Family Promise Seeks Volunteers, Meals, Donations, Superheroes

Uploaded: , Friday, Jan 12, 2018

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Family Promise SCV logoThe nonprofit Family Promise of the Santa Clarita Valley is in need of volunteers, meals and donations to aid homeless families and individuals.

The organization is hosting homeless families at its Resource Center From Sunday, January 14 through Sunday, January 28 because no host congregation has stepped up for that period.

There are currently eight people, but the number will likely go up to 14.

If you can provide a dinner, breakfast, or sleep over as an overnight host please sign up [HERE].

If you provide dinner and breakfast, just drop both off at night. Overnight host: We will provide the mattress and bedding.

Call for Superheroes
Family Promise SCV has put out the call for donation Superheroes. No cape is required, just compassion and cash.

For just $1 a day you can become a member of Club 365 and help the organization provide shelter, services and hope to our local homeless children and their families.

To donate (monthly, quarterly or annual donation plans available) visit FamilyPromiseSCV.org.

Family Promise 365 Club superheroes

New Staff
Kathy Brown is Family Promise’s new congregational liaison, connecting volunteers to host and support congregations.

Kathleen Brown (Kathy) has been a part of Family Promise SCV since its beginning when she answered a call about social justice ministry for her parish, St. Clare’s. She served on the BOD for several years and helped facilitate the opening of the first generous and devoted host congregations. After leaving her term with the Family Promise Board, Kathy continued some involvement in volunteering at various host sites and spreading the good news about the Family Promise programs.

Kahty Brown, Family PromiseIn June 2017, Kathy retired from 25 years of teaching with the Sulphur Springs School District. She has a BA in English/Creative Writing from the Univ. of Montana and a M.Ed. from the Univ. of La Verne.

She has lived with her husband in their Canyon Country home for the past 29 years. Her husband is a Professor Emeritus at the Dept. of Ophthalmology Research at UCI. Their three children graduated from local schools, now live away from the SCV, and they have families of their own.

Kathy is grateful to spend more time with their four grandchildren, two of whom live on the East Coast, and with her husband while he continues part-time work in Irvine. She believes strongly in the Family Promise mission to help our guests achieve sustainable independence and values this opportunity to truly live her faith.

Brown can be reached by phone at 661-251-2866.

Diana Ovando-Lopez started as our Clinical Case Manager and works directly with our families and addresses all community family housing needs.

Diana Ovando-Lopez is a graduate from Biola University and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology with an emphasis in Social Work and a minor in Biblical Studies. While at Biola, Diana was passionate about serving the community, local and abroad.

She’s an avid volunteer serving children and youth at the nearby Teen Challenge after school program and abroad through International Youth Initiative in the Dominican Republic. Interned with Broken Hearts Ministry in West Hollywood and on Fridays nights from 10pm-2am, spent time at the local shops in an effort to build relationships with the people who lived and worked there. With the desire to bring Jesus to an overlooked group of people that lived their lives when most of the city was asleep.

Diana Ovanda-Lopez, Family PromiseAfter graduating from Biola in 2009, Diana worked at Providence Community Services- Project Renew, Orange County Department of Mental Health providing weekly in-home mental health and case management services to homeless families with an FSP/WRAP cases with mentally ill/ at-risk children.

Wearing many hats, from developing action plans, conducting mental health assessments and supervising the coordination of care for the family to planning, coordinating and executing support groups, parenting classes and social events for the families.

But after five years at Providence Community Services, Diana moved back to the San Fernando Valley where she grew up to serve and help those in her own community. Working at Youth Policy Institute -Youth Build Program providing case management services to at-risk transitional age youth ages 16-24. For the last 3 years helping at-risk youth whom had dropped out of school or had been incarcerated by assisting them with their transition back into school and help them reach their educational and career goals.

Diana is very excited about joining Family Promise of Santa Clarita Valley and happy to continue to make a positive impact in the lives of children and families in the community. Diana loves working with kids and has a sweet little girl of her own that motivates and encourages her to continue to move forward and be the best mom she can be.

Phone her at 661-251-2866.

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