Last time you received an email from us was 25 days ago, announcing we had raised the money we needed to purchase a Day House. Today, we are in a different world. So my question to you is, how are you doing? Do you need anything? We have created an awesome network of compassionate people, so please don’t hesitate to reach out if you need anything.
Here is a quick update about the house. As I mentioned, we did raise the money. We closed on the house March 4th, which we loved the play on words. Marching “fourth” for the families in our community. Pastor Doug Boyd and Associate Pastor Roger Sharp from Parkside Fellowship met us at the new place and greeted us with some house-warming signs and the ceremonial passing of the keys.
The following Sunday, I was honored to join our board chair, Lois O’Halloran, for service at Westside Church of Christ. We were able to thank Westside for being our generous donor of the $100,000 matching grant.
Now, here we are and I want to update you about what we are doing in this new time of physical distancing. First off, our families and staff are healthy. As far as we know, the churches and partners in our network and their volunteers are well and healthy. We do hope you are too.
We are open and are continuing services for our current guests, our graduates, and taking phone calls of families in need (we do currently have a waitlist). This week we are being hosted at THPRD’s Garden Home Rec Center and volunteers are from the LDS West Stake. We are grateful to all the LDS volunteers who are caring for our families and to THPRD who has extended our reservation until April 15th.
After this week though, we do not have volunteers lined up. After working out all possibilities, I believe the best option for our families and our volunteers in this time of physical distancing is to try to get our families somewhere stationary and arrange for food to be delivered to them. It’s not ideal, since experiencing homelessness is already isolating and this would take them away from our volunteers and staff, which is even more isolating, however I believe that is what’s best for us all right now. We are not sure how we are going to about this just yet, however we have started repairs on the new house and are working out how we can use this space.
Starting today, we are kicking off our Family Promise Coronavirus Emergency Relief Fundraiser. Can you help us amplify our message? Share posts on social media. Tag friends on posts. Forward email announcements to friends who are concerned to what options are available for children and their families during this time of uncertainty.
I will continue to keep you posted as to how we are doing and what our needs are. Please make sure you do the same. We will get through this together.
Family Promise of Beaverton
Doug Boyd - Sr. Pastor