In its one yearly fundraising event, Family Promise will host its fifth annual Walk for Homeless Families with Children Saturday, Sept. 30.

In its one yearly fundraising event, Family Promise will host its fifth annual Walk for Homeless Families with Children Saturday, Sept. 30.

According to its website, at familypromiseshawnee.org, the September walk provides an opportunity for members of the community to come together and — as an individual, group or family, church or business — walk to raise awareness and funds to support its mission.

The event will be held at the Family Promise Day Center, at 39604 W. Independence St. — at the corner of U.S. Hwy 177 and Independence — across the street from Georg Fischer Central Plastics.

“This year we hope to raise $50,000 toward our budget,” the site reads. “This fundraiser is our most important source of revenue. We do not receive government funding, so we depend on community support.”

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., the walk starts at 9:30 a.m., and wraps up around 11 a.m.

Inflatables, face painting and more will be available, the site reads.

Traveling trophies will be awarded for one year to the corporate, church and categorical teams that raise the most funds for the walk, the site states. The individual with the most funds raised will be recognized with a plaque.

Family Promise of Shawnee is part of a national organization of 200 networks founded in New Jersey in 1986 and started serving families in January of 2005. Its network has seven participating host congregations, five helper congregations and approximately 500 volunteers, the website reads.

“Our mission is to help families in need achieve self-sufficiency through volunteer-based mentorship,” the website states. “We strive to alleviate the trauma of homelessness and assist families in securing a stable home.”

The nonprofit states its mission is accomplished by providing a caring, dignified environment of overnight hospitality in church facilities and by providing supportive services to help families become self-sufficient.

Family Promise of Shawnee serves homeless families consisting of couples with at least one child, single mothers or fathers with at least one child, and women who are pregnant.

The website states that support last year helped 177 homeless families with children.

“We worked closely with 24 of those families and provided a safe temporary home at our Day Center, transportation to work and appointments, case management and other resources,” the site reads.

While in the program, families save 80 to 90 percent of their income toward rent, transportation and deposits on utilities they will need when they leave, according to the website.

“We do not serve those with active drug or alcohol addiction, severe mental illness, violent criminal records, or those seeking shelter from domestic violence,” the site reads. “We do serve as a referral source and refer families to appropriate agencies for other assistance programs.”

According to the website, “since inception, we have assisted over 10,000 individuals with our in-network and out-of-network services. In 2015, Family Promise assisted 512 individuals with 21 families that entered into our program and graduated with permanent housing and job placement.”

For more information, visit familypromiseshawnee.org.