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Cardboard Box City promoting better future for homeless families

on Thursday, 17 September 2015. Posted in Good life, Local News

Family Promise will be hosting the 2015 Cardboard Box City at West Florence High School on Sept. 26. This signature event is one that allows participants to join others from the community at large who are interested in building a better future for homeless families here in the Florence community. The event begins at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 26, and will conclude with a breakfast at 7 a.m. the next day.

For a donation of $25 before Sept.18, participants can spend the night, enjoy the soup kitchen and join in the activities and learn more about how Family Promise is making a difference in our community. Participants bring their box and are encouraged to make it their own as there are awards for creativity and design for those who choose to make theirs unique. All are welcome, however, any participant under 18 must have supervision and a signed parental consent form. All registration forms can be found on the Family Promise website at Late registrations will be accepted up through the event. However, the fee will be $30 the day of the event.

Any questions, call or email Family Promise for more information. About Family Promise For more than 25 years, Family Promise has provided a local response to the national issue of family homelessness. The organization helps homeless and low-income families achieve sustainable independence by mobilizing volunteers and existing local resources. Affiliates – 192 in 42 states – utilize 6,000 houses of worship for overnight shelter; 160,000 volunteers from those congregations offer meals and support. About 75% of the families served find housing within nine weeks of entering the Family Promise program, as the organization provides professional case management and support services.

Since its inception, Family Promise has served more than 600,000 homeless and low-income family members, the majority of them children. Its efforts have garnered a four-star rating from Charity Navigator, the highest rating possible, which indicates that Family Promise exceeds the standards of the nonprofit industry and outperforms most charities with similar missions. For more information about Family Promise, including its local work with the Florence program, visit the organization’s website

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