Press Release – 2018 Walk-a-thon

3rd Annual Family Promise of Central Connecticut Walk Away Homelessness Event happening Saturday, September 29

New Britain, August 16 —Lace up your sneakers and get ready to step out to help end family homelessness by participating in Family Promise of Central Connecticut’s 3rd Annual Walk Away Homelessness event taking place on Saturday, September 29.

This family friendly event sponsored by Thrivent Financial will take place at Walnut Hill Park which is located at 18 West Main Street in New Britain. All fundraising proceeds will benefit Family Promise of Central Connecticut, the New Britain-based nonprofit organization that supports homeless families with children regain adequate housing and self-sufficiency.

“There are over 200 Family Promise affiliates across the country,” explains Director, Heather Labbe, “Family Promise of Central Connecticut is the first affiliate to be established in Connecticut.  Our work   has been an incredibly rewarding experience –not only for the families we serve, but for the hundreds of volunteers who make it all possible.”

Those hundreds of volunteers represent 12 congregations throughout central Connecticut which provide overnight accommodations to guest families in the program on a rotational basis, one week at a time, four times a year.  Volunteers also provide hot, homemade meals and continental style breakfasts.

During the day, families participating in the Family Promise of Central Connecticut program are transported by an affiliate-owned passenger van to the organization’s New Britain Day Center, where a full-time director and social worker provide individualized case management for adults while children attend school or day care.

“What’s wonderful about the program,” explains Director, Heather Labbe, “is that families experiencing a homelessness crisis are kept intact.  That isn’t always the case in homeless shelters, and it’s a crucial component to helping them get back on their feet as quickly as possible.”

The Walk Away Homelessness event will begin with a warm up/Yoga Session at 9 a.m.; the Walk—a-Thon begins at 10 a.m., and will be followed by a magic show!

Walkers can register for free online by visiting the Family Promise Walk Away Homelessness registration link  www://fpcct.gojiggy.com.  Same-day walk registration will also be available in Walnut Hill Park beginning at 9 a.m. behind the Band Shell.  All participating walkers that collect donations will receive an official event t-shirt.

To find out more about Family Promise of Central Connecticut, please visit our website:  www.familypromisecct.org

Make a Promise to Family Promise

For those of you that wish to commit your support to Family Promise, we are proud to announce our “Make a Promise to Family Promise” fundraising campaign.

“Make a Promise to Family Promise” is a way to set up recurring monthly donations to our organization through PayPal. It is so easy to do! Follow the steps below.

Click the PayPal image to be directed to the donation page:

To make a donation online click below to use PayPal:

When the window pops up, type in the amount you wish to donate each month. Then click the box that says “Make this a monthly donation.” Next, select which way you want to donate and Voilà… you have just made a promise to Family Promise!

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Remember, no gift is too small or too large! Also, Family Promise of Central CT is registered with the IRS as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Donations made to our organization are tax deductible. Thank you for your support!

Featured Congregation!

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Family Promise of Central Connecticut has created a new way to show our gratitude for the congregations that form our Interfaith Hospitality Network. The Featured Congregation initiative will showcase one of our host or supporting churches. Family Promise wants everyone to get to know each of the congregations that make our program work so well. Family Promise will be sharing social media posts with pictures throughout the month to highlight a randomly selected congregation.

Our first Featured Congregation is First Congregational Church in Southington. During June 2018, we showcased FCC Southington and what they do in the community and what makes them unique. We posted informational pieces and pictures all about our friends at FCC Southington on Facebook:

Featured Congregation June 2018: FCC Southington