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October 3, 2012

Family Promise to consider suspending operations

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And this support could be gone, as well.

“The funding streams that we’ve had in the past aren’t available anymore,” Bradish said.

Family Promise relies heavily on money from the federal, state and local governments. In previous years, the organization received just under half of its funding from federal Emergency Food and Shelter funds and state Emergency Shelter grants; however, those monies weren’t available this year.  

In addition, Bradish said, federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families funding, given to Family Promise through a contract with Clinton County, will also likely not be available for 2013. 

“I know the economy is bad, and it’s hard for people to be able to give,” she said. 

As a result, Family Promise, which costs about $112,000 annually to operate, is struggling to finance the program for the remainder of this calendar year, let alone the next. 

Though the organization does host fundraisers to supplement its income, Bradish said, “we just can’t do our whole budget on fundraising.”

SUPPORT SERVICES

Throughout its existence, Family Promise (formerly the Interfaith Hospitality Network) has provided food, shelter and support to numerous area families, which, for one reason or another, found themselves without a place to live. 

For example, Bradish said, some families helped by the program have lost their homes to fire or lost their primary sources of income, while others are single mothers who struggle to make ends meet. 

“The numbers for homelessness just keep increasing,” she said. 

The goal, Bradish said, is to help families get back on their feet and into their own homes within 30 days. 

“Family Promise confirms for me the compassion and thoughtfulness of our community,” said Douglas Skopp, a member of the organization’s Board of Directors. 

“It would be a tremendous shame if we are unable to continue with our mission.”

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