The Philoptochos of Holy Apostles, ‘Friends of those in Need’ met for their monthly meeting Tuesday evening with roughly twenty members in attendance. Philoptochos President Alexis Garrett organized the evening and invited Ms. Lori Kempter, Director of Family Promise to offer a presentation. Family Promise of Cheyenne is a local organization which teams up with local parishes and charitable groups to offer services and housing to those in need.
Holy Apostles Orthodox Christian Church of Cheyenne, through the leadership and initiative of the Philoptochos, and under the pastoral guidance of Father Christopher Xanthos, is a Supporting Faith Community. Supporting Faith Communities provide meals, fellowship and required items while the families in the program are residing at the Host Faith Community.
Ms. Kempter offered several moving testimonies of families who went through the Family Promise program and benefited a great deal. Families, including children, once residing in their cars or homeless without any shelter benefited from the transitional housing, day program training, referral system, education and emergency assistance. Offering some statistics, Ms. Kempter said, “Over 70% of families successfully complete the program and move into permanent housing and we are grateful to communities like Holy Apostles who contribute so much.”
Philoptochos President Alexis Garrett thanked Ms. Kempter for offering the presentation and assured her that Holy Apostles and the Philoptochos look forward to many years of a continued partnership working with Family Promise of Cheyenne.
“Let the cross lie on human shoulders, along the path of human God-likeness. The human heart should also be pierced by the two edged swords, the soul-cutting weapons of other people's crosses. Our neighbor's cross should be a sword that pierces our soul. Our soul shoul co-participate in its neighbor's destiny, co-feel and co-sufer.”
– Saint Maria of Paris