Center opens up for homeless families
Homeless families will have a place to go during the summer while their children are out of school.
The Family Promise of Greater Guilford County Inc. has opened its day program at Forest Hills Presbyterian, on 836 W. Lexington Ave., for homeless families with children.
The program gives those families who have to leave the shelters in the morning a safe environment to take their children while still working to find employment or housing.
“There really isn’t an option for families in High Point during the day,” said Executive Director Mike Cooke. “There’s just no place for them go. Most of the emergency shelters do not remain open during the day.”
Families will have access to shower and laundry facilities, a computer and training room, a family day room and access to a telephone. A full-time social worker will be on hand for case management and to help the families set goals to get them back to permanent housing.
“We have been blessed with the space. The concept of Family Promise is to meet an immediate physical need of shelter and food, but we seek to go beyond that. We want to treat the families with respect and dignity while they are with us and help them address the broken issues in their lives,” Cooke said. “Our social worker will be working with them to develop a plan to secure housing and employment.”
Families who would like to participate in the program can apply for services by calling (336) 883-2862.
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High Point’s Homeless
268 - Total of Homeless in High Point
232 - Sheltered
36 - Unsheltered
471 - High Point students
175 - Homeless who are disabled
12 - Homeless families with children
18 - Domestic violence victims
41 - Veterans