Occasionally, due to snow, ice, or other severe weather conditions, the Family Promise bus is unable to pick up the families from the host congregation to return them to the Family Center in the morning. In this case, families need to stay at the congregation until is safe and/or practical to move them.
Saturday, January 23rd, was one of those days! Fortunately, we had advance warning and were able to make the call the day before. Thanks to the gracious and generous volunteers at the United Presbyterian Church of Lyndhurst, under the leadership of Jane Aulenbach, the families were sheltered securely for 42 hours until the bus could return for them – a new record! When Jane got the call, she didn’t even hesitate and immediately went into action to put a plan in place, which included going right home for her pajamas! The weekend included movies, reading, and hot breakfasts, which we would all hope for in such a situation!
Family Promise is extremely fortunate to have 24 congregations offering safe shelter, three meals, and unwavering support to the homeless working families we serve. We are profoundly grateful for the commitment and dedication demonstrated in this emergency by The United Presbyterian Church of Lyndhurst, lovingly known as “The Little Church with the Big Heart”.