Family Promise of Beaverton sets fundraiser this weekend
As Family Promise of Beaverton prepares for its third annual fundraiser this weekend, its board chairwoman and executive director told the City Council that the group has helped 85% of families obtain permanent shelter within the past year.
Board Chairwoman Lois O'Halloran also said 700 volunteers helped the partnership provide 4,261 bed nights and serve 12,783 cooked meals for homeless children and families.
"Being with our volunteers made all the difference in the world," she said.
Family Promise of Beaverton is one of more than 200 affiliates of a national network created in 1988 and based in New Jersey. It opened its day center on March 1, 2018, at Sunset Presbyterian Church. About a dozen churches, plus Beaverton city government and Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District, play host to families on a rotating basis. Six other churches provide support.
While children attend school, volunteers and others help families with access to services and placement in housing.
Family Promise of Beaverton plans a drive-in, sleep-out fundraiser Saturday night and Sunday morning, Aug. 23-24, at Beaverton City Park, 12500 S.W. 4th St. The site will hold a maximum of 200 cars.
For details, go to: https://www.familypromiseofbeaverton.org.
In the most recent count, O'Halloran said, Beaverton School District led the state with 2,473 officially homeless students, 68% of the Washington County total.
Family Promise of Washington County has a day shelter in Hillsboro. Family Promise of the Tualatin Valley has hired an executive director, and aims to serve families in the Tigard-Tualatin, Sherwood and Lake Oswego school districts.
O'Halloran said she was struck by a story told by Guptill, its executive director, about a boy who attempted to pry open a book — first with his hands and then with his mouth.
"The family had been under so much stress that no one ever could sit down and read to him," she said. "He'd seen books open, but no one had ever opened a book for him."
Guptill ended up reading to him.
O'Halloran also said that during the past year, two babies were born to families and there were four expectant mothers.
"Sadly, I am not shocked by any of the numbers. I wish they were lower," said Councilor Lacey Beaty, herself the mother of a young child. "But what hit home for me the most was the babies born in the program."
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