Family Promise and The Grand Summit Hotel Fight Homelessness Together

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Family Promise, the nation's leading volunteer-driven nonprofit serving homeless families, and The Grand Summit Hotel, a high-end, boutique landmark property in Summit, New Jersey, have launched a Round-Up Campaign to Fight Family Homelessness. Beginning March 1, guests at The Grand Summit Hotel can round up their bills with the proceeds going to Family Promise in support of their programs nationwide.

Building Communities, Strengthening Lives

"We are thrilled that The Grand Summit Hotel is partnering with us to help homeless families in New Jersey and across the country. Their support will provide critically needed shelter, meals and assistance to help families get back on their feet."

Family Promise, founded in Summit, NJ in 1988, has joined forces with The Grand Summit Hotel, a regional icon since 1868, with a cause-marketing initiative aimed at raising funds for homeless and at-risk families. The Round-Up Campaign to Fight Family Homelessness will allow guests at the hotel the opportunity to make a real difference on an issue of national importance. Family Promise has produced materials to inform guests about their organization and the issue of homelessness, which The Grand Summit will distribute in their rooms. Guests are invited to fill in a line on their bill at check-out, designating a tax-deductible contribution to Family Promise.

Karen Olson, President and Founder of Family Promise, commented on the Campaign, "We are thrilled that The Grand Summit Hotel is partnering with us to help homeless families in New Jersey and across the country. Their support will help provide critically needed shelter, meals and assistance to help families get back on their feet."

Family homelessness has reached epidemic proportions in America. 3.5 million Americans will be homeless at some point this year. 1.5 million of those will be families, with 60% being children. While the numbers are staggering looked at in the aggregate, the issue is most effectively addressed at the community level, one family at a time. Family Promise uses a comprehensive approach to mobilize communities and help families achieve sustainable independence.

Mark Giangiulio, General Manager of The Grand Summit Hotel, said, "Family homelessness is not just a national problem--it's a local issue in each of our communities. We see the effects of this challenging economy every day, right here in Union County. At The Grand Summit Hotel, we're proud to partner with Family Promise to help make a difference in the lives of homeless families."

Family Promise is comprised of 152 Affiliates across 39 states. Last year, they mobilized 125,000 volunteers to serve more than 45,000 men, women and children in need. And yet, the demand for their services is growing. Nearly every one of their Affiliates is running a waiting list for families who have lost their homes. Funding has never been more critical, both to support existing Affiliates as well as develop new ones. Family Promise anticipates the Round-Up Campaign with The Grand Summit Hotel will serve as a model for future funding initiatives across their Affiliate network

For more information about Family Promise and its programs, visit our website. To schedule an interview with Karen Olson, call (908) 273-1100, ext. 18.

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