WAYS TO HELP WITH FAMILY PROMISE
Pray for the families that are in the program and for those struggling to enter. Include the Family Promise staff and all the volunteers who make the program a success. Please
pray for our church and its continued commitment to this vital program.
Provide an element to a meal; purchase some of the staples that we need for the week. Provide paper products, drinks (milk, fruit juice etc). Maybe even a case of water…we like to leave bottled water in the rooms for all the guests. Do you like to bake? A home made cookie in a baggie is put on each pillow before the guests arrive. The families appreciate having fresh fruit each night when they arrive back at the church. Could you bring some apples, oranges or bananas to the church during the week?
Do your children like to make cards? We like to put a “welcome to our church” card on each pillow when the week begins. Could your children make some?
Spend an evening with the families; play a game with the children. Lend an ear to the parents. Just be there for them.
Sleep overnight in the church…the easiest assignment of all. Van drivers are always needed in the mornings and the afternoons; no special license is required.
The children enjoy receiving a book and a small tote bag when they arrive. We also like to give a very large tote bag to the parents so they don’t have to use plastic bags to carry their belongings back and forth all week. Keep your eye out for sale books for all ages and reuseable large tote bags.
We also like to provide travel size toiletries to the families. If you are traveling and have access to them at your hotel, consider bringing them back to us. The families love them and cannot purchase these items with food stamps.
Perhaps you have some games that are not being used in your home. If they are complete and in good shape, maybe you would like to share them with us. We always need balls for use in the gym. Most of the children love running after balls in the gym and it tires them out!
Many of our linens are worn out and need to be replaced. Specifically we need new or gently used twin blankets. We will be putting a bath towel, hand towels and wash cloths in each room and have very few at this point. We have a very limited supply of baby items. Maybe you could donate baby wipes, bibs, baby powder and lotion or light weight small blankets for use in portacribs.
If you are an employer, consider calling the Family Promise Center at 330-253-8081 to see if anyone in the program might meet your staffing needs.
The Family Promise Center in Akron can always use paper products and cleaning supplies. Call me if you have anything to donate to them.
Consider if there may be something your teen could do to help with Family Promise at the church. We can pair him/her up with an adult if they would like to take an overnight shift on the weekend or in the summer. Or perhaps they would like to spend the evening playing games with the children. The younger ones love having a teenager to play with!
Hopefully this list will be helpful to you if you decide to assist us in this joyous mission project. If you are interested in donating food, please contact Wanda Jesson at church or myself first. We don’t want anyone to spend time or money on items that might not be needed at that time.
We truly appreciate your support of Family Promise and hope you know that the families are so grateful for your efforts.
Please contact me with any questions, comments or suggestions.
Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some people have entertained angels without knowing it. Hebrews 13:2