Family Promise of Greater Merced
<ul><li>21.7% of the population in Merced County lives in poverty </li></ul><ul><li>In California, thirteen out of every o...
Families make up 40% of the Homeless Population
Thirty-six million people, including 14 million children, experience hunger…
8.9% of Merced County residents receive food stamps   <ul><li>71% of Merced County students in the 2005-2006 school year q...
About 41 million people do not  have health insurance…
Who are California’s homeless children? <ul><li>Under 6 years  122,902 </li></ul><ul><li>Grades K-8 (enrolled) 135,766 </l...
The homeless of Merced County <ul><li>There are more than 2,600 homeless individuals in Merced County, including women and...
How do families end up homeless? <ul><li>Housing costs outpace wages and public assistance for low income citizens. </li><...
Home foreclosures means more homeless families <ul><li>California has the nation’s third highest foreclosure rate. </li></...
Ending homelessness, one family at a time   <ul><li>Family Promise of Greater Merced is a network of local congregations o...
Family Promise Hospitality Network <ul><li>The network will consist of 13 congregations with volunteers, which provides sh...
Family Promise Hospitality Network <ul><li>In a typical Network, half of the guests are children, most of whom are under s...
Facts & Figures about  Family Promise Hospitality Networks <ul><li>25% of adult guest family members have found jobs.  Ove...
Basic Elements of the Program <ul><li>Four times a year, for one week at a time, Host Congregations supported by volunteer...
2. Volunteers  Volunteers are the heart of the program, without  them it cannot exist. What is involved in Volunteering: <...
Typical Volunteer Schedule for the Host Facility <ul><li>5:30-8:30pm- Supper and Evening Volunteers </li></ul><ul><li>8:30...
3. Executive Director & Social Service Agencies <ul><li>The Director works with social service agencies to help them refer...
4.  Family Day Center <ul><li>Each day from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., guests use the Family Day Center to care for pre-schoo...
5.  Transportation <ul><li>If needed, Family Promise of Greater Merced will transport guests to and from the Family Day Ce...
Steps to  Create  a Network <ul><li>Recruit 13 host congregations </li></ul><ul><li>Secure a day center </li></ul><ul><li>...
Timeline of Program Development <ul><li>Our goal is to be fully operational by July 2011. </li></ul><ul><li>We have submit...
Core Group Committees <ul><li>Core group committees focus on specific components of the Network program. Each committee ha...
Core Group Committees <ul><li>Day Center Committee:  Finds an organization with the resources for a day center. Churches (...
Summary of IHN Program Benefits <ul><li>For Guests </li></ul><ul><li>Safe, homelike shelter where families can stay togeth...
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Families now make up 40 percent of the homeless population. Family Promise of Greater Merced offers hope to homeless families with children. With your help we can make a difference.

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  1. 1. Family Promise of Greater Merced
  2. 2. <ul><li>21.7% of the population in Merced County lives in poverty </li></ul><ul><li>In California, thirteen out of every one hundred (13%) children living in poverty are homeless. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Families make up 40% of the Homeless Population
  4. 4. Thirty-six million people, including 14 million children, experience hunger…
  5. 5. 8.9% of Merced County residents receive food stamps <ul><li>71% of Merced County students in the 2005-2006 school year qualified for free or reduced-price meals </li></ul>
  6. 6. About 41 million people do not have health insurance…
  7. 7. Who are California’s homeless children? <ul><li>Under 6 years 122,902 </li></ul><ul><li>Grades K-8 (enrolled) 135,766 </li></ul><ul><li>Grades 9-12 (enrolled) 33,956 </li></ul><ul><li>_______________________________________________________________________ </li></ul><ul><li>TOTAL 292,624 </li></ul><ul><li>www.HomelessChildrenAmerica.org </li></ul>
  8. 8. The homeless of Merced County <ul><li>There are more than 2,600 homeless individuals in Merced County, including women and children. </li></ul><ul><li>Only 8% of the homeless population in Merced County is sheltered. </li></ul><ul><li>In Merced Union High School District there are 798 homeless students. </li></ul>
