A Little Family Promise – Billie Marsala

Within in a year of arriving in Birmingham and at Temple Emanu-El, Rabbi Miller put his arm around me after service one morning and told another member, “She’d be perfect for the job!” That was how I began the journey of becoming the coordinator for Family Promise of Birmingham at Temple Emanu-El two years ago.

Through Family Promise, I found a meaningful way to engage in Tikkun Olam. Three to four times a year, dinner is provided by our generous temple members and a few Sunday School rooms are turned into bedrooms for families in need. The experience of coordinating such a worthwhile endeavor has been amazing! I have met so many philanthropic people within the Jewish Community and feel engaged in the greater Birmingham area.

As it is with many acts of Tikkun Olam, I have received more than I have given.

Family Promise of Birmingham is a program that helps about 20 families a year. While our role at Temple Emanu-El is to feed, house, and offer community to families a few times a year, the mission of Family Promise is more comprehensive – their mission is to help homeless and low-income families achieve sustainable independence. Wow. That’s a big goal. And because of the support from people like you, Family Promise of Birmingham has a 90% success rate!

Thank you to all who have given monetarily to Family Promise of Birmingham. Thank you to those who have volunteered to move beds, open the Temple, provide dinner, or stay the night during the weeks we host family at Temple Emanu-El. With your continued support, we will carry on the fight against poverty within our community.

If you would like more information about volunteering or the program itself, contact me at billiemarsala@gmail.com or 417.861.1410.

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