WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - James Williams says he and his son were living in their car for two weeks after he lost his job. "The decline of the economy, my job that I had painting schools and that deteriorated, and I was found homeless."
James turned to the Family Promise program in West Palm Beach seven weeks ago. Rhonda Clinton is the Executive Director. "And we provide temporary shelter for homeless families, " she says.
Rhonda said thirteen congregations in Palm Beach County give the families shelter for one week. They transform a few rooms at a church or at a synagogue into sleeping quarters for children and their families.
"Family Promise is able to provide intensive case management, which is done by a staff person. We provide transportation, of course meals and the overnight shelter, " says Rhonda.
In addition to all of the services Family Promise offers, they also offer a shower where families can take care of their basic necessities. And also a washer and dryer where they can get their laundry done.
"Our typical guests, and we call them guests, stay with us anywhere from 30 to 120 days which should be enough time to save and maintain employment," says Rhonda.
A place James and his son are glad to call home-- at least for now. "It's such a great feeling to know that there are people out there that are going to help, you know people that are in need like we were."
Family Promise of North/Central Palm BEach County, Inc.
1003 Allendale Roaad
West Palm Beach