One year ago PMC started on the journey with the Village Support Network. A program from New City Initiative that partners faith communities with families who are moving from shelter to housing. Our Advent Donation Drive last year was collecting household items for their new apartment. At point we did not know who the family would be. We were matched with Pugh family of Arlen, Kelley, Lily, Jacob, Joseph and Jonathan in February.
The Pugh family are doing great. Arlen has been employed by The Old Spaghetti Factory for about 6 months. Liberty Rose was born on September 9. Liberty is a laid back girl and great sleeper which gives Kelley time to do work around the house while the older children are in school. The kids are in new schools, but adjusting and making friends. They are outgoing and a fun family to be around. Their future is bright!
While the program is technically over, you may see the Pugh family from time to time. For example, Arlen told me that they plan to attend the Christmas Eve Service. This is the beauty of the program, it’s sustainable and healthy relationships between people who we would have otherwise not met.
~ Rachel Ringenberg Miller
In the fall of 2014 we will once again begin the process of walking with another family. If interested contact Rachel.
The Pugh family of Arlen, Kelly, Lily, Jacob, Jonathan and Joseph have had a rough year. On June 8 of last year the family became homeless. Arlen and Kelly struggled to keep themselves and the family together. The kids ended up going into foster care. Now, not quite a year later, things are looking up for the family. Arlen and Kelly along with Lily and Jacob moved into their new apartment in February. Arlen is in a program called New City Kitchen where he will learn the skills needed to work in a commercial kitchen. Lily and Jacob are enjoying school. Lily was very excited about the “Twilight New Moon” poster given to her by our team. Jacob is a collector! He collects anything from comic books to Matchbox cars. Kelly is five months pregnant with their fifth child and is doing well. The family enjoys hiking, fishing and being outdoors. They participated in the PMC Hiking Club in April and plan to come along for the next one on June 15.
This was a wonderful week for the family. On Thursday Jonathan and Joseph returned to the family. After 11 months apart, they are once again a complete family unit! They greatly appreciate the gifts from PMC. The Village Support Team is in the planning stages of organizing a fishing trip this summer, so be on the look-out for details. It would be wonderful if some of you could join us!
~Rachel Ringenberg Miller
PMC has committed to working with the Pugh family for six months as they transition from shelter to housing. Our support team is Debra Unruh, Kelsey Knight-King, Vicki Meyer, Susan Voss-Rothmeier, Barry Frisby and Rachel Ringenberg Miller. The Village Support Team is supported by the Community Outreach Core Ministry Team.