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Organization celebrates open house

Posted: July 30, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: July 30, 2011 1:57 a.m.

Family Promise of SCV President Larry Comp recognizes Pastor Ray Davis of North Oaks Church of Christ for his commitment and building donation to the organization. Faith leaders joined together July 17 to celebrate the opening of Family Promise of SCV.

Earlier this month, various faith leaders from diverse congregations celebrated the successful launch of Family Promise of SCV, Santa Clarita’s newest nonprofit and interfaith organization committed to ending family homelessness in the local community.

To date, Family Promise of SCV has united 25 local faith congregations in its mission.

“Maybe this is the beginning of a new era,” said the Rev. Canon Lynn Jay of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church — one of the Family Promise host congregations — as she toured Family Promise’s Resource Center.

“Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could all come together like this to do the things that need to be done in this community,” she said. “And wouldn’t it be wonderful if this was just the beginning?”

Joining the faith leaders at the Family Promise open house were dozens of supporters, board members and volunteers who were eager to see the Resource Center, the Canyon Country-located hub of the Family Promise program.

The Resource Center offers homeless families a place to go during the day to work with their case managers, to search for jobs or to take a shower.

The building belongs to North Oaks Church of Christ, and Family Promise leaders honored its pastor, the Rev. Ray Davis, for his support and donation of the use of the building.

Since Family Promise opened its doors six weeks ago, the organization has welcomed and been working with one homeless family and has recently welcomed three additional families.

Participating congregations commit to hosting the families overnight for one week per quarter. During the day, families are provided transportation from the congregations to the Resource Center.

Supporting congregations provide volunteers, resources and funds.

The Rev. John Shaver of Valencia United Methodist Church said a blessing over the Resource Center, and Rabbi Mark Blazer of Temple Beth Ami gave the closing words.

“This is a place of promise and hope. It’s a place of safety and security and resources to get people to the next step,” Blazer said. “This is a reflection of what’s the best of humanity.”


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