Seacoast Family Promise organizes a network of religious congregations to help homeless families. These congregations open their facilities on a rotating basis to provide overnight shelter and meals; at the organizations’s day center, staff help families with the support they need to get back on their feet. Karen and her son came to Seacoast Family Promise for help in 2009.
Karen: We spend our daytimes at the day center and we go to a church in the evening for our evening meal and we spend the night there. We spend seven nights at one church and there’s about twelve churches within the community that help support us.
At the day center we are given the tools in which to rebuild our lives so that we can live independently. With our case manager we go over our budgets and try to put aside at least seventy to ninety percent of our income.
When we left Seacoast family promise we were hooked up with a federal program that helped us to get an apartment. We’re now living in a three bedroom mobile home. Our new home is just wonderful. It’s peaceful. It’s quiet. My son has his own room and life is just better than I could have expected.
Seacoast family promise made such a difference in my life and I don’t know where we would be today without them.