IUCC to host Family Promise families June 12-19

Family Promise of Orange County is an amazing interfaith organization helping families experiencing homelessness achieve housing stability.  IUCC will once again house the program for a week from June 12 to 19. Sign up here to volunteer.

Family Promise partners with local congregations to house and support families while they provide intensive case management to get them back on their feet.  While most congregations were closed for 18 months, their work adjusted to meet the needs.   In 2020 they served 65 families (99 parents and 170 children) and in 2021 98 families (a total of 318 people including 169 children).  They worked with donors to stabilize families, providing counseling, groceries, gas gift cards, and often shelter in hotels or Airbnbs.  They also focused on maintaining their “graduates” who had moved to independent housing.  Many of those folks were underemployed or unemployed due to Covid.  They received food and multiple other services to help them stay housed.  

Family Promise is now finally ready to reopen their Emergency Shelter Program on May 15th.   Churches have step forward to host families for at least one week during the next few months.  IUCC’s Mission & Service, with the support of the Ministries and Administrative Boards, decided to open Plumber Hall to Family Promise families for a week in June.  Please mark June 12 – 19, our hosting dates, on your calendar in case you might like to volunteer!  

Think about how you can support this effort.  Sign up here for:

  • Providing a main dish, veggie or salad on a night of your choice.  (Dropping off the food item is fine.)
  • Being an overnight host.  We need two people each night (sleeping on a blowup mattress in either the library or the youth room OR in your own RV in the parking lot).  The overnight folks will arrive at 7 p.m. and leave the following morning at 7 a.m.  
  • Being a dinner host.   Arrive at 5:30 p.m., make sure the tables are ready for our guests, set out the food items, put all leftovers away, and stay until the overnight person arrives at 7 p.m.  

To be an overnight host or dinner host, contact Sharon Lynn at Sharon.lynn15@outlook.com or 571-236-9517.

Early in June, we’ll know exactly how many adults and children will be staying with us.  We expect 2 or 3 families.  Family Promise provides an online training for all new volunteers.  Details to come later.

Look for the Mission & Service information table after church.   If you can’t help directly, donations to support Family Promise can be made through your church offering (memo: Family Promise).   If you donate to IUCC online, you can indicate Family Promise as the recipient of any amount you choose.

We hope you will join with us to make our guests feel welcome and safe at IUCC.  The Mission and Service Ministry is immensely thankful for your support of this important work to help homeless children and parents. 

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