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
Christ the King Lutheran
Church of the Cross Episcopal
Forest Lake Presbyterian
Francis Burns United Methodist
Good Shepherd Lutheran
Heyward Street UMC
Living Springs Lutheran
Seven Oaks 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
Virginia Wingard United Methodist
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.