HELENA – Helena Mayor Wilmot Collins has declared October 20-26 “Family Promise Week.”
He made the declaration on Tuesday at an open house at the nonprofit, which works to help families overcome homelessness.
Glenna Wortman-Obie is the new executive director of Family Promise and has been in the role since August.
She said Family Promise Week is a way to thank the massive network of volunteers, plus raise awareness about homeless families living in Helena.
“It might be any number of things that causes a family to lose their housing, and their ability to maintain their housing,” said Wortman-Obie. “Sometimes people just need a little help.”
Wortman-Obie said Family Promise helps keeps moms, dads, and children together while parents work with a family advocate and search for jobs.
Families are able to utilize the Day Center, where they can make breakfast, prepare for work, and let kids catch the bus to school. At night, partner churches provide food, as well as a private place to sleep.
Since 2011, Family Promise has helped 68 families in Helena, including 121 kids. According to Wortman-Obie, 83 percent of those families achieve sustainable independence.
Right now, there are almost 1,000 volunteers in the Capital City.
For more information about Family Promise and the organizations they partner with, head to their website.
-Reported by Evelyn Schultz/MTN News