EASLEY — Family Promise of Pickens County received its largest single donation to date on June 14 from the ownership and staff of Toyota of Easley.
It was a joyous moment for the staff and volunteers associated with Family Promise as the ceremonial check was presented by Ryan Norris of Toyota of Easley in the amount of $32,300, which Director Armilla Moore said will go a long way to help many people.
“This is going to help homeless families,” Moore said.
And based on the programs offered by Family Promise, it will more than likely help in many ways.
“I’ve discovered over the last two years we typically see single moms, a few single fathers, and they may have childcare but it isn’t adequate and they need financial assistance for additional child care due to work schedules, or they may need assistance with medical costs because they can’t get into a doctor’s office and would normally have to use the emergency room,” Moore said. “Transportation is also a big issue. This is a rural county and we are trying to help these families become self sufficient and that requires being able to get to and from work.”
Family Promise, in its efforts to help homeless families reach a point of self sufficiency, does more than provide some of the basics such as transportation as their client builds a new life.
“We help our folks find and keep jobs, child care, and help with education through Tri-County Technical College and the Adult Education Center so they can get their SC Workeys and GED,” Moore continued. “Not everybody who begins our program completes it but everyone does leave with a better knowledge and that makes a positive impact too.”
Norris and the staff of Toyota of Easley seemed duly impressed with the work Family Promise does and the impact on the community.
“We choose a local charity every year to donate to and this year we chose Family Promise,” Norris said. “What they’re doing in Easley and Pickens County is making a positive impact on so many lives and we’re just glad to be a part of it. We believe in giving back to this community which has treated us so well over the years.”
Based on figures provided by Moore, the donation will be going to an effective program for Pickens County.
“Traditional programs are only successful somewhere in the neighborhood of 30 percent to 35 percent. Ours is successful around 73 percent of the time and that’s because of our programs and not just providing a shelter,” Moore said. “It’s interesting that we also become a substitute family. Sometimes our clients just need a friendly ear and to know we’re there. Working here has been a great experience for me. I’ve spent over 30 years in human services and this is the most rewarding thing I’ve ever done.”
Reach D. C. Moody at 864-855-0355.