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From the Executive Director: Offering Hope

If you have ever visited our Day Center, you may have noticed a Bible verse on the kitchen wall above the sink. “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” It comes from the book of Jeremiah, chapter 29, verse 11. Every time I read this verse, I am reminded of how God has a plan for each of us. Plans that are good and full of hope. Yet, when families enter our program, they are often without hope. Sometimes they think their past will prevent them from having the future they want. Sometimes our families think the obstacles in their path will keep them from success. But Family Promise offers hope. Hope for a future that includes stability and success.

When you volunteer for Family Promise of Blount County you are offering hope to our guests. Each dollar you contribute, each meal you prepare, each prayer you lift on their behalf, is changing the lives of our families. Homelessness does not define our guests. Homelessness is an experience, not a permanent state. Remember that it’s not a “homeless person,” it is “a person experiencing homelessness.” This is an important distinction.

Thank you for helping Family Promise offer hope. Thank you to our extraordinary volunteers and to our donors. Without your support, we would not be able to continue helping families in Blount County and offering them hope for a better future.

-Caroline Lamar