This past Sunday was the kickoff of our third program year for FFC’s Family Assistance Program. We had such a great turn out with 26 families and their Family Liaisons (mentors) attending the kickoff event. Our FAP families got to attend a financial empowerment workshop lead by Common Wealth Charlotte and Healthy Blue also spoke about upcoming changes to Medicaid. Each family went home with an Essential Basket, soccer ball, and Food Lion gift card, thanks to Good Fellows Club, as well as leftovers from our food sponsors, Olive Garden and DeSarnos. A special thanks to Nevins, Inc. as well for providing us access to their facility to host our event!
Now each family will begin working with their Family Liaison to assess their current needs and begin setting goals for economic mobility!
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This year Families Forward Charlotte added two families to our Family Assistance Program who were both homeless and living in their cars. Both families are single mothers with two child, one set of children ages 17 months and 10 years old. Both moms have similar but unthinkable stories- they both lost the father of their kids, as well as their significant others, which left them struggling to work and find housing they could afford.
Additionally, there is another single mother in our program with a 6 year old daughter who has been living in a motel but is on the brink of being kicked out because she can no longer afford it.
Families Forward Charlotte is doing everything we can to keep a roof over these three families’ heads but we need additional support over the $1000 budget we have allowed for each family. Please donate here to help support these mothers until we can help them find stable housing and employment.
Good News Story
This week was marked by some pretty exciting news for one of our families in our Family Assistance Program. Anita is a single mom of two kids who escaped a horrifically abusive relationship that left her unable to work due to injuries and health issues. She has been working hard to get off disability but has to get to vital medical appointments in the meantime to keep the little bit of income she receives. However, she doesn’t own a car. Until now.
Thanks to the generosity of two donors, Kirsta Norwood and Stephen Younts, Anita now owns a car. Their donation left her completely speechless but will undoubtedly change her life. If you would like to make a similar impact in another family’s life, please contact us today to learn how!
Join Families Forward Charlotte and Sardis Presbyterian for an upcoming Poverty Simulation on Sunday, September 22.
A Poverty Simulation is a facilitated two-hour “hands-on” experience designed to help participants understand what it might be like to live in a typical low-income family. Participants are assigned to “families” who do their best to survive week-to-week over a simulated one-month period. The objective is to sensitize participants to the realities of those who are fiscally challenged in our community.
The simulation provides real-life scenarios and challenges for participants toovercome. The exercise is immediately followed by a group debrief, during whichparticipants reflect on the experience, discuss insights, and consider next steps.
This is a neat interactive opportunity to learn about poverty. Volunteers, who act as "Service Providers" and Participants can sign up here.
Families Forward Charlotte would like to thank the below organizations for their support over the past month!
Doing My Part for backpacks donations for our Back to School packing event
Mercer for providing backpacks for Oakhurst STEAM Academy
Sardis Presbyterian for providing us with space for the backpacking event and Liaison training, as well as sponsoring 5 families from our newest partner school, Rama Road Elementary School
Wells Fargo & the Aiken Family for packing over 200 Weekend Food Packs
To all the donors of the Essential Baskets and backpacks so 168 kids could start the school year off with the supplies they need and families with essential household supplies, as well as all the volunteers who helped pack the backpacks and Essential Baskets at our packing event!