Family Promise of Yellowstone Valley has its third Comedy BeCAUSE event presented by 21 Century Hometown Brokers on November 5, starting at 7:30 pm at the Alberta Bair Theater. Proceeds from the event will go towards the non-profit in raising money for their housing expansion project. 

Returning to the stage this year is Josh Florhaug, who has worked alongside other well-known artists like Dane Cook and the late Louis Anderson. Others include local comedian Lukas Seely, Conner Roma, Cody Sutton, and Mark Dawson.

Last year, the Comedy BeCAUSE event raised 40,000 dollars and was the same goal for this year. To make it an even more fun night, there will be a pre-party at the Yellowstone Art Museum from 5 pm to 7 pm before the comedy show starts. Guests can explore the beautiful art exhibits at the museum while enjoying delicious hor d’oeuvres, drinks, and live music, along with a raffle too. The art museum is just one block away from the Alberta Bair Theater, so guests can head straight there afterward while enjoying a nice stroll.

Felecia Burg, the development coordinator for Family Promise, tells yourbigsky that they have been raised money for additional housing opportunities before the COVID-19 pandemic began two years ago. They currently have four transitional houses on the west end of Billings and are looking to build eight to nine more units. The budget is 1.2 million dollars, and they are over halfway to their goal. 

Some think of the homeless as people who do not have jobs, but most families Family Promise serves are employed and work an average of 40 hours a week. In many cases, both parents have jobs and still do not make enough money to pay rent, let alone buy a home. The problem comes down to the severe lack of affordable housing; with rent prices going up and landlords selling to private buyers, it becomes difficult for families to find houses they can afford.

Most options for housing under Section 8 and public housing are two-bedroom apartments. For bigger families, this means they may not qualify, and their options for housing start to diminish. That is where Family Promise comes in to help families get out of homelessness and break the cycle of poverty. “We’re looking to step into that role, help more families go through our emergency shelter into housing so they can really thrive,” Burg said.

Family Service gets at least five calls a day from families. 300 people are on the waiting list for transitional housing, meaning there are 300 families in the community without a home. This project will help to fill that gap and get more families into transitional houses so they can start saving for their own homes. On top of that, roughly 600 identified homeless students are in Billings School District 2. Once the housing expansion project is complete, they will be able to serve more than 400 children in school over the next five years.

The mission at Family Promise is to help homeless families achieve independence through community response. Their vision is to live in a community where every person has a chance to own a home, create a livelihood and build a better future. Family Promise of Yellowstone Valley has over a 90% long-term success rate with the families they serve, made possible by the community response.

21 Century has also paid for all the overhead costs of the event, which is a donation in and of itself. Family Promise of Yellowstone Valley is beyond thankful for what they do to make this happen; a huge thank you to them. Come out and help support this amazing cause and enjoy a fun night out! The show is for adults, as most of the content in the show is not for children.