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Welcome to the second installment in our 10-part Charity Blog Series. Here we're taking a look at a national charity focused on helping low-income families achieve financial independence and stability. The organization is called Family Promise. Based in New Jersey, the charity attacks the multiple causes of poverty with a multi-pronged approach. Family Promise focuses its efforts through five separate but inter-related programs: Interfaith Hospitality Network, Family Mentoring, Just Neighbors, Community Initiatives and Voices Uniting. The combined goal of the five programs is to deal with the immediate effects of poverty -- including the prevention of homelessness -- and address the root causes of poverty in our society.
Volunteerism and community awareness/involvement plays heavily into the effectiveness of the Family Promise purpose. This is a charity that depends on giving time and effort, not just donations. The Family Mentoring program piece of Family Promise, for example, trains volunteers to work one-on-one with "economically vulnerable families" to help them achieve goals, successful deal with the stress of a low-income lifestyle and prevent homelessness.
The Family Promise website has an Affiliate Locator to help you find a local Family Promise Affiliate, so you can get involved.
Have you participated in a Family Promise program, or one like it in your area? Share your experience.