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The Promise Newsletter                                                                          Fall 2019

A Special Thank You

Family Promise of Coastal Alabama has a lot to be thankful for. We wanted to reach out and say thanks to you for supporting us as we grow and reach even more desperate families.
Our first brunch fundraiser was a phenomenal success. Eggs With a Side of Jazz was held on August 10, 2019 in historic Central Presbyterian Church. We are grateful to the church, The Jazz Studio, and the National Association of Real Estate Brokers for their help. 
We extend a special thank you to all our 

Strong Family Champions  


 
We would also like to thank the following individuals

Thriving Children Contributors

John and Angela Nocera
Tim Taylor of Edward Jones
Boteler and Wolfe

Welcome Autumn!

by Loleetha Smith
Autumn is the season of the year from September to November when the weather cools, crops and fruits are gathered and leaves fall from the trees in the northern hemisphere. It's what we naturally expect. But living here in the South, Autumn seems so far away. Temperatures have been in
the 100s, and the humidity makes it feel ten times hotter. In a way, this autumn is a lot like experiencing homelessness. Life is expected to take a certain path - you work, you have a home, your kids are safe - but when things take an unexpected turn for the worst, a family can end up in a situation that feels unbearable. It's the same inexplicable feeling of intense heat in autumn and wanting a change that seems so far away. FPCA, our network of host congregations, and our volunteers and supporters give families hope in a season that appears to be unrelenting. We offer material support, case management and simple listening (even when there are no words flowing from their mouths but by reading the expressions on their faces). We convey that we understand life is full of unexpected twists, but in time, families will welcome autumn with the gathering of life skills, the fruit of employment, and the cool rest of a home of their own. With help, it's not so far away.  
Some stats. . . In 2019, we've served 14 families in our emergency shelter program. 11 have exited into stable housing, and the other three are well on their way. Additionally, 3 families have been served in our affordable housing program, which is a housing solution for families who need more time to tackle complicated housing barriers.

Meet Our Newest Volunteer



Volunteers are vital to our mission. We asked April to answer the question "Why would a person with so many responsibilities volunteer at a homeless shelter?"
My name is April Baggott, and I am married to Spencer, Lead Pastor of M1 Church of the Nazarene. I am the mother of three wonderful children, and I am an online teacher when I am not at the church. For several years, my family and I served as missionaries in Africa. After being back in the US, I felt the need to volunteer in my own community and help others in need. Whether there's a hungry family in Africa or a homeless family in Alabama, hurting is hurting, and I want to alleviate the suffering of others if I can.

I love volunteering with FPCA. Some of the things I do is help with fundraising, share our activities on social media, and answer phone calls from parents looking for services. Being able to volunteer with these aspects of FPCA allows me to work at home as well as in the office. I love being around people, especially the staff and guests that are a part of the shelter program. I feel very blessed to be serving Mobile in this capacity. We are better together! 

Family Promise

By Chuck Miller, Volunteer at Port City Church of Christ
A family with no place to go
Where they can lie, can safely sleep
No place to share a simple meal
Nor be together—this breaks God’s heart.

Chorus:
Children’s laughter should be heard,
And families should know dignity.
The churches which know Jesus’ love
Should share that love with families.

The kindness of a neighbor’s smile
Can make a strange place feel like home.
When love flows from community
It blesses all our families.

Chorus:
Children’s laughter should be heard,
And families should know dignity.
The churches which know Jesus’ love
Should share that love with families.

Father, from whom families
In earth and heaven all take their name,
Visit us with your sweet Spirit
As we share food, our lives, Your love.

A family with no place to go
Where they can lie, can safely sleep
No place to share a simple meal
Nor be together— this breaks God’s heart.

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