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March 30, 2017

FPCC Charity Golf Tournament

Please consider supporting Family Promise of Clear Creek with a round of golf at the beautiful Clear Creek Golf Club. Your registration fee includes Cart & Green Fees, Range Balls, lunch after the tournament, a sleeve of golf balls for each player, and a tax-deductible gift to Family Promise of Clear Creek.

You can get all of the registration details at the link below:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/family-promise-of-clear-creek-charity-golf-tournament-tickets-33255800996

 

March 13, 2017

Letter from the Director

In the United States, today, one child out of five lives in poverty. And families with children make up over 40% of the people in our country who experience homelessness. Every day, hundreds of children leave schools in our neighborhoods with no house waiting for them.

Family Promise of Clear Creek provides a safe and caring environment to homeless children and their families, including shelter, meals, hospitality and transportation. Ours is a self-sufficiency program with the objective of transitioning guests from homelessness, to permanent housing.

We serve low-income families facing homeless due to unfortunate circumstances, such as loss of employment, death of a spouse, home foreclosure, natural or accidental disasters, or even an eviction. Families would be a unit that includes infants, children, teenagers, couples and single parents.

On the other hand, single individuals, persons with serious psychiatric problems and people with current drug or alcohol addictions are not appropriate for our program. Although we do not serve people with these needs, we work closely with other shelters in the area to ensure that those we are unable to serve find support and shelter elsewhere.

Our program is designed to help our guest families achieve sustainable independence and self-sufficiency, through supportive services, and aid in the search for employment and housing.

Typically, through our daily support and educational programs, our families are able to achieve self-sufficiency, or regain independence within 90 to 120 days. While in our program, families will spend their day time hours at our Day Center, working with the director, a case manager or a volunteer guide, on various activities such as: Individual Case Management, Weekly Goal Setting, Life Skills Classes, a Fast Track GED Certificate Program, an Individualized Education Program, Parenting and Money Management Classes, etc.

We will also provide an After Care Program, for all of our graduates to enhance their continued success.

If you, or someone you know needs shelter, please contact Family Promise immediately; we are be happy to set up an intake interview to determine if the family can benefit from our program.

Day Center location:
1101 South Egret Bay Blvd
League City, TX 77573
Telephone 832-932-3963,

March 2, 2017

New Family Promise Video

February 14, 2017

Introducing Our New Executive Director

Emmanuel Favor is a man with a unique background – a church planter, author and motivational speaker. He is a dedicated and seasoned leader with over 20 years in management and development of mid-to-large size non-profit organizations.

Born in Nigeria, West Africa, his life and ministry as a pastor has touched people in several nations across five continents. He is an excellent communicator and a prolific writer. He has authored three books, “God’s firebrand”, “Ten Commandments of Communication”, and “Daily Confessions for Victorious Living.” His vision is to inspire people to pursue God’s best for their life.

Emmanuel’s passion for helping people in need is contagious. It is the thread that permeates his entire life and career – whether it is his work with the various non-profits that he has been part of, or the ministries that he has led, assisting and empowering others is always at the core of his work.

He is a dynamic speaker, sought after in circles beyond his background. He uses an iconic sense of humor, warm personality and a down to earth delivery style to captivate his audience’s attention.

He holds a Bachelors degree in Theology from the Trinity College of Ministerial Arts, Nigeria. And in 2011, he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Missions, in recognition of his outstanding cross-cultural ministry work in various countries. He has an incredible ability to connect with people from different backgrounds.

Emmanuel is a proud father of three lovely children – Keziah, Kelilah and Kainan. In 2015, the family relocated from Baltimore, MD, to make Pearland, TX, their new home.

Please join us in welcoming Emmanuel as the new Family Promise of Clear Creek Executive Director!

January 11, 2017

Register Now for Amore Dinner Celebration

UPDATE: The Amore dinner is sold out!  If you would like to check to see if there are any last-minute openings, please contact Marlene Rice at 281.485.3843 or marlene@pumpkinchurch.com or Barbara Kinsey at 281.450.0821 or bp_kinsey@yahoo.com.

St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church would like you to Partner with us in presenting a very Special Valentine’s Dinner Party.

All proceeds will benefit Family Promise of Clear Creek – Reopening in Spring 2017.

For all of the details on this great event, please see the attached flyer.

December 18, 2016

Family Promise Update

As we come to the end of 2016, we wanted to give you a status report. The Board of Trustees has been working very hard to bring us ever closer to the point where we can once again begin hosting homeless children and their families.

