Family Promise of Wayne County is moving closer to its mission to help homeless families regain housing, livelihood, independence, dignity and stability in their lives. “Bed City” at Park Presbyterian Church and Central Park in Newark recently raised approximately $6,500.
The event was sponsored by Reliant Community Federal Credit Union, Gananda Rotary Club, Rotary clubs of Wayne County, Lions clubs of Wayne County, Together in Christ, Sodus Presbyterian Church, Bob’s Factory Direct, Love’s Furniture and Carpet, Barbara Jean’s Furniture, Sleep Cheap and More and two anonymous donors.
“Bed City” featured decorated beds by county youth groups. Awards went to Boy Scout Troop 122 from Newark for most original and most appealing to a young boy, Sodus Recreation and 21st Century for most whimsical, Newark Interact for most artistic, Alex Eligh Community Center softball team for most appealing to a young girl, Western Wayne Girl Scout Troop 1111 for most appealing to a teenager and Family Promise board for most representing the mission of family promise. Attendees voted the Sodus group’s bed as the best bed of event, so they will receive a pizza party from Mac’s Pizza Shack in Macedon.
Participating food trucks were El Morro, Little Red Wagon and Heintzelman’s Marinade Magic. The Light Blue Band performed at the event.
Family Promise of Wayne County is one of 200-plus local affiliates of Family Promise, which was founded in New Jersey in 1986. The Rev. Sara D’Angio-White, of St. Mark’s Church in Newark, gathered a group of individuals in 2016 who were committed to the mission and vision of Family Promise — bringing communities together to help those in need.
Volunteers use their skills, knowledge and compassion to help homeless neighbors find employment, reconnect with society and restore their dignity. Faith-based congregations offer hospitality space within their buildings, and community groups provide meals. Family Promise provides professional staff to offer families the resources needed to regain independence.
The local Wayne County affiliate hopes to serve families this summer. It needs congregations that can offer hospitality space for families for four weeks each year. Call (315) 331-6999 for information.