ABOUT

The mission of Family Promise of Gainesville is to mobilize community resources and local congregations to provide compassionate care, shelter, meals and case management to homeless children & their families.

 

Family Promise of Gainesville (FPG), formerly Interfaith Hospitality Network of Greater Gainesville (IHN) is a nonprofit organization created to provide shelter and comprehensive support for homeless families with children.

Family Promise unites and coordinates the collaborative efforts of volunteers from all faiths to shelter and feed homeless families. Families are housed in area houses of worship, where congregation members provide meals, transportation, and companionship for the guest families.

 

HOW DOES IT WORK?

Families living in our shelter program have dinner, spend the night and eat breakfast at local churches or synagogues for one week at a time on a rotating schedule.  This allows the entire community to share in caring for their neighbors.

  • The volunteers are community residents who recognize that any family can lose its home, and that it takes time to find affordable housing. 

  • The Case Manager meets with families at least once a week to discuss housing and employment possibilities and to assist in finding social services that may be helpful to families.

  • During the day, the Day Center serves as home for all guests.  When not working or in school, guests can do laundry, take showers and receive case management. They may use this address and phone number as their contact information. 

  • FP may provide transportation to doctor’s appointments, job searches, job interviews, and social service appointments, etc. during the hours of 9am and 4pm.

Why donate to Family Promise shelter?

  • Cost effective: $3 in-kind is raised for every $1 of direct donations

  • Successful:  In the last three years, an average of 91% of all Gainesville guests left with increased income, or stable housing, or both.  Success means these families stay stably housed for at least one year after graduation.

  • Community-centered: Providing over 10,000 meals and over 4,000 shelter nights in Gainesville each year.

 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Stan Beckerdite

Director

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Linda Bobroff

Director

Pat Dasler

Vice President

Helen McCune

Director

Jeanna Mastrodicasa

Director

Pat Abitt

Board President

         Adam Gurske

Director

Carol Turner

Board Treasurer

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Kim Ponzio

Board Secretary

Jorge Villalobos

Director

David Arreola

Director

Tamelia Malcolm

Director

Valaria Hamilton

Director

Mikel Bradley

Director

STAFF

Jayne Moraski

Executive Director

Shari Jones

Program Director