As the new Executive Director of Family Promise of Gwinnett, Matt Elder first wants to meet the community leaders and volunteers who have supported Family Promise since it began in Gwinnett County in 2003. His next three objectives are to help end homeless one family at a time by:
- Growing the financial base of support through grant and foundation funding
- Increasing the community’s awareness of the role of Family Promise
- Developing evolutionary solutions to address homelessness in Gwinnett County
“More than 1,000 people who live in Gwinnett County can be classified as either homeless or precariously close to being homeless, with thousands more living paycheck to paycheck and praying that new expenses don’t suddenly appear,” Elder noted.
Elder became Executive Director on March 1. He attended Gwinnett County public schools then earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville. He and his wife Amanda live in Lawrenceville. Elder succeeds Chuck Ferraro who served as Executive Director from July 2013 to February 2017.
For the last four years, Elder has worked with Gwinnett County’s community development, affordable housing, and homeless programs. He said the move to Family Promise will allow him to immerse himself more fully in the mission to end homelessness.
Elder said he hopes to meet many of the Family Promise community supporters at the annual Bed Race on Saturday, April 22. Events will begin at 10:30 a.m. with a parade of beds that have been turned into racing vehicles. At 11 a.m., teams will race their bed around the square in downtown Lawrenceville to compete for trophies in youth, adult, and clergy categories.