Family Promise of South Sarasota County Stats

28 families served to date, 62 children and 100 people total, 52 day average stay




We are moving right along at the Day Center with progress on the Playground Project.  The concrete will be laid in the next 2 weeks and basketball hoop installed.  The Playground Equipment will be delivered and installed shortly after that.  As we continue to make progress, I will be sending pictures.  It is very exciting and the kids in the program cannot wait for it to be finished!




  • Coordinator Meetings,  schedule for the rest of the year is as follows:  
    August 4th at the Day Center from Noon to 1PM and October 26 from 5:30-6:30 PM at South Venice Baptist Church.  
    Pizza and drinks will be provided in October.  These meetings are for Host and Support Coordinators at the congregations.  If you were able to attend the meeting in July, you do not need to attend the meeting on August 4th but are more than welcome to.  Especially if you would like to discuss any topics.
  • Homeless to Home Luncheon: 8-15-2017 at Heron Creek Country Club in North Port from 11:30 to 1 PM.  This is a networking and information gathering luncheon sponsored by the Steve and Janine Marrone Foundation.  Lunch is no charge to you and many concerned individuals in South County attend these luncheons to get and give information.  It is open to the public.  If you are interested in attending, please contact Ellen Domke at ellendomke1@yahoo.com
  • Volunteer Training, 8-17-2017 at the Day Center, 5-6:30 PM - This training is for anyone who wants to volunteer with their congregation doing meals, hosting and overnights.  All volunteers must go through training.  Please RSVP if you will be attending to Jennifer at jenniferfagenbaum@familypromisessc.org to ensure adequate space is available.




We have taken our 28th family into the Family Promise of South Sarasota County Program.  We now have 3 families: a single mom with an 11 month old son who left a difficult situation; a single mom with a 9 year old son who ran in to some financial hardship due to missing work for her son; and the newest family is a couple with 3 small children (3, 2 and 7 months) who lost their job which started a chain reaction and the result was becoming homeless.  We have had several more calls in the last couple days and will likely be taking a 4th family soon.


List of Day Center needs for our families  
  • 8 oz bottled water
  • Speedway $15 fuel only gas cards
  • Lysol spray & wipes
  • Paper towel and toilet paper
  • Frozen roasts or hamburger *follow-up care
  • Publix and Walmart gift cards *follow-up care and **support of sized items
  • Store bought Frozen meals (like lasagna or casserole) *follow-up care
  • Nutritional snacks and juice drinks (individual size) 
*Food stamps do not cover some items so we try to provide other resources and/or expensive items so the families can save money on groceries in follow-up care
**We do not take diapers, clothes and shoes as we never know what sizes we will need and have very limited storage.  We buy those items for the families with the gift cards when we know what we need.    


I would like to say a special Thank You to all of our Amazing Host and Support Coordinators.  You are the ones who make this work!  Thank you for everything you do for Family Promise and for the families we serve!

Christ United Methodist - Fred and Karen Wolf
Emmanuel Lutheran - Gordon and Karen Storey
Englewood United Methodist - Maria Ciampi
First Baptist - Jim and Faye Gibbs
Grace United Methodist - Steve and Jennifer Boone
Knights of Columbus - Fred and Kathleen Englert
South Venice Baptist - Barbara Briggs and Pat Moyle
Trinity Presbyterian - Barb Middleton and Graham Cofer
Unitarian Universalist - Cindy and Paul O'Dell
Unity Church of Venice - Jacqueline Wands
Venice Church of the Nazarene - Jan Kampenga and Kathleen Carbone
Venice Presbyterian - Gail Thompson and Richard Gilbert
Venice United Church of Christ - Sandra McHenry

Christ Lutheran - Gordon Deutscher
Epiphany Cathedral - Fred and Kathleen Englert
Episcopal Church of Holy Spirit - Father Michael Todd and  Jane Boritz
Jewish Congregation - Bill Hershkowitz
Northland Fellowship - Ron and Marcy Burth
New Abundant Life Worship Center - Tony Babington
St. Mark's Episcopal - Suzanne Skalski
Thank you for all you do!
Jennifer Fagenbaum, Executive Director

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