HELENA – Helena Mayor Wilmot Collins has declared Oct. 20th to 26th “Family Promise Week.”
He made the declaration today at an open house at the non-profit, which works to help families overcome homelessness.
Glenna Wortman-Obie is the new executive director of Family Promise. She’s been in the role since August.
She says Family Promise Week is a way to thank the massive network of volunteers, plus raise awareness about homeless families living right here in Helena.
“It might be any number of things that causes a family to lose their housing, and their ability to maintain their housing,” said Wortman-Obie. “Sometimes people just need a little help.”
Wortman-Obie says Family Promise helps keeps moms, dads and children together while parents work with a family advocate and search for jobs.
Families are able to utilize the Day Center, where they can make breakfast, prepare for work, and let kids catch the bus to school. At night, partner churches provide food, as well as a private place to sleep.
Since 2011, Family Promise has helped 68 families in Helena, including 121 kids. According to Wortman-Obie, 83 percent of those families achieve sustainable independence.
Right now, there are almost 1,000 volunteers in the Capital City.
For more information about Family Promise and the organizations they partner with, head to their website.