Families Moving Forward has been featured in NC State University’s Philanthropy Journal News. “Beyond the story of the merger itself however, is the vision to end family homelessness. Approximately 80-100 families need emergency shelter each year in Durham, and Families Moving Forward shelters 21 families at a time for up to three months. Breaking the cycle of homelessness is the ultimate goal for the families, and for Durham. The community responded to this compelling vision with its support.”
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Letter from Ryan Fehrman Executive Director, Families Moving Forward
Genesis Home and Durham Interfaith Hospitality Network have merged to create Families Moving Forward effective on January 1st of this year. A special thank you goes out to our staff, board and supporters for making this dream a reality. We couldn’t have done it without you. The last several weeks have seen a flurry of “firsts” for the new agency – first successful exit into permanent housing, first move-in, first financial gift in the new agency name – and we couldn’t be more pleased.
One of the most exciting developments at Families Moving Forward is our new focus on addressing the needs of young people. In addition to academic support four nights per week and weekly enrichment programming on a variety of topics, we will now be partnering with Durham County’s Care Coordination for Children (CC4C) program to ensure that all children aged 0-5 in our shelter program receive a developmental assessment and are connected to needed resources. We want to identify the needs of our young people and ensure that those needs are addressed in an effort to break the cycle of poverty in our community.
Like many of you, I am troubled by the violence in Durham and truly feel that the answer lies in anti-poverty programs and early childhood interventions to ensure that our young people are on track to succeed in the classroom and in life. We cannot do this work alone. You and our partners in the community make this work a reality and we need all hands on deck to address the needs of our families and young people. Follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/familiesmovingforwardnc/) or visit the website to keep track of the current happenings at Families Moving Forward and find an opportunity to support our families and children. Your love and commitment can change lives.
September 17, 2015
Ongoing – Under One Roof $600,000 Capital Campaign
DURHAM, NC –Genesis Home and Durham Interfaith Hospitality Network (DIHN) announce a $600,000 capital campaign that will add capacity for helping families overcome homelessness in our community. The Under One Roof campaign will fund renovations to increase shelter capacity from 15 family suites to 21 family suites and increase support for helping families and children remain in permanent housing once they leave the temporary shelter. Genesis Home and DIHN plan to merge by December 2015, and the merged organization will strengthen Durham’s coordinated system for preventing and ending family homelessness. For more information, please read the complete media release.
Residents Selected for Raise UP!
This past weekend two of our residents were selected to participate in an event for the Raise Up for $15 in Charlotte, NC. The event was put on by the Southern Worker’s Organizing Committee (SWOC), a non-profit that works with employees to advocate for fair pay and increasing minimum wage. SWOC sponsored two Genesis Home families covering their expenses for travel, lodging and food. The two mothers, one a childcare worker and one a veteran, have been actively engaged in this movement in Durham and were excited to continue the work in Charlotte. The moms traveled down Friday with their kids. Saturday they participated in panel discussions, shared experiences with other workers, and discussed ways to answer questions and advocate for themselves in the workplace. During the event the kids were watched and fed by volunteers and everyone reports having a fun time, enjoying delicious food and being excited about the information shared and learned. Genesis Home is very proud of these families and all they are doing for workers’ rights in their community!
Making Durham A Place Where Poverty is Impossible
By Mel Williams, Herald-Sun Guest columnist
For the past 10 years I’ve served as convener of End Poverty Durham, a coalition of interfaith and non-profit leaders committed to alleviating the escalating poverty in our city.
Durham is now flourishing with phenomenal growth. But in the shadow of enormous prosperity is too much poverty. We have two Durhams — the sizzling Durham downtown “renaissance” and the other Durham where there is a 28 percent child poverty rate—15,000 children living below the federal poverty line. That’s shameful and unacceptable. We’ve got to change it. How?
We need multiple strategies. One hopeful initiative that emerged from the monthly meetings of End Poverty Durham is REAL Durham, a model that matches a family in material poverty (leader) with two to three middle class volunteers (allies). This effort found wings at the 2013 Faith Summit on Child Poverty where a major priority surfaced: “Develop intentional relationships across the lines of privilege and poverty, race and class.”