Taste of Hope Gala is Wed. Sept. 21! You can help!

Taste of Hope Gala 2016 on Sept 21 at Crowne Plaza Reading

Click here to PURCHASE A TICKET or a TABLE OF 10 TICKETS that you can pick up at the event.

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 Crowne Plaza, 1741 Papermill Road, Wyomissing, on Wednesday, September 21, 2016 from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The event will include a fall themed sit down dinner, success stories 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, the 2016 Silent Auction Donation form or the Theme Basket Donation form by clicking the links in this sentence, and then return the completed forms to the office by mail to 325 N. 5th St., Reading PA 19610 or email to familypromiseberks@comcast.net.

YOU CAN HELP BY COMING TO THE EVENT and bringing your family and friends, to widen the circle of influence for Family Promise. Tickets to the event are $50, or a table of 10 for $450, and can be obtained by calling the office at 610-373-3323 or by clicking here to PURCHASE A TICKET or a TABLE OF 10 TICKETS that you can pick up at the event.  Churches can help by using this Bulletin Insert to advertise the event.


Family Promise said:  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 overnight hosts and providing meals and hospitality to our guests, we have offered hope to many families and strengthened our community.

We had a wonderful Pastor and Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast in the picnic pavilion at Schwarzwald Lutheran Church on a lovely June morning. About 100 folks who have volunteered with Family Promise over the years attended. We shared stories and statistics that helped remind us that this is important work we are doing together!  We are making a difference in the lives of the families we touch.  Some coordinators and pastors shared how this program has made a difference to them and their sense of ministry. Five of our graduate and current families shared their stories. One former guest said she did not know what a family was supposed to be like until she experienced the respect and caring of the many volunteers. Another former guest is soon ready to graduate from Bloomsburg. Another family is finally able to have all their children living together in their own place. It was inspiring to hear of their successes! We thank God for all of the volunteers that make this success possible!

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.