This article was originally published for Appen Media Group.
August 9, 2017
FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — Newly appointed Family Promise of Forsyth County Executive Director Tina Huck has strived to help homeless families ever since moving to Cumming last year.
Family Promise of Forsyth County is a nonprofit organization that provides services and support to families undergoing homelessness and poverty in the county. The organization offers food and housing services — among other programs — to its clients.
Huck originally became involved with Family Promise after she moved to Georgia from St. Louis, Ill. Through St. Brendan’s Church, she took on a volunteering role in the organization and became interim director early in the summer. She was officially appointed executive director in mid-July. Her love for serving others made her want to begin working with Family Promise in the first place.
“The whole program of Family Promise made me want to work here, because serving people who are in a homeless situation and regain or gain sustainable independence is a true passion for me,” Huck said. “I love being able to offer that kind of hope to a family in need.”
In her role, Huck works on overall coordination for the program, doing anything from assisting the intake of families to fundraising and marketing.
There is no such thing as a typical day at Family Promise for Huck. She bases her work off what the families she serves need. She also spends time talking with volunteers and working with various committees to make sure everything runs smoothly.
Huck said some of her favorite moments occur when she sees families empowered by something happening in their lives. She recently worked with a mother who realized she could graduate from Family Promise soon, and the mother said she hadn’t smiled that way in a long time.
“It felt like such a special moment to share with her,” Huck said.
She also said seeing volunteers go out of their way to help families resonates with her. She loves when volunteers hear about one of their families’ needs and immediately find solutions without being asked.
“It’s heartwarming and so reassuring that our mission can actually happen because of the support of so many people,” Huck said.
One of her goals is to keep fostering sustainable independence for families, especially for the children in the Family Promise program.
“I really hope that we are able to continue to grow Family Promise,” Huck said.