  • We presently have a full board representing churches and business in the area.
  • Ten churches have committed to serve as host churches and others are close to signing the covenant.
  • We have begun the search for an executive director.
  • Our Day Center on the grounds of Lakeside Lutheran in League City has been renovated and is ready for our new director.
  • Folding cots have been purchased.
  • A 15 passenger van with very low mileage was donated.
  • A grant has been received to purchase a box trailer to transport the beds from church to church.
  • Close to $76,000 is in the bank, thanks to the generosity of our many supporters.

It’s been a very good year for our restart efforts and we hope to open our doors again in March.

November 30, 2016

FPCC Director Job Description

Organization Summary

Family Promise Clear Creek (FPCC) is an affiliate of the larger Family Promise National organization. Family Promise is a non-profit network of interfaith organizations (churches, synagogues, mosques, etc.) who work together to end homelessness one family at a time. Family Promise provides temporary housing, case management, and hospitality to families who are experiencing homelessness. Housing is provided on a weekly rotational basis by host congregations within the Interfaith Hospitality Network.

Additional assistance to the guest families is provided through a day shelter at Lakeside Lutheran Church in League City. Details about the operation, and a list of the current host congregations, can be found on the Family Promise Clear Creek website, http://www.ccfamilypromise.org.

Position Summary

The Executive Director will report to the FPCC Board of Directors. The position will be multi-faceted with a two-phase job description, beginning with Start-Up Programing and then evolving into Day to Day Management of the organization:

Phase One: Start-Up Programming (Initial Employment – Launch)

Responsibilities

  • Plan the initial hosting schedule with host congregation coordinators.
  • Train host congregation volunteers prior to each congregation’s first host week.
  • Screen and admit initial guest families into the program.
  • Serve as the key contact for FPCC to the community, media, volunteers, host congregations and guests.
  • Coordinate final preparations for the Day Shelter, including working with Board for final occupancy punch list and opening supply needs, scheduling initial guest activities (child care, employment, and social services assistance), organizing transportation to and from the host congregations, and training of volunteers and staff to ensure first month operates smoothly.
  • Act as staff representative to the Board of Directors at all Board meetings. Work with the Board President to establish agendas for Board meetings.

Phase Two: Day to Day Management (Beginning at Launch)

Responsibilities (includes Phase One plus:)

  • Oversee provision of case management to all guest families. This includes: intake interviews with prospective families; development of family plans; monitoring progress in securing housing, employment, job training, and entitlements; assisting guests with social service needs, referring them to other organizations as appropriate; advocating with agencies for guests as needed. Develop and monitor individual family plans to ensure each family’s success in meeting the goals of the program (transition to a stable and sustainable housing and employment situation).
  • Coordinate all Affiliate components to administer program. Maintain regular contact with coordinators and other individuals at each host congregation as necessary to ensure that the needs of the guests are being met. Manage the Volunteer Coordinators at each host congregation.
  • Serve as a liaison between the guest families and the host congregations.
  • Communicate regularly with referring and supporting agencies and the day center staff. Actively participate in providers’ groups and other forums with social service agencies. Organize and schedule transportation, including drivers and van maintenance. Manage schedule changes and any other transportation matters related to Family Promise.
  • Manage operations at the Day Shelter, including guest activities (special programming, child care, employment, and social services assistance), organizing transportation to and from the host congregations, intake of new guest families, training of volunteers and staff, and overall administrative functions required in a small business.
  • Train coordinators and hosts in all new host congregations, and conduct at least annual volunteer training thereafter.
  • Plan Family Promise Committee (aka Network Committee) agenda and convene the Family Promise Committee every eight weeks during the first year, and quarterly after that.
  • Maintain records on Affiliate operations and guests’ progress. Provide reports for the Board of Trustees and as required for funding sources. Provide annual statistics and other information to Family Promise.
  • Hire and supervise additional staff, including a part time caseworker (typically two to three months after launch). Ensure that staffing levels are adequate; and staff is well-trained. This will include paid and volunteer staff.
  • Be on call for emergencies during off-hours as scheduled.
  • Manage daily expenses and other operational duties as requested by the board. Take over management of the operating budget, including regular financial reporting to the Board of Directors.
  • Represent the Affiliate to the public and the media.
  • Coordinate master schedule of host congregations, updating as necessary to reflect ongoing changes.
  • Participate in fund development in conjunction with the board. Initially, this is not a primary responsibility; over time the Director will be engaged more fully in fund development.

Education and Experience:

  • B.A. degree; M.S.W. preferred or a related field.
  • Five years experience in a social service environment.
  • Two years experience in management positions in a social service environment preferred.
  • Experience in volunteer management desirable.

