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A Columbia Church helps shelter Single and Homeless Families

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Frederica Prince is thankful for the Family Promise Program and hopes to be independent one day. Frederica Prince is thankful for the Family Promise Program and hopes to be independent one day.
Katheleen Titus says there are more middle class families becoming homeless. Katheleen Titus says there are more middle class families becoming homeless.

 By: Ashlie B. Ouzts

Most people attend Heyward Street United Methodist Church on Sunday for spiritual guidance and blessings, but that isn't everything this church has to offer to the community.This Columbia church has a homeless shelter upstairs. The church works with Family Promise of the Midlands. The non-profit group started in 1986 to help bring faith and homeless families together.

"The families that are becoming homeless are tending to be more middle class and they lose a place to live because they had an event happen. It could have been a medical event or it could have been their car died," said Family Promise Coordinator Kathleen Titus.

Frederica Prince is especially thankful for Family Promise. She is a single mother with two teenage sons who have taken shelter here. Frederica says she faces lots of challenges because of her homeless struggle, but there is one obstacle that is extremely difficult.

"Going week after week, looking for employment and knowing your credentials fit the mold of what they're looking for and no one calls you. To me, that is the hardest part," says Frederica.

Although Frederica and her sons are dealing with being homeless right now, she says by coming to Family Promise, it has help to make things a little easier for her.

"The love that we have received from the churches and Family Promise in general has been wonderful," she says.

The Family Promise Organization of the Midlands work in conjunction with Heyward Street United Methodist Church in Columbia to help the homeless. These two groups help bring faith into the community in efforts for the homeless to gain independence, dignity, housing, and jobs so that one day they will be able to transition out of the program and stand alone.

Family Promise offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner at each of their 15 Hosting House Worship facilities. The hosting house offers showers, laundry, and day care during the day for those who need the extra help.


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