  9. 9. How do families end up homeless? <ul><li>Housing costs outpace wages and public assistance for low income citizens. </li></ul><ul><li>Loss of job. </li></ul><ul><li>Family medical expenses- lack of medical benefits. </li></ul><ul><li>Unexpected expenses- car, repairs, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Loss of spouse through death, divorce, separation, or abandonment. </li></ul><ul><li>Women with children who are being abused frequently have to chose between abuse and homelessness. </li></ul><ul><li>Disagreement with those who a family may be staying with. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Home foreclosures means more homeless families <ul><li>California has the nation’s third highest foreclosure rate. </li></ul><ul><li>The City of Merced has the second highest foreclosure rate in the nation. </li></ul><ul><li>Many of the homes and apartments low income families were renting were foreclosed on, leaving them with no affordable place to live. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Ending homelessness, one family at a time <ul><li>Family Promise of Greater Merced is a network of local congregations organized to help Merced County homeless families with children. </li></ul><ul><li>Each congregation provides shelter and meals . </li></ul><ul><li>Cost of food staples, utilities and supplies averages $200 for the Host Week (but much of that will be donated, keeping even that cost down). </li></ul><ul><li>Local stores or institutions frequently contribute food items and supplies. </li></ul><ul><li>Each family member is assisted by our social worker in finding and implementing lasting solutions to their unique situation. </li></ul>Family Promise of Greater Merced
  12. 12. Family Promise Hospitality Network <ul><li>The network will consist of 13 congregations with volunteers, which provides shelter, meals, and support services to homeless families. </li></ul><ul><li>Our current Host Congregations are: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Yosemite Church </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Gateway Community Church </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>United Methodist Church of Merced </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>First Church of God Merced </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Christian Church of the Valley </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Central Presbyterian Church </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Family Promise Hospitality Network <ul><li>In a typical Network, half of the guests are children, most of whom are under six years old. </li></ul><ul><li>The network will provide a director to assist in finding housing and jobs. </li></ul><ul><li>For congregations, the Network is a vital outreach ministry within the walls of the members own church. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Facts & Figures about Family Promise Hospitality Networks <ul><li>25% of adult guest family members have found jobs. Over 60% of guest families have at least one family member already employed when they enter a Family Promise Network. </li></ul><ul><li>More than 75% of the guests in the Network do find long-term housing. </li></ul><ul><li>There are 162 Networks and 151 Affiliate locations in 39 states and DC. </li></ul><ul><li>In Northern California, there are networks in San Mateo, Sacramento, and Modesto. </li></ul>
  15. 15. Basic Elements of the Program <ul><li>Four times a year, for one week at a time, Host Congregations supported by volunteers from Support Congregations provide overnight lodging, meals (supper, breakfast, and brown-bag lunch), and hospitality. </li></ul><ul><li>Hosting rotates among the 13 Host Congregations in the Network. </li></ul><ul><li>Host Congregations provide lodging for two to four families (up to 14 individuals) from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. the next morning. </li></ul>1. Host and Support Congregations
  16. 16. 2. Volunteers Volunteers are the heart of the program, without them it cannot exist. What is involved in Volunteering: <ul><li>Bringing in a meal and eating with families in the program. </li></ul><ul><li>Spending a few hours playing with children. </li></ul><ul><li>Providing a special skill, like computer training or resume writing. </li></ul><ul><li>Staying overnight at a facility. </li></ul><ul><li>Supporting parents under incredible stress. </li></ul><ul><li>Inviting others to join you. </li></ul>
  17. 17. Typical Volunteer Schedule for the Host Facility <ul><li>5:30-8:30pm- Supper and Evening Volunteers </li></ul><ul><li>8:30pm- 6:00am- Overnight Volunteers </li></ul><ul><li>6:00- 7:00am- Breakfast Volunteers </li></ul><ul><li>This schedule shares the work and allows adults, teenagers, and even children, to find their niche as volunteers. </li></ul>
  18. 18. 3. Executive Director & Social Service Agencies <ul><li>The Director works with social service agencies to help them refer families to the Network. </li></ul><ul><li>The social service agencies and the Director screen prospective guest families for active substance abuse, domestic, violence, psychiatric problems or others issues that would be disruptive to the program. </li></ul><ul><li>The Director does a needs assessment for the guest families and connects them to the agencies that can provide the most appropriate help – housing, jobs, training, and other services. </li></ul>
  19. 19. 4. Family Day Center <ul><li>Each day from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., guests use the Family Day Center to care for pre-school children, receive counseling from the Director, seek employment, and arrange appointments to implement the program. </li></ul><ul><li>Many of the guests will be employed during the day and will go to work. </li></ul><ul><li>During the school year, children go school. </li></ul><ul><li>The Family Center provides guests with a mailing address and a home base from which to conduct their housing and job searches. </li></ul>
