181 Bluffton Rd Ste D101
Bluffton SC 29910-0039
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Family Promise of Beaufort County Inc
Address 181 Bluffton Rd Ste D101
Bluffton, SC 299100039
Telephone (843) 815-4211
Fax (843) 815-4212
Projected Annual Revenue $350,800.00 (2018)
Web and Social Media
Thank you from the children
Mission Statement Family Promise provides temporary shelter, family stability and permanent housing solutions for homeless families with children by mobilizing resources from interfaith and secular communities.
CEO/Executive Director Lynda Halpern
Board Chair Andi Purple
Board Chair Company Affiliation Retired
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2006
Financial Summary
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Mission Family Promise provides temporary shelter, family stability and permanent housing solutions for homeless families with children by mobilizing resources from interfaith and secular communities.

Family Promise began in 1986 when National Executive Director, Karen Olson, realized there was something in her that wouldn’t let her pass by a homeless woman on her way to work. Karen, a mother and business woman in New Jersey, passed by this woman every day on her journey to and from work and yet on this day, she decided she must stop to buy the woman a sandwich. Karen and her two sons began bringing sandwiches each week to the homeless in town. It was this ministry that opened Karen’s eyes to a new world of poverty. She discovered a new population she had never known – homeless families. She realized there were whole families who were being left out in the cold because there was no shelter for them. If the family went to a shelter, the men and women would be separated at the age of nine. A 9 year old boy would be separated from his single mother for the gender-specific sleeping arrangements at the shelters. Even if there was a two-parent family, they would still be separated from one another.

Karen began to realize that there were many people in need, but more importantly – there were more people in the community who wanted to help. Thus began Family Promise in a single church in New Jersey. In 2 years time, Interfaith Hospitality Network (now Family Promise) grew to a national organization. Family Promise of Beaufort County is the 131st of more than 202 Family Promise Affiliates in 42 states.


Family Promise of Beaufort County is the result of an assessment facilitated by the Beaufort County Human Services Alliance and the Basic Needs Task Force in a Together for Beaufort effort. After evaluating several models for homeless shelters across the nation, they determined the Family Promise model would be best for Beaufort County. Before Family Promise, Beaufort County service providers had to bus their homeless families to shelters in Charleston, Savannah, and Walterboro. Often this is counter-productive for people who may have a job, family, resources, school, etc. in Beaufort County. Children and adults in these families are often split up by gender to accommodate the shelter regulations.  This segregation of the family then becomes yet another obstacle which they must overcome on the road to independence and a home.

After two years of Board preparation, Family Promise of Beaufort County opened their doors July 13, 2008.




Accomplishments in 2017:

1. 92% of the families graduating our program are still in permanent housing 12 months later.
2. We have added 1 new host congregation on HHI and 1 in Bluffton.
3. Launched "GET ON TRACK" program to help prevent homelessness.  
4. Purchased a new bus that was fully funded by the Wexford Foundation and many other generous donors.  
5. Launched our new website - funded by a grant from the CFLC
6. Had program brochures translated in Spanish and distributed throughout the community
7. The addition of one more graduate of our program has joined the Board of Directors, bringing our total to two. 
 Goals for 2018:
1. Continue to locate additional housing opportunities for our families throughout Beaufort County
2. To increase the number of host and support congregation sites which are used to shelter and provide meals for our clients by four.
3. To achieve our goal of assisting 16 families in our Shelter Program.
4. To achieve our goal of assisting 12 families in or Staying on Track (aftercare) Program 
5. Hire a licensed counselor to work with our families
6. Develop comprehensive plan for a Learning Center utilizing the unfinished space in our building.  This will be utilized by the children in our
    Shelter and Staying on Track Programs and overseen by a "qualified" staff member.  
7. Continue to expand our exposure north of the Broad River 



Needs for 2018:

1. Affordable, sustainable housing options in Bluffton and Hilton Head for clients who are exiting our shelter program.
2. Reliable transportation for our clients.
3. Volunteers who are willing to sleep overnight at the sheltering congregations.
4. Volunteers to work at the front desk of our Day Center performing clerical tasks, greeting guests, answering the phone, and interacting with our 
    families.  Morning or afternoon shifts are available Monday through Friday. 
5. 2 more congregations to serve as overnight hosts for our families and at least 2 more support congregations
6. Ongoing need for paper products, cleaning and laundry supplies
CEO/Executive Director Statement

As Executive Director of Family Promise of Beaufort County, I witness on a daily basis how our dedicated and caring staff interact with and care for those who reach out to us for assistance. These situationally homeless families with children are given a path to a brighter future. Not only are they assured of a safe and warm place to sleep and three meals a day, we provide programs and services to address the underlying causes of their homelessness.

These families lack the familial support that many of us take for granted. Thankfully, Family Promise is blessed with over 700 volunteers from 36 congregations who provide invaluable support on a daily basis and our generous donors who provide financial support throughout the year. We could not carry out our mission of helping to bring stability back into the lives of those less fortunate without these community partners.

It is a source of pride for all of us at Family Promise to witness our guests grow not only in their self-confidence, but their strength and determination to succeed in providing their children with a safe and secure home life. Their success is our success and nothing is more rewarding than knowing we have made a positive difference in another’s life. I couldn’t be prouder of our team and their devotion to every family who enters our sheltering program. It is a privilege to serve this organization.

