Dear Fifth Friends,
How would you like to say “sorry, we cannot help you, there is no room” to a homeless family who comes to your door? Saying it once would be hard enough. But what if you had to say it 25 times in a month, almost once a day?
That’s what Family Promise, a local non-profit dedicated to ending homelessness, is forced to say because they lack the capacity to house all of the homeless families that ask for help.
With your help, Family Promise intends to change this painful situation.
It’s a matter of survival.
You have, perhaps, participated in Fifth church’s initiative to provide shelter and food to families through Family Promise’s Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN). The network of 16 host churches in Grand Rapids has been a successful emergency shelter model but it does not solve the growing family needs in our community. Family Promise wants to scale up, build capacity, and leverage its current successes in order to address the growing needs.
Family Promise has kicked off a campaign called Room to Grow to raise $6 million over the next two years. Family Promise has asked us, as a host church, to contribute $50,000 to this campaign. We believe we can! Would you please join us with a gift to end homelessness?
Your gift to this fund will be used by Family Promise to:
- Prevent homelessness before it happens (increase financial help and case manager resources).
- Expand emergency shelter capacity from 45 units (today) to 90 units.
- Create affordable housing for homeless families once their situation stabilizes.
- Expand their facility (“Day Center”) and improve communications to the community.
We invite you to join other Fifth family members in supporting Room to Grow with a gift, or, by making a giving commitment. The campaign will run for the next 18 months. If you are making a giving commitment, we hope that you will do so by the end of June 2023.
Today, you can make a difference in our community with a gift that opens doors to families in crisis and be a part of the Family Promise answer, “come in, we have room for you.”
Fifth Church Room to Grow Team
Greg Broene, Andi Allen, Tyler Ingersoll, Lori Kane, Kristin Meyer, and Sally Vander Ploeg