New program serves homeless families

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As one of the few homelessness programs that allows families to stay together, Family Promise of Passaic County (FPPC) has already become a key service provider for local homeless families. Since its launch in December 2013, the program has cared for five families in crisis.

Currently this unique, small, close-knit program is full, with three families being served, though Executive Director Cathy Boccard receives regular calls from families that are in need of the services FPPC provides.

FPPC offers a "hand up" rather than "hand out" approach to assisting the families, providing a daytime Family Center in Passaic with a computer lab, laundry facilities, and a location for experts and classes on job hunting, budgeting and parenting to be held. These opportunities equip the guests with skills necessary to regain independence and self-sufficiency. Hospitality and security are made available by congregations from all faiths who volunteer together to provide meals, fellowship and overnight accommodations on a weekly basis, providing the hope and comfort needed by the families.

FPPC is the newest affiliate of Family Promise National, a non-sectarian, non-profit organization. Family Promise National has a more than 70 percent success rate of helping low-income individuals develop skills to improve their ability to earn a living wage and support their family.

For more information on how you or your congregation can help homeless families through Family Promise of Passaic County, visit www.fppassaiccounty.org or contact Boccard at 973-928-6007 or at familypromisepc@gmail.com

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