FAMILY PROMISE

SUPPORTING FAMILY PROMISE    St. Boniface enjoys a long and proud history of working with this local group.  Pulling together local congregations and other support resources, they build a network of support for families rocked by a crisis that has left them homeless.  Over 80% of the guest families in the program graduate, regaining not only self-sufficiency, housing and dignity.  Want to be part of this success story?  Here are a few ideas!
  • Pick a tag from our Giving Tree in the Parish Hall during March.  Each tag features items needed to run our host weeks and to make our guest families feel at home while here.  Or if you want to think bigger, we’d love any of the items from our wish list:  a steam iron, an ironing board and/or electronic games for the children of our guest families to use when staying during our host week.
  • Shop the 39th Annual Pineapple Antiques Show & Sale featuring fine antiques and collectibles.  Tickets $6, or $5 with coupon from Family Promise’s website (www.familypromisesarasota.org). Sarasota Municipal Auditorium, 801 N Tamiami Trail. Saturday & Sunday, March 7 & 8 at the Hours: Sat. 9am – 5pm; Sun. 10am – 4pm.
  • Got a sweet tooth?  Check out Just Desserts.  Dozens of sweets, live jazz, wine bar, and live and silent auctions make for a wonderful afternoon.  Tickets $50 (call 941-952-1800, or visit the Family Promise website).  Payne Park Auditorium, 2100 East Laurel Street.  Friday, March 20, 6:00pm-9:00pm.
  • Join your fellow parishioners – over 100 of them! – and spend a few hours volunteering during our host week April 12-19.  Opportunities abound right here on our own church campus – from providing a meal, to over-night hosting (like a camp host, only in separate, cozy sleeping quarters with your own bed!), driving the van, laundering bed/bath linens or simply hanging out and enjoying fellowship with the guest families.
 

HELPING FAMILIES

The four key components of Family Promise combine to support families in making positive changes in their lives:

1. Host Congregations - Provide overnight sleeping accommodations and hospitality where guests can relax, socialize, do homework or just watch TV.  An evening meal, breakfast, and a bag lunch are supplied.

2. Family Day Center - Provides a home base, mailing address and phone number with voice mail for guest families. They can shower, do laundry, seek counsel of the Family Promise Case Manager, and use the fax machine and computer to assist in job or housing search.

3. Daily Transportation - Family Promise provides a 14-passenger van. This promotes safety and timely arrival of the children at school or day care and supports the adults getting to work or appointments.

4. Volunteer Based - Cheerful and supportive volunteers are the heart and soul of the program. Trained volunteers set up the beds, prepare the meals, launder the bedding, help with homework, lend a friendly ear and provide warm and supportive hospitality.

Click here to see all the services Family Promise Sarasota provides!

Saint Boniface Church is a Family Promise of Sarasota host congregation.  As a host congregation, for one week, four times a year the Saint Boniface campus will be "home" for up to four families in need. The families will enjoy our hospitality on the campus from about 5:00 in the evening until 7:00 the next morning during their week with us. During the day the families will be either at their jobs or at the Family Promise Day Center in town. While they are with us, we have several volunteer slots available — helping set up their rooms, preparing and serving dinner or breakfast, helping with homework, socializing during the evening, or sleeping overnight on the campus. We have a place for anyone wanting to help.  

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