I am the Executive Director and founder of Family Promise of Hall County (FPHC). A native of Dalton, GA myself, my husband Ward, our three children, and I have called Gainesville, GA home for over 20 years.
I graduated from Auburn University where I majored in landscape architecture. I was drawn to the mission of Family Promise when I returned to Dalton with my family for Thanksgiving one year and we served dinner to several families experiencing homelessness as part of the Family Promise affiliate there. Seeing Family Promise in action that Thanksgiving inspired me to return to Gainesville and create an affiliate in Hall County. I shared my vision with others, including a strong coalition of churches, and in 2012, Family Promise of Hall County opened its doors.
I am proud to say the number of programs offered by FPHC has expanded to eight, many of which are open to clients of area nonprofits. This collaborative effort to solve problems without duplication is a hallmark of FPHC’s work.
I, along with the Board of Directors, completed a successful capital campaign in 2019 to purchase The Homestead, a centralized campus providing families experiencing homelessness with both housing and needed wraparound services. After months of renovations, I anticipate opening housing in the fall of 2021.
The best part of my job is seeing families turn around their lives and regain their independence when the rest of the world says it is impossible.
A native of Gainesville, GA, I attended Oxford College and Emory University and graduated with a degree in sociology. I earned my Master of Social Work from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and have been licensed in the state of Georgia as a clinical social worker for over 20 years.
Professionally and as a volunteer, my passion is understanding social circumstances and how individuals adapt within them. My career experience includes working as a full time medical social worker/case manager in a neuro-rehabilitation unit in Rome, GA and as a certified case manager/social worker for oncology and HIV/Women Services at Erlanger Medical Center in Chattanooga, TN. Other experiences include substitute teaching and forensic interviewing and a brief stint as an author.
Personally, I enjoy teaching confirmation classes to middle school students, but my passion is my family. My husband Sean Sumner and I are the parents of three awesome sons.
Joining the staff of Family Promise in 2013, I have appreciated the ability to work with families and encourage them through challenges. I am proud to contribute to our community’s tradition of caring for our own.
Born and raised in Atlanta, GA, I developed my love of service at a young age after volunteering at Los Niños Primero in Sandy Springs all throughout middle and high school. I went on to attend Carnegie Mellon University where I earned my B.A. in Global Studies and Minor in Politics and Public Policy in 2017. I moved to Gainesville, GA after completing my degree to be close to home. Most recently, I worked at the Humane Society of Northeast Georgia as their Volunteer and Education Coordinator.
My passion is working at the intersection of culture, language, youth, and justice, and I thoroughly enjoy working with volunteers. When the opportunity presented itself to work for Family Promise of Hall County, I couldn’t pass up the offer! I’m thrilled to be a part of the Family Promise team helping to alleviate the pressures life can throw at us.
Raised in Naples, FL, we moved to the North Georgia mountains nearly 20 years ago. I have since lived in Dahlonega and Gainesville and have now settled down in the small town of Lula with my husband Christopher and three handsome and energetic boys, Payton, Parker, and Paxton. We enjoy hiking, camping, and just being outdoors together.
After graduating from Family Promise of Hall County in 2013, I developed a strong love for giving back. Little did I know the opportunity that would present itself several years later. I was hired by Family Promise Hall in 2017 as the Daycare Coordinator of Little Steps Community Daycare. In 2018, I was blessed with being able to head up our Promise To Feed program, which has since evolved into a client choice food pantry now known as the Family Food Market. I have found a true passion in serving children within the daycare and helping to provide food for families dealing with food insecurity in our community.
I feel like each day I am blessed with the opportunity to wake up, give back, and make a change in the lives of children, their families, and my community, alongside our entire team at Family Promise of Hall County.
“At the end of the day it’s not about what you have or even what you’ve accomplished. It’s about who you’ve lifted up, who you’ve made better. It’s about what you’ve given back.”
After growing up in Princeton, NJ, I made my way south to Hall County, which has been my home for 30 years. While raising my two amazing kids, Amanda and Robert, I worked as a preschool director, kindergarten parapro, and as a church Administrative Assistant for 12 years. I'm married to Jim and we share our home with a very spoiled rescue pup named Zeke.
I've been on staff at Family Promise of Hall County since 2017, and I believe that as a community we can locally address a national crisis by helping homeless families build new lives here in Hall County.