Helping the Homeless
Despite improvements in the economy, stock market and unemployment rates, homelessness continues to be a reality in North Idaho. It’s not just singles but couples and families who’ve suffered a recent tragedy, job loss or other unfortunate circumstance. It’s the goal of organizations like Family Promise of North Idaho to give a leg up and get these families back on their feet, and this is the time of year that donations mean the most.
The Seventh Annual Avenues for Hope runs December 12 through 31. The campaign was created by the Home Partnership Foundation during the economic downturn to help Idaho nonprofits attract new donors to support their homelessness prevention and shelter programs. Traditional sources of donations, such as federal program funds, have not been able to keep up with the growing demand for housing services in many communities.
Family Promise of North Idaho has participated in Avenues for Hope since its inception. Each year, funds have been received to help with salaries and operational costs from the generosity of online donations by local supporters. The organization’s giving has gone from $725 the first year to averaging $16,000 each year through this campaign. FPNI wins prizes each year for being a leader in our region’s giving. This year, in addition to the cash prize and bonuses to the organizations, Avenues For Hope is matching donations $25 or more $.25 on the dollar. This year the local chapter of Family Promise hopes to raise $20,000 to continue its mission in the greater Coeur d’Alene community.
You can participate beginning December 12 by making your donation at AvenuesForHope.org. Suggested donation is $25, but all donations are welcome. Make a difference in your year-end giving and support organizations that seek to improve the lives of those in our communities.