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LFPR - July 21, 2020 - 0 comments

SAVANNAH, GA – JULY 21, 2020 – With COVID-19 cases surging in the Coastal Empire, area school districts are increasingly offering families the option of online learning through a variety of platforms and formats. Reducing the number of children in close contact with each other inside classrooms is a needed safety precaution; however, due to limited resources as well as financial and time constraints, many families will struggle to ensure their children are learning.

Family Promise of the Coastal Empire understands this problem and is offering a solution to families who are in a tough position, facing the demands of work, school and striving every day to keep their children safe and healthy.

For parents who work long hours but cannot leave their children home alone, Family Promise is creating a Virtual Learning Academy. It is open to families currently enrolled in Family Promise’s program as well as families who have finished the program and transitioned to permanent housing. Space will be limited to 7-10 students maximum, depending on staff capabilities. Family Promise is looking for volunteers who can assist by monitoring the students during the day as they complete their work.

“So many families don’t have the time or electronic devices needed to ensure their children learn properly through virtual platforms, yet there’s no doubt they’re committed to helping their kids excel academically. Because of that disconnect, we knew we needed to step up and provide a solution,” Family Promise Executive Director Katrina Bostick said. “This is all still pretty new to the school districts as well, so they may not have the computers or tablets needed to satisfactorily serve thousands of students. By creating a Virtual Learning Academy, which will provide oversight and computers, Family Promise is addressing a plethora of needs at once.”

In addition to volunteer monitors, Family Promise seeks funding for the new initiative. They’re currently exploring fundraising options and appealing to community members to provide support. Bostick estimates a one-time donation of $250 will cover the cost of one student’s attendance at Family Promise’s Virtual Learning Academy.

Anyone interested in volunteering as a program monitor or donating to help fund the Virtual Learning Academy can email or call 912-790-9446.

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

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