Better Together, a nonprofit dedicated to helping families in crisis and preventing the need for foster care, is hosting a Better Luncheon for parents in Manatee and Sarasota counties on Saturday, March 19 at First United Methodist Church of Bradenton.

Better Together organizes a luncheon program at various locations each month to bring parents together for community, to support each other and to hear from experts while their children play supervised in another room. The luncheon will provide background-checked volunteers in addition to lunch, games and fun for children to enjoy while parents attend the event.

Luncheon attendees will hear from guest speaker Gail Sullivan, author of “The Red Shoe Project: A Woman’s Search for More of God.” Sullivan will discuss practical application for capturing memories, emotions, moments in life and seeing faith come alive through parenthood and lives as moms, dads and families with busy schedules. Better Together will also share resources for G.R.I.P., or God Raising Incredible Parents, classes.

“Parenting is tough business. No matter how wonderful and functional our upbringing, we all have questions, struggles and concerns when raising our children,” said Megan Rose, CEO of Better Together. “To help parents along their journey, our Better Luncheons allow parents to enjoy lunch, companionship and expert advice while their children are under the supervision of background-checked volunteers.”

The March Better Luncheon will take place from 1:30 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 19 at First United Methodist Church, located at 603 11th St. W., in Bradenton. Admission is free and includes lunch, as well as a gift and prize drawing for parents in attendance.

To register for the luncheon, visit BetterTogetherUS.org/lunch-rsvp or call 239-470-2733.

ABOUT BETTER TOGETHER

Better Together is a nonprofit organization that helps parents going through a hard time keep their kids out of foster care, find work and address the root causes of their struggle so that they can reunite as a family with the tools and support system to thrive. A privately funded and professionally supported organization, Better Together is made up of volunteers who believe helping people help themselves is the best way to restore dignity and bring families together. Through the Better Families program, families are offered a preventive alternative to foster care while they get the help they need. To date, the program has kept 98% of children served out of foster care. The Better Jobs program was created to address the 76% of families that come to Better Together because of economic hardship tied to unemployment. In addition to community job fairs, the program offers job seekers coaching, guidance, support and encouragement through local church partners. For more information, visit BetterTogetherUS.org.