Charity Bowl: event raises money for Family Promise to fight homelessness

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) -- Organizers of the annual Charity Bowl, which took place Tuesday evening at Splitz in Gainesville, hope to bring in around $8,000 to give to Family Promise of Gainesville to fight homelessness.

The event, which is organized by the North Central Florida Apartment Association, raised $7,100 for Family Promise last year. The non-profit Family Promise works to house homeless families across five counties in North Central Florida, including Alachua County.

Jayne Moraski has been the Executive Director of Family Promise for four years.

"When I started my job four years ago, I'd say I work for Family Promise, and they'd say 'family what?'," Moraski said.

The organization has grown more than 300 percent in the last three years.

"We serve more families than we've ever served before, and we're really excited that the community is embracing our support of families in need," Moraski said.

The money raised at the Charity Bowl will go toward housing deposits, utilities and rent for families in need.

"That's eight families we can help provide a deposit for an apartment, utilities, get their first month or two paid for and help them get a stable footing and have safe, reliable housing," said Robert Carroll, the Executive Director of NCFAA.

Moraski said the next area of growth for Family Promise involves purchasing more affordable housing for families in the area.

"Now I think people are starting to recognize we're one of the shelters in town that provides services for families, and we're really thankful that the word is getting out there and that there's more support," Moraski said. "It's really, really awesome to be part of it."