(COLUMBIA)—Family Promise of the Midlands, a faith-based initiative that provides shelter for homeless families in local church facilities, will celebrate its third anniversary with a gala fundraiser Feb. 10 at Stone River in West Columbia, just across the Gervais Street Bridge from downtown Columbia and overlooking the historic Congaree River.
The Night of Promise Gala will feature hors d’oeuvres, an open beer and wine bar, music, dancing, and a silent auction, including vacations, custom-made jewelry, artwork, furniture, household supplies, and gift cards to a variety of local businesses.
“We believe every child deserves a home, and this gala will help us raise the funds we need to keep families together and safe while they get back on their feet,” said Bonnie Montgomery, board chair.
Individual tickets to the event are $75 per person. Tables of 10 can be reserved for $1,000. Tickets are available via the organization’s website, www.familypromisemidlands.org, or by calling 803-832-4765.
Family Promise has affiliates in more than 200 U.S. communities. Twenty-eight congregations in the Midlands serve as hosts or support congregations, providing volunteers, meals, and other assistance:
• Ashland United Methodist
• Bethel United Methodist
• Blythewood Presbyterian
• Christ the King Lutheran
• Church of the Cross Episcopal
• Eastminster Presbyterian
• Ebenezer Lutheran
• Forest Lake Presbyterian
• Francis Burns United Methodist
• Good Shepherd Lutheran
• Greenlawn Baptist
• Heyward Street UMC
• Living Springs Lutheran
• Northminster Presbyterian
• Redeemer Lutheran
• Seven Oaks Presbyterian
• Shandon Presbyterian
• Shandon United Methodist
• St. Andrew’s Baptist
• St. Andrew’s Lutheran
• St. John’s Episcopal
• St. Martin’s-in-the-Fields Episcopal
• St. Mary’s Episcopal
• Trenholm Road United Methodist
• Trinity Presbyterian
• Trinity UMC
• Virginia Wingard United Methodist
• Westminster Presbyterian
Host and support congregations provide safe shelter and meals for situationally homeless families and their children. A director and licensed social worker provide the support guest families need to regain and maintain their independence.
In its first three years, Family Promise has helped 138 individuals—families with children—and has assisted an additional 1,165 people by helping them remain in their homes or by guiding them to appropriate services.