Non-profit Interview with Family Promise of South Palm Beach County in Delray Beach, FL
Family Promise of South Palm Beach County (SPBC) is a non-profit organization whose goal is to empower families in making their transition from homelessness to sustainable independence. Professional roofing company from Delray Beach, Florida, Liberty Moves, has been talking to Amanda Dwyer from Family Promise about many interesting topics regarding the organization.
If you’re interested in volunteering or donating, you can contact the organization anytime; contact information is below the interview. Enjoy the reading and don’t hesitate to help!
To begin with, we would like you to briefly tell us about your organization
Family Promise of South Palm Beach County (SPBC) believes that every child deserves a home. We empower families in making their transition from homelessness to sustainable independence. Located in Delray Beach, we are an affiliate of a national organization which has grown to 200 affiliates across 42 states.
- What do you do exactly?
And what was the reason that encouraged you to start this organization?
Family Promise SPBC provides temporary shelter, meals, and hospitality to situationally homeless parents with dependent children through our network of volunteers.
We also support the families in offering case management, full wrap-around services as well as counseling.
- What motivates you?
Describe your mission passion
Family Promise SPBC believes that every child deserves a home. We empower our families in making a transition from homelessness to sustainable independence.
Family Promise strives to provide a home-like environment and meals to homeless children and their parents. We are extremely proud of our 98% success rate as they graduate from our program into self-sustainability within 90 days.
- Tell us about your goals.
Our primary goal is to have 100% of our families graduate from our program and reach independence.
We are also looking to add another apartment to our transitional housing efforts.
- What was the hardest/toughest moment you had to deal with?
Obstacles you faced when dealing with bureaucracy, permits, funding, etc. Something you would like to point out to anyone who might be starting their own organization.
We have very strict intake requirements and, unfortunately, not every family is permitted into our program.
- What was the most fulfilling moment that happened to you?
When families graduate and move into their own home, it is always extremely fulfilling and gratifying.
There are AHA moments when a parent earns a college degree or kids make better grades.
A couple of things come to mind:
a. When Troy received the Governor’s Academic Award
b. When a single mother of two is gifted a used car so that she doesn’t have to take a 2-hour bus ride to/from work.
c. The fulfillment that our many, many volunteers get when they help host, read or tutor the kids.
d. Often our graduates return to volunteer with current families – that’s always a GREAT feeling.
- What separates you from the rest? Why you?
While other organizations located in Palm Beach County provide temporary shelter, Family Promise SPBC is unique in that we keep the family unit together (parents and children). We provide case management, mentoring, and other additional services NOT included in other Palm Beach County organizations.
- Do you have any upcoming events in the forthcoming months?
April Volunteer Appreciation April 2018
Chipotle Event June 2018
- What is it that you love most about what you do?
Well, when the families enter our program, they are really at their lowest point – some have been couch surfing while others may have been living in their car – all very traumatic experiences especially for children.
It’s so wonderful to be able to help them get back on their feet again and see them succeed. Also as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, the services we offer around mental health therapies and counseling is extremely satisfying to know you’re making a difference in their lives.
- What is the biggest challenge you’re faced with today?
I would say that one of the biggest challenges is finding affordable low-income housing for our families. To rent a modest two-bedroom apartment in Palm Beach County, one has to earn around $20.00/per hour. We are very fortunate in that last year we started our transitional housing project, and with generous funding, we were able to secure a very nice two-bedroom apartment for one of our deserving families.
- Anything else you would like to add?
Family Promise South Palm Beach County is grateful to our wonderful volunteers without whom we would not be able to help homeless families. Also, our many funders who financially support the good work that we do in Palm Beach County.
Contact: How can people reach out to you?
Your organization’s name, phone, address, e-mail and links to your website and social media
840 George Bush Blvd. Building “D”
Delray Beach, FL 33483