Local non-profit program helps area homeless families regain housing
- Written by Andrea Waguespack
It may come as a surprise that as many as 800-1,900 families in our community are homeless and in need of assistance. Family Promise of Lake Houston (FPLH), a non-profit group whose mission is to help families get back on the track of independence, wants to address this local need. “A single Mom with two kids only has to miss three to four days [of work] in a month to care for a sick child to begin the process of not affording her rent,” said Carole Marchand, Executive Director of Family Promise of Lake Houston. “This is how homelessness begins.” FPLH assists homeless families with children in regaining their housing and family stability. Families stay at one of 13 local host congregations each week, where they will receive food and shelter. The program opens its doors on Aug. 30. Personalized case management is offered ,which includes setting and attaining employment and educational goals. Weekly life skills, budgeting and parenting classes, and GED Fastrack Testing are also offered. “Our goal is to provide each family the skills necessary to break the cycle of homelessness in their lives,” said Marchand. Up to four families are accepted at a time. The families stay in the program for up to 90 days until housing is secured and they have employment in place. An After Care Program is offered to the families after they leave the program. All donations to the FPLH are tax deductible. Most needed by the program is a 14-passenger van or the use of a 14-passenger van while funds are being raised to purchase one. The Day Center is in need of newer computer equipment, a Children’s Play and Pac, framed children’s artwork and personal hygiene items. Donations are also needed for the purchase of beds that travel to the host congregations. Donations can be mailed to P.O. Box 14368, Humble, Texas 77347-4368. FPLH will be at Macy’s Grand Reopening at Deerbrook Mall on Saturday, Aug. 31, from noon to 3 p.m. Raffle tickets will be sold for a chance to win a shopping spree. “The need in our community is there, and we are so grateful to be a small part of the solution,” said Marchand. For more information about the program or to donate, call 281-441-3754 or visit fplh.org. Photo: FPLH’s volunteers gather in front of the Day Center. Back row: Carole Marchand, David Berthold and Terri Boswell. Front row: FPLH’s youngest volunteer, Kylie Main.