Family Promise News


Our next Family Promise host week is SATURDAY, September 9-Sunday, September 17.  We are very happy that we will apparently have a Hillsboro family this time in addition to at least one other new family, possibly two.  We are currently filling out our sign up sheet for evening meal makers, evening hosts (5:30-8:30 p.m. ) and overnight hosts (8:30 p.m.-7:30 a.m.), and right now we have openings in all three categories. There is a signup sheet on the bulletin board at church or even better, give Fran (464-3630; or Barbara (464-5239; a call or send an email for up to date information on where we still need volunteers and for any other information.
For those of you new to getting the Digital Steeple or new to the church, Family Promise is a national organization based in New Jersey with a local chapter in Concord, NH. Smith Church is one of 13 churches in the Concord area that has agreed to host a maximum of three homeless families for four different weeks throughout the year while they get jobs, housing, transportation, education, budget and parenting counseling, or just get back on their feet - generally with a maximum of a six month stay in the program. Our families stay on the first floor of the Dubben House during the week they are here arriving around 5:30 PM each night and leaving each morning around 7:30 AM either to school, day care, their work, or to the day center in Concord. This will be our 4th-week hosting families and although there can be rough spots, we are committed to the program and have found it to be both beneficial to the families and personally rewarding to the volunteers.
Thank you for your willingness to volunteer!