Thank You For Your Continued Support of Family Promise This Holiday Season!

You have done so much to transform the lives of homeless children and their families! Since Family Promise started almost three years ago you have helped keep 63 parents and 92 children off the streets. Nine babies were born while their families were in our care. On average, the families have regained their independence, found jobs and have regained stable housing within 61 days with the compassion and care of a multitude of volunteers. We are so thankful and hopeful for more. We’re confident you agree. Would you consider helping touch the lives of more homeless children and adults by making a donation today?

Angel and son

Angel and son

Angel became homeless when her parent figure had a massive stroke and died shortly after we admitted Angel and her son to Family Promise. Angel had no time to mourn and knew she had to work to support herself and her 6-month-old son. She had already found a job when we took her in. But her car was not running and she needed help getting her child to child care and herself to work at the night shift.

With Family Promise SGV’s help, Angel was able to get herself to work and her son to child care until she was able to get her car repaired. She is now fully employed and will soon have her own apartment.

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Thanks for Donating to ACTS Thrift Store and Family Promise SGV!

Thank you to all who have been donating to the ACTS Thrift Store and mentioning Family Promise of San Gabriel Valley. I know that some people have wondered if we are really getting credit for the donations and I want to assure you that we are.

Currently we have $871 on the books at ACTS.  And this is after three of our families were able to go there just this month and get clothes and other needed items.

ACTS Thrift Store is located at 1382 Locust St., just south of the 210 Freeway on Hill Street in Pasadena. Store hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday to Friday, and 9 am. to 6 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call the store at (626) 577-4477.

Again, thank you for your constant help and support for Family Promise. Our families are so grateful!

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Matthew Rayburn Joins Family Promise SGV Board of Directors

It is with pleasure that we introduce our newest board member. Matthew Rayburn comes to us with an important array of skills that will definitely help sustain and support Family Promise of San Gabriel Valley.

Matthew has 10 years of experience working with programs for homeless clients.  He is currently employed as associate director/regional manager at People Assisting the Homeless (PATH) in Los Angeles.  He has his bachelor’s degree in philosophy from USC and is currently working toward his master’s in public administration, nonprofit management.

In the short time Matthew has been working with us, he has assisted in launching the Board Nominations Committee, helped to finalize our Strategic Plan for 2014-2015, and consulted on applying for grants.   We welcome his passion for homeless families and his energy and experience for board governance.

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Yadira and Her Family Move On

Yadira's Kids

Dessiree and Isela

It is always bittersweet to have one of our families leave Family Promise and move on to a more stable situation.

Yadira and her daughters, Dessiree and Isela, have moved on to a transitional housing program. Yadira plans to find full-time employment within a month and then work toward getting her own place. Dessiree has transferred to her new school and, while it was scary, she is quickly adjusting.

It was great having Dessiree with all her energy here with us and to see Yadira through her pregnancy and birth of a healthy baby girl.

Yadira and her children will continue to be in our thoughts and prayers as they journey back to independence.

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Sierra Madre UMC to Hold Alternative Gift Fair to Benefit Family Promise

Start your holiday shopping by going to an alternative gift fair and boutique on Sunday, Dec. 7, to benefit a number of local organizations, including Family Promise of San Gabriel Valley.

The gift fair will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Sierra Madre United Methodist Church, 695 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. The church is one of the host congregations in Family Promise SGV.

The event will benefit a number of local missions projects. Proceeds from a special boutique will benefit Family Promise of San Gabriel Valley.

For more information, see this flier.

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Shop or Attend a Play: Opportunities to Support Family Promise these Holidays

With the holidays coming, you can shop for those you love or see a play and also help homeless families.

Family Promise of San Gabriel Valley will receive a percentage of sales for the following shopping dates:

  • Saturday, Nov. 8, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Chico’s in Santa Anita Mall, Arcadia. See the Chico’s flyer.
  • Nov. 22 to Dec. 6, at Ten Thousand Villages on South Lake Avenue, Pasadena. See the Ten Thousand Villages Flier.

Please see the attached fliers and share with everyone you know.  There is no extra cost to them, just lots of possibilities for our homeless families.

