Family Promise of the Lehigh Valley
Family Promise of Lehigh Valley is a non-profit 501(c)3 affiliate of the National Family Promise Organization, which assists homeless children and their families. The national organization is made up of individual affiliates, which are regionally-based to allow for collaboration with existing services within the community. On the local level, we are an ever-growing group of individual volunteers and staff looking to act out the mission through our time, our talents, and our service. God’s blessings be with you all and with the children and their families who benefit from this program!
The Morning Call has reported on the efforts of Family Promise…
Putting faith into action, Family Promise of the Lehigh Valley helps five homeless families get back on their feet (The Morning Call, October 2019)
Help for Lehigh Valley’s Homeless: Family Promise, Churches Ready to Open Their Doors (The Morning Call, October 2018)
God’s work, our hands – Mission Trips
Mission Trip to York Habitat for Humanity, October 2019
Although the group was only 5 in number, they became the “Mighty Five” and instantly formed a team. The expectation was to work on rebuilding 14 homes destroyed by fire, but when they arrived these houses were already framed to the second story, so our group was not expected to be on ladders. Their task was mudding, sanding and painting the inside of a rehab home with the assistance of Nate, the job foremen. The group was invited to attend dinner at a local Evangelical congregation, was warmly welcomed and able to meet some of the families that would be moving into Habitat homes. The rookie of the group was full of energy and fun, and another person stated, “I would go back there in a heartbeat”. From the November Echoes
Puerto Rico Work Camp, April and May 2019
In April and May of 2019, a PNEC and PSEC Mission Trip/Work Camp team traveled to Puerto Rico to aid with the devastation of hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Jose and Maria in the 2017 hurricane season. UCC Greenawalds members Grant Field and Ben Gulledge participated in this important work.
Mission Trip to West Virginia, September 2017
In September 2017, a team of church members traveled to Webster Springs, West Virginia, to help those affected by the floods in 2016. In January 2016, a small group from PNEC (including members Grant and Donna Field) traveled to South Carolina to work at the Holy Apostles Orthodox Church, which was being renovated to accommodate volunteers involved in an ongoing rebuilding effort in the area.
Our church is frequently involved with UCC Disaster Ministries and Church World Services ministries. In June 2018, our congregation’s donations to Church World Services Hygiene Kits & Cleanup Buckets allowed us to assemble 32 Hygiene Kits & 25 Cleanup Buckets!! Boy Scout Dakota Longenbach helped organize, calculate, and shop for supplies as part of his Community Service for Boy Scout Troop 8.
We encourage all of our ministry teams, small groups, and individuals to choose a mission project of their own. If you have ideas for projects or if you know of a project that needs our help, please submit your ideas to the mission team, led by Janine Hensinger.
We invite you to help us in working for Christ within our wider community by supporting the following agencies with your gifts and time: Phoebe Home, Lehigh County Conference of Churches, Ecumenical Soup Kitchen, Meals on Wheels, Lehigh Valley Hospice, OCWM, Angel Tree Ministries, American Cancer Society, Family Promise, Kidspeace, and more. Each week we also collect non-perishable food items for the ecumenical food bank.