Family Promise of Beaufort County Shines the Spotlight on Alane Peragallo
As a volunteer driven organization, we are shining the spotlight each month on one of our dedicated volunteers who are the heart of Family Promise. They work tirelessly and greatly deserve our thanks and recognition!
In October, we shine the Volunteer Spotlight on Alane Peragallo, a Host Coordinator at Grace Coastal Church in Okatie, who has been involved with Family Promise of Beaufort County (FPBC) since moving to Bluffton two years ago. Her church has been part of FP since its inception in 2006. Her pastor John Ring was one of the core group of individuals in the community that came together to help families in need and began what became FPBC.
Grace Coastal since its inception with the FP program has always been dedicated to providing for the guests. “We have committed volunteers who provide meals, are overnight hosts and many others who help prepare the rooms for our guests and donate food and toiletries,” Alane said. “The congregation is involved by praying for our guests and volunteers at Family Promise.”
Alane is a former teacher so she enjoys helping the children in the program and the family atmosphere. “It is wonderful to get to know them and watch them play and learn despite some difficult circumstances,” she said. “It is a pleasure to meet the guests and know that we are helping to provide a temporary home.” Alane also used her knowledge as a teacher to provide like skills classes to inmates in a prerelease program at a local jail in Virginia. She participated in other volunteer activities such as Loudoun Abused Women’s Shelter in Virginia, as a board member and childcare volunteer so that woman in the program could attend classes and support groups.
She and her husband, Gary, retired in 2017 and made the move from Ashburn, Virginia. Alane was very familiar with this area before moving here permanently, because she went to college in Spartanburg as well as vacationing here. “We used to vacation in Hilton Head and we always loved the area,” Alane stated. “We wanted somewhere with a warmer climate and less traffic to retire.” “I love the weather here. It still gets too cold for me in the winter. I have found the people here to be so welcoming and friendly!”
When she’s not busy with Family Promise or Grace Coastal activities, Alane loves running, biking and synchronized swimming. She is also trying to learn golf although she admits that it has been a little challenging.
Alane exemplifies the more than 700 volunteers who make it possible for Family Promise to assist homeless children and their families. We greatly thank you for all that you do!