Published on January 9th, 2016 | by Millennium Magazine Staff


Family Promise Celebrates First Anniversary with Havana Nights Gala

Pictured: The board of Family Promise of the Midlands is headed by the Rev. Jill Duffield, associate pastor of Shandon Presbyterian Church. 

(COLUMBIA)  — Family Promise of the Midlands, a faith-based initiative that houses homeless families in local churches, will celebrate its first anniversary with a gala fundraiser Jan. 30 at 300 Senate St.

The event, Havana Nights, will feature light hors d’oeuvres, an open bar, a silent auction, and music by the popular band Heart ‘N Soul. Auction items include a Latin Holiday (airfare for two), custom-made jewelry, and artwork.

“This gala gives us a chance not only to celebrate our first year of service to families experiencing homelessness but also to raise money for our second year of operation,” said the Rev. Jill Duffield, board chair.

Tickets to Havana Nights are $75 per person or $125 per couple. They can be purchased via the organization’s website, www.familypromisemidlands.org or by calling 803-832-4765.

Family Promise has affiliates in more than 180 U.S. communities.  Sixteen congregations in the Midlands serve as hosts for Family Promise:

  • Ashland United Methodist
  • Bethel United Methodist
  • Eastminster Presbyterian
  • Ebenezer Lutheran
  • Forest Lake Presbyterian
  • Heyward Street UMC
  • Northminster Presbyterian
  • Redeemer Lutheran
  • Seven Oaks Presbyterian
  • Shandon Presbyterian
  • John’s Episcopal
  • Martin’s-in-the-Fields Episcopal
  • Mary’s Episcopal
  • Trenholm Road United Methodist
  • Trinity Presbyterian
  • Trinity UMC

Since Family Promise of the Midlands began operating in December 2014, it has provided housing and support to 14 families (51 people).  Of those families, eight now are in permanent housing.



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