|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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Welcome to Family Promise of Greater New Braunfels. This central Texas location becomes the fifteenth Affiliate in the Lone Star State, just one behind New Jersey, and is our 7th new Affiliate to open nationally this year.
We are pleased to welcome Family Promise of Houston County, Georgia. The Day Center is located in Warner Robins, the hub for this central Georgia county, which is the fastest-growing in Georgia outside of the Atlanta area.
Carolyn Cherwon of Family Promise of Beaufort County (SC)!
Cabot Creamery Cooperative, a Family Promise national partner in building communities and raising awareness of family homelessness, has announced the winners of their “Cabot Community Celebrity Award.” Carolyn and 34 other altruistic volunteers from organizations across the country will be rewarded for the work they do in their communities with an all-expense-paid Southern Caribbean Cruise this winter.
Welcome to Family Promise of North Shore Boston, our fourth Affiliate in the Bay State. The north shore of Boston includes communities to the north and east of Boston, and includes more urbanized, lower-income communities like Salem and Lynn, as well as picturesque towns like Ipswich, Essex and Wenham.
The biggest challenge in the area, and the state overall, is providing services for families who do not qualify for Emergency Assistance. The only family shelter in the area—which can serve 5 families at a time and only EA families—receives about 500 requests from families a year. FPNSB is serving those families.