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  • Family Promise of MC

When it comes to being a parent without a partner to help share duties, the workload can be overwhelming. While there are some single-parent challenges that are unique to you, Family Promise is here to demonstrate just how much unites single parents in a common struggle.

Balancing Finances as a Single Parent

Sadly, the two most common life events that lead to single parenthood are death or divorce. If you went through either of these events, chances are that it upset your finances in an unforeseeable way. To make it more difficult, now you have to carry the financial responsibility of raising your children and caring for yourself all on your own. Even if you chose to have a child on your own, it can be difficult footing the bill without a backup source of income.

To face this challenge, a single parent needs to be organized. Create a budget that covers your children’s needs and puts small amounts aside to build a “rainy day” fund. Consult with a financial planner about smart choices you can make today to save for your children’s future. Finally, when it comes to raising your kids, don’t equate money with love. Giving them plenty of attention and affection will more than make up for not being able to get them the latest toy at the drop of a hat.

Balancing Time as a Single Parent

Next to money, time is your most valuable resource as a single parent. Sometimes, it may seem like you never have enough of it, especially if you have more than one kid. Just like with finances, the best way to approach this problem is with vigilant organization. Keeping your home clean and prepared for whatever life throws at you will make it easy for you to find what you need and keep track of your crazy schedule as a single parent. Get rid of excess clutter that causes stress around the house and in other areas of your life (the office, car, etc.).

When it comes to your kids, keep them on a consistent routine. Wake up at the same time every day and enforce a steady bedtime schedule. While it doesn’t have to be the same every single day for the rest of their lives (e.g., it’s okay to let them sleep in on a Sunday every once and a while), having those extra morning hours can really help an over-packed schedule.

Set aside time blocks for bathing, homework, playtime, and cleaning. Keeping a routine in the house gives your children a sense of security in a world where they often don’t always know what to expect. They become more disciplined and independent, which enables them to be more helpful around the house and lessens the load of a single parent. If your children are older, keep a dry-erase calendar in a common room like the kitchen where family members can fill in special occasions and events so you know where each family member is throughout the week.

If you’re having difficulty balancing time and earning enough money for your family, consider a career in freelancing which will allow you to set your own schedule so you’re more available to your kids. There are many at-home freelance opportunities whether you’re a web designer, virtual assistant, or accountant. You’ll need to set up a designated working space away from high-traffic areas of your home. It’s also essential that you thoroughly research the market for your services to ensure you’ll be able to find enough work.

Single parenthood is a major challenge. While no one article could really capture the amount of work that goes into one parent’s unique experience, the scarcity of financial funds and time are universal. Single parents often feel like there isn’t enough time in the day to do everything their kids need them to do. The answer to both problems is organization and planning. While staying vigilant isn’t easy, it can make the single parenthood process run smoother.

The mission of Family Promise is to serve homeless families with children by uniting faith communities in a cooperative effort to provide shelter, meals, transportation, and compassionate assistance leading to independence. To help or learn more, contact us today!

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  • Family Promise of MC

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

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  • 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 

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