Family Promise & the UUFLB

Family Promise

The covenant between UUFLB and Family Promise of Lower Bucks

We, the UUFLB, along we a number of other area congregations, have partnered with Family Promise to help homeless families.

Who are the homeless?

Surprisingly, “the homeless” may be more familiar than you might think – people just like you and me without a safe, warm place to sleep, eat and care for their children. Each year an estimated 3.5 million people in the United States experience homelessness, with children accounting for about 23% of that number.

• A low income family has a house fire and loses everything. The little insurance they had may build a structure, but is not enough to replace personal belongings. Rebuilding will take months. They end up living with a sister and her children in an already too small apartment.

• A family breadwinner is laid off in a corporate downsizing. The family has a little money in savings, but after four months of looking for work, the money is gone. One parent must stay home to care for three small children. They borrow money from family to last another month but then, where will they turn?

In 2013, more than 500 children in Bucks County were without a place to call home – living in shelters, temporary housing or doubled-up Family Promise of Lower Bucks will provide a welcoming, safe place for families to stay while they get back on their feet.

Who is Family Promise of Lower Bucks?

They are a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that brings the local faith-based community together to reduce homelessness and transform lives.

FPLB will be part of a network of more than 180 affiliates across the United States that assists families in transition regain their housing and their independence.

How does FPLB work?

Homeless families with children find safe haven among a network of local “host” congregations who provide meals and a place to stay at night. Each participating congregation hosts a few families during the evening and overnight for one week at a time about every 3 months. In the morning, guests in the program travel to the “day center” run by Family Promise. It is here, with the guidance and support of the network director, that families prepare for and carry out their daily activities – caring for young children, looking for jobs or training, or going to school or work.

Family Promise programs vary from community to community, reflecting local needs and resources. However, the basic needs are:

  • Host Congregations and Support Congregations (UUFLB)
  • Volunteers
  • Day Center Facilities
  • Transportation
  • Funding and Resources

FPLB will rely on donations to assist families in our community. Please consider making a financial contribution or donating gently used furniture and kitchen wares, cleaning supplies, toys in good condition, etc.

Additional information about Family Promise of Lower Bucks (FPLB) can be found in the overview and the trifold.

Initially the UUFLB will be supporting the Host Congregation at the United Methodist Church in Yardley

During the week there are approximately 50 slots for volunteers.  Some congregations have a different member for each slot; others have volunteers take on multiple roles.  Volunteers come from the host and support congregations and are assigned duties by the Volunteer Coordinators—members of the host congregation who oversee the week. 

To support this we have the following volunteer slots

Provide the main dish for a meal

Provide a salad or dessert for a meal

Volunteer to serve over a dinner hour (5-7:30 p.m.)

Volunteer during one evening (7-9:30 p.m.)

Stay overnight (9:00 p.m. – 7:00 a.m.)

Set up rooms and unload cots, etc. on Sunday afternoon (3-5 p.m.)

Pack up cots, etc. Sunday morning (7:00 -8 :00 a.m.)

Load cots, etc. on truck Sunday afternoon (3-4 p.m.)

Wash sheets/towels (on Monday or Tuesday)

Volunteer at Day Center during a weekday

Volunteer at Day Center during a weekend

Donate non-perishable food items (cereals, juices, etc.)

Provide transportation with my own car

Baby-sit children while the Director meets with family

As of now we are not quite sure what slots are going to be handled by the host congregation and what slots we at the UUFLB will be filling. We will find out as the program develops. We will fill in where needed.

Clearances

Volunteers will be required to obtain the following clearances, which will be free.

  1. A Child Abuse Clearance
  2. A Pennsylvania State Police Request for Criminal History Check

Clearances need to be dated within the past 24 months

Clearances for similar organizations are acceptable providing they are dated within the past 24 hours

The Criminal History check is free and so is the Child Abuse Clearance providing it is new or 36 months after the last free application

Go to Clearances for specific details on how to get the clearances

If you want more information and maybe more confused go to Fact sheet for Volunteers

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Felice Macera,
Apr 1, 2016, 11:23 AM
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Felice Macera,
Apr 1, 2016, 11:23 AM
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Felice Macera,
Apr 1, 2016, 11:23 AM
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Felice Macera,
Apr 1, 2016, 11:23 AM