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Family Promise of WNY receives $22,500 grant from Garman Family Foundation


Fri, Jun 22nd 2018 08:05 pm
Foundation support will provide for bathroom addition for family homeless shelter
Family Promise of WNY, a community organization providing temporary shelter and support to families experiencing homelessness within Western New York, recently received a $22,500 grant from the Garman Family Foundation to support the installation of a new bathroom and associated upgrades within its Family Resource Center.
FPWNY, which has served 27 families over the past 18 months, is one of two emergency shelters in the Buffalo area that keep families together who are experiencing homelessness. The upgrade will include the addition of a full bathroom, tankless water heaters, and the relocation of laundry facilities at the program's main site, co-located at Ss. Columba-Brigid Roman Catholic Church on Buffalo's East Side.
"Family Promise of WNY just received an incredibly generous gift from the Garman Family Foundation through the Community Foundation of WNY, and we could not be more thrilled!" said Lu Firestone, FPWNY's executive director. "This grant will allow us to install a bathtub in our day center to make it easier for our children to bathe, and a tankless water heater so that we can have continuous hot water for showers.
"As an emergency homeless shelter for families, we are so grateful to the Garman Family Foundation for believing in our mission of keeping families experiencing homelessness together, and the importance of providing those families with the accommodations that will help them succeed."
Founded in 1996, Family Promise of WNY serves as one of over 200 affiliates of the national Family Promise organization. FPWNY partners with more than 500 volunteers annually through a network of host congregations that house families for one week at a time. Families visit the Family Resource Center each weekday to receive case management services as they work toward finding stable housing.

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