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Family Promise of Clear Creek

Hello All!

Our next week to host Family Promise will be SundayNovember 12th - Sunday November 19th.  If you are available tovolunteer this week, please use the volunteer sign-up link found in the weekly emails. 

There are currently 4 families in the program.  The guest families are as follows:

  • La'Tour:  She has Jeremy (18) and 2 other sons(11 and 16.)
  • Joe & Melissa:  You may remember them from our last hosting week. They have a daughter, Macy (9), and a son, Mathias(6).  
  • Nicole:  You may remember her and her daughter,Quin (3).  Nicole is expected to graduate on Tuesday October 17th. Her graduation is at Friendswood Friends Church at 7:30pm.  We are all invited!  If you or someone you know can help Nicole with any of the items on her graduation list, please contact Emmanual Favor directly at efavor@ccfamilypromise.org or email the office: info@ccfamilypromise.org

  • Egypt:  She is doing well and will most likely be the next to graduate.  She has a son (3) and one on the way!

Please keep these families in your prayers.
We will keep you updated on any shifts, adjustments, or updates with our guests.

Loaner Vehicle: If you or someone you know can help Family Promise by loaning or donating a car, please contact Emmanual Favor.

Move-In Assistance Fund (MAF): A new program has been initiated in our affiliate. It is the MOVE-IN ASSISTANCE FUND (MAF). A generous benefactor donated $10,000.00 to be used specifically to help our families afford stable housing faster.Through this program small amounts of funding will be made available to families to cover deposit and first month’s rent, making them able to move into permanent housing situations much sooner.  Consequently, we need to create a Family Assistance Committee, that will monitor use of this fund and undertake fundraising to ensure continuance of the program. If you know of anyone who would like to serve on this committee, please kindly pass on their information to me.

House Angels: Family Promise is looking for some House Angels.  House Angels are friends who don’t mind including Family Promise in their grocery/shopping list. When they go shopping, they grab a few extra items for Family Promise.  Emmanual Favor can get you a current list of items. 

Thank you for all your continued help and support,

Liz, Beverly, and Joyce

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FAMILY PROMISE TESTIMONIAL

Our night as hosts for Family Promise:

Dallas and I were overnight hosts for the Family Promise ministry on Monday night, May 15th.  Dallas arrived at church early (surprisingly for her, before the families!) because she was also providing the main course for dinner this night as well.  The families did not

arrive at the church until the 6 pm hour.  For those who aren’t aware, we supported 3 family units this week, 2 Mom’s with 3 children each and a Father with one child.  I arrived at about 7:30 pm to spend the post dinner hours with the families and the night as host with Dallas.  The upstairs of the church

actually functions amazingly well as a temporary hotel.  Each family had its own private space with beds and we did as well.  Dallas and I spent the night in the same room but there are separate host rooms when the hosts are not from the same family.  The youth room worked great as a gathering place for all the families.  They are

actually getting to know each other very well as they are spending a lot of time together in the Family Promise program.  I had to remember my video game days with my kids as several of the younger children wanted to play “Mario Party” and others enjoyed the pool table and the air hockey game.  This gave Dallas and I a little time to get to know the families a little better.  Shortly after 9 pm everyone began to head to their rooms and we made sure everything was secured and then went to bed ourselves.  We set an alarm for 5 am which was the agreed

upon wake up time to get out at around 5:30.  I made coffee for us and the parents and they took along the breakfast bags that Sue Noggle had prepared for them and delivered the night before.  All in all, a very painless and rewarding experience so if you have some internal fears about being a host I hope this lets you know that it is a pretty painless task.  Dallas and I both made it home in time to take showers, take care of the dogs and make it to work on time. —— John Meyer

 


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At our first hosting week of May 14th, there were so many helpers that worked long and hard, that we could not even begin to thank them all, but we will try next month!  As this article is being written, we are in the midst of that first week.  So far, these have been going very well.  Our guests are delightful. A few reminders for Family Promise volunteers:

1) Be sure to sign the volunteer “log hours” sheet to help Family Promise of Clear Creek accumulate hours that can be used in their future funding applications.  These should be available every night.  Since we missed the first few days, I will fill in the information from my notes.

2) Now’s the time to start signing up for August 13-20, 2017, our next hosting week!  Thanks to your generous support, we had all of the supplies needed for this first week.  Please check the online sign-up sheets for August 13-20, 2017 to pick the dates most convenient for you to help.  Here is the link. You can also email Beverly Curtice (curtice@swbell.net) and let her know your preferences.

 

Currently, Family Promise has 3 families in the program for a total of 10 people with children ranging in ages from 2 to 18 years old. 

As this week concludes, we will be sending our volunteers a survey to get feedback on what went well and what we could improve on.

 

Thank you House of Prayer for your tremendous support!

 


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House of Prayer is partnering with Family Promise of Clear Creek, and we would love your help. 

  • Family Promise is a non-profit organization that helps families with children get back on their feet. 

  • These are families in our area who could really use our support. 

  • We will be helping to support about 4 families quarterly for one week at a time. 


Please mark your calendars with House of Prayer's host weeks for Family Promise.  They are as follows:
  • May 14 - 21
  • Aug 13 - 20
  • Nov 12 - 19 and
  • Feb 11 - 18, 2018. 

In a typical hosting week, guests will be dropped off every evening at 6pm and will be picked up at 6am.  Dinner will be served around 6:30pm upstairs in the fellowship room.  Overnight hosts can arrive at 8pm. With the arrival of Family Promise's new executive director, the logistics for breakfast has shifted.  Breakfast can be dropped off at Family Promise's Day Center the Sunday we begin our week of hosting.  We may have some breakfast items at House of Prayer based on the needs of our guests. As we approach our first week, we will get more details about our guests including dietary restrictions and working schedules.

There will be a volunteer training opportunity about 2 - 3 weeks prior to our first hosting time.  This is a very important training for anyone who will be interacting with our guests.  We will pass this information on to you as soon as it is made available.

Thank you to those of you who have signed up for supplies and have already placed them in the Family Promise bin in the narthex.  There is still plenty of time to sign up for supplies either in the narthex or online. 

The coordinators will begin to schedule volunteers soon.  If there is a specific day or days that you would like to volunteer, please contact Elizabeth Curtice to let her know which day(s) and volunteering opportunities you would like. For internet safety, Elizabeth's email is not included here but can be found in the Sunday bulletin and April newsletter, The Messenger. 



Family Promise welcomed their new Executive Director, Emmanuel Favor on February 13th.  

At church, you can communicate with any of the Coordinators (Elizabeth Curtice, Beverly Curtice, or Joyce Miller.) You will be emailed information with a link. This link also gives you the opportunity to coordinate with each other in case your availability dates change.  Let them know of any changes to your information.  Make sure to let them know if you do not want your contact information shared in this group. 

Once you receive the link to sign up....
Feel free to sign-up directly using the link (type your name in the chosen cell, click outside the cell, saves automatically), email Elizabeth Curtice, or wait for the sign-up sheet in the narthex at House of Prayer.

We continue to seek out additional volunteers especially with meals and overnight hosts.  If you have any interested friends, neighbors, or family members, please share this information.

Please continue to pray for a successful relationship between Family Promise, their church partners, and the families we will be serving.