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.
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.
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.
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.
|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.
|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.
|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.