Family Promise Open House
UUCOV’s Family Promise Committee is hosting a working open house, 12pm, on Sunday, March 5th at Asta Linder House. We will begin ‘setting up’ the ALH to host 1 family; 1 adult + 3children (This number is subject to change). The house will be bustling with volunteers eager to share their experiences, answer questions, and explain the program. We are happy to announce that we have enough volunteers - 44 volunteers! - for our March 5th hosting week. UUCOV ROCKS! We are now recruiting volunteers for our April 5th hosting week.
The South Sarasota County Family Promise Program (SSCFP) is designed for 13 Congregations with each congregation hosting 4 weeks a year. UUCOV is 1 of 11 Venice Congregations who have pledged help; the SSCFP has had difficulty in recruiting the last two congregations needed. This leaves them scrambling 8 weeks each year to find volunteers and a host congregation.
UUCOV and the Venice United Church of Christ’s (VUCC) have a plan to resolve the difficulty. Each of us will provide hosting space for an additional 4 weeks. And by hosting two weeks ‘back-to-back’, so to speak, we allow the families to sleep in one place for 2 weeks which improves the quality of their lives. We hope to implement the extended program beginning in Oct 2017.
The VUCC representative, Sandy McHenry, who has been involved with our FP program from the beginning, tells us they need our help to find more volunteers. Everyone wants to help, but ‘wanting to’ and ‘being able to’ are different things. We are actively talking to 3 other congregations who cannot host but are willing to provide some volunteers and meals.
Do you have questions, concerns or want to see Family Promise in action? Please come to our working open house March 5, Sunday at noon. We will be honored and proud to show you how FP makes a difference! Or, catch us at our Family Promise sign up table on the lanai in February.