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Restaurant Fundraiser


Restaurant Fundraiser

When: 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday, January 23, 2017

Where: Margaritas Mexican Restaurant

155 S. Rosemead Blvd., Pasadena

Why: To help homeless families in the San Gabriel Valley

How: Just take a flier to Margarita’s and have a meal with

friends or family. Margarita’s will donate a portion of the

proceeds to Family Promise of San Gabriel Valley.

Info: Karen Roberson

Family Promise of San Gabriel Valley


Eat at Twohey’s Tuesday 8/22 & Support Homeless Kids

Enjoy life, eat out on Tuesday, August 22 – and support homeless kids and families! Twohey’s, a favorite family diner in Alhambra, is once again generously supporting Family Promise of San Gabriel Valley’s fundraiser. Print and bring the attached flyer to Twohey’s between 7:00 am and 10:00 pm, enjoy a delicious meal, and the restaurant will donate 15% of your bill to FP.

The restaurant – celebrating its 75th year – is known for burgers, melts and other classic sandwiches, ice cream sundaes, and other diner favorites. Vegetarian and lighter choices include fresh salads, a Garden Burger, and a Veggie Deluxe Ciabatta sandwich.

Twohey’s is located at 1224 N. Atlantic Blvd, Alhambra. (626) 284-7387, inf...

Summer Promise Music Bowl – Sunday, July 16

Free admission for first 250 people! All children free!

Family Promise of San Gabriel Valley and MERCI invite you to our Summer Promise Music Bowl! Please join us for an evening of music, food, and fun on Sunday, July 16. All proceeds will benefit MERCI, an organization supporting people with developmental disabilities, and Family Promise SGV, which offers temporary housing and meals for families facing homelessness. Thank you to Panda Express, our generous event sponsor!

Register now!
Sunday, July 16, 2017

5:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Barnes Park Amphitheater
Ramona and Harding Avenues
Monterey Park, California 91754

MERCI mission: To provide people with severe to profound developmental disabilities the righ...

Cleaning Your Closets? Donate to ACTS Thrift Store!

How to Shop ACTS

Emptying your closets to make room for all those great holiday gifts and sale items? You can declutter your life and support our homeless families! When you donate your discards to ACTS Thrift store in Pasadena and mention Family Promise SGV, you’ll help us provide vouchers to our families for needed items.

ACTS is a faith-based thrift store with a purpose: to make a difference in the lives of San Gabriel Valley children and families through partnering with community organizations. During the past few months, we’ve been thrilled to offer our graduating families ACTS vouchers to help furnish their new homes and get needed clothing and other items. But in so doing, we’ve depleted our credit account.

So don’t forget—the “trash” from your closets can become a treasure for homeless kids and families at ACTS. The store is located at 1383 Locust Street in Pasadena. Learn more by viewing the video above, visiting, or calling 626.577.4477.

What if?

Family Promise of San Gabriel Valley

What if your family suddenly became homeless?

You’re working hard, supporting your kids. And then the unthinkable happens: You find yourselves without a home. What would that be like? In this new video, families share the challenges they faced. Discover just a few of the ways Family Promise SGV, working with congregations and supporters from across our community, is helping families regain their homes—and their lives.

Church of the Good Shepherd Bike Tour Benefits Family Promise


For the second year in a row, Church of the Good Shepherd United Methodist (CGS) conducted a successful Bike Tour event. All proceeds from the May 21 event benefit Family Promise SGV, allowing us to continue to serve homeless children and their families with compassion and hospitality.

Twenty-eight riders participated, including riders from Church of the Good Shepherd, First Baptist Church Alhambra, Friendship Pasadena, and Sierra Madre United Methodist Church. All four of these churches also function as host congregations for Family Promise families.

The Bike Tour event allowed riders of all ages and skill levels to participate. There are several “legs” to the ride, allowing riders to ride from 8 miles to 63 miles depending on their skill and energy level. A delicious lunch was served by CGS for riders and support team members.

