Family Promise reports helping six families find housing in first six months

This May, the Juneau chapter of Family Promise began serving local families in need, and last week marked its six-month anniversary.

Shannon Fisher, the executive director of Juneau’s chapter, spoke briefly to the City and Borough of Juneau Assembly on Monday about the chapter’s progress. The program works with local churches to supply families in need with shelter for a time, as well as services to connect parents with jobs and opportunities in the community. It also works to set families up with housing, hoping to get them into more permanent housing within a month or two.

Fisher said Monday that in six months, the Juneau chapter has served six families (23 individuals). The program has supplied 879 bed nights, 2,631 meals and more than 5,000 hours of volunteer service, Fisher said.

“We are just really thankful for this community, its heart for the citizens here and its desire to serve and participate,” Fisher said.

There are more than 200 Family Promise affiliates throughout the country, and Juneau’s chapter is the second one in Alaska. Mat-Su has had Family Promise for more than a decade, according to the organization’s website.

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