Becoming homeless with one’s children is frightening and demoralizing. Parents often feel that they have failed at their most basic duty - to provide a safe place for their children to live. The families who come to Family Promise of Bergen County are all working but their income is not sufficient to afford an apartment. Finding affordable childcare and transportation to and from work is challenging. Because they are working, it often seems like no one is able, or worse yet, willing to help them. There are obstacles everywhere. Families often feel that there is no help and no hope.
Then they learn that Family Promise helps working families who become homeless. What a godsend! Once families come into the program and are safely sheltered, the pressure is lifted. Parents can breathe again. With God’s help, they feel their strength returning. Families are empowered to create a better life for themselves and their children. They receive job training, continuing education, workshops teaching financial literacy and life skills and help accessing services available in the community. Much is expected and our God is with them every step of the way on their journey toward self-sufficiency.
In our lives, we may never experience homelessness but we all have our own struggles. We all feel like the world is against us sometimes. Whatever your homelessness, remember that God is there to renew your spirit and support you. He’s got your back. ALWAYS.