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October 4, 2012

Family Promise to suspend operations

Tomorrow will mark last day of program for homeless

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“We do have (a new place) lined up,” he said in a phone interview, the sounds of his children playing in the background. “We should be in there soon.”

FUNDRAISER STILL ON

The local Family Promise was founded a decade ago, then called the Greater Plattsburgh Interfaith Hospitality Network. The name was changed by the national organization whose tenets the Plattsburgh group follows.

A representative from the national headquarters will come to Plattsburgh to meet with the Board of Directors in the near future, Bradish said, to look at whether some yet-unknown effort could be made to save the program.

“We might be able to restructure and bounce back,” McCown said.

A fundraiser for the organization tagged the Great Pumpkin Prediction Race will still take place, Bradish said, to help pay the bills. It is set for Oct. 27 at the Crete Civic Center in Plattsburgh.

Director since the program’s inception, Bradish said the hands-on approach to helping folks, getting to know them, makes all the difference.

“You see things so much differently when you’re working with a family than you do if they are sitting across from your desk,” she said.

Bradish has stayed in touch with many families served by Family Promise, and she has seen how how many were able to get on their feet and stay there, Bradish said. 

“That’s what I love — they really just needed short-term help, and then they’re fine.

“There are many of those.

Sleepless nights pursued her as she realized this latest financial crisis might end the program she has nurtured for so long.

The organization had struggled in the past but funding always became available somehow.

McCown urged the community to help find a way to save the program.

In the present economical climate, he said, speaking from experience, “it could be someone’s kid, their parents ...” who find themselves homeless.

“You never know who will need the services of Family Promise,” he said.

Email Suzanne Moore: smoore@pressrepublican.com

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