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Hosting homeless families

Two of several local faith-based congregations, Yardley United Methodist Church and Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, are partnering to “host” homeless families enrolled in Family Promise of Bucks County’s program that assists families in transitioning from homelessness to independence and permanent housing.

Four times a year, for a week each time, up to 13 persons  find a welcoming and safe environment Yardley United Methodist Church in Lower Makefield.

Here, they are provided a sleeping room,  hot evening and morning meals, and lunch “fixings” for the next day’s return to the Day Center or to their place of employment.

At the Day Center, family members work on various programs designed to address the particular challenges they must overcome in order to take the next step toward independence.

Family Promise of Lower Bucks Day Center in Bristol is one of more than 200 centers across the United States whose mission is to provide education and assistance to homeless families so that they can re-establish themselves in a home and in employment.

Services provided include counseling, arranging child care, transportation, budgeting, job interview skills, and referrals to healthcare services.

Services offered in Family Promise Day Centers around the U.S.  are unique to the needs of that particular community.  

For more information about how you can participate in the Family Promise program, call Yardley UMC at 215-493-3345 or view the Family Promise website at www.fplb.org.