Family Promise of Gainesville aims to help local kids

Childhood homelessness is on the rise in Florida, and Family Promise of Gainesville is working to help by providing housing, meals and transportation to families in Alachua County.

Family Promise has been serving local families in need for 20 years, helping them find jobs and gain the life skills necessary for them to stand on their own, all while keeping the families together during their transition.

Executive Director Jayne Moraski says the number of kids enrolled in Florida schools who are experiencing homelessness has doubled in the last 10 years, and Family Promise is working to fight that statistic in Alachua County.

"We know that kids that are experiencing homelessness are twice as likely to be held back a grade, they actually suffer more acute and chronic illnesses, so we're working to help those families and to stop the cycle of poverty," said Moraski.

You can come out and show your support for Family Promise Saturday morning at the 4th annual bed race fundraiser.

Twelve teams will compete in the race on rolling beds at Trinity United Methodist Church starting at 9:30.