What is Family Promise? Family Promise of York County provides a comprehensive and compassionate program of meals, shelter, and case management services to homeless families through a community network of congregations and staff that foster long-term self-sufficiency, independence, and success for families.
How is Unity involved in Family Promise? Once every 2- or 3-months Unity serves as a host site for a week from Sunday to Sunday. Families arrive at church in the evening. They are served dinner and spend the night in one of the Sunday School rooms in the Youth Wing. They leave early each morning and go to work, attend school, or work on job skills at the Family Promise Center. Family Promise is an outreach ministry coordinated by the Women of Unity – Tony Dehler Circle. We need several volunteers for the many different service opportunities that it requires to host the families during our hosting weeks.
How can I help? There are two ways you can help. The first way is to volunteer during our Hosting week. We need over 40 people each hosting (families are welcome) to cook/serve dinner each night, help with set-up or take down on the Sundays of our hosting week, spend the night with our families, or wash laundry following our hosting week. The second way you can help is to purchase one of the items on the Unity Family Promise Amazon Wish List. These are items that we will use at Unity during our hosting weeks to make our families feel welcome and comfortable.
Questions or how do I Volunteer? Please contact Jennifer Brindisi (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Dannie Vaughn (email@example.com) to be added to our e-mail list or for more information. Click here to sign up to volunteer.
Click here for the Amazon Wish List.
Click here for more information about Family Promise of York County.
Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity is a faith-based home builder with the goal of providing safe, affordable housing to partner families. Families qualify based on 1) need, 2) ability to repay a zero-interest mortgage for the cost of materials for their home and 3) willingness to partner with Habitat by working on their own home, homes for others, and attending classes on homeownership. Unity participates in two workdays each year, providing both financial support and labor.
Questions? Contact Steve Hardy for more information.
For more information about Habit of Humanity of York County, click here.
Pilgrims’ Inn is a multi-dimensional service agency in York County, South Carolina. Our hope is to assist clients who are homeless or at risk of homelessness reach their goals of independence and financial stability. With a wonderful staff and many devoted volunteers, Pilgrims’ Inn is able to provide a shelter for women and children experiencing homelessness, transitional housing apartments, emergency assistance, a low cost child care facility, and a job readiness training program. Pilgrims’ Inn operates as a 501(c)3 agency and we are most fortunate to have ongoing support from our community.
Pilgrims’ Inn helps the community through our 5 main programs: Dorothy Bing Inn Shelter and Tricia’s Court Apartments providing temporary and transitional housing solutions, Emergency Assistance providing food and information for supportive community resources, Open Arms Child Support Center providing childcare for pre-school aged children, and C.I.T.E.E. (Creating Independence Through Education and Employment) job readiness activities for our clients..
By the Numbers …
While we realize numbers can never tell the whole story, they are an important tool in measuring our effectiveness. In the first four months of 2022:
- Our Food Pantry collected 33,675 pounds of food
- Volunteers have served over 1,000 hours
- The Food Pantry served 1,892 clients, including 571 children & 324 seniors
- Our Shelter served 42 clients, including 16 children
- 54 clients participated in our CITEE Program
- Open Arms Child Development Center has 21 children currently enrolled serving 18 families
Dan Rogers: firstname.lastname@example.org or 864.245.3122