Blog

Stay connected and see what we are up to.

Search

At Family Promise, we talk about “The Letter E” every day, and I wanted to share this inside story with you because it really does articulate so much of who we are and what we do.


Our 90-day program really does impact generational change to break the cycle of dependence from trauma to independence and stability. And here are the steps we “E”mphasize:

  • Empathy:

  • Empowerment:

  • Exploration:

  • Education

  • Empowerment (yes, again)


In addition, we “E”quip people with life skills and job training so they can sustain their new stability for years to come. We’ve even recently added “E”ntrepreneur Training for families where appropriate. Each family comes to us with different circumstances, different stories, different needs and different goals. We let them know upfront that we are not going to “E”nable them to continue their mistakes and bad habits, but we are going to “E”mpower them to build new futures.


2021 is such a big year for us with the opening of our new building this summer. And guess what our new address includes? That’s right – the building is the Letter E.


We are so grateful for each of your “E”ngagement with Family Promise and the ways you “E”mpower us to further our mission. Each of our donors and volunteers makes a significant impact on our program and the individual families we support!


I want to highlight our 2020 impact again! Through your support, we provided funds for:

  • 581 nights of safe shelter

  • 1,914 meals to our families

  • Transportation and workforce development to our families exploring new opportunities

  • Continuing education and skilled certification that evolved into stable employment

What’s Ahead in 2021 It’s our 20th year Anniversary serving Montgomery County

New Building: We successfully broke ground on our new building and anticipate moving in this summer. We still have many room sponsorships and naming opportunities available – see the map below!


This will provide much-needed space to provide temporary shelter for up to SIX families at once. Plus, we’ll get expanded office and classroom space to conduct much of our program onsite.

Need More Church Engagement: With the impact of the pandemic, many of our churches were hesitant to continue providing temporary shelter to our families. We moved some families to hotels to make sure they had shelter, but the cost of hotels is unsustainably high. We’ve developed a stringent protocol for sanitation and social distancing that we believe will allow our families to safely stay in churches again with minimal risk of spreading the coronavirus.


We would love to reopen the conversation with existing partner churches and new churches to reestablish these valuable connections that make our program so successful.


Key Needs:


Skilled Volunteers:

We need volunteers in lots of areas, and our continued engagement from church congregations is essential to making our program work!


In addition, we need volunteer support in several specific ways:

  • Grant Writing

  • Corporate Sponsorships – introductions to decision makers and donors

  • IT/Tech Support, especially in setting up our new building


Donations Needed: Food Pantry, Gift Cards and Basic Necessities

  • Having nonperishable food on hand allows us to meet families in crisis right away as we get them settled with temporary shelter. Storage space is limited.

  • Gift cards to grocery stores, Walmart, Target and similar stores empower them with the dignity to choose familiar brands of basic necessities, like shampoo or laundry detergent, as they begin building their new, more stable lives.

These may be sent to or dropped off at our headquarters.


Our program continues to lift local families out of poverty. And YOU – our volunteers and donors – are the secret to our success. I saw that economists from the University of Notre Dame and the University of Chicago recently released a study indicating that the poverty level spiked more than 2.4% in late 2020 – more than any time in the last 50 years! More than eight million people across the United States are now classified as “poor.” The impact of the pandemic on our neighbors is real, and it’s increasingly important to support people in crisis.


Thank you again for your continued support and your prayers. I am so grateful for each of you!

Best Regards,

Marilyn Kasmiersky

Executive Director

18 views0 comments
  • Family Promise of MC

CONROE, Texas (July 4, 2020) — Family Promise of Montgomery County announces a mobile food market partnership with the Montgomery County Food Bank. The event is to take place Tuesday, July 14th beginning at 8:00 a.m. at the Conroe Church of Christ located at 1680 Longmire Road, Conroe, TX 77304. 

Family Promise of Montgomery County Case and Operations Manager, Lisa Garman said that one of the main components of the Family Promise mission is to provide their families with weekly meals. “When the COVID-19 pandemic hit four months ago, we decided to make the commitment to provide weekly meals, kids meals, snacks to our post-graduate families as a means to keep them financially stable,” Garman said. “The mobile food market is an extension of that. We will be able to distribute food to over 200 families here in Montgomery County.”

To donate to the mobile food market in support of Family Promise of Montgomery County, drive up to The Conroe Church of Christ any time after 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, July 14th. 

Family Promise is a local non-profit serving 4 homeless families at a time in rotating faith communities in a collaborative mission to increase their job readiness, and stability to enable them to be self-sustainable. Approved families with children are entered into Family Promises 90-day personal plan to reach attainable goals with a case manager. Topics include positive parenting skills, stress management, family safety, and budgeting. Families are provided meals, hygiene items, clothing, childcare, transportation, and shelter through partnering churches in the community.

For more information on Family Promise of Montgomery County or to make a donation visit www.familypromiseofmc.org. 


73 views0 comments
  • Family Promise of MC

Parenting is not walk in the park. Parenting, as it is, can absolutely be a daunting task. Now, add a pandemic into the mix, and things can get out of hand quickly. We here at Family Promise of Montgomery County know that there is no one and only way to perfectly parent. And during these uncertain times, it is easy for the world to become not only dangerous, but incredibly overwhelming. 


Here are some of our best little pieces of advice for you as you navigate parenting in the midst of a pandemic.

Set aside family time. Spend quality time with the people you love. Whether that be your immediate family or your extended family via video chat, staying connected with loved ones is important. We suggest family game nights, cooking or baking together, or even a family dance party!

Answer questions. Your children may have many questions about COVID-19 and the uncertainties that it brings. The best thing you can do is answer these questions honestly and simply. Tell the truth. Put the truth in simple terms so they can process what is going on. Let them feel in the loop and educated on the changing world.

Teach safety. Educate your children on the best ways to stay safe and be sure to model these behaviors yourself! Whether that is vigorous hand-washing (which we always highly recommend!), mask-wearing, hand-sanitizing, or any other safety measure, it is best to be upfront about these guidelines and follow them yourself.

Always look forward. Remind your children that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Tell them about the scientists who are working hard everyday to keep our world healthy. Tell them about all of the fun things that are soon to come!

Take care of yourself, too. Remember that being a caregiver is a full-time job. Be easy on yourself. Keep body healthy and your mind clear. Find things in your life that bring you joy and clarity. Whether that be exercising, painting, cooking, or cleaning, find what works and make room for it in your schedule every day. 

Above all, be kind to yourself. We are in uncharted waters. The best thing to do is stay calm, motivated, caring, and clear. You got this.

Healthy Families = Healthy Community. Family Promise is working towards doing our part daily.

34 views0 comments
1
2