Covenant Presbyterian Church of Sherman has put its support behind the newly formed group Family Promise of Grayson County by presenting the organization with a matching grant of $20,000.

The Rev. Lisa Juica Perkins of the church announced the award at the Sept. 26 meeting of Family Promise. The grant was a gift in result of an offering given by Evelyn Cook in memory of her sister Margie Paulk, a longtime Covenant Presbyterian Church member.

Family Promise is a national organization with more 200 affiliates with Grayson County being the newest. The goal of the organization is to help homeless populations by working with area churches to help provide housing and resources to those in need

“Covenant Presbyterian’s call to be a witness of Christ in the community was clear when we received Evelyn’s bequest,” Perkins said in a news release. “We felt the call to be a light upon a hill for children and families experiencing homelessness through Family Promise. This grant will continue the work of Christ in our community and we are humbled to be able to be a part of God’s will in Grayson County.”

Covenant is one of 17 area churches and organizations working to provide working with Family Promise of Grayson County which is the newest of over 200 affiliates of the 30-year old national organization.

Family Promise is working to achieve an early spring of 2018 opening date.

Additionally, at the September meeting, First Methodist Sherman Associate Pastor Samantha Parson reported $4,088.35 was raised during the spaghetti lunch hosted by the First Methodist Church on Sept. 17.

“We want to act as a hub for people,” Family Promise of Grayson County chair Becky Frank said. “There are over 1,000 homeless people in Grayson County. These are not the people that you see on the corner of Highways 75 and 82. These are the people living in tent cities or their cars. They are the ones staying at weekly motels or sleeping on their grandparents’ couches.”

Family Promise will take part in the “Great Bed Race” taking place at the Denison Fall Festival on Saturday.

The next meeting of Family Promise of Grayson County will be at 7 p.m. Oct. 24 at Covenant Community Center at 322 W. Pecan Street in Sherman. Meetings of Family Promise are open to the public.