A busy March for Family Promise of Central Connecticut; families Being placed; Day Center opening, new passenger van
NEW BRITAIN, March 1, 2017 – The month of March is going to be a busy and exciting time for members of the non-profit organization Family Promise of Central Connecticut. The New Britain-based group–which is partnering with area congregations and existing social service agencies to help homeless families with children regain self-sufficiency, will according to Executive Director Don Carlson, officially begin operations this month.
“It’s an exciting time; we have a busy month ahead of us,” explains Carlson. “We have 18 host and support congregations throughout central Connecticut participating. The community has been incredibly supportive of our efforts. Most recently, we received our office furnishings from OFI of Newington, and were able to purchase a 15-passenger van to transport our guests, thanks to a generous Catalyst grant from the Community Foundation of Greater New Britain.”
The program can serve up to five families, or 14 guests at any time. Trained volunteers, according to Carlson, will host Family Promise of Central Connecticut guests during overnight hours in their congregations, for four weeks per year. Parishioners will provide homemade dinners and continental breakfasts, as well as other items necessary to make their guests’ stay comfortable. During the day, families will be transported to the Day Center, where the Director and a part-time social worker will provide individualized case management to help adults find finding sustainable housing and employment. Children will be bussed to and from school. Laundry and shower facilities are also available at the New Britain Day Center.
An affiliate of a national organization of the same name which dedicates itself to addressing family homelessness, the Connecticut chapter of Family Promise took three years to develop. A volunteer-based program, they rely on fundraising, grant writing, and the generosity of individual donations to keep the affiliate up and running.
Family Promise of Central Connecticut is planning an April 29th “Home Sweet Hope” Dessert and Silent Auction fundraiser from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Church of the Holy Spirit, 183 Church Street in Newington. Tickets are $20 at the door. To learn more about volunteer opportunities at Family Promise or to make a donation, please visit www.familypromiseofcentralct.org.