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
Click here for the flyer: Margaritas Jan 23
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 www.actsthrift.org, or calling 626.577.4477.
What if your family suddenly became homeless?
Thank you for all of your efforts making our Big Band Theory fundraiser concert a success. Our committee could not have done it without all of you generously devoting your time and efforts towards preparing for the event, decorating the hall to look beautiful, serving the delicious food, and making our guests feel welcome and happy.
I truly appreciate all of your efforts to promote the event and sell tickets. I’m happy to report we had over 100 happy guests. Together, we’ve funded over $3500 to go towards financially supporting Family Promise.
As committee chair, I appreciate any feedback you may have towards the event, either as a volunteer or a registered guest. Please send me your thoughts so that Family Promise can have some notes if they choose to do the event again next year.
Hope to see you all for Empty Bowls 2016.
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!
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.
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 compassionate and kind, willing to sacrifice a little convenience to care for families who spend every night without their beds and homes. Thank you, Kirk, for being such a representative of our Family Promise overnight volunteers. And thank you Family Promise host volunteers. You are all heroes!!
My name is Jenna Tennyson. On January 16, 2015, my family and I were jumped and robbed by our landlord and his friends. This was the day we fell into what I like to call the homeless hole. I call it this because, in reality, thatʼs really what it is like. Homelessness is easy to fall into, but what you donʼt realize is how hard it is to claw your way out.
When a lot of people think of homelessness, they envision a man on the sidewalk possibly holding a sign, and associate many negative denotations with him. They assume him to be a drunk or drug addict, someone who has made more bad decisions than good ones. But a lot of times, what you donʼt see is the homeless family. The couple that is trying their best to provide the most normal life for their child(ren)…while also trying to appear normal to the rest of the world. Thatʼs where my family placed.
Once we became homeless, we began the cycle of staying in motels for as long as we could. Youʼd be surprised how expensive keeping that up is. To save money, we attempted different programs fitted for homeless families and to make a long story short, they werenʼt right for us. We were referred to Family Promise, where we thought weʼd find just another program that robbed more of our dignity than when we started, but we were so wrong. The staff at Family Promise did make an effort to understand who we were as people while tackling every lead for housing. But honestly, thatʼs what you expect when you walk in. What you donʼt realize is how far past the brochure they go.
One of the gifts that my family received from Family Promise was the circle of a fellowship from the host churches. We felt so accepted and truly cared for by every single one of the congregations. We were treated with respect and dignity from the first day that we arrived at Family Promise, and we still feel that same respect and dignity today. I was particularly blown away by how many individuals at every single church cared enough to sit and hold a conversation with Drew and me. They cared not only about our story but also our background (two very different concepts). They cared about our opinions and strategies, about our goals and dreams beyond finding permanent housing. It was uplifting and refreshing to remember those things…theyʼre easy to forget about when struggling for the basics. It was nice to know others believed in us enough to assume weʼd make it, and that they wondered where we would go from there.So where did we go from there, you ask?
Up…a steady incline UP. Through the program, we saw a difference between the people at the congregations and the array of other people weʼd come across. We werenʼt hard pressed to attend church, but we saw and felt a spiritual gentleness that the masses lack. We started attending church regularly, and we have grown so close as a family and to God. He has become the foundation of our home and the center of our lives. We are blessed to live close by in a two bedroom, two bathroom apartment (woo!!). We are also both employed and love our jobs. We now take nothing for granted, and we are SO blessed. We definitely wouldnʼt be here without God, Family Promise, and the congregations.
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!