DUNWOODY, Ga. — Family Promise will hold its first-ever Giving Day this Friday, Oct. 25, a 24-hour online event to raise funds and awareness of the national crisis of family homelessness, with matching donations from Belk.
The retailer is offering grants to 32 affiliates in 11 states, including Family Promise of North Fulton-DeKalb, based in Dunwoody, and Family Promise of Gwinnett County in Lawrenceville. Challenge grants will be used to incentivize community participation in Family Promise Giving Day.
Family Promise provides a safety net to support families at risk of homelessness. What began as a local initiative in New Jersey has become a national movement that involves 200,000 volunteers and serves more than 90,000 family members each year.
Earlier this year, Belk announced a $1 million donation to Family Promise to open 10 new affiliates and support 85 existing affiliates in the retailer’s 16-state footprint, which will help parents and their children receive the support they need to sustain independent housing.
“Through Belk’s support, the average number of programs offered by Family Promise Affiliates in Belk’s footprint more than doubled between 2017 and 2018,” Family Promise CEO Claas Ehlers said. “Last year, Family Promise served nearly 50,000 people in the Southeast through prevention, shelter and stabilization programs and other support.”
Family Promise affiliates in the Belk footprint run 265 innovative programs including transportation, life skills, financial capability, food assistance, rental and utility assistance, and post-shelter support.
Family Promise also provides childcare, clothing donations, parenting courses, after-school tutoring and health and wellness workshops. Last year, in these communities: 82 percent of families in shelter achieved sustainable housing, the average length of stay in shelter program was 66 days, 63,000 volunteers provided resources to families, 61 percent of those served in the shelter program were children and 68 percent of families served in the shelter program were female-headed households.
For more information about Family Promise Giving Day, please visit www.fpgives.org.