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Keeping Promises
Chris-Coleman-Caitlan - photo by Lisa Hetzel

On a warm summer Saturday evening, about 100 people clustered in families and young adult groups at the Olde Town Pavilion were treated to the pop rock sounds of the Chris Coleman Band while learning more about the mission of Family Promise of NewRock to help homeless families.

Chris Coleman and Kurtis Johnson, who make up the Chris Coleman Band, explained they volunteer at The City of Refuge, a ministry that provides job training for the homeless in downtown Atlanta, but wanted to do something here in Conyers.

Tim Carey, president of Family Promise of NewRock, explained that Family Promise of New Rock is helping the homeless children and their families in Rockdale and Newton counties. The 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, an affiliate of the national program, Interfaith Hospitality Network, is committed to helping low-income families achieve lasting independence. Currently, the group includes 10 congregations but needs 13 to become viable. The churches already signed up are: Epiphany Lutheran, St. Pius X Catholic, Smyrna Presbyterian, Life Church, Conyers First United Methodist, Rockdale Baptist, Rockdale Alliance, Allen Memorial United Methodist, Milstead Baptist Church and Conyers First Baptist Church. The congregations would host about three of four families for one week at a time, several times a year.

At the end of the concert, Family Promise board member Kathy Pusch held a small baby doll. “We’re here to help the children,” she said. “We invite you to join us. There is absolutely a space for every single man, woman, young adult and even some children, to help.”

Carey added, “Our mission is ‘Finding children a home one family at a time through the Grace of God and the love of many!”

The next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, June 8, at 7 p.m. at the Light House Village, Phoenix Pass Chapel on Sigman Road. More information can be found at