It’s anticipated that the event will raise between $10,000 and $12,000 to help Family Promise provide for homeless children and their families in the San Gabriel Valley area. So far we’ve received over $7,000 and donations are still coming in.

It’s not too late to support your riders! Please visit the FPSGV giving page, select Church of the Good Shepherd Bike Tour in the dropdown menu, and type in your rider’s name under Additional Information.

Thank you to all who made this event possible. You are what makes Family Promise so special!

Friends of the Families Help Sustain the Fight Against Homelessness


A recent LA Times article reports that growing numbers of people in homelessness have cause the Los Angeles City Council to declare a shelter crisis. An estimated 26,000 people are living in sidewalks, cars and storm drains, and face the added threat of strong El Nino rains and flooding this winter.

At Family Promise, we’ve seen this crisis reflected in the increasing numbers who want to join the program. Hundreds of families are sleeping in their cars, on park benches, or in other unsafe places across the San Gabriel Valley.

With your help, Family Promise SGV will be able to offer more of these families a warm, safe place to stay and get back on their feet. We invite you to join Friends of the Families—our new monthly donor club.

As a Friend of the Families, your ongoing gifts will provide a reliable source of support to help our families get employed, get housed, and make a better life for their children.

“To me, our families are heroes,” says Matthew Rayburn, FPSGV’s Executive Director. “They work hard every day to get back on their feet and look for any employment or housing.

Matt works with our clients every day and sees firsthand their challenges, perseverance, frustrations, and joys. “At times it can be overwhelming,” he says. “But I’m sure you would be proud of how they try and remain positive and upbeat for their children. Our families are not looking for a handout, but rather a hand up!”

One of our clients, Maya, had lost her apartment and was living with her three kids in a motel. When she first joined the program, she found it difficult to lose her privacy and be around people all the time.

Maya had to work hard to stay positive and focused. But through her hard work and your support, Family Promise was able to help her find work. Eventually, she and her kids got their own place again.

Many people might feel bitter or angry after going through everything she has, but Maya says she “feels like a winner.”

As the numbers grow, many others like Maya need your support! Will you partner with us to help others like her rise out of homelessness?

Please consider becoming a Friend of the Families. Your monthly sustaining gift of $25, $50, $100 or even $250 will help more families like Maya’s to get off the streets, find work and new homes–and regain their lives. You can sign up through our Qgiv donation page.

A Blessing of Shoes for Family Promise SGV Children


It’s a fact: Children quickly outgrow shoes. But if they’re facing homelessness, parents may have to put all their income toward food or rent instead. Yet shoes are an important need—not just for children’s health and safety, but also for their self-esteem.

This Christmas, Family Promise SGV children were blessed with gift certificates for shoes by the women of the East Los Angeles-Montebello Business and Professional Women. The children now will be able to get new shoes when they’re needed in the coming year.

In addition, the Alhambra Rotary Club and New Gen San Gabriel Rotary have hosted shoe shopping days several times throughout 2015. These events allow FPSGV families to shop privately, accompanied by a Rotary member, prior to the public shopping hours at the Alhambra Payless store. It’s also a source of support and encouragement for graduate families, who may still be struggling to regain housing.

Organizations such as the Business and Professional Women and Rotary Clubs make it possible for Family Promise to address individualized and special needs for children and their families as we help them regain stable housing. We are extremely grateful for their support!

Volunteer of the Month: Kirk

Our guest families often mention Kirk as if heʼs a member of their family. Kirk is an overnight volunteer with Community Church on Holliston—in fact, maybe the overnight volunteer: someone who stays with the families and ensures they have everything they need. What a blessing!

While some congregations have difficulty getting people to commit to one night, Kirk and other volunteers like him are ready and willing to spend a whole week of nights away from the comfort of their beds. And, he reports, itʼs a blessing for him to be able to do this. Heʼs a man with a servantʼs heart who gladly cares for those in need. One young person from our guest family said of Kirk, “ He is funny and nice.” More than that, he is compassionat...