Park Avenue is honored to serve as a host church for Family Promise of Grayson County.
Family Promise provides food, shelter and support services to homeless Grayson County families with children as they regain sustainable independence. They recognize that poverty is a multifaceted problem that requires a multifaceted response and respond by integrating educational outreach, smart programming, effective policies, and the hands-on work of hundreds of volunteers.
Their national organization welcomes volunteers from diverse backgrounds who represent nearly every faith in the United States. As a national organization of 200+ affiliates in 42 states, they have served more than 700,000 people, including tens of thousands of homeless families who found temporary homes at our Affiliates. Most of our clients are children. Their proven approach has helped nearly 80 percent of clients secure housing.
Our Vision: a nation in which every family has a home, a livelihood, and the chance to build a better future together.
As a host church, PACOC provides space for up to 4 families, 14 individuals, to stay for a week at a time, once every 3 months offering the following:
A common area for meals, homework, relaxation and fellowship.
Two bathrooms: one for women; one for men. (The day center provides showers.)
Space for volunteers to sleepover (any available space at the congregation can be used, e.g: offices, hallway, etc.)
A kitchen for meal preparation (dinners may be cooked at the congregation or brought in and heated there), a refrigerator, food staples and necessary clean up items.
The congregation is responsible for all meals (nutritious cooked dinners, simple breakfasts and supplies for sack lunches), utilities (heat/cooling, water and electricity), linens, and various basic items such as toys, soap, etc. The network supplies the beds.
Volunteers: A congregation should always have at least 2 volunteers present and generally not more than 4 at a time. Volunteers can come from other congregations and organizations (called support); all volunteers undergo orientation before they begin.
We require several volunteers, so if you’d like to help contact Basil McClure or call the church office at 903-465-1288.