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Close to Home: SAPF Grant Enables New Family Promise Program Designed to Help Families Move Forward

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Community Health Fair.
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Family Promise Club in action.
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SUMMIT, NJ - Hilltop City-based national nonprofit Family Promise's Union County program (FPUC) has received a $30,000 grant from the Summit Area Public Foundation (SAPF) which will support a new program aimed at sustainable prevention and rehousing.

The SAPF is a community foundation focused on identifying local needs and offering donors opportunities to make a difference in the lives of their neighbors. Its goal is to support nonprofit agencies and philanthropic activities in the community through their investments. The funding of this initiative is motivated by a desire to further engage Union County volunteers in direct service to local families struggling with poverty and homelessness. 

The grant will be applied in conjunction with a $10,000 Homeless No More Challenge Grant over the next two years from Help Us Move In (HUMI), a Washington State-based nonprofit working with communities to fund and create programs helping families facing housing crises. Help Us Move In is partnering with 11 Family Promise Affiliates to make this a national pilot program, with Union County serving as the pilot for New Jersey. 

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The HUMI grant is designed to generate a self-sustaining habit of community contributions. Family Promise Union County is required to raise matching funds from local sources before receiving the HUMI contribution. The $30,000 SAPF grant will not only provide that $10,000 match, it will also allow FPUC to expand the program’s capacity, engage additional volunteers to help move more families into sustainable permanent housing, and finally, maximize their impact in the community.

Family Promise’s goal is to ensure that children are no longer homeless and believes that keeping families in housing is not only better for them, it’s better for the community. The economic cost of homelessness is staggering, with multiple implications, with statistics showing that a child who experiences homelessness is less likely to graduate from high school, and the average net cost to society of a child failing to matriculate is more than $120,000 in social services alone.

FPUC’s Executive Director Geleen Donovan appreciates the impact the grant will have in Union County.  “When a family enters the Family Promise program, in addition to providing shelter, food and services, we welcome them into a loving community. Thanks to SAPF’s generous investment in our community, our families will receive additional prevention and stabilization support as they work towards securing new homes,” said Geleen Donovan, FPUC Executive Director.

In the 2017 point-in-time count, 271 family members were identified as homeless in Union County, comprising 31% of the total homeless population. In response, 1,000 committed volunteers -- including 500 from Summit alone -- came together in the Union County program to make a difference in the lives of families in need. Eighty-two percent (82%) of the families who entered the FPUC program moved into long-term housing. 

Relationships with the SAPF and HUMI are part of Family Promise’s innovative approach to resolving family homelessness through emphasizing case management, developing sustainable prevention and rehousing programs, and maximizing the impact of its network of donors and volunteers.

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