The COVID-19 crisis has placed particular challenges on the work of Family Promise Metrowest (FPM), which has closed its Natick day center and offices. On March 17, the four families who had been in shelter within the congregational rotation moved to an extended-stay hotel, to allow the families and volunteers to observe physical distancing. Since then, one family has moved into an apartment.
The FPM shelter case manager is meeting remotely with all families each week to help them continue to work toward their goals, including managing their fluctuating budgets due to employment changes. When the hosting week at the Hills Church was canceled, a number of Hills Church members came forward to make special donations to help FPM adapt to new practices.
Following which, FPM sent the following Message to our church.
Family Promise Metrowest (FPM) offers its deepest gratitude to Wellesley Hills Congregational Church for your generosity. Your congregation, which regularly assists our shelter families with host and volunteer support, has also provided much-needed financial funding.
That support has become even more important to FPM’s ability to provide for vulnerable families in the time of COVID-19. Our member congregations are the foundation of Family Promise, and you contribute to our success year after year in countless ways. We are ever grateful.