Families Moving Forward News
Families Moving Forward is currently addressing homelessness in all of its forms. We are not taking applications for the traditional FMF at this time.
Current needs for families in our FMF program include:
School clothes (boy size XL sweat pants and shirts, girls sizes 3T, 4T, and 5T)
Size 4-5 girls' pullupsT
July 5, 2023
Dear Friends of His House Foundation,
His House Foundation (HHF) has been sharing resources and supporting people in need for 16 years. What started for Martha Brannon as a way to help a neighbor in need has grown over those years into a multi-faceted agency offering help to individuals experiencing a continuum of challenges. While the specific programs and locations of HHF have changed and adapted over the years, Martha’s commitment to helping people find resources and navigate the systems to access support has not waivered.
In fact, Martha is constantly seeking out new avenues to provide better opportunities for people needing help. That is why she is excited to announce that HHF has absorbed another organization called Families Moving Forward for Scott and Carver Counties.
Families Moving Forward (FMF) operates as a partnership with congregations to provide temporary shelter for families in need. Until recently, Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative had been administering the Carver and Scott County FMF programs. However, as of July 1st, administration of the Carver and Scott County FMF has been turned over to His House Foundation.
Martha sees this additional expansion as a natural complement to their current community support. In His House’s downtown Chaska Resource Center anyone is able to collect food, clothing, and personal care items without qualifying standards or invasive questions. In addition, people walk through the doors every day looking for help for their housing challenges. Some are close to eviction; others are already living in their cars. There, Martha and her staff discern which avenue of support is appropriate based on the specifics of each situation. His House is also a state certified Housing Stabilization provider which provides ongoing training and case management for individuals needing extra support on their way towards independent housing.
Martha is considering all options for how Families Moving Forward will now function. Historically it rotated families between churches and then with the onset of Covid, families were moved into hotels. During this time of transition, FMF will be doing a hybrid of hotel stays and congregate living. Regardless of the specifics though, Martha is eager to find new ways partner churches can engage with families in the program besides providing meals for the families. His House is also eager to partner with congregations in efforts to educate communities about homelessness, provide resources to families/individuals facing the possibility of homelessness, and offering provisions for anyone in need.
To learn more about His House Foundation, please visit our website at www.hhfabundance.com and look for news soon about opportunities for churches and community organizations to participate. His House is also planning an Open House to help facilitate all those conversations. Watch for details.
Furthermore, as His House absorbs additional staff and increased needs, we invite you to consider making a financial contribution toward the multi-faceted work being done for the sake of people experiencing or facing possible homelessness. Your contribution allows His House to continue connecting people in need with the resources they desperately seek. To share your tax-deductible donation, please either send a check to His House Foundation, PO Box 615, Excelsior, MN 55331 or visit our website and follow the links to donate at wwwhhfabundance.com.
Thank you for your commitment to helping people experiencing housing challenges!!
Director of Communications
His House Foundation