Family Promise @ Temple Emanu-El
Our Family Promise families are coming in April, during Passover.
Passover, more than any other holiday on the Jewish calendar, requires us to empathize with the stranger in our midst as we recall our own people’s journey. We join together at the Seder to remember slavery in Egypt and recall what it was like to be a people wandering alone, with no one to come to our aid, without knowing where to turn. The story tells us we were the strangers. And we can never forget what it was like to be strangers in a strange land.
Thousands of years later, we Jews never fully managed to shake the notion of being the stranger. We have never been totally accepted. Certainly, there are places in this world where we never will be. This is why we, of all of the faiths of the world, will always support the wanderers, the people cast aside and left alone with seemingly nowhere to turn.
Won't you help the stranger by helping feed or assist in housing (by staying the night at Temple Emanu-El) the few homeless families from Family Promise this Passover? Commitments to help can be a couple of hours or overnight. This rotation is from April 12-19, 2020.
Family Promise of Birmingham
Family Promise of Birmingham (FPOB), founded in 1998 as the Birmingham Hospitality Network, is a network of 15 diverse faith organizations working together to provide safe, home-like lodging where homeless families can stay together while working to regain their independence.
There are a few local organizations that help homeless people, and FPOB is a drug-free organization that services a very small group of women and children (or small family units, including the father). On any given day, more than half the guests served by FPOB are children. We are happy to say that approximately 90% of the participants end up in permanent housing after their time with us.
Family Promise @ Temple Emanu-El
Temple Emanu-El, in conjunction with Temple Beth-El, has been successfully hosting Family Promise families for over 20 years! We are proud to say that we are a founding member of the Birmingham program. We host 3 to 4 times per year for 7 days at a time - Sunday to Sunday.
Our next time to host is between April 12-19. You can help Temple Emanu-El and Temple Beth-El help these families by volunteering to help set up/tear down, bring dinner, or to stay the night during this time. More about what that entails:
Set-up/Tear-down Instructions: Show up at the assigned times and help either transform classrooms into bedrooms or vice versa. This entails moving classroom furniture and making or stripping beds. During tear-down, you will also be spot cleaning the classrooms and bathrooms.
Dinner instructions: Please bring enough food for guests, yourself, and the other volunteers. Please arrive by 5:45 or 6:00 p.m. (no earlier on Friday because of services). Turn right off Richard Arrington Blvd. & pull up to the door then call 370-6057 or ring doorbell. A volunteer will help you unload, if necessary. After unloading, park in the deck. Please help clean up after the meal.
Stay-the-night instructions: Be sure to bring your own bedding, sheets, sleeping bag, blanket, & pillow. Two beds will be provided. Please arrive by 7:00 p.m. & park in the deck. Call the cellphone (or ring the doorbell) when you park & a volunteer will meet you at the main alley door & let you in. FP cellphone is 370-6057. Sleeping quarters are on the 3rd floor. Wake the guests at 6:00 a.m. each morning (except Saturday which is 8:00 a.m.) so they can be ready to be picked up by the van at 7:00 a.m. (9:00 a.m. on Saturday). Before leaving put the FP binder with card keys in Weil Kitchen.
|| Billie Marsala