To help homeless children by helping their families: to stay intact, to regain stable housing and to return to steady work, in the warm fold of a supportive, volunteer-driven community.
To empower local communities to end homelessness in the San Gabriel Valley.
Hospitality, Empowerment, Compassion, Mobilizing Community, and Hope.
Established in 2011, Family Promise of San Gabriel Valley is a nonprofit organization that touches lives by addressing family homelessness in the local community. We partner with faith congregations, civic organizations, and individuals to offer homeless children and their families temporary housing and other assistance, enabling them to get back on their feet.
We’re one of 200-plus local affiliates of Family Promise—a national organization that serves more than 50,000 people in need each year and engages over 180,000 volunteers. Family Promise affiliates are located in 41 states across the country. For more information, visit familypromise.org.
In 2016, Family Promise SGV is celebrating our fifth anniversary—looking forward to the next five years and beyond.
Matthew Rayburn, MPA
A graduate of the University of Southern California and the Sorbonne Matt has spent the last 16 years learning, teaching, and leading in the fields of homelessness, faith engagement, and nonprofit management.
Over that time (this entire century!), he’s delivered results in steadily more responsible leadership positions at a variety of homeless agencies.
Matt lives in Pasadena with his wife, Shirley (a childrenʼs pastor), and his daughter, Adia.
Board of Directors
A seasoned finance professional, Richard Vethamani developed expertise in Operations Finance with Nestle USA, Nellson Nutraceutical, Campbell Soup Company and Ralphs Grocery Company.
Richard’s passion to address the issue of homelessness in San Gabriel Valley is inspired by a Methodist faith tradition emphasizing social justice. He is a strong advocate for Family Promise because it provides opportunities for volunteers to personally observe and participate in life-changing work. Richard’s previous nonprofit experience includes serving as President, Board of Directors at the Church of the Good Shepherd Foundation.
Martin Yuson first got involved with Family Promise SGV through St. Andrew Catholic Church, where he is a parishioner and member of the Peace and Social Justice Ministry. He and his wife, Aura, live in Northwest Pasadena, a community where they have been actively involved over the past two decades. Martin is an attorney specializing in healthcare-related issues.Kirsten Johnson
R. Shel Hess
Fund Development Committee
Governance Committee Chair
Judy joined the FPSGV Board in March 2015 after volunteering for two years with her church. She she says she’s drawn to FPʼs creativity — and how it lets faith communities live their values and theology in practical ways as the work to connect families with housing, meals, and resource linkage. On the Board her roles include recruiting new Board members and helping management with governance and HR matters.
Community Relations Committee Chair
Daryn joined the Family Promise SGV Board in March 2015 and chairs its Communications Committee. A communications professional who now works in healthcare, she has also worked in international relief and development and higher education. She also coauthored a chapter in Making Housing Happen: Faith-Based Affordable Housing Models. She formerly lived in the San Gabriel Valley and attended Evergreen Baptist Church of LA.
Joe Gardner retired in December 2011 as a police sergeant from the City of Santa Monica, where he served for 27 years as a motorcycle traffic officer, county drug task force investigator for LAIMPACT, and founding member of the Homeless Liaison Program.
Joe is active in a number of service organizations. As president of Meals On Wheels, Industry, he oversees the delivery of meals to residents in West Covina and throughout the San Gabriel Valley. He is also a Commissioner for the Los Angeles County Probation Department, serving residents of the 5th District. Joe’s functions include participating in public board meetings and inspecting juvenile facilities to assure humane treatment of wards.
In addition, Joe is affiliated with Cory’s Kitchen (a food bank) and Toys for Tots. Nominated twice for the State Assembly, Joe clearly cares for his community and works hard to improve it.