|Avon cheerleaders painted a mural for the Day Center.
|Help us welcome Family Promise of Hendricks County, Indiana. They open as our fifth Affiliate in the Hoosier State.
Efforts began when a group that had been grappling with the issue of family homelessness in the county, which is due west of Indianapolis, considered possible solutions. Families had no recourse for shelter except travel into Indianapolis, which despite the relative closeness was a far cry from the small-town nature of the county. The first community meeting was held at Avon Christian Church with Jeanna Beck and Claas Ehlers presiding.
All are invited to attend the 7th Annual Family Promise Breakfast to learn more about how we help homeless families achieve sustainable independence. This inspirational event raises funds in support of existing local and national Family Promise Affiliates and for the establishment of new Affiliates across the country.
This year's fundraiser will be held on Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at the exclusive Canoe Brook Country Club in Summit, NJ. For info, please click here.
|Executive Director Sharon Odden.
|Welcome, Family Promise of Great Falls, our fifth Affiliate in the state of Montana.
The city of Great Falls is not named for any one waterfall but rather for five in succession. The cascades led to its development as a city, as dams would provide ready power and made Great Falls a principal center of industry for the second half of the 20th century. Industry has waned and Malmstrom Air Force Base has shrunk, causing Great Falls’ economy to remain weak. In 2014, 318 students were identified as homeless in the school district—one in 36.
|Family Promise of the Midlands Director Kathleen McLean-Titus.
|Join us in a holiday welcome to Family Promise of the Midlands, in Columbia, South Carolina. This marks the eighth Affiliate to open in the Palmetto State.
The need is great--Columbia has no shelters that can take in older boys and men. In the more affluent of Richland County’s two school districts, one in 750 children is classified as homeless. In the other, there are 400 children without homes.
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.
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.
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.
|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.
|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.
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.