After two years of grass-roots fundraising, a new nonprofit agency is now helping families that have fallen into homelessness get back on their feet by using a network of churches and connecting with myriad job-finding services.
Since the official opening in June, 90 families have been referred to Family Promise of East San Fernando Valley. Two families have already graduated from the program and three are currently receiving help, officials said.
"Family Promise is a niche agency for situationally based homeless families," said Jacqueline White, the network's director. "It's for your next-door neighbor who has always paid their rent on time and through some situation, medical, employment or a natural disaster has found themselves without a home."
Part of a larger national organization with more than 150 network offices, Family Promise has several requirements for those who are referred for services, including no active alcohol or drug addictions, no felony convictions or history of domestic violence and no untreated mental illness.