Updated: Nov 30, 2021
Meet Angela, one of our volunteers! As a former Family Promise client, Angela has a first-hand experience of what it means to experience homelessness. She has been self-sufficient for two years and wants to give back to the community.
Q: How long have you been volunteering?
A: This is my second week volunteering here. I’ve always wanted to do some type of volunteer service. I had seen the Family Promise building but didn’t know what it was.
Q: What drew you to volunteer with Family Promise?
I was really drawn to volunteer because I used to be homeless. I was connected with Family Promise after running into Mayor Andy Berke down the street from the shelter I was staying in. I talked to him about my situation, and I was connected with Family Promise of Greater Chattanooga. Family Promise paid the deposit, application fee, and first month of rent for my new home.
Q: What is your favorite part about volunteering?
A: Volunteering motivates me to get up and be on the other side of the phone to help people when they ask questions. I can explain the process to people because I’ve done it myself. I know that Family Promise makes a difference. I know how I felt when the person answered the phone when I called Family Promise. I want to make sure when the phone hangs up they’re not disappointed, and they finally have hope.
Q: Why do you believe in Family Promise’s mission?
A: Because they helped me. I’m a firsthand witness that they helped me. I know that Family Promise is 100% what they say they are. Many people don’t realize that homelessness happens to women and families when someone loses a job, can’t afford to pay rent, got divorced, or was affected by COVID-19. Family Promise helps those people.
Q: How can others join you and support the Family Promise mission?
A: People can help through volunteering and donating. Family Promise can help as long as they have the funds. I know firsthand that they make a difference as long as they have the support to do so.
Q: Is there anything else you want people to know?
A: No matter who we are, we're no better than the next person. We’re all one step or one job away from possibly ending up homeless. It’s important to never give up hope in bad situations.