Skills and Experience Required:

  • Counseling skills: ability and experience in counseling clients in a social service setting.
  • Experience working with a diverse population and an understanding of the spectrum of services available through government and non-profit agencies.
  • Communication skills, oral and written: ability to make presentations to large groups.
  • Planning and organizational skills: ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously.
  • Interpersonal skills: ability to work effectively with a wide range of people. An enthusiastic individual with good judgment for others.
  • Leadership skills: ability to make decisions, solve problems, delegate tasks and responsibilities.
  • Fundraising: The Executive Director should have a proven track record of raising funds through grant writing and community fundraising events.
  • Strong Financial Management experience: Candidate must have an understanding of operating budgets, payroll, expense reporting, tax reporting, and financial record keeping.
  • Compassion: Above all, the Executive Director must have a genuine desire to help people experiencing homelessness, to become emotionally connected to each guest family and be vested in their long term success. The Executive Director’s character must be of the highest standing and focused on serving others above self.

Working Hours:

The Director works a 40-hour week. In new Affiliates, during the first six months, additional hours are required for start-up activities. After hours, the Director is on call for emergencies.

Application Process:

Interested Candidates should submit resume and cover letter, along with salary requirements, via e-mail to Ryan Kirksey, Search Committee Chair, at search@ccfamilypromise.org. Any questions about the position can also be submitted by e-mail. Each candidate should be prepared for their name to be submitted to a full background check during the application process.

Applicants that are chosen to continue to the next round of face-to-face interviews Family Promise of Clear Creek board members will be contacted shortly after January 1, 2017. Applicants considered should be available for interviews between the dates of January 3, 2017 and January 22, 2017.

September 9, 2016

Save the Date!

Please mark your calendars for these upcoming events!

Open House

Open House at the new Day Center on Sunday, October 9, from 3:00 until 5:00. You are invited to drop in and visit the new facilities. The Day Center is located next to Lakeside Lutheran Church in League City, 1101 South Egret Bay Blvd. Parking is available in the lot behind the church.

Strong Families: Strong Communities

Family Promise Gala Celebration
Dinner and Silent Auction
October 22, 2016, 6 to 10 pm, Southeast Church of Christ

June 6, 2016

FPCC Update

Believing that Family Promise of Clear Creek (FPCC) had the potential for restarting, the national offices sent a consultant to work with the local group. Three goals must be met before we are able to reopen:

  • A working board consisting of a minimum of 12 members
  • 13 Host Congregations
  • $50,000 in the bank with a continuous funding stream

In addition, we needed to locate a new Day Center and replace the 15 passenger van.

In the past three months we have formed a working board with 9 members, 7 Host Congregations (St. Andrew’s Episcopal, Friendswood Friends, Southeast Church of Christ, Webster Presbyterian, Clear Lake United Methodist, Clear Lake Presbyterian and Bay Area Christian) have signed covenants and funds totaling $42000 are in the bank.

Lakeside Lutheran has made available to us a house on their property for the Day Center and Presbytery of New Covenant awarded FPCC a grant of $3200 toward the purchase of the van.

We are very excited about the progress made so far and are hopeful that we will be able to reopen this fall. Please consider how you and your congregations can be a part of this vital ministry.

Sincerely,
Connie Nyquist
Board Chair
ccfamilypromise.org

March 22, 2016

Communication Message

Since originally opening in 2012, Family Promise of Clear Creek has been able to help many children and families experiencing homelessness and offer a transformative ministry opportunity to our churches. Unfortunately in 2013, it was necessary to suspend serving families when funds dwindled to a point where we were not able to sustain operations. We then began to rebuild the funds and felt we were again ready to begin providing services to the families in need. A director was hired and excitement began to build. Then a serious issue developed about the director, from the previous employer that needed addressing immediately, and the director had to be let go. This situation caused the Board to decide they could no longer lead an effort to reopen the doors. The leadership reached out to the national office of Family Promise and advised of their decision. The national office has taken over the role of making this Affiliate operational. Tom Cioffi, a national representative for over 10 years, will assist in leading this effort.

While the congregational and volunteer support have been outstanding and strong, we need to take this time to develop both a more diversified and sustainable fund development plan as well as build our leadership team.

We regret not serving families at this time, but feel that we owe it to the families in need in this community, our congregations and volunteers, to ensure that this program cannot only function but thrive. This rebuild will allow us to do so. We encourage anyone with a commitment for helping homeless children and their families and seeing Family Promise succeed to reach out to us to become part of the team that will help FPCC move into its next phase.

Criteria before reopening:

  • Recommitment of 13 Host Congregations
  • Minimum of 12 Board Members – Eventually to 15
  • Minimum of $50,000 in bank account, with a defined Funding Stream
  • A fully functioning Communication’s Team

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