Building community, strengthening lives.
January 2020 Update
Thank you from a client of our Open Doors Program
My name is India and my son is Major. We live in Sarasota County. I am a nurse and I got laid off unexpectedly after 4 years. I was very upset and scared but I looked for help and found Family Promise. They are an organization that is very comforting and they helped me in every aspect that you can think of. I was to the point where I could not pay my rent or anything. It was scary. But we called Family Promise and they were very efficient and helpful. They helped us catch up our rent that was behind. I got a new job and kept my home. I recommend Family Promise to anyone who is struggling to help them get back on their feet. Thank you Family Promise.
The family thank you above is from a family we helped through our Open Doors Program. Family Promise SSC started with only our Bridge Housing Program in 2015 where families are guests at the local congregations who are participating and work with us at the Day Center during the day to become stably housed again.

In 2018, Family Promise SSC staff and board worked hard to find a way to serve more families in need. We began to develop the Open Doors Program. This program assists families who are at-risk of homelessness to help stabilize themselves again before they are at a point where they need shelter. This is done through intensive case management, rent assistance to move-in to a place or catch up past due rent to stay housed, and connect them to other services to meet their needs and help them succeed.

Family Promise SSC still has the very successful Bridge Housing Program but that program is solely for the families who have no other alternatives and truly have nowhere else to go. By expanding our services, we have been able to greatly increase our impact for the families in our community, like the family pictured above.

2017 - 18 families served with 35 children
2018 - 58 families served with 104 children
2019 - 174 families served with 262 children

There are still a lot of families out there struggling but we are reaching more and more of them each year. Every child deserves a place to call home.

2 More Families Housed in January

Already in January, we have housed 2 more families from our Bridge Housing Program. Both were in shelter for a couple of months and finally found something they could afford after a long and hard search. One family is renting a room in North Port and the other is renting from New Paradigm Foundation in Engelwood.
Current Needs
The Day Center and our families are currently in need of:
  • Bottled water
  • Paper towels
  • Paper plates
  • Shampoo & conditioner, large bottles
  • General cleaning supplies, especially bleach
  • Toilet Bowl cleaner and floor cleaner
  • Antibacterial pump hand soap

Thank you so much to everyone who has made donations of goods from our needs list. It is much appreciated and necessary for our clients! We could not do what we do without all of the support from our community!

174 families served: 262 children

Bridge Housing - 14 families: 22 children
Access Point - 11 families: 23 children
Diversion & Early Intervention - 55 families: 98 children
Emergency Shelter - 26 families: 58 children
Rent Assistance- 32 families: 53 children
DCF Access Partner - 36 families: 8 children

To learn more about these programs, please visit our website at
Dates to Remember
Volunteer Training: 2-11-2020 at the Day Center, 4-5:30 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 to Allisa at to ensure adequate space is available.  

Coordinator Meeting:  3-10-2020 at Christ United Methodist Church, 5:30-6:30 PM - This meeting is for Coordinators at the Host and Support Churches. 
From the Director
Why do so many families need help? Affordable housing is the issue and there is very little affordable housing that can be found!

Who lives in affordable housing? The workforce... Affordable housing is sometimes referred to as "workforce housing." This is because affordable housing serves the needs of people employed in the jobs that we rely upon to make every community viable. They are people such as teachers, teacher's aids, nursing assistants, medical technologists, retail workers, government employees, emergency services providers and law enforcement. These are some of the low- and very low-income members of your community. (Florida Housing Coalition)

A person working a minimum wage job in Florida earns approximately $16,848 per year, assuming they work 40 hours per week, 52 weeks per year. Rental costs in our community average $14,400 annually. That does not leave much for anything else for these struggling families.

Thank you for all you do and bless you all!
Jennifer Fagenbaum, Executive Director
941-497-9881 ext. 106
Special Thanks for funding support in 2019 for our programs to:
Annette J. Hagens Foundation
Bank of America Client Foundation
Boone, Boone & Boone PA
Christ United Methodist Church
Community Foundation of Sarasota
Emmanuel Lutheran Church
Epiphany Cathedral CCW
Evalyn Sadlier Jones Foundation
First Baptist Church
First Christian Church
Grace United Methodist Men's Club
Grace United Methodist Women
Gulf Coast Community Foundation
Harold & Jacqueline Bladel Foundation
Help Us Move In (HUMI)
Heron Creek Community Foundation
Jerome & Mildred Paddock Foundation
Kappa Kappa Gamma Alumnae Club
Kates Foundation
Knights of Columbus Ladies Auxiliary
Lemon Bay Sunrise Rotary
Libertore Fund For Children, Inc
Plantation Community Foundation
Project Give
Publix Super Markets, Inc
Quinn Charitable Foundation
Royal Venice, Inc.
St. David's Episcopal Church
Sarasota County Government
Sarasota County Sheriff, Tom Knight
Stephen & Janine Marrone Foundation
Suncoast Partnership to End Homelessness
TJX Foundation, Inc
Trinity Presbyterian Church
Trinity United Methodist Church
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Venice
United Way of South Sarasota County
Venice Community Orchestra
Venice Golf & Country Club
Venice/Nokomis Rotary Club
Venice Presbyterian Church
Venice Presbyterian Church Women
Venice Yacht Club Foundation
WaWa Foundation
Wells Fargo Foundation
Women's Fellowship VUCC
Women's Sertoma Club of Venice
Women With A Purpose, CUMC
If you would like to become part of the family, please visit our website to send us your information and we will be in touch about volunteer opportunities.
Please click here to visit our website and make a donation to support our mission and become part of our family.
Our programs supported in full or in part by:
Wells Fargo
Sponsored by the State of Florida, Department of Children and Families and the Suncoast Partnership.
Family Promise of South Sarasota County