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October 2022 Update

Thanks to you, the Johnson-Ross family (pictured here) have a safe, warm place to sleep tonight. Kinah and Samuel were living in a Sarasota County rental that they could afford along with their other expenses prior to being forced to move when their landlord decided to sell the home. Unfortunately, due to the housing market in Sarasota County, they were only able to find a new home at $1895/month. The new landlord agreed to allow the last month’s rent to be split amongst 3 payments to be paid by 10/01/2022. Both adults in the home have employment and income to cover their expenses when able to work their hours. However, Saminah was diagnosed with RSV and had been unable to go to childcare resulting in Kinah missing shifts/losing income throughout the month of August and early September. Kinah heard about Family Promise of South Sarasota County’s Open Doors Program and contacted the Family Service Coordinator to request assistance. Upon review of her documents and verifications, the coordinator was able to verify that the Ross family was able to sustain the $1895/month rent and other household expenses but needed assistance with 09/2022 and 10/2022 due to the temporary hardship. FPSSC assisted the family with $1263.34 in rent assistance to ensure the family would be able to remain stably housed. When asked about their experience with FPSSC, Kinah and Samuel stated, “Family Promise has been more than generous to our family. With each interaction, they were very kind. The documents that are required for assistance were not extreme and were easy to provide to the worker. We appreciate the help and the agency for what they do for families in need.”

Join FPSSC for our 6th Annual DREAM WALK!! Click the button below to Register to Walk, Donate and/or Sponsor the event.  Click to check out how you can support local families in need.

Over the past two years, the COVID-19 pandemic and accompanying
financial hardships have underlined and exacerbated the housing unaffordability faced by the nation’s lowest-income renters. Housing advocates and impacted people achieved unprecedented policy measures, including $46 billion in emergency rental assistance (ERA) and a national eviction moratorium, that significantly reduced unnecessary suffering during the pandemic. But these temporary measures were not intended to solve persistent problems of housing affordability. As state and local ERA programs begin to run out of funding and the last eviction moratoriums expire, the persistent shortage of affordable housing for the lowest-income people is worsening. Eviction rates in some cities are increasing to or surpassing their pre-pandemic levels (Eviction Lab, 2022). At the same time, renters nationwide are facing exorbitant rent increases, with the median rent of a two-bedroom apartment increasing nearly 18% between the first quarter of 2021 and the first quarter of 2022 (Apartment List, 2022). As the public health dangers and economic hardship associated with COVID-19 gradually recede, low-income renters will continue to face housing precarity and instability until permanent solutions to widespread housing unaffordability are enacted.

From the Director
There is a wonderful matching opportunity happening right now through The Louis & Gloria Flanzer Matching Program.  For those who are not aware, by going to https://flanzertrust.org/ you can get donations made to Flanzer Trust matched up to $500 a month for the rest of the year to go to the charity you designate. Simply go to their website, click on Donate Now, and choose Family Promise of South Sarasota County (not Sarasota) in the drop down menu.  If you donate $500 a month for the rest of the year, your $1,500 will be doubled and Family Promise of South Sarasota County will get $3,000!

The Louis and Gloria Flanzer Philanthropic Trust

The mission of the Flanzer Philanthropic Trust is to enhance the life of the people of the Suncoast through social services and healthcare initiatives

Thank you for all you do and bless you all!
Jennifer Fagenbaum, Executive Director
941-497-9881 ext. 106

Help all children have SWEET DREAMS!

Visit our website to see ways you can become involved and/or give to help local children have a stable home!

Current Needs
The Day Center and our families are currently in need of:

  • Paper Towels

  • Disinfectant Wipes

  • All Purpose Cleaner

  • Trash Bags

  • Baby Wipes

Thank you so much to everyone who has made donations of goods from our needs list. It is much appreciated and necessary for our clients! We could not do what we do without all of the support from our community!


