SAVANNAH, GA – DECEMBER 28, 2020 – Family Promise’s three area affiliates – in Savannah, Bryan and Effingham counties – have undergone some significant structural changes. The last details are being finalized, but for all intents and purposes, Family Promise’s three area affiliates have merged, and the new organization is now known as Family Promise of the Coastal Empire.

Before making the decision in 2019 to go ahead with the merger, the three boards discussed the potential benefits for months. They arrived at the conclusion they could better serve homeless and at-risk families throughout the region by joining forces and even making future plans to continue the expansion, eventually moving into Liberty County.

According to Family Promise of the Coastal Empire Executive Director Katrina Bostick, program funding has been targeted for each of the communities being served. For example, each county has its own operating budget, so that adequate funding is available to serve families in each community.

“We understand that our affiliates work hard to ensure families in their communities are cared for, and we respect and appreciate those efforts. It is expected that we, as a new regional affiliate, will be able to offer enhanced services to families in much of the region. This move comes at a time when the Bryan and Effingham county affiliates were both in search of new executive leadership, and this decision evolved through open communication among affiliates and with Family Promise’s National Office,” Bostick said.

The board for Family Promise of the Coastal Empire is comprised of members from the previous three boards – in Savannah, Bryan and Effingham counties – who volunteered to stay on through the merger and help ensure a smooth transition. Members include Bob Scanlon, retired employee of the City of Savannah; Larry Jackson, CFO of Savannah Chatham County Public School System; Jason Crosby, Strategic Healthcare Partners’ VP of Strategic Planning & Population Health; Moses Toole, Pastor of Centerpoint Community Church; Dr. Jackie Brown Pinkney, Homeless Liaison for Effingham County School District; Diana Mydell, HR Director of Comcast; Wendy Sims, Executive Director of Bryan County Family Connection; David London, Retired Army and ROTC Instructor at Groves High School; Sara Fullerton, Senior Church Administrator of The Chapel Effingham; Jeanne Wallace, minister of music at Richmond Hill United Methodist Church; and Kelvin Bryant, Chatham County District Attorney Investigator. In addition, three new staffers have joined the Family Promise team: Lindsay Schilder, MSW; Jeronia Clark, BSW; and Heather Hodges, B.S., who serve as Family Support Specialists.

This change has empowered Family Promise with a larger and stronger network of resources, supporters and partners, according to Bostick. Each county still maintains its own day center and network of churches that supply shelter, food, donations, and various other forms of support. Each day center also maintains a staff, which strives to care for and assist all program participants whenever needed as they advance through the programs.

“Family Promise is committed to making this merger beneficial for all involved, and we will not sacrifice the high quality of our services nor our commitment to the communities that have lifted us to success over the past two decades,” Bostick said. “We hope you’ll join us in helping to make this new chapter in Family Promise’s history a time of renewed hope, strong faith, budding friendships and genuine compassion.”

For more information, please visit, email or call 912-790-9446.

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For media inquiries, please contact Hollie Barnidge at or 912-272-8651, Lesley Francis at or 912-429-3950, or the team at 912-417-LFPR (5377).

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SAVANNAH, GA – NOVEMBER 5, 2020 – Family Promise of the Coastal Empire is inviting families and supporters in the communities it serves to join them for an Outdoor Family Movie Night fundraiser.

While theaters have reopened, many people may not yet feel comfortable patronizing enclosed spaces in close proximity to others due to COVID-19. However, movie lovers can still enjoy a show and some quality time with their families on Sunday, Nov. 15 in Savannah. The movie starts at 7 p.m. at Benedictine Military School (BC), near the batting cages, 6502 Seawright Drive, Savannah. The event is free to attend, but donations are greatly appreciated. Attendees can bring chairs, blankets, and snacks or picnics to enjoy while watching an outdoor screening of the “The Addams Family” on a large inflatable movie screen.

