Saturday Office Volunteers Needed

Family Promise of San Gabriel Valley serves homeless families seven days a week.

To keep the Resource Center open, we need volunteers to help staff the office once a month on Saturday from noon to 4:45 p.m. The main duties are:

  • To be a supportive presence for the parents and children that are here
  • To allow access to keys to the shower and laundry
  • To be of assistance to families and answer questions that may arise
  • To answer phones and take messages
  • When a parent calls with a change in transportation plans, to let the network director and host coordinator know of the change and time of arrival to host congregation.

If you have a particular talent or gift such as working with children, arranging bulletin boards, assisting in resume writing or other gifts, we could probably use your help in that area as well.

For more information, call Matthew Rayburn at (626) 569-0991.

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eBay Grant Pays for New Wardrobes for Our Families

Family Promise of San Gabriel Valley purchased and installed four wardrobes at the Resource Center so our families can have a place to secure their possessions.

The purchase was made possible through a grant from the eBay Foundation Corporate Advised Fund at Silicon Valley Community Foundation.

The grant was recommended by the eBayFoundations’s employee-volunteer-led Los Angeles GIVE Team.

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Family Promise SGV Adds New Executive Director, Board Members

Matthew Rayburn

Matthew Rayburn

The Family Promise of San Gabriel Valley board of directors  has hired a new executive director and added two new board members.

Matthew Rayburn is Family Promise’s new executive director. He started work on Feb. 18.

Rayburn has worked for 16 years among the homeless and urban poor. An expert on homelessness, faith engagement and nonprofit management, he was educated at the University of Southern California and the Sorbonne.

Prior to coming to Family Promise, Rayburn was part of the leadership team at People Assisting the Homeless (PATH) that housed more than 1,000 chronically homeless veterans. He lives in Pasadena with his wife, Shirley, a children’s pastor,  and his daughter Adia.

Matthew is available to meet for coffee to get acquainted and share ideas. If you would like to meet Matthew, contact him at matthew.rayburn@fpsgv.org or call him at (626) 569-0991.

The board also added Judy Hao and Daryn Kobata to its members.

Hao has volunteered with Family Promise for the past two years, serving as part of Evergreen Baptist Church’s meal providing team, as well as a member of the Board Nominating Committee. As a clinical psychologist she has worked with homeless individuals in community mental health and correctional settings. In addition, the San Gabriel Valley native has served on boards of several non-profit organizations.

Kobata is a communications professional with a strong interest in social justice issues. She has worked with housing activist Jill Shook and coauthored a chapter in her book, “Making Housing Happen: Faith-based Affordable Housing Models.” Kobata is the communications director at CAPG, a healthcare trade association, and previously worked with humanitarian agencies in Kenya, Sudan, and the United States. She holds a master of arts in theology from Fuller Seminary and a master of public administration from New York University.

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Church to Hold Bike Tour to Benefit Family Promise

The Church of the Good Shepherd United Methodist in Arcadia is organizing a June 13 bike ride that will benefit Family Promise of San Gabriel Valley.

The 25th Annual Good Shepherd Bike Tour is a family-oriented event that takes participants around the San Gabriel Valley. The focus is not racing, but having a safe and enjoyable ride. Participants are encouraged to raise at least $500 through sponsorships, the proceeds of which will go to Family Promise.

The tour features segments ranging from nine miles for novices to 63 miles for more experienced riders. The church is also organizing training rides starting in May for participants wanting to take on the longer segments.

Detailed registration information will become available in April. For more information, contact, david@microjoining.com.

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Ana Graduates

Ana and her child graduated from Family Promise in Feburary after 50 days in the program. They are the first family to graduate from Family Promise this year!

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SAVE THE DATE: Empty Bowls is April 19!

Our annual fundraising event Empty Bowls is Sunday, April 19, at Sierra Madre United Methodist Church. Come buy a ceramic bowl beautifully handcrafted by local potters. Enjoy soup donated from local restaurants. And enjoy live music and drawings for prizes.

All proceeds will go to Family Promise to provide temporary shelter to homeless families and help them regain their independence by finding housing and jobs. Tickets are $30 in advance online or $35 at the door. To buy tickets online and for more information, please go to http://bit.ly/EmptyBowls2015.

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We Have Much to Be Thankful For!

Most of us have a roof over our heads, good food will soon be enjoyed and goodwill shared with friends and family. Some families have not been as fortunate. They will not be as secure about where they will be sleeping, or what they will have to eat. They may have exhausted their resources, or lost their supportive family members.

But you have helped Family Promise families to feel safe and secure and supported throughout this year and the two years before. So far this year you have helped us serve 17 families, comprised of 23 adults and 31 children (12 of the children were under the age of 5).

These families were provided with safe sleeping space, great hospitality and fellowship and support by our host and support congregations. A special Thank You to Church of the Good Shepherd United Methodist, who so generously stepped up to host the open week of Christmas. And for all the congregations and volunteers who so generously give time and care to our families, a sincere thank you.
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Alhambra Rotary Clubs Help Our Families Get Shoes at Payless Shoe Source

Alhambra Rotary Clubs shoe event

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eBay Foundation Gives Family Promise SGV $1,500

eBay check presentation
The eBay Foundation Corporate Advised Fund at Silicon Valley Community Foundation has awarded Family Promise SGV a $1,500 grant.

The grant was recommended by the eBayFoundations’s employee-volunteer led Los Angeles GIVE Team.

The funds will be used to purchase and install wardrobes in order to secure the belongings of families in the Family Promise program.

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Muscatel Middle School Teachers, Students Bring Gifts to Family Promise SGV!

Muscatel Middle School students delivering gifts to Family Promise

Our thanks to the students and teachers for bringing food, gift cards and clothing for our families!

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