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‘Promise’ aims to help people get on their feet

At any one time, there could be more than 200 children going to school in Ontario County who don’t have a place to call home.

That doesn’t mean they are sleeping on the street, in cars or under bridges. What it does mean is their families have seen better times and want to again.

With that in mind, a new organization called Family Promise of Ontario County has enlisted close to 15 church congregations in the county to help families change their stories and begin a new chapter in their lives.

“Ontario County is clearly telling us there is an issue here. There were 209 homeless students in 2015 in Ontario County school districts, but statistics tell us that 50 percent of homeless children are under the age of 5, so that number is significantly higher,” said Kathleen Wagner, the organization’s founder. “Clearly there is a need, but homelessness is not always visible. These families could be staying with friends or family, so they have a roof over their heads.”

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