SUMMIT, NJ - Family Promise, the Summit-based non-profit agency founded in 1988 to address homelessness in Union County, and which has grown into a national organization with 202 Affiliates in 42 states, kicked off their Fourth Annual Family Promise Week in the Hilltop City with 'Pursue the Promise', an innovative event to raise awareness and funds for the organization to address family homelessness.
Organized by the Family Promise Club at Summit High School and students from Governor Livingston, Oratory Prep, and Westfield High School, the event brought together more than 60 students and offered local teens a glimpse into family homelessness and ways to get involved.
Students recruited teams and organized their own challenges for an Amazing Race-style event that included educational components about family homelessness. The challenges were run at host sites around Summit where guest families are provided emergency shelter through the Family Promise program.
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'Pursue the Promise' also served as the launch event for 'Share the Promise', a semester-long student giving campaign aimed to raise $25,000 for Family Promise's work. Student musicians from Summit High School will perform at the organization's upcoming fundraiser, "Fall Fling" on November 4. Students will take part in a social media campaign for Giving Tuesday on November 29 and organize an item drive, "Wall of Wishes," for families leading into the holidays.
Family Promise Week is an opportunity for Affiliates nationwide to celebrate their successes, recognize the work of their volunteers and, perhaps most important, raise awareness of the crisis of family homelessness in their communities. Affiliates hold fundraising events, open their facilities to the public, recognize the contributions of their congregations, and reach out to local officials and media to promote their work.
Family Promise has served more than 700,000 people, the majority of them children. Family Promise Affiliates serve nearly 60,000 people each year by providing shelter, food, and a host of other comprehensive support services.
For more information, visit familypromise.org.