40 Years of Service to Montgomery County Families

At a small nonprofit like Family Promise, most of our time is spent getting things done in the present and planning for the future—there’s not a lot of time spent looking back. But this year, we’re marking an anniversary!

A few visionary people in Ambler came together back in 1982 to start a hotline to provide resources to families at risk of homelessness. Fast forward 40 years, and we’ve helped hundreds of families into stable homes with our programs at the Interfaith Hospitality Network, Hope Gardens, Hope Forest, and (soon) Hope on Fifth, and we’ve served thousands at our food pantry in Roslyn.

Each step in our development has been the result of years of planning, hard work, and dedication—of many people. And we want to hear from you! Do you have a story you’d like to share from the early days of the Network? Do you remember when Hope Gardens was built? Maybe you helped with the renovation of Hope Forest, or you volunteered at the food pantry when it was located at Holy Trinity. We’d especially love to hear from our past clients…what do you remember from your time with us?

We’re aiming to collect 40 stories from those who have touched (and been touched by) this organization, whether it was last year, last decade, or last millennium! If you’d like to tell us your story, let us know at the link, and we can set up a call or visit. Or send us an email with your thoughts!

Your support is what keeps us going. We thank you. And we look forward to partnering with you for 40 more years to help eliminate homelessness and hunger in our community…one family at a time

Photo: Lei Barry, alongside Mario Mele, James Mingey, and Barbara Silbert, officially opens Hope Gardens in 1995.