The September Share the Plate recipient is Greater Portland Family Promise (GPFP). GPFP is a part of a nationwide network dedicated to addressing the needs of homeless families. Allen Avenue UU has been part of our chapter since it opened in July of 2017. We were the second faith community to host families and are one of 13 communities currently hosting year-round. GPFP is not a shelter. It is a transitional program with the goal fo finding permanent housing for families with children and connecting them to the resources they need to be successful. GPFP recently celebrated its second anniversary. Here is what the leadership had to say on that occasion:

Since opening on July 9, 2017, we have provided shelter, food, case management, and community support for 118 individuals from 29 families. We have served people from 9 different countries and have watched as families from very different backgrounds refer to one another as parents and siblings. We have built a network of over 800 volunteers who show their hospitality and love by reading a child a story, moving furniture into a new apartment, taking families on a visit to the beach, donating warm coats in the winter, preparing a home-cooked meal, and so much more. GPFP connects families with the services and resources they need to build sustainable living situations, and every family housed through our program has maintained their housing. Today we celebrate community—the community built between guest families, between guests and volunteers, between volunteers from different backgrounds who connect through Family Promise. We celebrate that together, we are building a community that cares for and nurtures our neighbors, a community that is breaking down the walls that divide us by building bridges of love.

Our Share the Plate contribution this month will go toward the expenses of the larger organization. If you would like more information or wish to be involved, please contact Carol Larson at 839-7618 or clarson2468@gmail.com. There will be a volunteer training on Thursday, September 26th, 5:30-8:30 pm, Saint Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, 268 Brown Street, Westbrook.

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