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November 25, 2013

Ending homelessness, one family at a time

North Shore branch of Family Promise up and running

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“At the root of this, the reasons vary, but there is just a real fundamental lack of affordable housing in general, but acutely here on the North Shore,” Sinagra said. “We live in a beautiful place, but an expensive place.

“It can often times be one unfortunate incident away from starting this domino effect that leads to homelessness.”

Family Promise North Shore has three paid staffers: Sinagra, a full-time social worker and a bus driver.

The program does not receive any government funding and operates through private grants and donations.

Sinagra, who was hired one year ago, said the program’s volunteers and board of directors have been great to work with.

“They all go the extra mile to make sure the families in our program know they’re still members of a community and are cared for,” she said.

Sinagra said the program’s motto is “building communities, strengthening lives.”

“Six months in, I believe we’re doing both of those things,” she said.

Family Promise is based in New Jersey but has affiliates in 41 states. The North Shore affiliate is one of four in Massachusetts.

Bethany Bray can be reached at bbray@salemnews.com and on Twitter @SalemNewsBB.

For more information, or to get involved, see www.familypromisensb.org, call 978-922-0787 or email info@FamilyPromiseNSB.org Host congregations: Christ Church, Hamilton Christ the Redeemer Anglican Church, Danvers First Church Wenham First Congregational Church, Essex First Congregational Church of Rockport First Parish Unitarian Universalist, Beverly First Presbyterian Church North Shore, Ipswich Immanuel Church, Beverly Second Congregational Church of Beverly Support congregations: Annisquam Village Church, Gloucester Ascension Memorial Church, Ipswich Church in the Cove, Beverly First Baptist Church, Beverly First Baptist Church of Rockport First Church, Ipswich First Church of Rowley First Church in Salem, Unitarian First Church of the Nazarene, Lynn First Congregational Church of Georgetown First Congregational Church, Hamilton First Universalist Church, Essex First Universalist Society, Salem Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church Holy Trinity United Methodist Church, Danvers Immanuel Baptist, Ipswich North Shore Community Baptist Church, Beverly Our Lady of Hope Catholic Church, Ipswich Rockport United Methodist Church St. Paul Lutheran Church, Gloucester St. Stephen's United Methodist Church, Marblehead Tabernacle Congregational Church UCC, Salem Temple B'nai Abraham, Beverly Temple Ner Tamid, Peabody Temple Shalom, Salem Unitarian Universalist Society of Rockport West Gloucester Trinitarian Congregational Church

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