Building community, strengthening lives.
May 2019 Update
Family Promise of South Sarasota County

A Wonderful Thank You Letter We are a family of three Jen (40) Mat (49) Kara (13) plus our dog Xena (6) and Turbo (4) our guinea pig. All was going ok with us until Hurricane Irma welcomed us to Florida. We had only been here for a while when...

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Homelessness/Poverty Fact Sheet
from Family Promise National
  • The three most cited reasons for family homelessness are: 1) Lack of affordable housing, 2) unemployment, and 3) poverty.
  • 2.5 million children will experience homelessness this year in America.
  • 1 in 30 children in the United States experience homelessness annually.
  • Nearly 1.3 million school children were homeless in school year 2014-15.
  • Students experiencing homelessness are up to nine times more likely than their non-homeless peers to repeat a grade.
  • 51% of homeless children are under age 5 and, therefore, too young for school and are not counted.
  • 35% of all homeless persons nationwide are families with children.
  • Homeless families are often hidden from our view—they are living in shelters, cars, campgrounds, or doubled up in overcrowded apartments.
Our 1st Annual Home Sweet Home Volunteer Appreciation Picnic was a great success. 4 past families came to visit with and say thank you to the volunteers who helped them through this most trying of times.

"What a joy to have several of our former families with us and see them happy, independent and successful! In conversations with all of them, they all expressed their gratitude for Family Promise and all it has done to improve their lives! I am so proud to be part of such a marvelous faith based organization that helps children and families!"
Suzanne - Volunteer Coordinator at St. Mark's Episcopal Church

" Thank you so much for a wonderful gathering yesterday. Thank you, Allisa and your team for all you do to make a difference in the lives of the children and their families."
Maria - Volunteer Coordinator at Englewood United Methodist Church
Current Needs
The Day Center and our families are currently in need of:
  • Laundry supplies (detergent and fabric softener)
  • paper towels
  • disinfectant wipes
  • general cleaning supplies
  • antibacterial pump hand soap
  • Kleenex
Summer closet clean out!
As you are going through your clothes to start the summer...
Please remember to drop off your slightly used clothing at the Project Give Bin in front of our Day Center at 720 Shamrock Blvd.
Project Give gives back to it's nonprofit partners and we greatly appreciate them and you. Our most recent check from Project Give was over $1,200. Thank you!
58 families served: 104 children and 168 people total

Access Point - 15 families: 28 children and 41 people total
Emergency Shelter - 23 families: 36 children and 65 people total
Bridge Housing - 14 families: 21 children and 37 people total
Open Door - 6 families: 19 children and 25 people total
Dates to Remember
Volunteer Training: 6-11 -2019 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.   We currently are in need of more Office Angels for Day Center coverage. If you are interested, please email Allisa to set up for training.

Coordinator Meeting:  7-9-2019 at Christ United Methodist Church, 5:30-6:30 PM - This meeting is for Coordinators at the Host and Support Churches.
From the Director

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:
Christ United Methodist Church
Emmanuel Lutheran Church
Epiphany Cathedral CCW
Evalyn Sadlier Jones Foundation
First Baptist Church
First Christian Church
Grace United Methodist Men's Club
Kappa Kappa Gamma Alumnae Club
Kates Foundation
Knights of Columbus Ladies Auxiliary
Plantation Community Foundation
Project Give
Quinn Charitable Foundation
Sarasota County
Trinity United Methodist Church
United Way of South Sarasota County
Venice Community Orchestra
Venice Golf & Country Club
Venice/Nokomis Rotary Club
Venice Presbyterian Church
Women's Fellowship VUCC
Women's Sertoma Club of Venice
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:
Family Promise of South Sarasota County