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Family Promise of Summit County

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Temple began hosting Family Promise families starting May 15, 2016 for one week every three months. Please volunteer to help by contacting Bruce Zake or Jim Levin to find out more about what Temple is doing for Family Promise. Contact Art Krakauer to help with the Social Action committee about Family Promise and other Social Action Committee initiatives.

Bruce – 330-869-6466 / bruce@brucezake.com
Jim – 330-472-0611 / jmlevin@ameritech.net
Art – 330-322-9896 / artk661@sbcglobal.net

Watch a video on the Family Promise website by University of Akron students for an explanation of what Family Promise does.

What’s Family Promise and How Long Has Temple Been Involved?

Temple Israel has been a supportive congregation of Family Promise since 2008 and helps other host congregations while homeless families in the Family Promise network work to get back on their feet by getting jobs and securing housing for their families.

Family Promise is the only homeless shelter program in Summit County that accepts families and keeps them together throughout their homelessness. The program does not look at family makeup nor ask about the parental situation (whether both parents are available or a single parent with children).

Being a host congregation with Family Promise means that for a week at a time, the families stay at the congregation from dinner until early in the morning when they are then transported to the family day center in downtown Akron and children are taken to school. Parents either go to work or work at a plan to find housing and jobs.

After a host congregations’ week is up, families move on to another of the host congregations in the Family Promise network. Another 14 congregations serve as support congregations to help host congregations in preparing dinner, helping children work on homework, staying overnight at the host congregation or driving the Family Promise van to transport guests of Family Promise to the day center during business hours.

The bedrock strength of Family Promise are the volunteers and host congregations that open their buildings to our guests who stay overnight where they offer a warm and safe place for the children and their families.

First vice president Jim Levin feels Temple Israel’s change from a support to host congregation will make a lasting impact by helping families in need. “The smiles, the appreciation for our efforts can be seen on their faces. The children need a place to rest their heads during this time of transition,” adding that the time commitment for any volunteer is minimal but the effects of your effort can not be measured.

Ok, I’m convinced – What Can I Do to Help Temple and Family Promise families?

Volunteers, volunteers, volunteers.
Temple needs YOU! We’ll need people to help prepare meals for four nights and up to 16 people, drive the families to the Family Promise Family Center downtown, warm meals up, serve and eat with our families, stay overnight and help to move beds from one congregation to another. The Temple building will house the families from Sunday evening – Sunday morning. We have a support congregation helping us from Thursday – Sunday but we still need many volunteers. Consider a few hours of your time.

Besides Volunteers – Temple Needs Funds
Please contact Bruce Zake to discuss financial needs for being a host congregation. The  Maidenberg fund provides financial support for buying food to make meals for the Family Promise project.

The Maidenberg fund also supports other Social Action Committee activities throughout the year — including the Summit County Developmental Disabilities dinners as well as some Mitzvah Day activities. Please consider a donation to help the Social Action Committee in these Tikkun Olam projects. If you donate funds, the committee can go out and buy needed items.
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