We are also having benefit performances of “Sleeping Beauty” at the Pasadena Playhouse on Tuesday, Dec. 30. The play is done in a contemporary style called “panto.”

Tickets usually sell for $40 to $125. We are asking for $45 per ticket or $35 for 4 tickets.  And Family Promise will benefit from your attendance at this event.

This is a family-oriented play, so bring the whole family and the neighborhood too.  For tickets, contact Karen Roberson (626-354-6514 or email

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Welcome Our New Social Work Interns!

Two of our social work interns

Lilliana and Luis at the Resource Center

After working with limited staff all summer, it was a pleasure to welcome our three social work interns.

Liliana Jimenez is a Foundation Year MSW intern from Cal State Long Beach. Luis Meza is a Foundation Year MSW intern from Cal State Dominguez Hills. Rebeca Reyes is a BSW intern from Cal State Long Beach. All three of our interns are bilingual Spanish-speaking. They are all ready and eager to assist our families with counseling, case management and advocacy.

Michelle Greer, who completed her social work internship with us last spring, continues to be a blessing to Family Promise as our weekend bookkeeper. Jesus Cano graduated last spring and came back to assist the new interns with a task and to share what his experiences are as a new employee with the Probation Department. Susy Aguayo is a new mom.

One of our interns

Rebeca at the Resource Center

Internship is an important part of a professional social worker’s training. It allows them to have hands on experience applying the principles and ethics learned in the academic setting. Family Promise has the honor of being a field placement for social work interns and the opportunity to provide them with professional guidance and mentoring as well as receive the help and energy that the interns bring to the setting. While teaching, we are also privileged to learn from our interns as they inquire and challenge the status quo.

Welcome Liliana, Rebeca and Luis!!


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Church of the Good Shepherd Serves Its First Families

Host volunteers with a baby from one of the guest families.A volunteer holds a baby from one of the guest families.

Sunday, Sept. 21, welcomed the arrival of three families from Family Promise. The group consisted of three mothers and four children, ranging from 5 months to 8 years of age. Our volunteers warmly greeted our family members and assisted them with carrying their belongings with them to their sleeping quarters upstairs in the Youth Game Room in Wesley Hall.

It struck me as I was assisting another volunteer to carry a large plastic trash bag upstairs to the sleeping quarters that this single bag represented the entire worldly belongings for just one family!

In short order, our volunteers assisted each mother to convert a 10-foot square “sleeping module” into a personalized living space for one week.

Our families enjoyed a home cooked dinner each night and a light breakfast at 6 a.m. before heading to work, school, or training at the Family Promise Resource Center. Breakfast can certainly be a time of mutual blessing!


On Monday night, we received an urgent call from Family Promise SGV Network Director Karen Roberson, asking if we could take in another mother with two children. No problem, our volunteer set team installed the drapes on our fourth sleeping module, set up the air mattresses, and made the beds.

All of this support would not be possible without the large number of Good Shepherd volunteers, doing set-up, cooking meals, serving as evening hosts, and sleeping nearby our families in case they need our help. This is what “mission” to the “least of these” is all about. We are very blessed to be able to serve.

 - David Steinmeier


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The Numbers As of August 2014

One of our children at the Resource Center

We thought you might like to know a little more about your impact on the issue of homeless families:

We have served 49 families (61 adults and 88 children) since opening our doors December 2011.

Of those 28.6 percent have found permanent housing and 28.6 percent have found transitional housing.

We have provided 8, 208 bed-nights (persons-beds) and 24,600 meals.

This is no small accomplishment, but together we can do much. We thank you for the love, hospitality and generosity that you have given these wonderful families. You are making a difference!!


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“Network for Good” With Family Promise SGV

Family Promise of San Gabriel Valley is now using the “Network for Good” online fundraising platform.

Donors can choose their contribution amount and decide whether to donate to Family Promise SGV once, monthly, quarterly or annually. Network for Good takes debit and credit cards or PayPal accounts.

The online platform also allows donors to designate their contributions for specific purposes. Donors can also join Club 360 — a group of donors committed to giving at least $360 annually to Family Promise of San Gabriel Valley.

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