Churches Open Doors to Homeless

Family Promise is stepping up to the plate in lower Bucks County, PA to provide housing, meals, and services to help homeless families get back on their feet. Churches will open their doors to provide overnight shelter and meals for the families, with opening ceremonies starting April 2. Similar to Code Blue, which houses the homeless during the winter, churches participating in this program will welcome people year round.

Each morning, families are transported to a day center, where they can take care of hygiene, wash clothes, look for jobs and training, and get kids off to school. The center also offers job interview training, helps people arrange day care and helps families link up to other services, such as healthcare. Here job applicants can have a mailing address.

Although Family Promise of Lower Bucks is just housing families, including single moms, this should help others by freeing  up space in the Bucks County Emergency Shelter in Levittown, which is overflowing, with families, which get priority, taking up much of the space.

The goal of Family Promise is to help families become self sufficient, with an 80 percent success rate nationally.

To ensure the safety of the all the guests, participants are screened for substance abuse, criminal background, and mental health issues, as are strict rules.

A good part of the Family Promise program is mentoring people and making the guest feel at home. The volunteers are encouraged to mingle with the guests, while giving them their space, their privacy.

This is the atmosphere I’ve found at the community meals for the homeless and needy in lower Bucks County. As Paul Revere & The Raiders sang, it’s a good thing. http://www.lyricsmode.com/lyrics/p/paul_revere_the_raiders/good_thing.html 

I was greatly encouraged to learn of this private organization that helps fill the great need for shelter for the homeless in lower Bucks County. In the tradition of President Grover Cleveland, who vetoed a government bailout for Texas farmers and relied on Americans to help their neighbors, the private sector is coming to the aid of it’s homeless neighbors. In the case of the Texas farmers, Americans donated more funds to help fellow Americans than was proposed in the government bailout.

The local churches are doing God’s work by reaching out to needy people. I’m honored to have signed up as an advocate and for public relations with Family Promise of Lower Bucks.

“For the poor shall never cease out of the land: therefore I command thee, saying, Thou shalt open thine hand wide unto thy brother, to thy poor, and to thy needy, in thy land.”

–Deuteronomy 15:11

For more information: http://www.fplb.org/ 

Or, for those in the homeless community in lower Bucks County, see me, Jeff. They know me from the Navy Yard to the Boulevard. Actually, I can be found in the Levittown branch of the Bucks County Free Library and at the community meals for the homeless and needy.