Grantee Blog 2020

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On September 2, 2021, Hurricane Ida left a path of destruction, including the home of our agency, Family Promise Union County. Epic flooding in the City of Elizabeth filled up our day center and offices with 10 feet of crushing water.

Like our fellow flood victims, we have experienced the trauma of our work life being swept away in an instant.  We are swamped with memories of the hundreds of families who thought of this space as their home.

Every day we walk alongside families and individuals who have lost their home. We truly walk with them now.

It reminds us that with every loss, there must be a period of grieving. When families enter our emergency shelter program, many times we tell them- just rest.

We welcome the families into our community, which fosters collective healing. After the flood, the community rallied around and helped us remove all the drenched and destroyed items from our work home. We accepted the many arms that lifted us up.

The sign “You are loved” rose up from the rubble after being washed away. Our agency has been built on the foundation of love. No hurricane or pandemic can ever destroy love. We will be fine.

To view a video about the flood, click here.

















About the Grantee

Overlook Family Medicine - Family Promise Union County Health Education Partnership

Overlook Family Medicine and Family Promise Union County have partnered to provide health education to the many families we serve who are either experiencing homelessness or are at risk of homelessness. Family Promise Union County provides emergency shelter, food and comprehensive services through the partnership of a professional staff and a vast volunteer network.