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Family Promise helps homeless families in Helena

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The Lanigan family is made up of dad Mat, mom Erin, and kids Ainsley, George and Maverick - ages 11, 8 and 6.  (MTN News photo) The Lanigan family is made up of dad Mat, mom Erin, and kids Ainsley, George and Maverick - ages 11, 8 and 6. (MTN News photo)
The program, says executive director Nick Zullo, is here to help homeless families get back on their feet, for good.  (MTN News photo) The program, says executive director Nick Zullo, is here to help homeless families get back on their feet, for good. (MTN News photo)
HELENA - Family Promise of Helena has helped eight homeless families work toward getting back on their feet since the beginning of 2015 - that's less than six months. 

A total of 23 children and adults who were dealing with homelessness have gotten assistance on the path out of that situation. 

One Helena family has decided to learn first-hand just how Family Promise helps. The Lanigan family is made up of dad Mat, mom Erin, and kids Ainsley, George and Maverick - ages 11, 8 and 6. 

They're going to spend the next month learning what Family Promise is and how it helps homeless families in our community. 

"We're learning about the intake process,” says Mat. “Learning about how families learn about outreach, we're also learning about how families come into the program." 

The program, says executive director Nick Zullo, is here to help homeless families get back on their feet, for good. Their situations may all be different, but their goals are the same. 

"This can happen to any family. They decide not only are we in a situation where we are not (going to be) homeless, one that is going to provide us with resources where we can get into our own home and in the process learn things for the long term,” says Zullo. 

For the Lanigan family, the purpose of seeing Family Promise's process first hand is, in part, to help their kids develop empathy for others. 

Erin Lanigan says, "We as a family are very fortunate in our situation where we are. But realistically that is not the case for some families and maybe even families they go to school with." 

The second purpose, says Mat, is showing how the organization brings the community together. There are more than 900 volunteers, trained and certified with Interfaith Hospitality Network, that help at any one of 27 churches, and Carroll College, where the families make their home each night. 

"It's a program that comes together through many different aspects and it all revolves around helping these families make life changes.” 

For the kids, the lesson is already being learned: they can help other people help those who are homeless. 

As 8-year-old George explains, "I feel like it'll be fun helping people know there are homeless people and they can help those homeless people." 

Families that work with Family Promise get assistance with improving parenting skills, finding employment and attaining a permanent home. 

To learn more, click here to visit the Family Promise website.
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