Four families at a time doesn’t sound like much until you realize that most families are turned around on average within three weeks of entering the program. Plus Family Promise is growing with the increasing need. More congregations and more volunteers are joining the program and they hope to very soon increase their assistance to eight families at a time. Family Promise of Gwinnett, along with the Salvation Army’s Home Sweet Home Gwinnett are faith-based programs providing homeless families invaluable assistance to return to independent living.
It’s some of the things we take for granted every day that can make the difference. Having access to phone and internet services make job hunting more effective. Trustworthy day care services or even the opportunity to have your car repaired may mean the difference between getting to a job interview or not. Combined with information on how to restructure debt and budget management training, families are able to return to self-sufficient living quickly.
These families can tell you how you might find yourself homeless, but they’d rather tell you about the compassionate and respectful people who helped them keep their families together and start to put their lives back on track. For information about programs helping the homeless contact your local Salvation Army or for information about Family Promise of Gwinnett County, visit the website at www.familypromisegwinnett.org.
Karen Huppertz recently joined The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's line up of County by county columnists. She has lived in Gwinnett County for 13 years. Reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.