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New Beginnings: A Path to Financial Literacy

Family Promise and Woodforest National Bank announced the launch of New Beginnings: A Program for Family Financial Fitness at the Family Promise National Conference in Schaumburg, Illinois. New Beginnings is a financial literacy curriculum for families currently in Family Promise Affiliates nationwide as well as for those who have graduated the program.

A New Affiliate Opens in Wisconsin

We are proud to welcome Family Promise of Western Waukesha County, Wisconsin. This is our eighth Affiliate in the Badger State. Waukesha County is due west of Milwaukee and the Affiliate serves the western, more small-town area also known as Lake Country.

It began when a UCC pastor wondered what to do about the frequent requests for help he was getting from families in the community. A previous service effort had failed and they wanted to turn to Family Promise for a successful template.

Celebrating Transformation in Chicago

Family Promise representatives from across the country—Directors, staff, board members and volunteers—gathered in Chicago October 24-26 for our 13th National Conference, Transforming Lives. More than 325 people convened at the Hyatt Regency Schaumburg for a full weekend of workshops, speeches, exhibitions and entertainment as we took a few days to connect with friends—old and new—and share experiences in the fight against family homelessness.

Fall Fling Fundraiser a Resounding Success

A festive atmosphere for a good cause.

On October 18, Family Promise hosted our Fall Fling Cocktail Buffet and Auction at the spectacular Canoe Brook Country Club in Summit, New Jersey to raise funds and awareness for the fight against family homelessness. More than 120 friends and supporters attended in support of Family Promise and to celebrate the work we are doing both nationwide and locally.

Welcome Pickens County, South Carolina

Pickens County Director Armilla Moore.
Welcome, Family Promise of Pickens County South Carolina, the seventh Affiliate to open in the Palmetto State. The best known city in the county is Clemson, home to the eponymous university.

Efforts began when congregations, familiar with the exceptional Affiliate in the next county in Greenville, started exploring the possibility of a program in Pickens County. Efforts were led by Steve Lambright, a program manager for the county’s United Way. Steve was able to involve the UW, using its resources to help establish not just the Affiliate, but ultimately a multi-service “dream center.” FPPC is an example of collective efforts and community collaboration beyond congregations truly bringing change.

Partnership with Dignity U Wear Provides Clothes for Affiliates

We are excited to announce a new partnership with another national nonprofit, Dignity U Wear.

Dignity U Wear was the vision of an amazing man and Holocaust survivor, Henri Landwirth. Understanding that clothing is an essential need, and that poverty should not consign children and adults to used, ill-fitting or irregular clothes, the organization was founded with a mission of connecting major apparel manufacturers with those in need. Dignity U Wear has provided clothing necessities—new, high-quality wear—to nearly one million people. Clothes run the gamut from the basics of socks and underwear to school uniforms to men’s and women’s business clothes. Currently, more than 300 nonprofits work with Dignity U Wear.

Family Promise and PetSmart Celebrate Two Years of PetSmart Promise

PetSmart Promise, a national program that helps temporarily homeless families keep all members of their family together – including their four-legged family members - is celebrating the two-year anniversary of the program’s launch in Phoenix. PetSmart Promise builds pet kennel facilities at Family Promise Day Centers for temporarily homeless families across the United States. The concept initiated with Family Promise of Greater Phoenix in 2012, and since has expanded across the country with seven additional facilities, including five opening this year.

Cabot Creamery Continues Their Support of Family Promise

For the 2nd year in a row, Family Promise and Cabot Creamery Cooperative, “Makers of the World’s Best Cheddar,” are partnering nationally to help Affiliates raise money. The farmers who own Cabot Creamery applaud the work each Family Promise Affiliate does and are showing their appreciation by offering cheese and gift boxes as donations for Affiliate events. Please click this link for information.

Join Us For Our Family Promise Fall Fling Fundraiser

All are invited to our annual fundraiser on Saturday, October 18th, to enjoy an evening of cocktails, a delicious buffet and exciting live and silent auctions. The Family Promise Fall Fling will take place at the newly-renovated Canoe Brook Country Club in Summit, New Jersey, from 7 pm to 11 pm.

New Affiliates Open in Oregon and Missouri

Lincoln County Director Linda Roy and Family Advocate Julie Pearson.
We proudly welcome two new Affiliates—Family Promise of Lincoln County, Oregon, our third Affiliate in the Beaver State, and Family Promise of the Northland in Kansas City, Missouri, our very first Affiliate in the “Show Me” State.

In Lincoln County, efforts began when the homeless advocate for the school district, Hanna Connett, grappled with how to serve the hundreds of homeless children in this rural community on the dank but ruggedly beautiful Oregon coast. She connected with Donna Lawson and efforts to start the program commenced. Over time, Donna and Tom Cioffi lent a hand and Kathy Christenson did the opening training.