In its one yearly fundraising event, Family Promise will host its sixth annual Walk for Homeless Families with Children Saturday, Sept. 29.

In its one yearly fundraising event, Family Promise will host its sixth annual Walk for Homeless Families with Children Saturday, Sept. 29.

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.

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

Inflatables, face painting and more will be available, a Family Promise Facebook post reads.

The Walk is an important fundraiser to provide resources and training to the families, the site reads.

“We are grateful for the many individuals, churches and businesses who give their financial support to a worthy cause,” the website states.

About family Promise

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 is a temporary program that serves homeless families with at least one child, single mothers or fathers with at least one child, and women who are pregnant.

They serve families who have no felonies, active warrants, can pass a drug screen and background check, and do not have a history of domestic violence, the site states.

“Family Promise has a no tolerance policy for drug and alcohol use,” the website reads.

While in the program, families save 90 percent of their income during their stay, according to the website.

For more information, call (405) 273-0161 or visit familypromiseshawnee.org.