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Rummage Sale, New Grant, and More - September Update from Family Promise

Come shop with us Friday and Saturday to help Aiken County families break the cycle of housing insecurity!
We are counting down to our first large fundraiser that kicks off in less than 24 hours! We have had an outpouring of support from individuals donating items large and small to include in our sale. Our Rummage Sale Committee and a team of volunteers have been working all week to organize and price every item for sale.

Cash, checks, and major credit cards will be accepted for purchases. We will also have food trucks, including SuzieQ's coffee, Nothing Bundt Cakes, and Outlaw Dogs hot dogs.
Sale proceeds will allow us to offer holistic services that help break the cycle of housing insecurity for families with children in Aiken County.

We hope to see you there!

We are excited to announce that Help Us Move In, Inc. has awarded us a Homeless No More Challenge Grant for the next 2 years (total of $20,000)!

This grant will allow us to provide additional direct financial assistance to families in our Prevention and Shelter Diversion programs. This financial assistance, coupled with our case management and focus on long-term stabilization, will:
  1. Help families avoid eviction to stop homelessness before it happens; and

  2. Help homeless families move into stable housing.

To access the first year's funding under this grant, we must first raise $10,000. If you are interested in learning more or donating, please contact our Board Chair, Kendall Buchanan, at 803-716-8643 or You can also mail donations to PO Box 622 Aiken, SC 29802 or donate online at
Our next Keys to Good Tenancy course kicks off on Monday, October 2nd. This course, which anchors our educational programming that is focused on preventing homelessness and housing insecurity, was created in partnership with the National Association of Realtors. Participants learn the tools to budget for, find, maintain, and keep an apartment or home.
If you know of someone that would benefit from this free course, please connect them with Laura Johnson ( or 803-443-5625) to register or get more information.

We rely on our volunteers to offer the free meal and child care for class participants. If you are interested in volunteering to help prepare and serve a meal or play with the children during the course, please contact John Lohman ( or 919-368-4647).
Special thanks to the City of Aiken and the Aiken Association of Realtors for their support of this training.

Want to learn more about how Family Promise helps families facing housing insecurity in Aiken? Watch our Board chair speak at First Presbyterian Church below.

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