Share the Plate for September: Greater Portland Family Promise
The September Share the Plate recipient is Greater Portland Family Promise.
Greater Portland Family Promise (GPFP) aims to provide homeless families in the Greater Portland, Maine area with basic human needs—shelter, safety, and sustenance—with a spirit of warmth and hospitality. Although the City of Portland has a family shelter that serves up to 151 individuals, the shelter is frequently at capacity leaving additional families without a place to stay while they seek permanent housing. GPFP will serve up to 4 families (14 individuals maximum) at a time. Families who are guests in the program are provided food, shelter, case management, and hospitality as they work to find sustainable housing, employment, childcare, and educational opportunities.
In the Family Promise model, each host congregation furnishes clean, safe, overnight lodging and nutritious meals for one week, typically on a quarterly basis. Host congregations are supported by other faith communities who provide additional volunteers —making healthy breakfast and suppers, playing with children or helping them study and talking with parents after a long day.
(This is our annual contribution)
Please give generously.