Family Promise of Lima-Allen County receives a much needed grant

They are dedicated to helping homeless families get back on their feet and new grants may help families not reach the point of homelessness.

Family Promise of Lima-Allen County receiving a $20,000 from Washington State-based non-profit "Help Us Move In". It's a $20,000, 2-year matching grant that will help Family Promise provide assistance to families facing a housing crisis that can help them stay in their homes. Only 10 out of 220 Family Promise programs across the nation received the grant and Family Promise of Lima-Allen County is the only one in Ohio getting funds. The agency works with other non-profits in the region to provide the assistance needed for families to achieve and sustain independence.

The executive director of Family Promise, Russ Thomas, also says they're looking at a United Way Innovation Grant that would allow them to renovate the house they have on South Main Street, as a dedicated Family Promise Daycare Center. The center would be able to take care of up to 30 children, allowing their parents to focus on finding work and housing.