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   Spring 2017                                                                      
Newsletter

Mr. Jones' Story:  Keeping Family Together When It Matters Most

The layoff happened suddenly right before the holidays. Mr. Jones returned home, his head spinning, to share the devastating news with his wife. Since the birth of their son four years ago, she had devoted her time to being a stay at home mom, so the family relied solely on his income. Mr. Jones is a proud man and not one to let circumstances keep him down, so he immediately began searching for work. His family needed him. It wasn't long, however, before they found themselves homeless with nowhere to go. Mr. Jones began a new search, one for safe housing that led him to Family Promise of Coastal Alabama. He stated, "I am so relieved. Family Promise took a lot of pressure off my shoulders. It is good to know that my family has somewhere safe to go."

As they were preparing to enter shelter, Mr. Jones got the call he had been waiting for, an interview for work. Just one day later, he started a new job.  In the few weeks that have passed, with help from his case manager, he and his wife enrolled their son in preschool. She began a job training program and started volunteering at a local nonprofit to build her work skills. These are the opportunities he always wanted for his family.


"It is good know that my family has somewhere safe to go."

Mr. Jones rises as early as 4 a.m. for work some days. He drapes his jacket over his lean body and heads out into the cold, but he has a wide smile and a purposeful gait. At work, he displays a know-how and a steady work pace that comes from years of mechanic work, and it hasn't gone unnoticed by his employer. In his first month on the job, he was awarded the honor of employee of the month. Showing off his lapel pin, he says, "Look what I received today!"
Together, Mr. Jones and his wife are building their financial independence one good decision at a time.  They are house hunting now with a renewed outlook for the future. Mr. Jones is a proud father, a supportive husband, and a dedicated worker in the community.

There are other men who, much like Mr. Jones, face humbling, frightening circumstances. It's sad to think that some of them reason their families are better off without them. But families don't have to separate when they need each other most. We can help families stay together during a housing crisis. Visit our website to learn more about how Family Promise strengthens families and our community.

 

LaKisha Fletcher: Our 2017 Spring Intern

LaKisha Fletcher joined our team in January 2017 to complete her internship with the University of South Alabama. Her studies are focused in Mental and Behavioral Healthcare.  With graduation approaching in May 2017, her main goal is to work with the Alabama Department of Veteran’s Affairs.  LaKisha feels strongly that our Veterans deserve more attention and greater assistance for their needs.
LaKisha is an eager student. She was very open about her past and her goals from the moment she interviewed for her position.  "Our past has a lot to do with who we are today," LaKisha shared. “People didn’t know that I was homeless at age nineteen. I was able to continue working and still further my education while living in my car".  For a time, LaKisha had to take time off from her studies to help care for her grandmother, who developed Alzheimer’s.  While assisting her grandmother, however, LaKisha held tight to her goal of returning to college.
 
"People didn't know that I was homeless..."
Today, LaKisha works with children as a Mental Health and Behavioral Aide. These children cope with a variety of internal and external challenges, including depression, bullying, broken spirits, and attempts to harm themselves or others.  LaKisha’s typical day is spent helping the young people entrusted to her care improve their self-esteem, behavior, social skills, life skills, and self-care. Some need more than others, but she goes the extra mile to help them all. Truly, her past has shaped her decision to work in the Mental and Behavioral Healthcare field. Congratulations, LaKisha!

From the Bookkeeper's Desk

Always cautious of our purse strings, the bookkeeper wants us to be aware of upcoming "Open Weeks".  These are weeks that remain unassigned to host churches in the network. Consequently, families are accommodated at Central Presbyterian Church, volunteers drop off evening meals and staff covers overnight.  We are grateful for the help.  Our cost is a big factor, however, totaling an excess of $500 for church rental and staff pay.  These dates are April 30 - May 7, July 30 - August 6, and October 1 - 8.  Just one additional host congregation would lighten the workload for every network member, enabling us to better serve families. But we need your help.  Will you please share this communication with your pastors and your friends? Encourage them to let other congregations know about this opportunity to serve. Thank you!
Our mission is to provide temporary shelter, related services and nurturing support to families as they work to achieve and sustain independence.
Thank you to The Mapp Family Foundation for supporting the mission of Family Promise of Coastal Alabama.

MLK Day at FPCA

Our thanks to the students at USA for their work all around Mobile making MLK Day, not a day off but a day of service.  They dedicated three long hours cleaning, polishing, recycling, and putting our offices back in order.  GO JAGS!

Board of Directors

Jean Tucker, President
Attorney, University of South Alabama

Mona Bienville Williams, Vice President
Community Volunteer

Knox Boteler, Treasurer
Attorney at Law

Larissa Dickinson, LCSW, PIP, Secretary
Mobile County Public Schools

Pete Mackey, Immediate Past President
Attorney at Law

Diane McCaskey, Executive Director
Family Promise of Coastal Alabama

Thomas Boller
Attorney at Law

Heather Fowler
Dauphin Way United Methodist Church

Beth Hardaway
All Saints Episcopal Church

Stephen Mesler
Woodforest National Bank

Sherry Moore
The Bright Spot, Mount Hebron Church Ministries

Brian Naylor
Government Street Presbyterian Church

John Nocera
Arcadis

Julie Plummer 
Southern Medical & Mobility

Manja Podratz, PhD
Yoga with Manja

Jack Rester
BancorpSouth

Jennifer Roberts
Dauphin Way United Methodist Church

Nancy Whitley
Dauphin Way United Methodist Church

Robin B. Woolsey
Woodforest National Bank

 
Join us in making our community stronger one family at a time.
Donate
To donate or volunteer, call us at 251-441-1991 or download our volunteer application here and email it to Diane at dmccaskey@famprom.org 
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cleaning products
feminine products
diapers, wipes & baby bathing products
male grooming products
May 8, 2017
6:00p - 8:00p
Atlanta Bread Company
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