Bristol, TN (WJHL)- Each year, Food City donates the proceeds from Food City Race Night to local organizations. This year, Family Promise of Bristol will benefit.
At the organization, its mission is simple: to get homeless families back on their feet. The program started three years ago because of the spike in homeless children in Bristol.
“A few years ago the school systems in Bristol, Virginia and Tennessee were averaging about 100 school children who were homeless at any given time. That number has since gone up to about 200,” Dawn Figueiras, with the Board of Directors at Family Promise explains.
But Executive Director, Angie Sproles, said those numbers in reality are much larger.
“That doesn’t count the number of children that are not school age and have not been identified by the school system yet,” she said.
That’s where Family Promise comes in.
What makes this charity different from others is that it keeps the entire family together. It partners with 23 churches in the community to make sure those families have support 24/7.
They are given everything they need to get back on their feet, including food, toys, career coaching, even a place to stay.
“The churches often will provide us with volunteer drivers that will drive them back and forth between the churches and the day center and sometimes to their jobs if that’s necessary,” Sproles explains.
During the day, families stay at the day center if they don’t have jobs. At night, churches alternate weekly, giving them a place to sleep.
“We wanted to make sure those kids are housed in a comfortable environment and that they are able to go to school everyday and ready to focus on their work at school.”
Sproles continued, explaining that in just three years, the program has helped 21 families get back on their feet.
She said because of everything they have to provide for them, the money coming from Food City Race Night is greatly appreciated.
“We are so thankful to Food City as the charity to receive the funds for Food City Race Night, so come out and join us,” she said.
If you would like to donate to Family Promise, you can call 276.494.0388 or visit familypromisebristol.org.Copyright WJHL 2015. All rights reserved.