Lynda Halpern 

Executive Director 


Board Chair Statement

On January 24, 2017, I assumed the role Chairman of the Board for Family Promise of Beaufort County.   When I joined the Board in 2014, I knew what the vision was, “Every Child Will Have A Home,” but not how prevalent homelessness among children in Beaufort County actually was. 


The 550 children estimated to be homeless are part of families who love their children and want what is best for them, including a safe place to live. Unfortunately, the lack of affordable housing, the struggle to find employment, and the challenge of reliable transportation are barriers to fulfilling that dream.


Family Promise shelters these families, while equipping them with the skills and resources needed for lasting independence. Our program is non-denominational; however, we partner with congregations in the community to provide temporary shelter, meals, and companionship. Our staff provides comprehensive case management and assistance in securing employment, childcare, school placement, and ultimately, affordable housing. Household management, parenting, budgeting, and other skills are taught to assist the families in breaking the cycle of homelessness. 


The program works!   We are proud to report that 92% of families graduating our program are still in permanent housing after one year, and we operate at 1/3 the cost of traditional shelters.


Family Promise believes that one homeless child is too many, and we’re working to ensure that every child’s dream of having a home becomes a reality.


In the words of Margaret Mead, “Never doubt that a small group of committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”


Andi Purple

Chairman of the Board


Areas of Service
Beaufort County
Jasper County
Hampton County
Colleton County
Beaufort and the surrounding counties.
Board Chair
Board Chair Andi Purple
Company Affiliation Retired
Term Jan 2017 to Jan 2018
Board of Directors
J. Edward Allen Beaufort County Coroner
Robert "Jet" Angel Community Volunteer
Gene Arrington Pretty Papers
John Babcock Retired
Jerry Brenner retired
Ashley Adams Brown Mikkelson Law Firm
Rev. Chris Herrin Lowcountry Presbyterian Church
Otiva Jones Woodforest National Bank
Nancy Kuykendall Community Volunteer
Mark Melvin BFG Communications
Marsha Murphy Retired
Andi Purple Retired
Shontell Roberts Sams Club
Danielle Velez Marriott Vacation Club
Leith Webb Beaufort Construction
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 3
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 12
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 Former guest
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 7
Female 8
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 78%
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 83%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 8
Standing Committees
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Strategic Planning / Strategic Direction
Community Outreach / Community Relations
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.
Executive Director
Executive Director/CEO Lynda Halpern

Arts Center of Coastal Carolina - Patron Relations Manager

Oldfield Club/East West Partners Club Management - Membership Director/Community Relations Director 
The Golf Club at Indigo Run - Membership Director
Talbot's - District Manager; Training/Store Manager
Delaware Trust Bank - Training and Development Administrator/ Benefits Administrator; Recruiter 
Former Executive Director/CEOs
Elliott Brown Feb 2011 - June 2014
Judith Hinman Sept 2014 - Apr 2016
Full Time Staff 3
Part Time Staff 3
Volunteers 700
Contractors 3
Retention Rate 100%
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Date Strategic Plan Adopted July 2016
Years Strategic Plan Considers 3
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Diversity Policy Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
External Assessments and Accreditations
Charity Navigator2016
Angel AwardSC Dept. of Public Charities2010
Description Family Promise provides services which help homeless families obtain permanent housing and achieve lasting independence. We provide families with a comprehensive range of essential services necessary to secure and maintain permanent housing: emergency shelter, meals, daily necessities, case management, coordination of and assistance in obtaining needed and available community services, life skills training, limited transportation, housing search assistance, furniture/ household goods for new home and moving services. A majority of our families are single moms with multiple children. Families sleep in congregations of faith at night and spend their days at the Day Center unless they are working or in school.
Short Term Success  85% of our families will successfully graduate the sheltering component of our program and move into sustainable housing.
Long Term Success Family Promise measures success by not only how many families graduate our program and move into sustainable housing but also remain there for at least 12 months. Currently 68% of our guest families successfully graduate and move into sustainable housing. with 92% of those families remaining in their housing at least 12 months later. We strive to achieve or exceed the National Family Promise rate of 80%. This measurement is based on studies that report families who are able to stay in housing for at least 12 months after being homeless are likely to never be homeless again.
Strategy Yes
Program Success Monitored BY Case Manager logs and database
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year 2018
Projected Revenue $350,800.00
Projected Expenses $383,692.00
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201720162015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$54,420$56,801$42,780
Individual Contributions----$113,410
Investment Income, Net of Losses$66$33$33
Membership Dues------
Special Events$49,867$76,790$109,488
Revenue In-Kind------
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$260,893$274,299$267,730
Administration Expense$68,299$63,153$38,772
Fundraising Expense----$17,100
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.321.081.34
Program Expense/Total Expenses79%81%88%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%4%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$623,224$489,862$508,445
Current Assets$203,697$106,447$115,421
Long-Term Liabilities--$8,917$53,881
Current Liabilities$12,482$5,817$0
Total Net Assets$610,742$480,945$454,564
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities16.3218.30--
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%2%11%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201720162015
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
State Charitable Solicitations Permit
Registration Yes May 2018
Address 181 Bluffton Rd Ste D101
Bluffton, SC 299100039
Primary Phone (843) 815-4211
CEO/Executive Director Lynda Halpern
Board Chair Andi Purple
Board Chair Company Affiliation Retired
Year of Incorporation 2006