Family Promise's goal is to provide immediate shelter while equipping families with the knowledge and resources they need to sustain their independence in a home of their own.
The mission of Family Promise is to mobilize community resources and local congregations to provide, through compassionate care, shelter, meals and case management to homeless Children & their families. Family Promise believes no family should have to spend the night on the streets and unites and coordinates the collaborative efforts of volunteers from all faiths to house, feed, and transport homeless families. The families are housed in area houses of worship. Many of you volunteer so that Trinity can provide food, shelter and transportation for homeless families.
Did you know...Family Promise provides comprehensive case management, including counseling as well as assistance in locating jobs, medical care, day care and school placement, and ultimately affordable housing? When you volunteer for Family Promise, you do more than apply a temporary band-aid. Instead, you participate in an effective, coordinated effort to get families with children back in a home and back on their feet for good.
When you volunteer, you join with people across the country to advance the mission of Family Promise: Our mission is to help low-income families nationwide achieve lasting independence and to redress the underlying causes of poverty and homelessness. So the next time you volunteer to set up beds, cook a meal, do laundry, stay overnight, or drive a family to school or work, remember that you are part of something much greater!
Additional ways you can help: volunteering when guests stay at Trinity, providing employment opportunities to guest adults, donating an automobile that can be given to a guest family without transportation, and making a direct financial donation to Family Promise.
Kids Count in Alachua County, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, has a simple mission – to help elementary children reach their full potential. In 2008 the Kids Count at Faith UMC after school program was founded to serve elementary students who attend Rawlings Elementary with academic support, social skill building, and engaging enrichment. In August 2012, Kids Count opened another site at the Rotary Mentor Center to support children who attend Williams Elementary. Like the original program, this site is in operation three days per week serving children in K-3rd grades with wonderful programming that inspires, challenges, and enriches. Volunteers play a very important role in Kids Count programs.
Volunteers visit Lowell Correctional Facility to record mothers imprisoned there reading books. The books and recording are then shipped to their children so they can still read with their moms.
...I was in prison and you came to me. Matthew 25:36 (the Message)
In 2009, Peggy Cole had a vision for Trinity UMC, and her circle began the Mommy Reads ministry.
It started with a small group of women, dedicated to providing the opportunity for incarcerated mothers to read and record books for their children.
Since the Get Tough on Crime Campaign started more than two decades ago, more and more women have been sent to prison, many of them mothers. While part of this punishment is to separate them from their children, it has taken a toll on the innocent.
Trinity's United Methodist Women want to help. You can be a part of this as well.
Four times a year, women from Trinity and the community travel to Lowell Correctional Institution for Women in Ocala FL. We go the first Saturday of March, June, September, and December (unless otherwise advertised).
We take children's books, MP3 players, recorders, and mailing bags with us. Members of the group meet individually with the inmates/mothers to record books for their children. The recordings are transferred via computer to an MP3 player. We ship each child their book, MP3 player, and a note from the mother. All items are kept by the child.
Each of these trips costs approximately $900, not a small amount of money.
We strive to sustain this wonderful ministry through donations. We happily accept new paperback books for all ages (multi-cultural is nice). Note that they are for Mommy Reads. They must be able to fit in a flat rate envelope (15 x 9.5") Cash and check donations are always welcome to defray the costs of books, MP3 players, postage, and travel expenses. Any donations can be left at the church desk at any time.
We need at least 8 women to make each trip. Background checks are done through Lowell, and we have training sessions before each trip.
This is a fantastic opportunity to be the hands and feet of Jesus. These women are beyond grateful for the opportunity to communicate with their children.