Family Promise of Tualatin Valley, a local nonprofit serving local homeless families, is celebrating its first year serving the community.
The rotational shelter program, along with its partners and volunteers, has provided more than 3,600 safe sleeping nights since opening its doors in March 2019.
"I will never forget welcoming our first families," says Rose Money, executive director of Family Promise of Tualatin Valley. "We were excited and nervous and so were our families ... we were about to have many, many 'firsts' together!"
That year of firsts included building resumes and budgets for guests and hundreds of everyday moments like baking cookies, new jobs, first day of school, doctor visits and getting drivers licenses.
"We knew it would be great," said Money. "But we could not have imagined how very rewarding it would be to be part of something so special."
In the first year, FPTV housed 13 families, provided 2,731 safe sleeping nights, served 8,193 meals and offered 900 community referrals.
"Community support allowed us to both serve and grow in our first year," said FPTV Board Chair Jennifer Ayers. "Fifty-two people are in sustainable housing and FPTV grew as an organization — adding a transportation program, a part-time volunteer coordinator and a shelter diversion program."
Both Money and Ayers credit community partners, religious and civic groups, social service agencies, area housing providers and private donors for the program's success.
"The everyday actions of others show us how committed our communities are to supporting Family Promise's vision to end homelessness, one family at a time," said Money.
FPTV is maintaining support of local homeless families during the COVID-19 health crisis. Housing stabilization and homeless diversion programming continues and families who are currently in the program are being housed and supported in motels.
Money explained that the rotational shelter element of the program was paused in late March to protect families and volunteers.
"Our staff is working from home to continue case management and resource referral services," Money said. "We are seeing a significant increase in community need and will help local families continue on their path to sustainable housing, stay in their homes and secure safe sleeping."
FPTV offers families experiencing homelessness a rotational shelter program, diversion and housing stabilization services and postgraduate support. Those efforts are funded in part by an annual spring fundraiser called "Drive In Sleep Out!, which has been cancelled due to uncertainty of short-term public event guidelines. Those interested in supporting FPTV through a direct donation can do so by visiting familypromiseoftv.org/donate-1.
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