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By William L. Spence of the Tribune
Sunday, February 6, 2011

Reprinted with permission from the
Lewiston Tribune

BOISE - When Idaho Gov. C.L. (Butch) Otter mentioned "the soul-crushing tyranny" of government entitlements in his State of the State address, he was hearkening back to his childhood days.
The son of an itinerant electrician, Otter often reflects on the lack of government services when he was a boy. Rather than apply for welfare benefits or food stamps when times got bad, he says, people turned to their neighbors and churches.

Organizations say they cannot take the place of federal, state social services

By Kathy Hedberg of the Tribune
Sunday, February 6, 2011

Churches and other faith-based organizations often build their community outreach programs straight from the gospel:
"For I was hungry and you gave me food. I was thirsty and you gave me drink; a stranger and you welcomed me; naked and you clothed me; ill and you cared for me; in prison and you visited me." (Matthew 25: 35-36)

To serve another is to serve God
Family Promise is one way to help
From The Pulpit by Gretchen Rehberg
Saturday June 19, 2010
Reprinted with permission from the
Lewiston Tribune
... the Episcopal Church of the Nativity and River City Church have partnered to host the guests of Family Promise...
Holiday tradition 'Nutcracker' takes a turn in American West
by William L. Spence
Friday December 11, 2009
Reprinted with permission from the
Lewiston Tribune
...proceeds will go to Family Promise of the Lewis-Clark Valley, a nonprofit group providing assistance to homeless families and other families in crisis...
Lots of workers turn out for valley volunteer day
by Kerri Sandaine
Saturday June 20, 2009
Reprinted with permission from the Lewiston Tribune
...At the Family Promise day center, Scott Wise was inside painting after completing some yard work. His regular job is in the accounting department at ATK, and he was volunteering on his day off...
Faithful come together to make Family Promise
From the pulpit by Steve Thomas
Saturday March 21, 2009
Reprinted with permission from the
Lewiston Tribune
...Family Promise is a growing organization that invites families to join a program that will enable them to find a permanent home. It challenges churches in the community to team together to facilitate the program...
Students serve up a feast for Thanksgiving
by Brandon Macz
Thursday November 27, 2008
Reprinted with permission from the Lewiston Tribune
Thanksgiving came early to many area families in need Wednesday when first-year nursing students at Walla Walla Community College in Clarkston hosted a free dinner at the First Church of God....
Training for a tough job
by Kerri Sandaine
Saturday October 18, 2008
Reprinted with permission from the
Lewiston Tribune
Kids may not come with instructions, but Lesley Perrigo said she's getting some pretty good tips on how to deal with them....
Raising a roof to raise awareness of homelessness
Saturday September 27, 2008
Reprinted with permission from the
Lewiston Tribune
..."Cardboard Box City" rises from the asphalt at Our Lady of Lourdes church...
Valley fundraiser centers on box city
by Kerri Sandaine
Wednesday September 24, 2008
Reprinted with permission from the
Lewiston Tribune
Some community members are spending Friday night in cardboard boxes to raise money for homeless families in the Lewiston-Clarkston Valley...
In the valley, we take care of our neighbors
by Donnamae Grannemann
August 11, 2007)
Reprinted with permission from the Lewiston Tribune
...FamilyPromise, a group addressing homelessness. All of the homeless cannot be served, but some can. Family Promise can provide an opportunity for a select number of families who are having a difficult time affording a decent place to live, some loving and caring assistance, encouragement and resour ...
Home will offer haven to families
by Brandon Macz
Sunday July 6, 2008
Reprinted with permission from the Lewiston Tribune
... Family Promise of Lewis-Clark Valley will open its day center Aug. 3, offering assistance to families in crisis and opportunities to improve lives across the valley. Family Promise is a national interfaith hospitality network that has been providing food, shelter and opportunities for struggling ...
Another option in the works for homeless families
by Andrea Heisinger (2/20/06)
Reprinted with permission from the Lewiston Tribune
... Family Promise, which the local network falls under. Family Promise, formerly called the National Interfaith Hospitality Network, was founded in 1988 by a woman in New Jersey. It now has 116 affiliates in 38 states. Kraut said a woman from Family Promise approached local churches last spring. After ...
Family Promise to receive seaport proceeds
By unspecified writer Date Published: 2011-02-19
The 2011 run and walk will be April 23 at 10 a.m., starting at Clarkston’s Swallows Park and ending in Lewiston’s Hellsgate State Park. It is the valley’s original run-for-fun and had 1,109 walkers and runners in 2010, 1,306 in 2009 and 1,166 in 2008.
Nine weeks remain for participants to prepare for the 2011 event, part of the Dogwood Festival of the Lewis-Clark Valley.
Selection of Family Promise continues the tradition of Seaport River Run profit being designated for organizations and projects that benefit Lewiston-Clarkston valley youth....
Hershberger named to lead Family Promise
by Author

Family Promise has a new executive director. Vernon Hershberger was hired to replace Ron Ramos, who is now working at Twin County United Way.
Hershberger said he is settling into his new role at the nonprofit organization and currently interviewing homeless families for the program. Family Promise partners with local agencies and 20 churches in the area to provide shelter, meals and support to families in crisis.
Family Promise's largest fundraiser of the year is a cardboard box city event. This year it raised about $20,000, Hershberger said.

'Nutcracker' performances benefit Family Promise
Tribune Date Published: 2010-12-10
Family Promise of the Lewis-Clark Valley.[p]The full-length ballet, featuring 120 local dancers, features the same music and story as the original holiday ballet with a Western location. Performances are at 1 and 7 p.m. in the Lewiston High School auditorium.[p]Family Promise is a nonprofit organiza...


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Family Promise of Lewis Clark Valley

Family Promise of Lewis Clark Valley and the YWCA are the only two organizations that have bed space for homeless families in the valley.

In 2012 Family Promise served 14 homeless families and provided safe housing for 26 children. Through the work of our partner churches we provided 2,727 donated meals and 8,189 bed nights. This was made possible by 23 valley churches working together and mobilizing an army of over 350 volunteers.

Family Promise is a wise investment! In addition to helping homeless families we save taxpayer dollars by providing a service at a much lower cost than the federal government. A typical homeless family uses hospitals, health clinics, and prison services four times more that an average family. Hospital stays average $1,853 dollars a night, clinics are $369 per night, prisons are $55 per night, and average homeless shelters are $35 per night and family promise operates for just $17 per night per person. In addition to that 85% of Family Promise guests move out into permanent housing!

Family Promise is a totally local program. The money you donate to Family Promise of Lewis Clark Valley Inc. serves homeless families right here in our valley. So, if you want to make a real difference in the lives of valley homeless families donate today!

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