer, an army of volunteers and community partners, Family Promise is proud to report it has a 100 percent success rate! That means that 100 percent of program graduates have secured transitional/permanent housing, have established bank accounts, cleared fines, restored credit, secured government-issued identification, childcare/school for children, health insurance, financial literacy, life-skills to wrap-around services and on-going case management to ensure long term self-sufficiency.

One of the emergency shelter’s most recent graduates, Aniyah Winkey-Lebron, is a mother of two living in her own apartment. She is now gainfully employed, has a reliable vehicle and has been accepted to attend Ocean County College where she plans to study nursing. There’s also Amy, a mother of five who now has her own apartment and is thriving. There are countless success stories because Family Promise works together as a community through collaboration, innovation, education, vision and love.

Christine Carter Love is the executive director of Family Promise of Monmouth County. She took on the role she loves in 2018, to lead the organization through transformational change. Love’s personal story is one of great challenges including her own experience of homelessness as a child and also one of great triumph. Today, working with more than 60 interfaith organizations and 1,200 volunteers, she and her staff continue to achieve incredible outcomes and work hard to build new programs and pathways to help even more families.

Some of those new programs are the New Beginnings Financial Literacy Program, the Workforce Development Program, the Academic Tutoring Program, the Trauma-Informed Care Health and Wellness Initiative, and the TEACH-Youth Division of Family Promise.

If you would like to help homeless families, please consider attending the seventh annual Tapping Toes for Hope and Homes evening of music and munchies, currently scheduled for Thursday, April 23 from 7 to 8:30 pm at Lincroft Presbyterian Church, 270 Everett Rd. in Lincroft. This fun evening includes the Bash Brothers Band, great snacks and a white elephant sale. Donations of any size are accepted.

In light of the coronavirus, the annual Promise of Spring fundraiser has been postponed indefinitely. But the need has not. Families still need shelter and comprehensive services. To find out how you can join the movement, visit FamilyPromiseMC.org or call 732-495-1050.