SUMMIT, NJ - A field of more than 30 ladies gathered at the Hilltop City's Beacon Hill Club for a paddle tennis round robin in support of Family Promise, the Summit-based national nonprofit addressing family homelessness headquartered in Summit.
After a morning of serves, rallies, and match points, a luncheon was held during which Family Promise Manager of Special Events Corina Borg and her planning committee - KC Artemenko, Michelle Demuth, Natalie Dougherty, and Elisa Zachary -- all of Summit -- shared their experiences as volunteers serving families battling homelessness.
Family Promise offers families facing a housing crisis homelessness prevention services, emergency shelter, and post-housing stabilization support, focusing on the range of issues that can lead to homelessness. Volunteers assist families in the shelter program and help them strengthen the many skills necessary to live independently, such as budgeting, life skills, and tutoring.
“Family Promise gives my family the opportunity to give back to the community,” says Zachary, who has volunteered with Family Promise-Union County through her church, which hosts families in the emergency shelter program. “I feel fortunate we can establish meaningful relationships with families in need and make a difference for them during a very traumatic time.”
The paddle tennis event was just one in a series of celebrations Family Promise is holding to celebrate its 30th anniversary. Since its founding in Summit in 1988, the organization has expanded to communities in 43 states and now serves more than 90,000 individuals each year.