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Family Promise

As one of 13 interfaith congregations around the Lehigh Valley, KI partners with Family Promise® of the Lehigh Valley to feed and house at risk homeless families 4 times per year for one week at a time. During the day residents use the organizations Day Care Center for hygiene, laundering and care of pre-school children. At night the families are transported to us where volunteers prepare and serve the evening meal, stay overnight for support as well as arrange for the next day’s breakfast and lunch.

While keeping families together is the main point, this model allows for case management services necessary for an address, employment, transportation and food – the ultimate goal though is to enable these families to transition to sustainable housing and financial security within a short time frame.

Breaking down stereotypes is a major takeaway for many of the participants. Following our first hosting in December 2019, one congregant noted, "As we sat around having dinner with these individuals, we laughed, we cried and we learned so much from one another." 

Another said, "Their desperate need for a safe place to sleep and meals to stave off hunger are the result of them being victims of circumstances beyond their control. KI’s participation in this program may be the most powerful Mitzvah we have ever done."

Hosting dates for 2020 are as follows:

  • March 29 - April 5
  •  July 5 - 12
  • September 6 - 13
  • December 20 - 27

If you would like to be a part of this amazing initiative, please contact Martina Obenski via the form at the bottom of the page.

 

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Mon, May 25 2020 2 Sivan 5780