Karen Olson was rushing to a business meeting when she passed a homeless woman on the street. On impulse, Karen bought her a sandwich.The woman, Millie, accepted the sandwich but asked for something more — a chance to be heard. Karen stayed with Millie and listened. What she heard made her understand that homelessness brought profound feelings of diminished self-worth and disconnection from society. Soon after, Karen and her two sons began delivering lunches to homeless people on the streets of New York.
2005: August 1, 2005
Connie Plemmons facilitates the first Family Promise of Baldwin County core team meeting. She invited many leaders in the faith community together to begin the hard work to get this affiliate established.
August 2007: Bill Ward is named first board chair
Bill, along with several other core committee members, worked monthly to secure hosting and support congregations. They raised financial resources and looked at possibilities of a location for a day center.
November 2007: Mike Brokowsky is hired as our Executive Director
Mike came to serve the homeless in Baldwin County with a big heart and a desire to be a mentor for those less fortunate.
December 2007 Our first "Chocolate Affair" fundraiser was held to raise money for our cause.
Candi Lake, was one of the first committee members to bring up the idea to hold a gala with the "Chocolate Affair" theme. (Little did they know that it would become our annual signature fundraiser event)
January 2008: We opened the doors to our day center and served our first family.
Catholic Social Services loaned us the building to serve as our first day center and from there, we served our first family.