First and foremost, pray that the homeless in our community will receive the help they need. Pray also for Family Promise of the Midlands–in particular, its leaders and volunteers.
ADDRESSING HOMELESSNESS IN OUR COMMUNITY
We recognize that poverty is a multifaceted problem that requires a multifaceted response. We respond by integrating educational outreach, smart programming, effective policies, and the hands-on work of hundreds of volunteers. We provide food, shelter, and support services for families facing homelessness during their transition to permanent housing. We provide guidance and advocacy for families experiencing a housing crisis.
Because of the nation’s economic downturn, families are among the fastest growing segments of the homeless population. While we may not see them sleeping on the street, it has been estimated that families make up 40 percent of the nation’s homeless. Consider these sobering statistics:
The National Coalition for the Homeless estimates that 1.35 million children in the U.S. are homeless.
In South Carolina, the state Department of Education has estimated that nearly 9,000 children are homeless.
Here in the Midlands, Richland School District 1 says that 750 children do not have a permanent address. In Richland School District 2, the total is 400.
While much has been accomplished over the last decade to address the needs of homeless individuals in the Midlands, little has been done to address the needs of families experiencing homelessness. Due to their limited resources, these families often experience many barriers to receiving services. Family Promise of the Midlands has made a commitment to stand in the gap for these families, providing access to community resources as families seek to transition into housing.
Volunteer your time and talents. You can volunteer with a host congregation or at our Day Center.
Volunteer at our Day Center
Assist with answering phones, filing paperwork, preparing mail
Help guests as necessary
Help us out with “handy-man” projects
- Light yardwork, gardening
Help us prepare families for moving into permanent housing
Volunteer Your Services
Event Planning–looking for event committee members
Non-Profit Financial Management–looking for finance committee members
Volunteer with one of our Host Congregations
Help Us at an Upcoming Event
Keep up with our Facebook page for other Volunteer Opportunities!
Donate funds to assist in the running of the program. Donate items to assist with daily operations or to assist families moving into permanent housing. Please call us at (803) 832-4765 to schedule a drop-off for donated items.
Family Promise of the Midlands accepts gently used (no stains or tears) items to help our families furnish their homes after graduation from the program.
The following items are needed at the Day Center:
Bedding: Sheets, bedspreads, comforters. Please label the size.
Bathroom: Towels and bathmats
Household Supplies: Paper towels, toilet paper, High Efficiency detergent, bleach, fabric sheets, Clorox wipes, dishwashing soap, liquid hand soap, hand sanitizer, air freshener, trash bags (30 gallon and 13 gallon), light bulbs, and cleaning supplies for furniture, windows, and floors.
Furniture and Basic Kitchen Items: We now have a partnership with His House! On behalf of Family Promise, His House accepts bed frames, dressers, dining tables and chairs, sofas, chairs, small tables, storage pieces, area rugs, dishes, flatware, glasses, pots and pans, cooking utensils, baking items, storage containers, small appliances.
To see the locations, go to the His House website.
PLEASE let His House know that your donation is to benefit Family Promise. FPM will accrue credits that our families will use to “shop” at no cost to them when they move into permanent housing.
We cannot accept
wine glasses, beer mugs, or other items for alcoholic use
Donation drop-off: Monday through Friday. Call the Day Center to schedule a time. Activities at the Day Center and volunteers available to receive the donations may vary from week to week.
Phone: (803) 832-4765
Address: 1333 Omarest Drive, Columbia SC 29210
Attend an Event
One of the best ways that you can help is to attend one of our events. You can also volunteer at one of our events! Check our our Events page to see what’s coming up!
Share Our Story
Please consider sharing our story with people that you know. This is the best way to get the word out about our program. Tell people about your experience with Family Promise.
Get in Touch. Get Involved.
Have a question? Want to volunteer? Ready to donate? Give us a call, or leave us a message below. We’d love to hear from you!