It’s with a sad heart I let you know of the passing of our former board chair and graduate of the program, Sarah Jackson. We lost an amazing member of our Family Promise family. Sarah Jackson died in a drowning accident while saving her daughter’s life on Sept. 7, 2020. We are all in disbelief that this amazing woman is no longer with us.
Sarah had been a part of Family Promise for over 9 years. She had an inspiring testimony of the Lord’s bringing her out of homelessness and was always eager to share. She spoke of how, at the beginning of her time in the program, she would ask the Lord why He wasn’t taking care of her, and then He revealed to her that she was in His House being cared for by His People. Her love for Family Promise grew deep roots, and she championed our mission. You all loved Sarah and her girls through some of the hardest times in her life.
After learning of Sarah’s passing, Claas Ehlers, CEO of Family Promise sent the message below to all affiliate leaders and board members. We wanted to share the email with our Gwinnett family.
She leaves behind 4 daughters, and our prayers are with her family. Please consider supporting this family during this tragic time by donating here.
Family Promise of Gwinnett
Letter from Claas Ehlers, CEO of Family Promise
I am sorry to share the awful news that Sarah Jackson, a member of our Guest Advisory Council (GAC), died this past week.
Besides serving on our GAC, Sarah has been a presenter at several of our national conferences, at regional meetings, and in her local community. She served as board chair for Family Promise of Gwinnett County until last year, and was a tireless advocate, mentor, and volunteer. Many Family Promise staff, board members, guests, graduates, and volunteers have met her through her national work; all have been touched by her influence and wisdom in helping shape national policy and direction. Because of her, we are better able to serve children and their families.
Family was most important to Sarah. While Sarah had gotten her college degree and a professional career after overcoming homelessness, her family will need support. They have set up this site for donations.
Please hold Sarah and her family in your hearts. They have lost a devoted mother; we all have lost a friend, an inspiration, and a leader in the fight to end family homelessness.
With deepest regrets,
Also see story from Gwinnett Daily Post.