In the United States, one child out of five lives in poverty. Families with children make up 35% of the peoplein this country who experience homelessness.Poverty in Wayne County is a persistant and continuing foundation of homelessness. From data provided by school districts in Wayne County, there has been a consistent number of over 600 homeless children, both pre-school and school-age each year since the 2014-2015 school year.
Donate to Family Promise of Wayne County, Inc.Although we at Family Promise of Wayne County rely heavily on our network of volunteers, your tax deductible donation will help keep our network going and also help to fund our future vision of expanded services to homeless families in Wayne County.In 2016 over 600 Wayne County children and their parents were homeless and lacked a stable living environment. Your gift is greatly appreciated in supporting our mission to help these families gain sustainable employment, housing, and ultimate independence. “Because every child deserves a home.”Family Promise of Wayne County, N.Y., Inc. is a 501(c)3 Federal tax-exempt public charity under the Internal Revenue Code. Donations are deductible as allowed by law.Donations can also be made by credit card, or direct bank transfer via PayPal by clicking the donate button below; or by sending a check, payable to "Family Promise of Wayne County" to:Family Promise of Wayne County101 E. Main StreetPalmyra, NY 14522Family Promise of Wayne County, N.Y., Inc. is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit corporation.
Family Promise of Wayne County relies on about 1500 volunteers to provide the services necessary to sustain families in crisis. While families are living in the network, volunteers have opportunities to provide assistance 365 days a year, 24 hours a day.Volunteers who directly serve guests reduce program expenses through the gift of their time and or donations. They share meals and sometimes stay overnight. Volunteers plan and manage recreational activities, such as birthday parties, Holiday celebrations and sporting events. They tutor school age children.Administrative volunteers assist the Board of Trustees on various committees necessary to keep the Network functioning. These committees include fundraising, finance, communications/public relations, day center oversight, personnel, transportation, operations/coordination, and congregation recruiting.For more information or to join our efforts to help homeless families here in Wayne County, please Contact us.
Raise a Glass FundraiserJoin us for a fun wine tasting and live music event on February 16, 2020. CLICK HERE for more information!!Partnership DinnersFamily Promise of Wayne County, Inc. appreciates the support provided by all the donors who make it possible to help homeless families transition into their own, affordable housing. Our Partnership Dinners offer those interested in the opportunity to receive a complete introduction to the Family Promise program, learn where funds go, and receive answers to any questions. Partnership Dinners are held periodically throughout Wayne County; if you would like to learn more about these dinners, please click here and complete the donor information.Bed BashFamily Promise of Wayne County will host its first “Bed City” fundraising event on Saturday, May 9, 2020 from 4-7pm in Newark, NY at Newark’s Central Park on Main Street. The event will raise funds and awareness for families experiencing homelessness. Beds will be donated, sponsored, decorated and on display for you to vote for your “favorite” (for a donation of course!). After the event they will be stored and given to families as they transition from our program to sustainable independence in homes of their own.The event is open to the public and will feature live bands, food trucks, and the opportunity to support us as we seek to helphomelesschildrenandtheirfamiliesfindpermanenthousing,jobs,andskillstobecomeandremainself-reliant.
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Family Promise Host Churches are the foundation of our program’s hospitality. Host congregations provide, shelter for guest families; overnight sleeping quarters for a week at a time along with access to their dining room for breakfast and dinner.Together with other community organizations and support congregations who provide food and fellowship for the families, the shelter provided by the Hosts make a full complement of hospitality for the families as they work to achieve self-reliance.Churches in Wayne County who are Hosts Churches include:
Congregations and organizations throughout Wayne County provide vital support volunteers to assist in all aspects of hospitality and care for our guests. The list below summarizes the groups enlisted with Family Promise of Wayne County:
Lions Club of Palmyra MacedonPal-Mac Rotary ClubThe Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, PalmyraWolcott Clothing CenterBlessed Trinity Parish Sodus Presbyterian St. John’s EpiscopalUnited Third MethodistFirst Reformed ChurchSodus Pt. MethodistChurch of GodSodus Lions Club (Lioness) Girl Scouts of SodusBoy Scouts of SodusSodus MasonsSodus RotaryPalmyra Reformed ChurchMacedon Baptist ChurchNewark First United Methodist ChurchSt. Mark ’s Episcopal Church of NewarkFirst BaptistRedeemer Lutheran Woodlane CommunitySt. Michael’s Catholic Charities House of Praise Church of ChristLighthouse BaptistNewark RotarySalvation Army Mary Jo’s Bridge GroupMajhong Group Community CenterMacedon Center UMC2nd Baptist Church of Walworth & Donna ClemsonLincoln Baptist Church Zion UMC Gananda Rotary First Baptist Church of OntarioUnited Methodist Church of OntarioWilliamson Presbyterian ChurchPultneyville United Methodist Church
Mr. Roberts grew up and now resides in the greater Rochester area. He is a High School graduate of Avon Central School and graduate of St. John Fisher College for his Bachelor’s Degree.He has worked for Hillside Children’s Center for 10 years in different roles including; Skill Builder, Care Coordinator, Referral/Intake Coordinator, and Manager Community Based. In this capacity, he had the the opportunity to: work directly with children and their families, coordinate case management personnel, build relationships and interface directly with social service agencies and their staff, and contribute to significant growth of the overall program. Mr. Roberts has a passion for working with families experiencing homelessness and, as Executive Director of Family Promise, he looks forward to partnering with communities of Wayne County in addressing this need.