  20. 20. 5. Transportation <ul><li>If needed, Family Promise of Greater Merced will transport guests to and from the Family Day Center and the current Host Congregation’s facilities, along with the guests’ luggage and the support materials, such as beds and linens . </li></ul>
  21. 21. Steps to Create a Network <ul><li>Recruit 13 host congregations </li></ul><ul><li>Secure a day center </li></ul><ul><li>Arrange for transportation </li></ul><ul><li>Prepare a first year budget </li></ul><ul><li>Raise required funds </li></ul><ul><li>Develop the Network’s governing body, the Board of Trustees </li></ul><ul><li>Form the Network into a nonprofit organization </li></ul><ul><li>Hire the Network Director </li></ul><ul><li>“ </li></ul>
  22. 22. Timeline of Program Development <ul><li>Our goal is to be fully operational by July 2011. </li></ul><ul><li>We have submitted Articles of Incorporation. </li></ul><ul><li>June 15, 2010 – obtain nonprofit corporation status. </li></ul><ul><li>July 2010 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Select the Board of Trustees </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Adopt Bylaws of Family Promise of Greater Merced </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Apply for 501c(3) tax-exempt status from the IRS </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Prepare the first year’s budget </li></ul></ul><ul><li>April 2011 – 13 Host Congregations </li></ul><ul><li>May 2011 – Family Day Center & a passenger van </li></ul><ul><li>June 2011 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Raised 1/3 of first years annual budget - $30,000 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Annual budget range from $90,000 to $125,00, depending whether a van is purchased and whether rent must be paid for a day center. Most Networks find that first-year operating budgets are about $90,000. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hire an Executive Director </li></ul></ul><ul><li>July 2011 – Greet our first guests. </li></ul>
  23. 23. Core Group Committees <ul><li>Core group committees focus on specific components of the Network program. Each committee has a chairperson who reports to the entire core group. </li></ul><ul><li>1. Host Congregation Recruitment Committee </li></ul><ul><li>Recruit 13 host congregations from a prospect list (prepared by the core group). </li></ul><ul><li>Present Family Promise of Greater Merced to clergy, mission committees, and congregational boards. Make presentations to community groups and committee meetings. Provide information and follow-up throughout a prospective congregation’s decision-making process. </li></ul><ul><li>The recruitment of host congregations is the most labor- and time-intensive part in the development of your Network. Good recruiters build enthusiasm for the Network among all the congregations on the prospect list . </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul>
  24. 24. Core Group Committees <ul><li>Day Center Committee: Finds an organization with the resources for a day center. Churches (particularly large downtown facilities) and social service agencies are potential day center sites. 2 or 3 people are needed for the Day Center Committee. </li></ul><ul><li>Transportation Committee: Secures the most cost-effective transportation between the day center and host congregations. Explore possibilities for purchasing a van, obtaining a used van, or contracting for transportation services. 1 or 2 people usually take on the project of serving on the Transportation Committee. </li></ul><ul><li>Fundraising Committee: Estimates expenses, establishes a first year budget and develops and implements a fundraising plan. Experience in fundraising and grant writing are big assets on this committee – strong community connections, especially to corporations in the area, are helpful, too. 3 to 5 people form this committee . </li></ul>
  25. 25. Summary of IHN Program Benefits <ul><li>For Guests </li></ul><ul><li>Safe, homelike shelter where families can stay together. </li></ul><ul><li>Guests cite the caring of volunteers as one of the most important benefits: &quot;I never knew so many people cared.&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>Intensive case management by Network Director to assist in finding housing and jobs and in meeting other needs. </li></ul><ul><li>On average, more than 75% of guest families secure permanent housing. </li></ul><ul><li>  For Volunteers </li></ul><ul><li>Opportunity to help homeless families directly: to make a difference. </li></ul><ul><li>Opportunity to do outreach within their own house of worship or a nearby location. </li></ul><ul><li>Wide range of volunteer activities to fit varying schedules and levels of commitment. </li></ul><ul><li>Opportunity for families to volunteer together. </li></ul>

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