In 2017, we helped 38 children and a total of 18 families. 89% of the families we served found employment and 67% of families found housing. We hold our families to a strict set of guidelines (no alcohol, meeting deadlines, finding employment, etc.) and dismiss families that violate these rules. Our program is voluntary, so families can choose to leave at any time. Every family that adhered to the guidelines and finished the program found housing in 2017.
At Family Promise, we believe that the greatest proof of our success is not in dollars raised or number of families served, but in the lasting impact of our program on the lives of our participants.
Family Spotlight: ALex Allens
In March 2018, just three months after entering the 90 Day Program, Alex Allens transitioned into the Next Step Affordable Housing Program that provides affordable housing for our qualifying families. Alex continues to be actively involved with our family advocate, participates in weekly home visits, and attends the L.I.F.E. Program Classes when her work schedule allows. This single mom has one daughter, Erin, who is 19 years old. Alex currently works at Dollar General in Gainesville as an Assistant Manager and Erin works part time at Dollar General in Oakwood. We interviewed Alex about her time in the program, her ongoing success and her greatest struggles.
FP: What has helped you most while in the program?
AA: The L.I.F.E Program Classes that are held two days a week. Through the L.I.F.E classes I was able to focus on my natural abilities and use those to become successful. In particular, the job skills and career development class where we worked on our resumes that helped me grasp my worthiness.
FP: What are the long-term benefits you see from Family Promise?
AA: Learning and having more confidence and belief in myself combined with being able to look at finances and the ability to reign in unnecessary spending.
FP: What's your greatest success since graduating from the 90 day Program into the Next Step Program?
AA: My greatest success is recognizing my worth in the job world. The realization and confidence that I could demand what I felt I was worth and could walk away if my needs were not met but instead my demands were answered by subsequent promotions.
FP: Greatest struggle since graduating from the 90 Day Program?
AA: The struggle continues in finding affordable housing in the Hall County area to provide a more permanent home for myself and my daughter.
FP: How has Erin transitioned throughout this process?
AA: Just yesterday I was looking at my daughter and thinking of how she has matured throughout this process realizing her own self-worth and possibilities waiting! She has continued to seek ways to contribute to our family instead of thinking that “mommy” can fix it.
Alex gained confidence daily with the pursuit of finding a better job, realizing her self-worth with every step taken. She found the motivation needed through the weekly L.I.F.E Classes, counseling, and daily case management, to graduate to the Next Step Housing. We continue to partner with them as Alex seeks independence and personal development!