Dear Friends of Family Promise,


Great news! We have received a $20,000 grant to help families on the edge of homelessness. In addition, we are well on our way to reaching our immediate goal of $120,000 in unrestricted funds. We hope the 2019 Bed Race on April 27 will put us over that goal. Keep reading for details and to learn who is new to our Board of Trustees.

We Met Our Match – Thank You!

We have received a $20,000 grant from the Community Foundation for Northeast Georgia to help families on the edge of homelessness. To receive the grant, we had to first raise $20,000 in matching funds. Thanks to everyone who contributed to this matching fund opportunity, including Ordner Construction Company.


The funds are dedicated to help with moving expenses as families return to housing and to prevent evictions from those in danger of becoming homeless.


Because these funds are limited to specific purposes, they do not count toward our immediate goal of raising $120,000 in unrestricted funds.


We’ve Reached 72% of Our Financial Goal

As of March 10, we have $86,182 in unrestricted funds – 72% of our goal of $120,000! 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.


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. Then we will evaluate our capacity to re-open the SaltLight Center emergency shelter for women and children.


10th Annual Bed Race Is April 27


We would like to reach our $120,000 financial goal with the Bed Race on April 27. This is the 10th year for this event that is always a lot of fun plus a great chance to raise awareness about homelessness in the community.


During the Bed Race, youth and adult teams race decorated beds in two heats for 220 years around the Lawrenceville square, including two turns and an up-hill section. Events start at 10:30 a.m. and will conclude by 12:30 p.m.


Like last year, the April event will highlight three staged examples of places where homeless people might live in Gwinnett County. This feature is in partnership with a community group called Not My Roof.


Current sponsors are Metro Waterproofing, Peach State Federal Credit Union, ViaSat, Hamilton Mill Animal Hospital, Southeast Culvert, Zurn Plumbing, and M.C. Dean, Inc.  WSB’s Family 2 Family program is the media sponsor. These companies have donated to Family Promise of Gwinnett for several years, and we appreciate their faithful support, including Zurn Plumbing’s in-kind services.


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Welcome New Board Members

We are glad to welcome three new individuals to our Board of Trustees: Valerie Curry, Eboni Johnson, and Smitty Thomas.


See our website for a full list of board members. If you are interested in being a board member, send an e-mail to