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Updated: Sep 25, 2020

Submitted by Monica Flint


Since March 2016, through our membership with Family Promise of Lower Bucks, Newtown United Methodist Church has offered an evening meal and a place to sleep for a week at a time, four times a year to homeless families (with a short interval when the program was on hiatus).

This program has meant a lot to me and I believe to the other people who have participated. Along with other programs such as the annual mission trip, Family Promise gives us the chance to feel that we are really doing good in our community, doing the work that our faith teaches us is right, making us feel proud of telling our friends why we go to church, what it’s all about.


Participating in Family Promise involves teamwork and generosity on the part of many We have at least 54 volunteers from our own congregation, and from partner congregations, who sign up to donate time and expertise in preparing tasty nourishing meals, others who convert Sunday school rooms into bedrooms each time, yet others who restock the refrigerator with perishables for packed lunches and snacks; thoughtful participants who donated sheets and blankets, toys and books toiletries etc. to ensure our guests comfort. A handyman who constructed a beautiful wooden toy box.


There is another group to thank too: the homeless people and their children who have been our guests. Without exception they have been outstanding ambassadors for Family Promise: thoughtful and considerate visitors we would be happy to welcome into our own homes. It has been a joy for all of the volunteers who meet them to get to know them. We have learned so much about those whom we often group together in our minds as “the homeless” ... about how unique each individual family is on the one hand, and how identical they are to our neighbors and friends on the other. There is nothing different about them except that they have fallen on hard times. It is such a privilege to know that we can help them take the steps to get back into homes of their own.


There is one event that I will remember forever. It took place on Christmas Eve. The other guest families were able to spend this special night with family or friends but there was one mother and her two children, a girl and a boy, who were staying in our church. I could see the young teenage boy, just 13, was doing his best to please his mom, but she was disappointed with him, and he felt sulky and sad. After finishing dinner and washing up together, we all crept late into the sanctuary together. After just a short time, the electric lights in the church were extinguished, while each of us shared the flame of a candle with our neighbor, as the organ played & we sang Silent Night, Holy Night. I will never forget the wonder in that little boy’s face as he held his candle high in the air and looked across the church at all the flickering candles! And his big smile afterwards. I would not have wanted to be anywhere else at that moment. I hope very much he remembers it too.



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SUMMIT, NJ, OCTOBER 25 – This October, Family Promise Affiliates across the country will participate in Family Promise’s first Giving Day, a one-day online event to raise awareness of Family Promise and the crisis of family homelessness in the U.S.


“We’re bringing our communities together to raise $1million for families experiencing homelessness,” says Chief Impact Officer Cara Bradshaw. “More than 80 Affiliates will be online on October 25 to support this mission.” The digital event will be accompanied by local in-person events at Affiliates and a Night of Giving Gala held in Summit, NJ.


Family Promise envisions a nation in which every family has a home, a livelihood, and the chance to build a better future. What began as a local initiative in Summit, NJ, has become a national movement that involves 200,000 volunteers and serves more than 90,000 family members each year. Family Promise will change the future for 1 million children by 2030. Let’s start on October 25! For more information about Family Promise Giving Day, please visit www.fpgives.org.

If you are a reporter with questions about Giving Day, please reach out to Katie Coughlin at kcoughlin@familypromise.org.



Family Promise aims to raise $1 million in 24 hours during Giving Day Event


Family Promise envisions a nation in which every family has a home, a livelihood, and the chance to build a better future. What began as a local initiative in Summit, NJ, has become a national movement that involves 200,000 volunteers and serves more than 90,000 family members each year. Family Promise will change the future for 1 million children by 2030. Let’s start on October 25! For more information about Family Promise Giving Day, please visit www.fpgives.org.

If you are a reporter with questions about Giving Day, please reach out to Katie Coughlin at kcoughlin@familypromise.org.


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GOVERNOR PHIL MURPHY AND SENATOR CORY BOOKER RECOGNIZE FAMILY PROMISE WEEK 2019.

This week, October 20th through October 27th is Family Promise week! Family Promise is thankful to our New Jersey government officials for recognizing and supporting our efforts to raise awareness in the fight against family homelessness. You can view letters from Governor Phil Murphy and Senator Cory Booker below.




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