Local philanthropists to honor families experiencing homelessness

(COLUMBIA) – Invited supporters of Family Promise of the Midlands and families who have benefitted from the program will gather Monday (Dec. 16) for a Christmas party hosted by Dominique Sensabaugh and the local philanthropy Butterfly’s Den.

“Each year for her birthday, Sensabaugh—a Columbia native and wife of NFL cornerback Coty Sensabaugh—hosts a party to shine light on a nonprofit. This year she chose Family Promise of the Midlands,” says the organization’s executive director, The Rev. Karen Newsome.

Co-hosting the party is Shandreka Jones, founder of Butterfly’s Den, a non-profit that assists young people transition from the foster-care system to independence.

“Christmas is a special time and we are so honored that Dominique and Shandreka are doing this for the homeless families we serve,” Newsome explained.

Nearly 100 people will attend this invitation- only event, which will run from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Family Promise Day Center, 1333 Omarest Drive, 29210.

Family Promise of the Midlands is a cooperative of 31 Midlands congregations providing living space and meals for families experiencing homelessness by using Sunday school rooms and other spaces that often go unused during the week.

“Thousands of volunteers in the Midlands offer our guest families radical hospitality and support during what is surely one of the most traumatic times in their lives: while they are experiencing homelessness,” Newsome explained. “Our families are often the working poor for whom a single event—an illness, a car breakdown, the loss of a job—results in the loss of housing. In our program, they receive professional guidance as they work to regain and sustain their independence.”

“Family Promise is making a difference in the Midlands,” said Newsome. “We encourage people to visit our website and read the stories of some of our guest families at


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