Our committees and councils work with staff to provide an expansion of opportunities and resources and magnify the work of the organization. The committees engage diverse stakeholders including board members, Affiliate leaders, volunteers, and graduates.
The Family Promise Affiliate Council is comprised of a diverse and talented group of Affiliate leaders. These Executive Directors will assist in developing the programs, policies, and procedures that enable Affiliates to best empower families and mobilize volunteers, both now and in the years to come. We believe this constituent engagement is critical to our aspirations to be the leader on the issue of family homelessness.
RACIAL JUSTICE COUNCIL
It is impossible to separate systemic and structural racism from the reality that people of color, and Black people in particular, are disproportionately affected by homelessness and poverty.The Family Promise Racial Justice Council was formed to ensure we address racial equity issues in our work at all levels. The Council is comprised of Family Promise community members from across the country.
Executive Director, Family Promise of the Midlands
“The Racial Justice Council provides a platform to have real discussions, and take the necessary actions in Family Promise’s fight for equitable opportunities for all. It has been a personal mission to use my voice to be a cultural broker. As someone who experienced poverty and racism at a young age, I am thankful that the RJC exists to improve outcomes for the families we serve, and to educate all of our stakeholders on the importance of racial justice.”
Manager of Development & Community Engagement, Family Promise of Greater Rochester
“I hope to learn how to be an ally and accomplice to my colleagues of color and the families we assist, to build resilience as an anti-racist, and to engage and inspire other white volunteers, donors, and Family Promise staff to do the same."
Director of Development, Family Promise of Greater Chattanooga
“It is my hope in working with the Racial Justice Council that I help to create an equitable community among Family Promise Affiliates that will extend into the communities we serve. To do this work, I want to disseminate relative information that will heighten awareness, increase knowledge, and address structural racism living within the attitudes, institutions, and structures built to dehumanize and permanently silence African Americans and people of color.”
Director of Affiliate Expansion, Family Promise
“Our work of serving families experiencing homelessness is inextricably linked with racial justice. I look forward to elevating the racial equity work of Family Promise and providing guidance, resources, and tools to Affiliates. We will create space in which Black families, staff, and volunteers have power that improves the outcomes for all families served.”
Executive Director, Family Promise of Collin County
“The goal is not to just eliminate the gap between white people and people of color, but to encourage positive change for all. Being involved in the Racial Justice Council I hope to educate leaders, staff, volunteers and the families on racial justice. I hope to encourage the difficult conversations surrounding poverty and race, to create a positive change within our affiliates and communities allowing us to serve families the best way possible."
Northeast Regional Director, Family Promise
“I am committed to helping Family Promise hold true to its community-based approach in addressing difficult but important topics like, poverty, homelessness, and racial injustice. As a part of the RJC, I hope to offer insight, voice, fact, and action to address the ugly truths of injustice and inequity that disproportionately and adversely affect Black, Indigenous, and people of color.”
Director of Brand and Marketing, Family Promise
“Black Americans only make up 13% of the U.S. population but account for nearly 40% of the country’s homeless population. This is the result of centuries of racism. I hope my work on the Racial Justice Council helps educate Family Promise community members nationwide on the role systemic racism plays in the lives of the non-white families we serve.”
Director of Development & Community Engagement, Family Promise of Greater Wichita
“As part of an organization that strives to create a brighter future for every child, part of my responsibility is to encourage and engage in difficult conversations and push us all to learn more in order to know and do/be better every day. As an individual wanting to live my life with no agenda but love, I know that it is important to advocate well for my neighbors and speak against injustice in all its forms. As part of the RJC, I hope and am committed to learn, support, and take part in efforts to ensure that every person in the Family Promise community has a place where they are safely seen, heard, and find belonging and hope."
Chief Executive Officer, Family Promise
Program Manager, Family Promise of Wake County
“As a member of the RJC I hope to not only foster the necessary conversations about racial equity but to part of the work that eliminates the need for those conversations."
Director of Volunteer Engagement, Family Promise
“As a member of the Racial Justice Council, I hope to support the Black families we serve by openly discussing racial inequality and actively taking steps towards combating systemic racism. The RJC is committed to providing guidance and support to Family Promise as they continue on their DEIA journey.”
Rev. Vernon Williams
Board Member, Family Promise
INTERESTED IN LEADERSHIP?
Do you have expertise in one of the above areas and a passion for ending family homelessness. Reach out to us for more info on joining our committees and councils.