Family Promise Update
Cedar Chips – February 2020
Life presents us with many things to worry about. For me, fortunately, this doesn’t include wondering where I will be living next week and where I will get food for my family. Far too often I take that blessing for granted. Many families today don’t have this stability. They feel like they are facing the world alone. They don’t have a solid support system. They are either unemployed or under employed and can’t cover the basic living expenses of food and housing for their family.
These are the homeless families that Family Promise strives to help. Family Promise is a mission that our church partners with along with 10-15 other area faith communities to provide overnight hosting four weeks per year (once a quarter). Family Promise’s goal is to help families get to a stable and sustainable living situation while keeping their family together. Over the past 18 months more than 100 people from our congregation have assisted in hosting five different families. Each of these families now has an employed parent and is in their own housing. Each of these families have unique complex situations, but we were a part of providing crucial first steps for them to develop a stable sustainable living situation.
As we host each new family, we share our faith with them through our love, fellowship, and actions. As we begin 2020, we continually focus on how we can provide a more positive impact to these families in the months and years ahead. If you have an interest in our mission, we openly welcome your involvement. If so, feel free to contact me by email or (319) 270-3547; or by catching me at church to talk about it.
Family Promise Leader
The Cedar Rapids Corvette Club is hosting a car show Saturday, June 8 in the Cedar Hills parking lot. This amazing show give its net proceeds all to local charities. Cedar Hills will be running the concession stands – our proceeds go towards the ministry of Family Promise.
View the Car Show Flyer
Register for the Car Show
If you would like to help in the concessions, contact the office. Otherwise, bring out the entire family on Saturday, June 8 for a great show! Lots to see and do.
Family Promise assists homeless families to get to a sustainable state with employment, housing, and other needed services. Our church hosted two families this past week with the help of caring volunteers.
Diane Potter did a special project with one of the daughters. They made a special blanket and scarf for her!
Family Promise of Linn County’s mission is to help homeless and low-income families achieve sustainable independence through compassionate care, hospitality and professional support. Cedar Hills partners with them as a host site to house families overnight and providing meals.
“Thanks so much to the 40 volunteers from Cedar Hills who helped host a family at our church through Family Promise. This week was a huge success! It was incredible to see such an awesome team effort! The family was very appreciative to all of you for your kindness and hospitality! They told me over and over how blessed they were to meet all of you and to have the chance to stay at our church. The kindness you showed the family is a key part of what makes Family Promise a successful program.” ~ Bruce Boldt, leader
“Our first week as a host for Family Promise has been going great with over 40 volunteers from our congregation participating. Each evening has included great food, fellowship, and fun. Along with getting to know the family we hosted, volunteers made meals, stayed overnight, and helped set-up and tear-down the hosting area.”
~ Bruce Boldt, leader