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SCV: Helping Hand: Supplying help for those who give aid

SCV Helping Hand: Homeless families will benefit from award to nonprofit coalition

Posted: July 31, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: July 31, 2011 1:57 a.m.

Larry Comp, president of Family Promise SCV, and Terry Comp, a Family Promise adviser, hold an envelope containing a $500 check to assist the nonprofit organization.

This week’s Helping Hand recipient: Family Promise of the Santa Clarita Valley
Amount: $500

By Candy Spahr

Thank you for the opportunity to apply to the SCV Helping Hand Fund. The nonprofit that I would like to nominate for this award is Family Promise of the Santa Clarita Valley.

This organization is a coalition of churches and synagogues throughout the Santa Clarita Valley whose purpose is to provide homeless families with interim shelter and support services with the goal of transitioning the family into permanent housing.

There are currently 15 congregations that host families for a week at a time, and another 10 congregations that provided meals.
The assistance provided to the family is in a manner that offers hope, preserves dignity and promotes self-sufficiency.

Family Promise has recently opened its doors to a family of five who are working hard to find some stability. During the evening, the family will stay at a congregation host site, and then during the day, the family is at the Family Promise Resource Center.

This is a small home in Canyon Country where the adults have an opportunity to search the Internet and make calls for jobs. It also provides a daytime base for the family where the children can be children; where they can read, play games or just hang out in the yard. During the schoolyear, there is plenty of room to be able to do homework.

My request is for $500 to provide a few more items for the Family Promise Resource Center, such as toilet paper, water, shampoo, hair brushes, board games (for teenagers and young children), children’s toys and supplies for the home.

What I know to be true about the Santa Clarita Valley is that it is a dedicated community that works together on any issues that affect the community as a whole.  They have time and time again stood up for those less fortunate. We are a community of families, friends, neighbors and businesses that will be there to lend whatever support is needed.


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