Bed Race Registration Opens

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The 10th Annual Bed Race to benefit Family Promise is set for Saturday, April 27, on the downtown Lawrenceville square. It’s always a lot of fun to see the creativity of the bed designs and the competitive spirit of some teams.

This year we’ll have five awards including new Promise Cups which are traveling trophies for the fastest youth team and the fastest adult team. ViaSat will be the adult team to beat for speed as it has been fastest team for at least three years.

Other awards will be:

  • People’s Choice (chosen by Bed Race observers voting with $1 tickets for their favorite)
  • Team Fundraising (team that raises the most funds)
  • Board’s Choice (chosen by Family Promise Board members for creative bed design)

 Here are five ways to help:

1.       Create a team. An instructor at Maxwell High School is already working on a team or two. See the team entry information here. Teams can register online here and pay their team entry fee here by choosing team entry as the designation of funds.

2.       Ask a local business to sponsor the Bed Race. Sponsorship opportunities range from $250 to $2,500. For $4,000, the business becomes a Family Promise partner and sponsor both the Bed Race and the October golf tournament. See sponsorship details here.

3.       Follow us on Facebook and Twitter and share Bed Race updates with the hashtag #BedRace10.

4.       Contact Gwen Perkins to volunteer with organization, publicity, or sponsor recruitment gwendolynyvonne@gmail.com.

5.       Show up on April 27. We’ll start with a parade of beds at 10:30 a.m. You don’t want to miss this!

Together, We Served 44 Families in 2018

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Last year, together with partner churches a host of volunteers, we served 18 families (18 adults and 41 children) in Homeless Recovery. Of those, 70% graduated which means they had employment, transportation, child care, and financial savings. The average stay was 72 days.
In AfterCare, the program where we help graduated families maintain their independence, we served 26 families last year (33 adults and 68 children). Of these families:

  • 99% are employed
  • 70% increased their wages 30% or more in 2018
  • 60% increased their credit score of 100 points or more in 2018

Shop With a Purpose at Belk, Kroger, and Amazon

This month when you shop at Belk, you’ll be asked if you would like to donate to Family Promise of Gwinnett County when you check out. We are hopeful that this point of sale campaign will raise both awareness and funds to end homelessness. The campaign began February 3 and continues through March 2. #ShareTheLove
If you shop at Kroger, you can designate Family Promise of Gwinnett as the recipient of your Community Rewards benefits. Log on to your account and designate your Community Rewards partner as NI425 then swipe your Kroger card when you shop.
If you shop online, choose Family Promise of Gwinnett as your charity in Amazon Smile, and Amazon will donate 0.5% of eligible purchases.

Family Promise Board to Elect Officers Saturday

The Family Promise Board of Trustees will meet Saturday, Feb. 9, and one thing on their agenda is electing officers. Please be in prayer these volunteers Saturday as they choose leaders and develop strategic plans for the year.

Almost 60% Toward Our Financial Goal

As of Jan. 25, we have $70,945.30 in unrestricted funds – almost 60% of our goal of $120,000! The total is up from $42,290 on Dec. 7. Thank you to everyone who helped us reach this level of funding; we greatly appreciate your commitment to ending homelessness one child, one parent, one family at a time.
As we noted in the last newsletter, we project a 2019 budget of $242,776 to operate the Homeless Recovery and Aftercare programs and provide maintenance for one transitional housing unit.
When we reach $120,000 in unrestricted funds – roughly half the projected 2019 expenditures – we will recruit a full-time Director and full-time Case Manager. Once those staff are in place, we will evaluate our capacity to re-open the SaltLight Center emergency shelter for women and children.

See how to donate.

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