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Homelessness isn’t selective. For more than 30 years, Family Promise has seen families from all backgrounds and regions of the country struggle with housing crises. That includes military veterans, who comprise more than ten percent of the homeless population in the U.S.


Disabled veteran David and his three children were living out of their truck when they found Family Promise of Brevard (FL). Family Promise helped him initiate a job search, gave him budgeting skills, and connected the family to appropriate social services. Family Promise also secured a VA voucher so the family could move into housing. Once they were settled and stable, David and his children wanted to help other families battling homelessness.

“We wanted to give back to families going through the same thing we did,” David says. The family surprised Family Promise of Brevard with a $2,000 check.

David is grateful for the support he received rebuilding his life.

“As a single dad of a girl and two boys, there was no organization out there that could help,” he recalls. “Family Promise made it so we didn’t have to be torn apart.”

Click here to hear David’s journey in his own words.


When Berger, Elida, and their two children were evicted from their home, Berger didn’t immediately disclose he was a military veteran – he felt there were vets in need of greater assistance. The family found Family Promise of Greater Phoenix (AZ) when searching for shelters that accepted pets and could accommodate their two therapy dogs.

Family Promise’s Pets with a Promise program, developed with PetSmart Charities, kept the entire family, including pets, together during a critical time, minimizing the trauma and disruption of their situation. The children continued to excel in school and activities without skipping a beat.

Family Promise facilitated a job opportunity for Berger and ensured his eligibility for rapid re-housing through a veterans’ support agency, and the family soon found a new home.


A cancer diagnosis was the beginning of trying times for Air Force veteran and single dad Brian. His medical treatments halved his work hours, eventually leading to the loss of his home. Brian sent his 16-year-old son Brennan to stay with friends and began sleeping in his car.

He exhausted every resource he could find – veterans connections, social service agencies, shelters – but the programs in his area catered to single moms, and his income, though limited, disqualified him from other benefits.

Father and son were reunited at Family Promise of North Fulton/DeKalb (GA), but the trauma had taken its toll on Brennan. He was disheartened and struggling at school.

“All he wanted was his dad and a stable life,” says Brian. “Family Promise helped us get there.”

Brian worked with Family Promise to pay off his debt and find housing, all while battling his illness. And when Brennan was ready, Family Promise helped the teen find a summer job. Now a senior in high school, Brennan’s debating between following his father’s footsteps into the Air Force or attending college.

Brian’s still fighting for his health, but he feels hopeful about the future. The family was recently selected to receive a vehicle through a national car donation charity, and they remain connected to Family Promise.

“I’ve had great mentorship at Family Promise. We’re taking it one day at a time now,” Brian says.

This Veterans Day, Family Promise extends a resounding thank you to all the retired servicemen and women, as well as active duty and reserve military personnel, who have worked to keep our nation safe and free.

Happy Veterans Day from all of us at Family Promise!

Originally published by Family Promise

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Updated: Oct 29, 2020

Family Promise of Southern Ocean County is proud to announce our 8th Annual Gift Auction, featuring holiday gift items including electronics, designer bags, home decor, and more! Our event looks a little different this year with the auction being fully online.

How It Works

November 10th Facebook Group Opens: The auction will be hosted online in a Facebook group. You can join the group now, and it will open on November 10th. Some items will be listed for you to get a sneak peek at!

Saturday November 14th Bidding Begins: The first items for bidding will be listed on the morning of November 14th, with more going live throughout the weekend.

Sunday November 15th Bidding Closes: The last auction will close on Sunday November 15th, and winners will be announced on each item!

Monday November 16th: We will begin reaching out to auction winners to coordinate prize pickup.

The Gift Auction is one of our biggest annual fundraisers, and we can’t wait to bring it to you in a safe, socially distant format this year!

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Did you know that 1 in 10 households were food insecure in 2019? Last year, 9 million adults and 5.3 million children experienced food insecurity.

What is Food Insecurity?

Food insecurity describes a household’s inability to provide enough food for every person to live an active, healthy life. Food insecurity is closely related to other overlapping issues like low wages and lack of affordable housing. According to Feeding America’s Map the Meal Gap, there are over 52,000 food insecure people in Ocean County.

How did COVID-19 Affect Food Insecurity?

According to Feeding America, the food insecurity rate in Ocean County is expected to jump from 9% in 2019 to 14.2% in 2020. High unemployment rates can increase the number of food insecure households and make it more difficult for families to meet needs.

What Aid is Available for Food Insecure Families?

In New Jersey there are a variety of options for food insecure families or individuals. NJ SNAP is the supplemental nutrition assistance program helping families get what they need to eat healthy. New Jersey also offers the WIC program, which focuses on food and nutrition education for women who are pregnant or have children under the age of five. There are also a variety of food banks throughout New Jersey available to families in need. Fulfill is a Ocean and Monmouth County food bank, but others can be found at

What Can I Do to Help Food Insecure Families?

There are many ways to help support food insecure families, right in Ocean County. The easiest way is to donate non-perishable food to local food banks, which some families rely on. You can reach out to the Ocean and Monmouth County food bank Fulfill, or research other places to donate at Another way to help at food banks is to volunteer your time to sort donations or serve food. Last is to help with meal or grocery delivery to seniors or families in need. Many seniors are unable to get to the grocery store, which means the need for home-delivered meals and groceries is growing. Local groups like Meals on Wheels can help too.

Food insecurity affects 1 in 10 households, but isn’t often well known by others in the community. By working together to make a strong and healthy community, we can transform the lives of children and families in need.

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