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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.

A Full House for the 6th Annual "Our Promise to Children" Breakfast

10-year-old Leslianys.
“Someday soon, I will have a place to call home. I am the face of Family Promise.”

So said 10-year-old Leslianys, a guest in our Union County program, at Family Promise’s 6th Annual “Our Promise to Children” Breakfast at Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, New Jersey on May 14. Leslianys was one of several Breakfast attendees who shared how they were involved with, and a face of, the Family Promise community.

A New Gulf Coast Affiliate

Board members Mike Bass, Deborah Humphrey and Skip Wilson cut the ribbon at the Grand Opening.
Family Promise of Greater Brandon marks our 10th Affiliate in the Sunshine State, and first in the Tampa metro area. Efforts began with a volunteer who knew of the program and wanted to bring it to his home city, a bedroom community east of Tampa. Two years ago, the board coalesced and, under Donna Watson Lawson’s guidance, put together an aggressive plan toward opening.

Welcome Genesee County

Jim Hall presents Board members Diana Snider and Michelle Traynor with the keys to their new van.
Genesee County is the home of Flint, MI, about 60 miles north of Detroit. This marks the 5th Affiliate started in the state of Michigan. The need for the program is well-illustrated by Flint’s perpetual appearance on multiple lists of the most troubled cities in America. As shelter providers in Genesee County note, at any given time, Flint’s homeless population is about 3,000, yet there are less than 200 beds available.

Affiliates Go Above and Beyond During Winter Storms

Last week's storm covered Atlanta with a sheet of ice.
In much of the country the winter of 2014 has tested people in ways they’d like to forget. From Michigan to Maine and up and down the East Coast, the severe weather has produced extraordinary challenges for Family Promise families, volunteers and staff – and produced acts of selflessness and near-heroism.

Welcome New Affiliates in New Jersey and Georgia

Camilla Worrell surrounded by her Board.
Passaic County is in northern New Jersey and had had a program that closed about a decade ago. Cobb County is the northwest suburb of Atlanta. This gives New Jersey its 17th Affiliate, padding its lead as the state with the most Affiliates. The Peach State is climbing up the ranks; with 12 Affiliates, it ties Pennsylvania for third place.

We Welcome a New Wisconsin Affiliate

Board member Kim Lopez

Jefferson County marks the 7th Affiliate in the state of Wisconsin. The county sits in southeastern Wisconsin, between Madison and Milwaukee, and is mostly rural. There are no family shelters in this county of more than 80,000. Efforts began when John Woodbury went to visit the training taking place in Washington County. He had heard about the program and was intrigued, but went up thinking that Family Promise probably was not right for Jefferson County. He came back on a mission that culminated with their opening right after Thanksgiving, with John as the board chair.

Welcome Family Promise of the Palouse

Lindsey and Bruce at their new Day Center.
Family Promise of the Palouse sits on the border between the states of Washington and Idaho, becoming the third Affiliate in both states. Encompassing the neighboring college towns of Moscow, ID and Pullman, WA, the Palouse mimics the bi-state Family Promise of Lewis-Clark, about 50 miles to the south.

Family Promise Celebrates 25 Years of Changing Lives

On October 26, Family Promise hosted their 25th Anniversary Gala Celebration at Fiddler’s Elbow Country Club in Bedminster, New Jersey. Close to 250 friends and acquaintances, new and old, gathered in recognition of the work Family Promise has done over the past twenty-five years to help homeless and low-income families across the country.

Family Promise Takes Flight in the Land of NASA

Case Manager Jessica DelGatto and Director Tara Pagliarini.
Welcome to Family Promise of Brevard County, on Florida’s Space Coast and home to NASA. It becomes the 10th Affiliate to form in Florida. Contrary to Florida stereotypes, Brevard County is not made up of primarily retirees: 22% of the county is below the age of 18 and 13% of those children are below the poverty line. During the 2000s it had a rapidly growing economy and surging house prices; however, in 2010 a third of all home sales were the result of foreclosure.