Sensory memories: Delicious church potluck smells floating up from the the basement. Ladies wearing aprons. Tables filled to groaning.
At the 20th annual Hope, Hearts and Home Family Promise luncheon and auction Feb. 12, homeless families who have temporary homes in local churches as they take steps toward self-sufficiency said they appreciated their hosts. The planned activities, the sympathetic listeners, the safety, the help moving forward...and, unanimously from the kids, "the food!" That home-cooked food. Church potlucks haven't changed.
Representatives of the 40 congregations that are part of the Family Promise of Colorado Springs, Your Interfaith Hospitality Network program gathered after church Feb. 12 for lunch, this time prepared by Hotel Eleganté.
Executive Director Michael Royal announced two new programs brought about through "partnerships, that's who we are."
Rolling around town is "The Say What? Truck," a bright blue vehicle that has been delivering portable bedding and other necessities to and from churches hosting families. What's new, explained Luke Cammack, "The Say What? Truck" is now available to all nonprofits and churches that regularly transport items for collection and distribution or have special requests.
It's one of those partnerships Royal described, this one between Family Promise, Bethel Lutheran Church and Thrivent Financial. Info: saywhattruck.com
Also coming: Hope Homes. To offer permanent affordable housing to more homeless families, the program will restore manufactured homes, creating a mobile home community. Families will be taught fiscal responsibility and can earn title to their homes. The goal is homelessness to home ownership in nine months.