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Golf tournament to benefit families in need
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Posted: 2013 Oct 11 - 06:29

By Amanda Hatfield Anderson

Staff writer

BREVARD -- A new nonprofit estimates that there are 2,100 homeless families and 1,636 homeless students in Brevard County.

As a way to help decrease these numbers, its volunteers are hosting a golf tournament next weekend to help promote the organization's goal.

The second annual Artemis Family Promise Golf Scramble, which benefits Family Promise of Brevard, is Saturday, Oct. 19 at the Indian River Colony Club in Viera. Sign-in begins at 7:30 a.m.

Single-player donations are $100, while a foursome and hole sponsorship is $500. This includes greens fees, carts, access to a practice range, door prizes, a goodie bag, T-shirt, continental breakfast and an awards' luncheon.

Family Promise of Brevard is a faith-based, nonprofit program that launched on Sept. 29. Its goal is to keep families together, as they are temporarily housed in an interfaith network of congregations, allowing family members to access human services, permanent employment and safe, affordable housing, so they can achieve self-sufficiency and lasting independence.

"The poor economic climate has changed the face of homelessness, and now we are seeing entire families taking into the woods or living in their cars -- if they still have one," said Tara Pagliarini, executive director of Family Promise in Brevard.

The faith-based nonprofit relies on an interfaith network of churches to provide temporary housing, allowing families the ability to access human services, permanent employment and safe, affordable housing, so they can achieve self-sufficiency and lasting independence.

After several years of intense preparation, the first families were placed at the Church of Our Savior Episcopal in Palm Bay two weeks ago.

Hosting rotates among 13 congregations in the network, which provide lodging for as many as four families, from 6 p.m. to 7 a.m. the next morning.

About four times a year for one week at a time, host congregations provide overnight lodging, meals -- including breakfast, a brown-bag lunch and supper -- and hospitality.

The host congregations that are a part of Family Promise of Brevard's network include Advent Lutheran Church in Melbourne, Church of Our Savior Catholic Community in Cocoa Beach, Church of Our Savior Episcopal in Palm Bay, Emmanuel United Methodist Church in Melbourne, Faith Viera Lutheran Church in Rockledge, First Presbyterian Church of Palm Bay, First United Methodist Church of Melbourne, First United Methodist Church of Cocoa Beach, Grace Fellowship Church in Rockledge, Hope United Church of Christ in Rockledge, Riverside Presbyterian Church in Cocoa Beach, St. Mark's United Methodist Church in Indialantic and Suntree United Methodist Church in Melbourne.

Primarily run by volunteers, Family Promise of Brevard receives help from local social service agencies that refer families to its network. These agencies help Family Promise of Brevard's caseworkers assess potential guest families for active substance abuse, domestic violence or psychiatric problems.

"Guests use a local resource center at Grace Fellowship Church in Rockledge from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to shower, care for preschool children and seek employment," Mrs. Pagliarini said. "Many guests are employed during the day and go to work. During the school year, children attend school. The day center provides guests with a mailing address and a home-base from which to conduct their housing search."

Mrs. Pagliarini said that the proceeds from this year's golf scramble will go directly toward services for the families and their children that Family Promise in Brevard helps.

"This is a proven solution that not only works, but leads to an 80 percent success rate of families moving into a home of their own and staying self-sufficient," Mrs. Pagliarini said. "The nonprofit's mission of keeping families together is crucial to this success rate."

The second annual Artemis Family Promise Golf Scramble to benefit Family Promise of Brevard guarantees to be a fun time for its participants.

"Golf is a favorite area activity, and having it at the Indian River Country Club provides exclusive access to this otherwise private, restricted club," Mrs. Pagliarini said. "Last year's event was well attended and successful, generating $6,000 used to get the program ready to launch on Sept. 29 at our first host congregation."

Mrs. Pagliarini said that the proceeds from this year's golf scramble will go directly toward services for the families and their children that Family Promise in Brevard helps.

Golfers will be able to participate in a number of contests and fun games at holes throughout the course.

"Hole-in-one prizes include a new Lexus from Lexus of Melbourne and a new golf cart from Extreme Custom Carts," Mrs. Pagliarini said. "A putting contest prize is an antique, solid-walnut putter from Nieman Marcus, provided by Victory Cruise Casinos."

Family Promise of Brevard is excited for this year's Artemis Family Promise Golf Scramble, which comes at a critical time -- right after the launch of the program.

"There will be a lot of fun, camaraderie and good-natured competition, but it is all in fun to solve a serious problem for families without a home to call their own," Mrs. Pagliarini said. "We will have a lot of fun doing good works side-by-side with our friends and new partners, in making the community an even better place to live. This is the time of the greatest need for funds because we now have our doors open and are serving families."

The second annual Artemis Family Promise Golf Scramble at Indian River Colony Club is Saturday, Oct. 19, with sign in beginning at 7:30 a.m.

To participate in the Golf Scramble, call Jeannie Ulander at (321) 255-0944 or Ray King at (321) 514-7274.

For more information on Family Promise of Brevard, visit www.familypromiseofbrevard.org.




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