by Jim Boyle
Great River Family Promise (GRFP), a nonprofit and non-denominational organization for families with children in transition, has hired Jessica Hartfiel of Elk River to be its executive director.
GRFP plans to provide emergency shelter for families in Sherburne and Wright counties.
Hartfiel’s start date was this past Monday. The opening date of the organization’s day center is set for Feb. 3.
Hartfiel is GRFP’s first executive director. She is from Elk River and has been working with families in crisis for the past 12-plus years.
She comes to the position with a wealth of experience, compassion and energy, according to a press release from GRFP.
GRFP now has a sufficient number of host churches to begin this program. The doors will be officially opened in February, where the organization will begin helping the first families.
There are many opportunities to help the growth of this organization. Volunteers are needed and will begin training in early January. Members of the community can support GRFP through CLUB 180 by giving $180 a year.
GRFP is one of 171 networks across the United States. There are over 5,000 congregations and 120,000 volunteers making up these networks. Family Promise programs are funded by donations, grants and fundraising opportunities.
“Family Promise was a lifesaver for me and my family,” a 35-year-old single mother told GRFP. “It gave me the support I needed to get through this stressful time in my life.”