FPSSC Stats 2021

281 families stably housed: 432 children safe at home

Bridge Housing & Keeping The Promise - 10 families: 15 children

Pathways Home - 1 family: 2 children

Access Point - 2 families: 5 children

Diversion & Early Intervention - 10 families: 22 children

Emergency Shelter - 10 families: 15 children

Rent Assistance- 33 families: 65 children

Other Services - 217 families: 308 children

To learn more about these programs, please visit our website at www.familypromisessc.org


Dates to Remember

Volunteer Training: 11-8-2022 at the Day Center, 3:30-4:30 PM - All volunteers must go through training.  Please RSVP to Shantel at sb@familypromisessc.org to ensure adequate space is available.  

Coordinator Meeting: Tuesday 12-6-2022, 5:30-6:30 PM. This meeting is for Coordinators at the Host and Support Churches to stay up to date on what is happening. 



6th Annual DreamWalk: Saturday 9am-11am, 11/05/2022, 850 Cockrill St. Venice, FL 34285

Annual Volunteer Picnic:  Saturday 12pm-2pm, 2/4/2023, 850 Cockrill St. Venice, FL 34285


Every child deserves to sleep in a warm, safe bed in a place they call home. Make The Promise and join us in the fight against homelessness.

Your Promise can make that happen by helping families secure affordable workforce housing in South Sarasota County.

The Promise is All About Less Talk and More Action

Food, Water, Shelter…

Those are the 3 basic needs for any human being. Yet, because of the housing crisis in the South Sarasota community, local families, including children, are going without one of those basic needs. 


That’s why, in 2015, Family Promise of South Sarasota County opened its doors. In the years since, we’ve helped hundreds of local families by building affordable workforce housing and offering support where they need it. 

When you join The Promise, your monthly donation gives families in our local community the opportunity to feel safe. To feel stable. And to feel hopeful for the future! 

Family Promise of South Sarasota County is working to tackle the housing crisis that exists in our community. We’re working, with people like you, to build more affordable workforce housing so children have a place they can call home! 

As a member of The Promise, you can give these families the support they need to keep a roof over their heads and restore hope in their hearts.

Special Thanks for funding support in 2022 for our programs to:

100 Women Who Care Sarasota
Harold C. & Jacqueline F. Bladel Foundation, Inc.
Boca Cares Fund
Boone Law Firm
Brewburger's Pub & Grill
British Open Pub
Clayton Homes
Community Foundation of Sarasota County
Emergency Food and Shelter National Board
Emmanuel Lutheran Church
Englewood United Methodist Church
Epiphany Cathedral Catholic Church
Family Promise National 
First Baptist Church of Venice
First Christian Church of Venice
Louis & Gloria Flanzer Philanthropic Trust
Grace United Methodist Church
Gulf Coast Community Foundation
Annette J Hagens Memorial Foundation
Jarrett Family Fund
Knights of Columbus
Lightspeed Gives
Osprey Nokomis Chamber of Commerce
The Jerome & Mildred Paddock Foundation
Paradise Grill
The Patterson Foundation
Pelican Pointe Golf & Country Club
Pelican Pointe Ladies Golf Association
Pinkerton Payroll & Insurance
Plantation Community Foundation
Quinn Charitable Foundation
Royal Venice Inc.
Evalyn Sadlier Jones Foundation
Sarasota County Government
Sertoma Club of Venice
Sisterhood for Good
St. Mark's Episcopal Church of Venice
Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation
Target Circle
Truist Financial Corporation
United Way of South Sarasota County
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Venice
Venice Golf & Country Club Community Foundation
Venice Florida Corvettes, Inc.
Women's Fellowship, Venice United Church of Christ
Venice Yacht Club Charitable Foundation
Venice Presbyterian Church

Our programs supported in full or in part by:

Bank of America Client Foundation

Jerome & Mildred Paddock Foundation

Venice/Nokomis Rotary

Wells Fargo Foundation


Family Promise of South Sarasota County




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