Family Promise of the Midlands, a faith-based initiative that provides shelter for homeless families in local church facilities, will celebrate its third anniversary with a gala fundraiser February 10 at Stone River in West Columbia.

The Night of Promise Gala will feature hors d’oeuvres, an open beer and wine bar, music, dancing, and a silent auction, including vacations, custom-made jewelry, artwork, furniture, household supplies, and gift cards to a variety of local businesses.

“We believe every child deserves a home, and this gala will help us raise the funds we need to keep families together and safe while they get back on their feet,” said Bonnie Montgomery, board chair.

Individual tickets to the event are $75 per person. Tables of 10 can be reserved for $1,000. Tickets are available via the organization’s website, familypromisemidlands.org, or by calling 803-832-4765.

Family Promise has affiliates in more than 200 U.S. communities. Twenty-eight congregations in the Midlands serve as hosts or support congregations, providing volunteers, meals, and other assistance:

 

Ashland United Methodist

Bethel United Methodist

Blythewood Presbyterian

Christ the King Lutheran

Church of the Cross Episcopal

Eastminster Presbyterian

Ebenezer Lutheran

Forest Lake Presbyterian

Francis Burns United Methodist

Good Shepherd Lutheran

Greenlawn Baptist

Heyward Street UMC

Living Springs Lutheran

Northminster Presbyterian

Redeemer Lutheran

Seven Oaks Presbyterian

Shandon Presbyterian

Shandon United Methodist

St. Andrew’s Baptist

St. Andrew’s Lutheran

St. John’s Episcopal

St. Martin’s-in-the-Fields Episcopal

St. Mary’s Episcopal

Trenholm Road United Methodist

Trinity Presbyterian

Trinity UMC

Virginia Wingard United Methodist

Westminster Presbyterian

 

Host and support congregations provide safe shelter and meals for situationally homeless families and their children. A director and licensed social worker provide the support guest families need to regain and maintain their independence.

In its first three years, Family Promise has helped 138 individuals—families with children—and has assisted an additional 1,165 people by helping them remain in their homes or by guiding them to appropriate services.