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January 2023 Update

Hurricane Ian brought devastation and ruin to Sarasota County and many of the families residing here. The destruction and peril was an unexpected hardship that many families were unprepared to recover from. With the costs of living at an all-time high, many hardworking families in our community are living paycheck to paycheck and are unable to save for an unexpected hardship such as a natural disaster, car accident, daycare closure, etc. The Martinelli family was no exception. Last October, in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian, Cheryl and Jonathan found themselves without work for several weeks. Until that time, both parents had been able to provide for their children without any additional assistance. 

Due to the hurricane, Cheryl lost two big contracts that were severely damaged in the storm putting her and her husband out of work for 2 weeks. This inability to work resulted in a total loss of income for that period of time and no money to be able to pay November's rent. Cheryl heard of Family Promise of South Sarasota County, and contacted the Family Service Coordinator to inquire about rental assistance to remain stably housed. Thanks to the generous donations of our supporters, Family Promise was able to assist the family with that November rent to prevent an eviction.

When asked about her experience with Family Promise, Cheryl stated, "The case manager and staff were so helpful and followed up with us and the landlord to ensure our stability. Not being able to work and pay our bills was unexpected, and we are so incredibly grateful that programs such as Family Promise exist."

FPSSC's Open Doors Program

Over 40% of Americans are just one unexpected expense from financial distress. Preventing families from spiraling into homelessness is an essential part of the Family Promise mission. We offer a variety of strategies to ensure the people we serve do not fall into the cycle of housing instability that can devastate families and alter the course of children's lives. These include administering formal diversion programs, providing rental assistance and landlord mediation, and community-based approaches that keep families housed.

From the Director
I was so excited to find out I had been nominated and was chosen to be one of the 2023 Unity Award winners from Sarasota Magazine in January.  It is humbling to be in such good company.  It is also so important to get the word out about the issues of struggling working families and high housing costs.  Additionally, it is great to be able to get a story out about what our solution is at Family Promise of South Sarasota County.  Please read the article by clicking the button below and reach out if you would like more information about what we are doing to solve this problem.

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!


If you are interested in volunteering with Family Promise of South Sarasota County,
please contact Kim Ulrich at info@familypromisessc.org! 

We are always looking for additional assistance in our Home Goods Pantry,
with special events, or as Meal Angels! 

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

  • Baby Wipes

  • Paper Towels

  • Trash Bags 

  • Laundry Baskets (rectangle, hip style)

  • Trash Cans (13 gallon)

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!


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FPSSC Stats 2022

130 families stably housed: 218 children safe at home

Bridge Housing & Keeping The Promise - 14 families: 31 children

Pathways Home - 5 families: 10 children

Access Point - 2 families: 2 children

Diversion & Early Intervention - 15 families: 32 children

Emergency Shelter - 3 families: 6 children

Rent Assistance- 42 families: 77 children

Other Services - 25 families: 23 children

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


Dates to Remember

Volunteer Training: 2-14-2023 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 2-14-2023, 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. 



Annual Volunteer Picnic: Saturday, 02/04/2023, 12-2pm, FPSSC 

2nd Annual Kenducky Derby: Saturday, 05/06/2023, North Port Aquatic Center


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

100 Women Who Care Sarasota
Ballard Marine Construction
Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation
Franklin G Berlin Foundation
Harold C. & Jacqueline F. Bladel Foundation, Inc.
Boca Cares Fund
Boldt Family Foundation
Boone Law Firm
Brewburger's Pub & Grill
British Open Pub
Christ United Methodist Church
Church Women United-Venice Area
City of Venice
Clayton Homes
Community Foundation of Sarasota County
Compass Property Management
Conroy Family Fund
James M. Doss Foundation
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
FourThought Private Wealth
Generous Property Real Estate
Grace Community Bible Church
Grace United Methodist Church
Grace United Methodist Women
Green Fairways
Gulf Coast Community Foundation
Annette J Hagens Memorial Foundation
Hallmark Business Brokers
Heron Creek Community Foundation
Hospital Volunteers of Venice
Jarrett Family Fund
Jones Family Charitable Fund
Joyner Family Insurance
Knights of Columbus
Knights of Columbus Woman's Auxiliary
Lightspeed Gives
Kirk & Rae Malcolm Fund
Marine Max of Venice
Joan J Mathews Charitable Fund
May Family Foundation
North Port Area Chamber of Commerce
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
PNC Foundation
Quinn Charitable Foundation
Dean & Shirley Ricci Charitable Fund
The Rose Family Foundation
Royal Venice Inc.
The Russo Revocable Trust
Evalyn Sadlier Jones Foundation
Sarasota County Government
Sertoma Club of Venice
Sisterhood for Good
Southeast Roofing Consultants, inc. 
Joan & Jean Spitzer Charitable Fund
St. Mark's Episcopal Church of Venice
Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation
Target Circle c/o Simple Generosity
Tops FL 60 Venice
Truist Financial Corporation
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Venice
United Way of South Sarasota County
Unity Church of Venice
Venice Florida Corvettes, Inc.
Venice Golf & Country Club Community Foundation
Venice Lions Club
Venice Lodge #301
Venice-Nokomis Rotary Club
Venice-Nokomis United Methodist
Venice Presbyterian Church
Women's Fellowship, Venice United Church of Christ
Venice Yacht Club Charitable Foundation
The WaWa Foundation
Wells Fargo Foundation
Adelle A & Harold J Westbrook Foundation, Inc. 
The Wichert Foundation

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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