Family Promise helping families in need with new facility

SHERMAN, Tex. (KXII) -- Family Promise is a national non-profit organization that helps families experiencing homelessness get back on their feet.

Now we have one in Grayson County, and they took in their first family in May.

"It's just hard to think about families that are living not in good, healthy living conditions. Especially children. Children under the age of 18," said volunteer Mike Grubb.

Grubb is a volunteer coordinator for his congregation through Family Promise.

The non-profit is committed to making sure every child has a home.

That's where the Day Center of Hope at Willow and Houston St. comes in.

The Sherman center can help up to three to five families at a time.

Outside the doors might seem dark and dreary for some of these families, but when they walk inside, a new beginning awaits.

"We have a place where toddlers and young children can come and play," said Family Promise executive director Leigh Walker.

Family Promise takes in families with kids eighteen or younger who are facing homelessness for reasons like divorce, illness, death or a natural disaster.

"My hope is that each family that comes through our program leaves here knowing that they are loved," Walker said.

First, each family has to go through an interview process and the parents are drug tested, Walker said, for their own safety.

"And if you have the facilities like all these gorgeous churches in Grayson County have, why not open those doors and help those families out?" Grubb said.

They eat dinner and sleep at one of ten host churches each week.

"Obviously home means different things to different people, but the main thing is stability," Walker said.

The program helps adults find full time work or actively search for jobs.

Volunteers also teach a variety of skills from budgeting to interviewing, even provide counseling services.

"That family's got the courage of a lion. And to see them getting very close to being able to launch on their own is exciting to us," Grubb said.

The program is funded by grants and donations.

They'll have an open house at the new facility Tuesday, July 17 from 4 to 6 p.m.

It's come and go and anyone's welcome.

If you would like to donate to Family Promise, Walker said $20 gift cards to Walmart are helpful for families to buy things like gas, clothes, and school supplies.