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The Promise

Spring 2016

Family Promise of Coastal Alabama

A Closer Look

by Mavis Reed, Community Volunteer

We often imagine that the average homeless person is mentally ill or an addict. Invariably, most movies depict them pushing grocery carts full of their most cherished belongings while holding conversations with the invisible.  In fact, the estimated 2.3 to 3.5 million people who are homeless are “ordinary” people: the middle and working classes, including 1.5 million of whom are children.  Did you know that the average homeless parent has worked for decades or may have become homeless while earning minimum wage or less? Others are homeless due to uncontrollable issues such as an economic recession or the death of a spouse. Subsequently, homelessness is often a temporary condition or “transitional” period, not a life choice.
Our homeless remain primarily unseen, but they remain among us nonetheless.  And they need our help to come out of the shadows. 

The Family Promise mission is to provide temporary shelter, related services and nurturing support to families with children as they work to achieve and sustain independence.  
Because of the championing diligence of organizations like Family Promise homelessness ends for many on a daily basis.
Host and Support Churches

It takes approximately 160 volunteers to make this network strong and reliable. We offer our thanks to each and every one of you. 

Interfaith Hospitality

The quintessential community approach to ending homelessness

Employee Spotlight
India Kidd
India Kidd is celebrating her seven-year work anniversary with Family Promise in April 2016. She is the case manager for the IHN and affordable housing projects and recently served as interim agency co-director. During her tenure, she has helped nearly 280 families. “We celebrate the small victories here,” says India. “There are layers to a family’s situation and we want to help them get to the bottom of what’s going on.”  India expresses that one of the most enjoyable things she’s experienced is seeing children grow up to be smart, well-adjusted, funny young adults and knowing that it is due in some small part to their time at Family Promise. As for what she would like to see in the program’s future she states, “I would like to have more transitional housing for our families and more host and support churches in the network.  The church volunteers are awesome.  I want to make sure to thank them.” 
India will work with 40 to 50 families this year. Family Promise is indebted to her for her years of excellent service and her continued dedication to eliminating homelessness among families with children. 
From the Executive Director's Desk
My name is Diane McCaskey and I am the new Executive Director at Family Promise of Coastal Alabama.  Although I’ve only been here a month, I’ve learned a couple of important things about Family Promise. First, Family Promise is an innovative and cost-effective solution to homelessness that’s working in our community. Second, this small, dedicated staff and over 160 compassionate volunteers have helped 85% of the families they’ve worked with change their lives for the better. I'm excited about what the future holds for Family Promise, but we need your support to continue. Join us in changing the future of families experiencing homelessness.  Here are some ideas.

Volunteer Opportunities

Office Angel/Organizer:  clerical and photography, assisting families in the day center, occasional light janitorial, keeping storage shelves systemized
Transportation assistance with errands to nearby locations such as pediatric clinic and Alabama Career Center

Needed Items

  • trash bags (kitchen and garden size)
  • disinfectant spray
  • foil and plastic storage bags
  • underwear and clothing for boys (sizes 3T - 5T)
  • an adult bike
Board Members
Pete Mackey - President
Attorney at Law
Jean Tucker – Vice President
Attorney at Law
Knox Boteler – Treasurer
Attorney at Law
Larissa Dickinson, LGSW, PIP – Secretary
Mobile County Public Schools
Thomas Boller –
Immediate Past President
Attorney at Law
Dr. Richard Cross
Community Volunteer
Heather Fowler
Dauphin Way United Methodist
Beth Hardaway
All Saints Episcopal
Stephen Mesler
Woodforest National Bank
Sherry Moore
The Bright Spot
Brian Naylor
Government St. Presbyterian
John Nocera
Julie Plummer
Southern Medical and Mobility
Monja Podratz
Jack Rester
Bancorp South
Jennifer Roberts
Dauphin Way United Methodist
Pat Turner
Dayspring Baptist Church

Nancy Whitley
Dauphin Way United Methodist Church

Mona Williams
Bay Community Church

Robin Woolsey
Wood forest National Bank
Our mailing address is:
P.O. Box 40881
Mobile, AL 36640

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Phone: 251-441-1991


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