Executive Director, Graig L. Roberts
Administrator and Case Manager, Nancy Ramos
I am the newest staff member at Family Promise of Wayne County. I was born in Manhattan NY, and raised in Lyons NY where I’ve spent my adult life. I attended the Lyons Jr./Sr. High School where I was also able to attend the BOCES program for early childhood and cosmetology. I’ve done a wide range of work over the years, mostly managerial. I’ve spent many years doing volunteer work with a great friend of mine, Carolyn, with her organization Helpful Hearts Community Closet.I recently accepted a position with Family Promise and immediately felt a connection with the organization. I once needed the support that this program offers and I felt it was my duty to give back. I’ve been impressed by the loving, caring, dedicated group of volunteers and staff that make up Family Promise. I spend most mornings with our families when they return from their overnight stays at the congregations. The guests are grateful for the hospitality and generosity the congregations provide. I'm one of the first people to see them when they enter our program with fear of the unknown. It gives me great pleasure to witness our guests’ growth, where their fear turns to strength. I cannot put into words how this makes me feel. I hope to thrive in my position at Family Promise. I’m learning so much from my families, board members, volunteers and director. I could not have been placed here without God who I believe is the glory of the story. With the help of our community this organization will thrive. Thanks to everyone for your support!!
Our MissionOur Mission is to help homeless and low-income families achieve sustainable independence through a non-governmental, non-denominational community-based response.Basic Elements for the Program1. Lodging and Meals About four to six times a year – for one week at a time – Host congre-gations provide overnight lodging, meals (supper, breakfast, and brown-bag lunch), and hospitality. Hosting rotates among the eight to thirteen Host congregations in FPWC, which provide lodging for three to five families (up to fourteen individuals) from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. the next morning. 2. Volunteers Host Our GuestsVolunteers are the heart of FPWC; without them, it cannot exist. Volunteers provide a variety of services: cooking and serving meals, playing with children or helping them with homework, and staying overnight. Beyond providing lodging and meals, volunteers interact with the guests, treating them with respect and responding with compassion. 3. Social Service Agencies Provide Associated ServicesLocal social service agencies refer families to FPWC. The agencies may also help guests find housing, jobs, and other services. Since Family Promise is primarily comprised of volunteers, the social service agencies help assess potential guest families for active substance abuse, domestic violence or psychiatric problems and provide appropriate services. 4. Professional Case Workers Provide Support at the Day CenterGuests use a local day center, the Manse of the Lions Presbyterian Church, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. to shower, care for pre-school children, and seek employment. Many guests are employed during the day and go to work. During the school year, children go to school. The day center provides guests with a mailing address and a home base from which to conduct their housing search. The Director’s office will be at the day center. 5. Transportation Support to Our GuestsProgram vehicles transport guests to and from the day center. Bedding and luggage are also carried to the next Host Congregation.
Family Promise operates through a network of over 50 organizations in Wayne County,with over 500 volunteers who live in Wayne County, to help homeless children and their families from Wayne Countywho are in need. We do so without Government funding through private grants, individual donations, and sponsorships from companies like yours.
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To continue this mission, Family Promise needs your sponsorship.By sponsoring Family Promise, your business will gain increased visibility. You’ll help us continue to train and put worthy and motivated individuals back in the workforce; and most of all, you’ll help reduce family homelessness throughout Wayne County.To help homeless Wayne County children and their families while promoting your business fill in the information on the form below and provide payment at the sponsorship level you select. Payment may either be by check, to “Family Promise of Wayne County” or online through the PayPal button below. Your sponsorship amount is fully deductible.
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Partnership DinnersFamily Promise of Wayne County, Inc. appreciates the support provided by all the donors who make it possible to help homeless families transition into their own, affordable housing. Our Partnership Dinners offer those interested in the opportunity to receive a complete introduction to the Family Promise program, learn where funds go, and receive answers to any questions. Partnership Dinners are held periodically throughout Wayne County; if you would like to learn more about these dinners, please click here and complete the donor information.
