BRANDON – Family Promise, a nonprofit network of 182 affiliates in 41 states, provides lodging, meals and other assistance for homeless families with the help of churches and volunteers.
Thirteen houses of worship have been working together to create Family Promise of Greater Brandon and will begin helping families in May.
For one week every three months, congregations will take turns providing volunteers, dinners, breakfasts and a place for families to sleep overnight. During the day, children will attend school and parents will work or go to the Family Promise day center, where they will receive help finding employment, housing and other needed resources.
“Each family will remain in the program until they are able to move into their own housing,” said Deborah Humphrey, president of the Family Promise of Greater Brandon board of directors. “Nationally, the average length of stay for a family in a Family Promise program is 68 days.”
Recently hired Executive Director Kathy Brogli of Valrico officially will start leading the organization in May.
“Kathy has a background in social work and in working with homeless families,” said Humphrey. “She is well versed in resources for the homeless in Hillsborough County, has great organizational skills, communication skills, and has done a good deal of fundraising. Kathy is a good fit for the multifaceted job of being the director for our program.”
Participating churches include Bay Life Church, Brandon Christian Church, First Presbyterian Church of Brandon, First United Methodist Church of Brandon, First United Methodist Church Seffner, First United Methodist Church Plant City, Grace United Methodist Church, Holy Innocents Episcopal, Limona Village Chapel First United Methodist Church, Nativity Catholic Church, St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church, South Shore United Methodist Church and Westminster Presbyterian Church.
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