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Distributing Rental Assistance, One Family at a Time

September 30, 2021 | Success Stories

Much has been written about the slow rollout of the $46.5 billion in Emergency Rental Assistance funding allocated by Congress to support tenants and landlords. The Treasury Department recently reported that states and localities have distributed just 11% of the existing funds. Pressure to speed up the rollout increased when the Supreme Court ended the …
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The Power of YEP!

September 7, 2021 | Affiliate News, Success Stories

Nothing sounds as positive as the word “yes.” Unless you’re talking to families at Fort Bend Family Promise in Missouri City, TX, where “YEP!” is an even more affirmative word. The Affiliate’s Youth Empowerment Planning program, better known as YEP!, strives to minimize the impact of homelessness on kids.  “YEP! is the base of our overall program,” explains Etta Vincent, the Affiliate’s associate director. …
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Dog Days at Family Promise

September 1, 2021 | Affiliate News, Success Stories

Most employees at Family Promise of the Palouse in Moscow, ID, sit at a desk. But one staff member, Kevin, requires a bed. Kevin is full of compassion for families in crisis and loves his job, but inevitably he likes to lie down and get some shut-eye. It’s all in a day’s …
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Diane Mbombo Tite: Expanding Access through Translation and Interpretation

Many people managing their own company and parenting two children under ten require a lot of coffee. Diane Mbombo Tite has done all of this during a global pandemic while only drinking tea. “Coffee makes me jittery,” she says. Mbombo’s newly launched company, Akula Interpreting and Translation, LLC, is the …
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Family Promise of Tualatin Valley: Fighting for Housing Fairness

Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, countless families have lost income, but the eviction moratorium has helped many remain in their homes even if they can’t make their rent payments. What the national order hasn’t protected families from, however, is unscrupulous property management. Brylee Gnant, a case manager at …
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Family Promise is in the Business of Stress Management

April 8, 2021 | Success Stories

TJ never anticipated the chain reaction his health issues would trigger. When he was suddenly hospitalized for an extended period, his family fell behind on rent and their landlord initiated eviction proceedings. Suddenly, the prospect of homelessness became a constant conversation as they worried about the future. Fortunately, they were …
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Sharing to Promote Caring

January 15, 2021 | Affiliate News, Success Stories

Dreshawn hasn’t always wanted to share his story. A traumatic period during his teenage years was enough to convince him to keep history in the past. But now in his early 20s, he recognizes that sharing his story instills hope and compassion in others. When Dreshawn was 17, his family …
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Elijah: Moving On

December 28, 2020 | Success Stories

“People need a support system. That’s what I noticed about Family Promise. They guide people to their financial freedom so they can be successful.” It’s not simply a roof overhead that creates a home. A combination of supports and critical skills are necessary to achieve independence, security, and financial stability. …
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Rachel: Always Courageous

December 21, 2020 | Success Stories

“There were times I didn’t even realize I needed help until [Family Promise] helped me. They push you sometimes.” Photo credit, Milton Hershey School Semper Fortis (“Always Courageous”) is the motto of the United States Navy. For 19-year-old Navy sailor Rachel, you could also say it has been her life’s …
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Faith and Messiah: Finding Stability and a Sense of Purpose

December 14, 2020 | Success Stories

“I feel able to take on my situation much better now. I’m learning to plan and think things through.” Faith is used to challenges. Being on her own since her parents passed away when she was 16 forced her to become resourceful and self-reliant. Not that it was easy. “I …
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Bruce and Brayden: An Unexpected Journey Leads to New Beginnings

December 7, 2020 | Success Stories

“I can’t believe where we were and where we are. Being homeless was actually a new beginning. Family Promise made all the difference.” When single dad Bruce found himself unemployed, he could see twists and turns in the road ahead. But he never imagined his journey would lead to homelessness. …
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Theresa: Turning Homelessness into Hope

November 30, 2020 | Success Stories

“I want youth struggling with homelessness to know they can still do great things with their lives. There are people fighting for them.” Most teenagers would agree high school can be a tumultuous time. Peers, school, and self-doubts can contribute to the rollercoaster of adolescence. But 17-year-old Theresa had to …
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