Taste of Hope Gala is coming soon! You can help!

Taste of Hope is an annual fundraiser that provides critical operating funds for our program, especially for replacing our worn out 15 passenger van!  We are celebrating the many years of success in lifting Berks County families out of the unimaginable circumstance of homelessness, and teaching them how not to be homeless again.  We hope you can join us at the Crown Plaza on Wednesday, September 21, 2016 at 5 p.m. The event will include a fall themed sit down dinner, live testimonies from former guests of our program, live and silent auction items and more.  We would be honored to have you be a part of the evening of celebration.

You can help by becoming a sponsor or donating items for our auctions.  You may download the 2016 Sponsor Letter that explains the various levels of sponsorship available, the  2016 Sponsorship Commitment form, or the 2016 Silent Auction Donation form by clicking the links in this sentence, and then return the completed forms to the office by mail or email to familypromiseberks@comcast.net.  Tickets to the event are $50, or a table of 10 for $450, and can be obtained from the office.


Family Promise Wants to say:  Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

Family Promise has been serving homeless families in Berks County since 2006!  Thanks to the many communities of faith that regularly share their facilities and the volunteers who are willing to share their gifts of time and treasure by serving as over-night hosts and providing meals and hospitality to our guests, we have offered hope to many families and strengthened our community.

Please join us on Saturday, June 11th from 8:30-10:00 AM for a special Pastor and Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast to be held in the picnic pavilion at Schwarzwald Lutheran Church, 250 Church Lane Road  Reading PA 19606   If it rains we’ll be indoors.

We encourage folks who have volunteered with Family Promise over the years to attend – ALL are welcome.  We will be sharing stories and statistics that help remind us that this is important work we are doing together!  We are making a difference in the lives of the families we touch.  We will be inviting some of our graduate families to share their stories.  We invite coordinators and pastors to share how this program has made a difference to you and your sense of ministry.  This is a special time to celebrate the work we do together and remind each other of why we do it!  We thank God for all of you and for all you do!   Please join us for breakfast.

We need your help to help us plan.  Please let us know how many people plan to attend.  Call the office to RSVP 610-373-3327.


Join us for a fantastic shopping adventure help you to explore your own backyard while supporting your local economy and raising funds for Family Promise!  Don’t miss out on the fun!!  Tickets ($9 ea) are on sale NOW!!!!
Runs June 9 thru 25
(perfect timing for a “stay-cation”)
$1 per ticket donated to:
Family Promise of Berks County–helping homeless families
To get tickets call 717-721-9409 Tues thru Thurs from 9 to 5
or click link below

Teen homelessness article in the VOICES section of the Reading Eagle 2/2/16

The VOICES section of the Reading Eagle on 2/2/16 had a theme of LGBTQ, and included an article in which Summer Gaskin, Family Promise of Berks U-Turn program case manager was interviewed.  A homeless teen is legally defined as a teen not living with a biological parent or legal guardian.  A teen staying with a friend or other relative is technically homeless.  Often their living situation is less stable than that.  The article says that family rejection is often the cause of LGBTQ teen homelessness. Family Promise is here to help.

You can read the article at http://www.readingeagle.com/voices/article/family-rejection-is-primary-cause-of-homelessness

Recycled Rides

Recycled Rides is a unique program in which insurers, collision repairers, paint suppliers, parts vendors and others collaborate to repair and donate vehicles to deserving individuals and service organizations in local communities throughout the country.

Almost 1,000 vehicles have been donated through the National Auto Body Council’s Recycled Rides program since its inception in 2007. Thanks to the efforts of many NABC members, the program’s ripple effect has made a positive difference in the lives of thousands of individuals who have received vehicles or benefited through the services provided by nonprofit organizations who have been recipients of Recycled Rides.

To date, three graduates of Family Promise of Berks County have been recipients of vehicles through this wonderful program.