Family Promise of NewRock will hold an "inaugural gala" from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, April 16. The event is an opportunity for citizens to learn more about Family Promise, an interfaith hospitality network being developed in the community. Family Promise is a nationally-recognized program that began in 1986 to assist homeless families by providing immediate transitional shelter while addressing the underlying causes of homelessness. Family Promise networks have been established in 39 states. Nationwide, more than 125,000 volunteers and 5,000 church congregations of various faiths are involved in the effort. Family Promise founder Karen Olson will visit Rockdale County to be the keynote speaker at the Family Promise of NewRock gala, which will be held at Epiphany Lutheran Church, 2375 Highway 20 SE in Conyers. All are invited. Dress is casual and refreshments will be served. To RSVP, call (770) 483-6222.