• Family Promise

Melissa Elizondo was one of the founding members of Family Promise of Greater New Braunfels. She first got involved back in 2012 when the organization was in its infancy planning stages and attended the second FPGNB meeting ever. Her first role was serving on the building committee. Later, she returned to serve on the board from 2015-2019. Now Melissa oversees the marketing efforts of the organization. She discovered FPGNB when she and her best friend returned from their second mission trip to Haiti. They were inspired to open their own nonprofit to help homeless kids. Melissa’s business coach at the time suggested that they take a year to read and study before making any moves. So they did. They learned a lot about how some organizations hurt people more than they help them. One day, Melissa was talking to a friend about this dream and they told her about a planning committee that was meeting at a church later that week. It was an organization that helped homeless children. So, she attended the meeting to see what it was all about. She figured that instead of reinventing the wheel she would join in on the collective effort of something bigger than herself. Melissa really appreciates that Family Promise works to keep the family unit together and helps to bring stability to families that are otherwise on rocky ground. “I was not in the foster system. However, I was not raised by my own family. So I have this passion for children who are essentially homeless or displaced.” She has a dream that one-day FPGNB will be able to build a tiny house community or a small apartment complex for transitioning families that are graduating from the program and need a spot to land before stable housing becomes available to them. That way FPGNB can serve more families. When Melissa is not focused on Family Promise of Greater New Braunfels, she stays very busy! She runs a marketing agency, invests in apartment complexes, and just launched her first podcast with her good friend, Todd Reavis. It’s called the Good Gossip Podcast and it’s all about spreading good, uplifting, inspiring, true stories about people.

Thank you, Melissa Elizondo, for your integral role in the founding and continued success of FPGNB.

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  • Family Promise

As a nonprofit organization, we depend heavily on funds we raise from local businesses and patrons. You have probably heard us announce a fundraiser or you might have seen a call for donations. Maybe you have even donated money or goods to Family Promise of Greater New Braunfels. (if you have, thank you!)

You may have wondered what happens to the money after we receive it?

Let’s take a look at where the money goes once it is donated to FPGNB.

It is important to note that we have not one but THREE major programs under our umbrella. Each one has its own focus and each of them provide individualized case management to families.

Those three are the Prevention Program (also known as the Stable Housing Initiative Program or SHIP), the Shelter Program, and the Graduate Program (New Lease on Life).

When a family seeks our help or is referred to us for help, we evaluate their needs and situation to determine which of the programs they are best suited for. We then set goals and take active steps to achieve those goals.

For example, in the Shelter program, to focus is on getting families back into their own homes. For SHIP families, we work on keeping them in their homes and regaining stability. With our graduates, they have a foundation in financial basics, and we work with them on planning for future needs and expenses.

So each group gets the focused case management they need.

One of the defining features of Family Promise is that our ultimate goal with each family is to help them either achieve or regain full independence. This sets us apart from other organizations who may work to feed, clothe, and house those in need but do not have programs in place to help them toward sustained independence.

Within our larger programs, we have additional programs that require support. One of those is our “Drive it Home” program which matches donated vehicles in good condition with graduate families in need of a vehicle. This program also occasionally helps to pay for basic repairs to keep families safe and on the road.

Depending on the family, the situation, and the goals we assist with the costs of many other things such as:

  • Counseling

  • Child care – day care and summer / school breaks

  • Diapers

  • Continuing education / job training

  • Utility assistance

  • Rent assistance

Not every family needs assistance with all of the things on that list and occasionally there will be a need not listed that we will help cover. For the most part, though, these are the most common needs that require funding or donations.

When a family graduates from our program, we determine their needs and then use donated funds to help them get the things they need so that they may succeed in their independence.

We are able to keep our expenses down by partnering with other nonprofits and agencies to maximize the impact at lower costs. Our volunteers and supporters are very generous and help with diaper drives and other needs that our families have.

We are so fortunate to have such a strong and willing base of support.

When you give your support to Family Promise of Greater New Braunfels, you are not only helping individual families, you are also helping the larger community.

For more information on getting involved with FPGNB, call 830-214-0024.

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  • Family Promise

Pivoting fundraising efforts in response to pandemic restriction

To say these past 12 months have been unusual for us all is a bit of an understatement. We are in new territory with this pandemic. Most of us have been challenged personally and professionally in many unexpected ways over the past year.

One area that has really changed for us at FPGNB is fundraising.

Prior to the shutdown that occurred in the spring of 2020, Family Promise of Greater New Braunfels along with many other local non-profit organizations held fun, in-person, and successful events to help stabilize our fund development.

The event that we depended most on was the Annual Bed Race. The Bed Race featured teams who designed, constructed, and raced wheeled beds to raise money for Family Promise. It was always a good time. It also supplied a good portion of our funds for the year.

Like many events, the Bed Race is canceled for the second year in a row.

Like many organizations, we are having to pivot.

We have a few ideas for online fundraising events. One is coming up in March and that is our Online Barbie Auction. We have supporters - a mother/daughter team - who refurbish Barbies and other Barbie-like dolls. They also hand stitch the most beautiful, intricate clothes for the dolls. They have donated 10 of these dolls that we will be auctioning off as a virtual fundraiser.

The point is - if we may be blunt for a moment - that although we are not holding fun, in-person events, we do still need your support. Now more than ever.

As the economic impacts of the past year continue to be realized in our community, we are seeing more and more families who need our help. This means we need your help to keep our program operational.

Family Promise of Greater New Braunfels provides more than shelter, food, and comprehensive case management support to families with children who are experiencing homelessness in our community.

Families also have access to many other valuable resources including:

  • Parenting & Life Skills Classes

  • Financial Literacy Courses

  • Employment Skills Training

  • Child Care Assistance

  • Housing Referrals

  • Counseling Services

  • Transportation Support

We are always grateful for your support and look forward to the day when we can once again resume in-person fundraising events. In the meantime, we invite you to participate in our upcoming (and also fun) online events. For more information, call 830-214-0024 or email

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