Some items that we’d be grateful for include:*** Gift cards – Grocery stores, Gas cards, Target and similar***AAA Sponsors for our families with vehiclesWayne Co. RTS Monthly Bus passes (call for details)Car DonationsDiapers size 3 and up, and baby wipesToddler booster seats with straps (for the table)Laundry detergent/Fabric Softener/Dryer sheetsLysol, room air freshenersTowels (New or gently used)Pillows (New only)Basic household items for families graduating from the programs – cleaning supplies, kitchen items, laundry items, bedding items. Call for specifics.Swiffer mops and refills.Dust BustersFlashlights and batteriesFlash drives for computersLaptop Computers for our studentsHeavy duty paper plates: dinner and dessert size (no styrofoam)Paper Goods: Paper towels, napkins, hot & cold cupsAluminum foil, plastic storage bags, tall kitchen garbage bagsPersonal Hygiene Items (toothbrushes, toothpaste, body lotion, body wash, feminine hygiene products etc.)Men’s Toiletries (razors, shaving cream, deodorant, body wash, etc.)Baby Essentials (lotions, body wash, shampoo, diaper cream, bottles, wipes, etc.)Liquid hand soap (refill size)Twin-size air mattresses with pump
Wayne County, originally included in lands of Ontario and Seneca Counties, became a separate county on April 11, 1823.The county’s history actually begins long before 1823.Little has been written about the early Indians who lived in and around Wayne County. When the first white pioneers arrived in 1789, it does not appear that there were any major Indian settlements in this area. Rather, the Indian made hunting and fishing trips into this region where bear, wolf, deer and a wide variety of fish could be found in large quantities. Sodus Bay was a favorite fishing spot and a well-worn trail extended from its shores to the head of Cayuga Lake, where the Indians had permanent homes.Artifacts found throughout the county, and especially in the town of Savannah, indicate that Indians, at one time, did have permanent or seasonal camps in the area. In fact, as far back as 10,000 years ago, Indian hunters, following the retreating glacier, moved into the area to hunt such animals as mastodon and moose elk. Once agriculture was introduced into the Indian Society, permanent settlement moved to the south of Wayne County, into the area around the Finger Lakes.The Indians had an appreciation of their natural surroundings, which has become part of our heritage in the names which they used: for example, Sodus, a shortened form of the Cayuga work meaning "silvery waters" and Ontario, meaning "pleasant lake".The French fur traders and Jesuit missionaries also made occasional visits to this area. On the banks of the Clyde River, near the site of the present village of Clyde, a blockhouse once stood. The legends surrounding it are many. The most authentic seems to be the one recounted by an early resident who places its construction at about the time of the French and Indian War. It was built, according to his story, for the protection of the trappers and missionaries. It was two stories high with the second story projecting beyond the first on all four sides. There is no record that the blockhouse actually figured in combat. During the Revolutionary War, the Tories had possession of it and used it for a station for goods smuggled in from Canada by way of Sodus Bay. A group of renegades, trap-robbers and other criminals settled near the fort and carried on a lively and profitable smuggling business until it was broken up by the government near the end of the war. Nothing more was heard of this group, and it was not until 1789 that the first permanent settlement was established in the area.In May of 1789, two bateaux (flat-bottomed boats) carrying Nicholas and William Stansell, John Featherly and their families--12 persons in all, landed on the banks of the Clyde River just south of the present village of Lyons and became our "first" settlers. That same year, pioneers took up land in Palmyra and Macedon. A steady stream of newcomers followed, and by the early 1800’s, there were settlements in almost every town of the county.The early settlers of Wayne County found land covered with thick forests principally of hard woods, such as oak, hickory, beech, birch and maple, with some soft woods on the low lands. The cutting away of these forests was a tremendous task, but it gave the pioneers a source of cash income at a time when there was almost no other, through the manufacture of potash from the ashes of the burned logs. An ashery was one of the first business enterprises mentioned inthe history of almost every settlement. Although the tillable land has long since been stripped of its forests, there is still a fair amount of logging done in the county.The land of the county is level or slightly rolling, except for the drumlins, long ridges of hills extending north and south, created by the receding ice sheet. It has a general slope northward toward Lake Ontario. From the lake southward, there is a fairly uniform rise to what is known as "the Ridge". This is an elevation extending across Wayne County from east to west and continuing on even beyond the state boundary. The elevation of the ridge, from 150 to 188 feet; its situation with reference to the lake; and the soil had lead geologists to the conclusion that it constituted the southern shore of Lake Ontario in the far distant past.The influence of the lake on the climate of the county is reflected in the concentration of orchards in the northern section. As a result, Wayne County ranks high in the production of sour cherries, apples and pears. The agriculture of the county is greatly diversified with the rich muck lands contribution to the production of vegetables.Some of Wayne County’s early arrivals were veterans of the Revolution who came to take up claims in the Military Tract. This fact, along with the story of the blockhouse, furnished Wayne County with its major link to the War for Independence, although a segment of the troops engaged in the Sullivan-Clinton Campaign passed through, or very near to, the southern edge of the county.