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Family Promise

What is Family Promise?

     ...a program that helps homeless families remain together while seeking a new home!  Churches in Erie County take turns feeding and housing the families overnight in a safe, secure setting, for one week at a time. This occurs 4-5 times a year. The families are referred by schools, churches and social services. Each family member is vetted before the family is put in the program. The organization provides access to computers and phones for those looking for employment as well as housing. There are counselors helping these families through the process.  Children are able to keep attending their schools, and pre-schoolers have daycare available while parents look for affordable, safe housing.

    Zion's part in this program is to be a support for the host church - Church of Christ in Clarence. We are responsible for Monday and Tuesday evenings.  We provide a meal at 5:00 PM, staff the social hours between 7 and 9 PM, and then stay overnight from 9 PM - 7 AM. Our purpose is to be there for support in case of emergency - power loss, water issues, loss of heat, etc.  We are the ones who would make the emergency phone call. We are not expected to entertain the families, but if they feel like talking, we are there to listen.  If you are interested in helping with this Outreach program, please contact the Church Office at 741-2656.


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Zion Lutheran Church
9535 Clarence Center Road

PO Box 235
Clarence Center, NY 14032
Phone: 716-741-2656

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