Family Promise of South Sarasota County
VPC’s Monthly Mission Partner (MMP) Month
What does the mission do/who does it serve?
Family Promise of South Sarasota county is a faith-based non-profit organization which enables the community to work together to address the needs of homeless children and their families by providing temporary shelter, meals, and comprehensive services to help them achieve lasting self-sufficiency.
What geographic area?
We help families with children -- in Osprey, Nokomis, North Port, Venice, and Englewood -- get back on their feet.
How do you do it?
We provide shelter, meals, basic needs (clothing, toiletries, personal items), case management, referrals and resources. All adults meet with an Employment Consultant (to assist in job seeking/placement) and a Financial Counselor (to learn better management of finances and start a savings). We also provide them with a support system; volunteers who are there for them each day.
Each adult, once working, must disclose all income to our Case Manager who then assists them in putting anywhere from 60% to 90% of their income into a savings account. Once enough money is saved, we assist with local financial resources for the move, and families get back into housing. (We also assist with local resources for furniture and household items they will need.)
How can one help/serve this mission? How and what can people donate? How can people volunteer?
Sunday Afternoon Room Set-Up
Make beds, lay out towels, and help unpack the moving vehicle for the week.
Daily Evening Meal Providers
Prepare dinners and deliver them to VPC. Providers are encouraged, but not required, to stay for dinner.
Daily Evening Fellowship & Activity Hosts
Be on campus in the evening, eat dinner with the families and be hosts to adults and children – talking, assisting with homework, and being present and available. Activity leaders will lead activities for adults and children in the evening.
Be on campus overnight. Volunteers may plan to arrive for dinner, if they wish, and will sleep in the Family Life Center to provide on-site assistance to families during the night, if needed.
Daily Morning Meal Hosts
Set out breakfast items for the families; meals are ready-made. Breakfast hosts stay through breakfast to give the family a friendly send-off for the day.
Sunday Morning Pack-Up
Take down beds and help pack the moving vehicle for the completion of the week.
Monetary for funds to assist families with needs or items like: toiletries and cleaning products.
Annual, Bi-Annual or regular events, trips or fundraisers for this mission
Is this a national or local organization?
1. National: https://www.familypromise.org
2. Local: http://www.familypromisessc.org