SUMMIT, NJ - A family photo.

Something that many routinely take and just as often perhaps take for granted. For Family Promise families who have battled homelessness at some point in their lives, the mere thought of a family photo was enough to bring a smile to their faces.

Recently, the Summit Arboretum was the site as award-winning photographer Mac Hartshorn of Hartshorn Portraiture in Hoboken -- surrounded by lush greenery and flowers on a beautiful spring morning -- captured some special moments between children and their parents. Family Promise supporters sponsored the portrait sessions for the families.

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Families also received a framed portrait from the photo shoot as a special keepsake. 

“It’s important to find moments of normalcy during a time of crisis,” says Corina Borg, Family Promise manager of special events, who coordinated the experience. “We were so grateful to work with Hartshorn Portraiture to offer this opportunity for our families.” 

Founded in Summit  in 1988 and with locations in Morristown,  Family Promise is the leading national nonprofit addressing the issue of family homelessness. Family Promise has affiliates across the country that offer homelessness prevention, emergency shelter, and stabilization services for families facing a housing crisis, and has served nearly one million family members and currently engages more than 200,000 volunteers. Its innovative approach targets the root causes of homelessness and gives families the skills and tools for lasting independence.

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