Charity comes in many different forms. Fortunately, for Family Promise of South Palm Beach County, charity came in the form of new carpet. Family Promise recently expressed a need to replace the carpet at their day center. It was fascinating how the project came together between the community need, to the relationships and actions that brought about the contribution. In this case, Family Promise reached out to their congregational coordinators. Fortunately, Rabbi Rader of The Neshamah Institute quickly connected them with Donald Brodsky, President of House of Floors in Boca Raton, Florida. That is when the “magic” happened. Brodsky, an active giver in the community, did not hesitate to provide whatever Family Promise needed to replace their worn out carpet. As is wonderfully proclaimed on The Neshamah Institute’s web site, “Grow Your Soul…Celebrate, Learn, Give Back…”
Join your neighbors in raising awareness of the issues of local children and families who are temporarily homeless and the huge impact Family Promise of South Palm Beach County is having addressing this challenge. Become a Sponsor of our “Steps of Promise 2014” Walkathon on April 6th, 2014 at 3:00 PM at South County Park. Contact Elida Barrios at (561) 265-3370 x103 to sign up as a Sponsor or to join as a walker
Best Friend Sponsor $3,000
- A presenting sponsor of 5K
- Name or logo on walk shirt
- Name and Corporate logo on day of event signage
Family Promise of South Palm Beach County held its Annual Meeting on January 21st which celebrated the accomplishments of 2013 and highlighted the exciting plans for 2014. President Michael Diamant discussed the growing need as well as FPSPBC’s effective response which has yielded a 100% success rate for families that graduate the program. Since beginning operations in 2008, FPSPBC has graduated over 206 people to sustainable independence. Mr. Diamant underscored the successful fundraising efforts in 2013, particularly Grant, “Steps of Promise”, “Friends of the Family” and Year End appeal. Family Promise of South Palm Beach County income exceeded expenses and there is almost an entire year’s budget in the bank to begin 2014, a strategic goal of his since becoming President in 2011. Mr. Diamant acknowledged the contributions of the dedicated Professional Staff, Board Members and Congregational Coordinators for their important contributions to FPSPBC’s success in 2013. Two graduates, Christine and Mindi, gave an overview of the impact Family Promise of South Palm Beach County has had on their lives and the lives of their children. The 2013 FPSPBC Annual Report and Annual Meeting presentation are available through the links below.
Please join with Family Promise of South Palm Beach County and hundreds of concerned Palm Beach County residents who will walk to bring attention to the plight of local children and families who are temporarily homeless at the “Steps of Promise 2014” Walkathon on Sunday, April 6, 2014 at 3:00 PM at South County Park. “Steps of Promise 2014” will feature a 2.5 walk around South County Park and will be a fun, healthy family event with music, games and food available. Please join Family Promise of South Palm Beach County in aiding those most vulnerable in our community, children and families who have become temporarily homeless and help FPSPBC assist these families in graduating to sustainable independence. Since 2008, we have graduated over 206 people with a 100% success rate among our graduates. Come, enjoy and make a difference in the lives of local children and families by walking with Family Promise of South Palm Beach County on April 6th! Click on the link below to register as a Walker or lead your own team of friends, relatives and colleagues as a Team Leader. http://familypromisespbc.donordrive.com/event/walk2014/
One of the pleasures of volunteering with Family Promise of South Palm Beach County is seeing our graduates come back and volunteer their time to help other guests. This past Saturday, December 28th, two of our recent graduate families spent the evening hosting current guests. Mindi along with her daughter Serenity, and Donna accompanied by her son Stephen and daughter Danisha, helped our current families see what can be accomplished by families committed to the Family Promise program. Truly an inspiring evening! Thanks to both Mindi and Donna, as well as their children, for helping to give back to local children and families who are temporarily homeless!
Andy O’Brien, who is running for the Palm Beach County Commissioner’s Seat in District 4, visited the Day Center with his Campaign Manager Arlene Ustin on December 27th. Andy and Arlene were briefed on our mission by Board Secretary Linda Prior and Director of Operations Elida Barrios. In addition to spending time with our current guest families’ children, Andy and Arlene expressed support for Family Promise of South Palm Beach County and even provided names and contacts for potential future support or hosting congregations.
Quantum Foundation is a private grant making organization that funds approved charities and certain government agencies serving PBC. The foundations funding supports those organizations which provide health care, and educate others about health care. Since its founding over 15 years ago they have given away over $100 million in grants to more than 100 organizations based in PBC.
Three years ago they decided to go one step further and assist organizations that provide basic needs in our community.
- Representative Mark Pafford visited the Day Center yesterday for a productive, wide ranging discussion about the issues facing families in Palm Beach County. From left to right, President Michael Diamant, Secretary Linda Prior, Program Director Mildreys Hereira, Rep Mark Pafford, Office Manager Elida Barrios, Executive Director Kokie Dinnan. Thank you for the time Rep Pafford!
This week, the Delray Beach City Council issued a Proclamation, recognizing the week of November 10 – 16 as Family Promise Week in Delray Beach. The attached photo shows Delray Beach Mayor Cary Glickstein presenting the Proclamation to Linda Prior, Board Secretary of Family Promise of South Palm Beach County.
Family Promise of South Palm Beach County has been aiding local children and families who are temporarily homeless since November 2008. The 12 hosting and 9 support congregations as well as the 3 dedicated professionals and 1,100 volunteers work tirelessly to help their neighbors who have been adversely affected by the current economic environment. Recent statistics show that 11.7% of families in PB County fall below the poverty line (~41,000 children) and the estimates of the PB School District of 1600 – 1800 homeless students. Family Promise of South Palm Beach County has graduated over 200 children and adults with a 100% success rate since beginning operations.
At the October 22nd Boca Raton City Council meeting, our President, Michael Diamant, was presented a Proclamation, in recognition of Family Promise Week.
Mayor Whelchel spoke to the audience about how she personally has visited the Day Center and how local congregations are helping their neighbors who have encountered tough times. Michael spoke as well, highlighting the 11.7% of families in PB County below the poverty line (~41,000 children) and the estimates of the PB School District of 1600 – 1800 homeless students. Michael added that the success of the local Family Promise organization comes from the efforts of the 3 full time professionals and 1,100 volunteers. He also mentioned the 12 hosting congregations and 9 support congregations as well as encouraging people who want to make a real difference in our community to become a volunteer.