2022, What's on the Horizon
Will this pandemic ever end?!? Many of us have asked this question out of frustration as hopes of "returning to normal" get further and further away. The pandemic has brought hardship for many, including families struggling with housing insecurity. For the past two years, we've rapidly increased our availability of services to meet the needs of these families. We saw a 450% increase in individuals served compared to 2018 - 2019. An increase in federal relief dollars has helped us support this increase. Unfortunately, these dollars are set to expire soon and our waitlist for services continues to grow. Low income families are likely to face extra economic hardships in 2022 with the surge of COVID in our community alongside a reduction in child care tax credits and a lack of enhanced unemployment benefits that helped them stabilize over the past two years. Despite this, we will continue to support families. We will continue to try and find new ways to shelter and rehouse those in need. We'll continue to search for a building to call our long-term home - our Ohana Navigation Center. We'll continue to seek new funding to help provide rental assistance and case management services. We'll continue to collaborate with the community to support one another. We know times are tough. We are all feeling it. We will continue to be here.
More Than A Number
Last year, was one of big progress and difficult obstacles. Despite this, nearly 1,000 people were impacted through our services! Jason, one of our case managers who worked tirelessly to help families secure housing, said that in 2021 it was much more challenging for unsheltered families to secure housing due to an increased shortage of affordable rentals, decreased work hours and difficulty obtaining legal documents. Overcoming these obstacles makes us especially proud of our 2021 stats. Although families are much more than a number, each number shows that an impact is being made and we are that much closer to a world without family homelessness.
Meet the Team
An Interview with Pete and Cheri,
Holy Trinity Catholic Church Volunteer Coordinator
diversity as one of the strongest factors in our collective success. Drawing upon our range of cultural backgrounds, skills, educational levels, beliefs, and experiences fosters empathy, creativity, and community. In our upcoming newsletters we will be featuring a variety of team members at FPH so you can get to know them a little better.
This month, we get to know Pete and Cheri.
What brought you to Family Promise?
Family promise provides a structure so that we can help families in need.
Do you have any hidden talents or hobbies?
No we're average people.
What’s something you’re proud of?
We're proud of Holy Trinity's family outreach.
What’s something you find challenging about your work at Family Promise?
Sometimes we don't know the likes and dislikes when we prepare food for the recipients. *Pete and Cheri help to provide meals for families through our 'ohana dinner program*
When you are not working, what's your favorite way to relax?
We like, looking for new food recipes, reading for my book club and watching Korean drama on TV.