Family Promise working in Ontario County

She was relieved — and scared.

That’s how Jessica Brown describes her mixed emotions back in late September when she learned there was a place for her with Family Promise of Ontario County, which is a nonprofit that helps people who are experiencing homelessness. Brown and her 20-month-old son Zach were living in a motel room then — temporary, emergency housing arranged by social services. At the house where they’d been living, Zach developed a chronic cough and the basement was found to be infested with mold. They had to leave the house but they had nowhere to go.

Social services connected Jessica with Family Promise. After a week at the motel, Brown learned the program had room for her and Zach.

“I was really nervous at first,” Brown said. Her life was in turmoil and she worried about another unknown — what would Family Promise be like for her and her son? Still, she wanted to do what was best for Zach and it felt right.

“So I gave it a shot,” she said.

From the apartment in Manchester where she lives with Zach — now a happy, healthy 2-year-old — Brown talked about the month she and her son stayed at Family Promise host congregations and the support they received and continue to receive.

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