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Welcome Family Promise of the Palouse
|Lindsey and Bruce at their new Day Center.|
Efforts began when a University of Idaho professor, Bruce Pitman, had the idea brought to him by his daughter, who happened to be on staff at FP Gallatin Valley in Montana. The need was there—and the capacity—and working with Donna Lawson the community came together. The community meeting was held at Moscow City Hall in November of 2011.
FPP opens its doors with 13 hosts and a full year’s funding. The Day Center is provided by a local hospital, at a wellness center with a pool and gym. The van was acquired from Asotin County, Washington; county officials put the vehicle up for sale and when the core group came to check on it, they cut the cost to a ¼ of the original price, having just read about the program in the area newspaper.
The director is Lindsey Rinehart, who was involved in the core group and brings a long background in homeless services. The first host congregation was Moscow Church of the Nazarene, which was able to go into full hosting mode within hours of notification. The congregations are fairly evenly split on either side of the border, although the Day Center resides in Idaho.
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