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Karen Jennings

Board of Trustees

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Retired Fort Bend ISD ESL instructor and former FBISD Title I Homeless Liaison

What is your favorite part of volunteering for Family Promise?

I can think of nothing that thrills me more than seeing the families achieve self-sufficiency, which is our organizational mission.

Do you have any favorite memories from your time serving Family Promise?

One of my favorite memories was meeting Duane McCullough for the first time in 2005. He is the wonderful man who established a Family Promise network in Fort Bend County. He had such a quiet ease about him and I knew that my search for someone to help our homeless families( when I served as the Fort Bend ISD Homeless Liaison) was over as of that minute. You could see his sense of purpose and compassion. I had no doubt that the program would be a success and that our families would be assured a future of redemption. All his predecessors, Jim Uschkrat, Joe Sullivan, and John Tipton have led with that same intensity. The hope for a brighter day is real!

Do you belong to a congregation or are you an unaffiliated volunteer?

I am a member of Blueridge United Methodist Church in Houston, but I have spent the last 28 years as a resident in Fort Bend County. It is my belief that you serve your community in whatever way possible.

Do you have any kids and/or pets?

I have two wonderful rescue dogs named Snowball, a black lab and cocker spaniel mix, as well as, Sunrise, a lovable mix of possibly beagle and who knows what else.

From looking at you, no one would guess that…..

I love country life! I would relish the opportunity to purchase a farm where I would grow fruits and vegetables to feed the needy.

Favorite place to eat:

There is no better place to eat than at my mother's house. She is probably one of the best cooks I have ever known.

What would you tell people who are considering helping Fort Bend Family Promise?

If I could encourage anyone to help Fort Bend Family Promise, I would ask them to search their hearts, think about the children whose lives could be transformed, cast away preconceived notions of homelessness, and let love be their God and guide!

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