LAURENS, S.C. (WSPA) – Homelessness affects more than 2.5 million Americans each year.
Family Promise aims to combat homelessness by providing those in need with access to essential resources.
Family Promise of Laurens County teamed up with Belk to open a new day center in the heart of downtown.
The new center will provide food, a private place to sleep and support services, such as a laundry room, computer lab and kitchen for families experiencing homelessness.
Family Promise celebrated their grand opening Tuesday morning with Laurens County elected officials. The celebration included a ribbon cutting ceremony and a donation of $5,000 from Belk.
“We are very excited to be able to partner with Family Promise. This donation was done through Project Hometown. It is an initiative through Belk that supports our local communities and organizations, just like Family Promise,” Michael Matheny said.
But the helping hand didn’t stop there. Other donors who attended the grand opening matched Belk’s donation.
Organizers hope this new facility will help families transition to a comfortable place.
“Family Promise is working to support people in some of their most desperate times, when they are facing homelessness, and our goal is to really support families to gain a more stable place,” Program Director Naomi Broadway said.
Family Promise will be open to the public every day from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The organization welcomes all families in need.
For more information about the Family Promise Day Center, visit their Facebook page.