Stage Front Production Services has generously donated their services and equipment for the evening, tending to all the audio-visual needs for the event, which will guarantee a high-quality show for all in attendance. Benedictine Military School kindly offered the use of its property, giving Family Promise all the makings of a wonderful fundraising opportunity. All that’s needed to complete the evening is families eager to relax and enjoy an uplifting night together.

All proceeds from the Outdoor Family Movie Night will go to support Family Promise’s mission of assisting homeless families with children in Chatham, Bryan and Effingham counties. Family Promise Executive Director Katrina Bostick expressed her gratitude for the event partners and encourages community members to come out for an evening of fun with a film that emphasizes family values.

“We chose ‘The Addams Family’ because it reminds of what is truly important – our families, which come in all shapes and sizes and from all backgrounds. This fundraiser is a critical one for Family Promise, as financial hardships brought on by COVID-19 have meant fewer donations and more expenses for us,” Bostick said. “We really hope all the communities we serve will rally around us and come out to enjoy a great movie, snacks and a lot of fun with the ones they love.”

Family Promise works with host congregations to reduce the number of families who are separated when they fall on difficult times and find themselves homeless. However, the organization expands its mission beyond just providing meals and shelter for families. They also offer mentoring, homelessness-prevention programs and services, and initiatives to address the underlying causes of homelessness. Family Promise has a strong track record in keeping families together, while offering support and resources towards long-term independence.

For more information about Family Promise, please visit, email or call 912-790-9446.

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For media inquiries, please contact Hollie Barnidge at or 912-272-8651, Lesley Francis at at 912-429-3950 or the team at 912-417-LFPR (5377).

SAVANNAH, GA – OCTOBER 16, 2020 – Katrina Bostick, executive director of Family Promise of the Coastal Empire, has been named to the National Family Promise Affiliate Council.

Family Promise turns 31 this year. As part of their recent strategic planning, they commissioned an Affiliates Council. Family Promise has always collaborated, sharing ideas and best practices among affiliates and the national office. Leaders at the organization’s national level wanted to optimize that process and use Family Promise’s spirit of innovation and partnership to serve their ultimate goal: To help more than a million children change their futures by 2030.

Since the organization’s founding in 1986, Family Promise has served more than 1 million people, engage 200,000 volunteers a year, and have Affiliates in 43 states and over 200 communities.

“We stand at the brink of a new era for Family Promise, in which we can expand our influence on services and policies, affect many more lives, and bring the issue of family homelessness to the forefront,” Family Promise Chief Operating Officer Sandra Miniutti wrote in a letter to Bostick. “The Affiliate Council plays a critical role in achieving that. It helps us develop the programs, policies, and procedures that enable Affiliates to best empower families and mobilize volunteers, both now and in the years to come.”

Affiliate directors chosen for the council were nominated for participation because of their demonstrated success as Family Promise leaders and because of their passion for the nonprofit’s mission. Nominees’ energy and expertise will bring significant value to the work of the council and ultimately to the future of Family Promise, according to Miniutti.

Those on the council will review and advise on proposals – such as program expansion or policy changes – and share feedback via survey, email and video conference calls. The council meets formally once per month.

While studying for her Bachelor of Social Work from Savannah State in 2014, Bostick began working at Family Promise, then the Interfaith Hospitality Network. This experience changed her understanding of homelessness to something that put children and families on the forefront. She was hired permanently to Family Promise in 2016 and was made director shortly after earning her Master of Social Work from Valdosta State University in 2015. At Family Promise, Bostick puts her passion for homeless children and families to work, giving them resources to build independent lives.

“I am honored to have been tapped to serve on the National Family Promise Affiliate Council. I look forward to a productive and engaging exchange of ideas with other members as we move forward and introduce new ways in which to help the families who come through our programs,” Bostick said. “Now more than ever, our clients are depending on us as we all face uncertain conditions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s reassuring to know that Family Promise is committed to finding new and innovative ways to continue offering the support we’re known for.”

For more information on Family Promise, please visit, email or call 912-790-9446.

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For media inquiries, please contact Hollie Barnidge at or 912-272-8651, Lesley Francis at or 912-429-3950, or the team at 912-417-LFPR (5377).

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