The problem of poverty is complex. It won't yield to a simple solution or a quick fix. It requires an integrated approach that begins with meeting immediate needs but reaches much further to help people achieve independence and to alleviate the root causes of poverty.
Family Promise of Lubbock ~ A community response to the problem of family homelessness.
Blessing of the Spirit House
On July 19, 2018 at 1:30 PM Family Promise of Lubbock celebrated the addition of a new home for homeless families.
Pregnant and homeless women have few options when living on the streets. The new space at Family Promise is designed to house these homeless expectant mothers. They will continue to stay after the birth of their babies; therefore, each bedroom is fully furnished and contains a baby bed.
Holy Spirit Catholic Church, recognizing the need to assist expectant mothers living on the streets provided the funding to renovate a space that had previously been used as storage. The remodeled space now has two bedrooms, a full bathroom, a utility room and a living room.
Father Rudi Crasta delivered a blessing s the remodeled facility opened its doors to the homeless in Lubbock.
The Family Promise Pregnancy Care Program provides expectant mothers with safe housing, food and classes designed to help these mothers during their pregnancy. After the mother gives birth, Family Promise continues to provide safe housing, food, baby supplies such as diapers, wipes and clothing. Classes are continued to help mother and baby begin life together with a strong foundation. Mother and baby remain in the program until the mother can find employment, financial stability, and a new place to call home.
"The number of homeless families continues to grow," said Doug Morris, Executive Director of Family Promise. "Here, families can stay together, they aren't separated as happens in many shelters, so they can work together to overcome their problems and build their future together."
There is never a charge to families while they live at Family Promise. A network of 26 churches of all denominations throughout Lubbock provide meals each day as well as mentors for families.
The event was well received in the community and many news outlets ran stories about the Blessing of The Spirit House. Here are some more video clips as well as some photos from the event.
The Avalanche Journal of Lubbock ran an article - http://www.lubbockonline.com/news/20180723/family-promise-opens-facility-for-homeless-pregnant-and-new-moms
Here are some pictures Taken at the Blessing of The Spirit House
Here are some pictures from inside The Spirit House where our guests will reside.
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