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"Home"--A New Song for Family Promise

Promise is pleased to announce the release of “Home,” a new song co-written by the folksinger/songwriting team of Rusty and Kelsy Vining. Rusty and Kelsy created the song for an April fundraiser at Family Promise of Grand Rapids (MI), where Kelsy serves as an Americorps member. In writing “Home,” the Vining’s took quotes from guest families served by Family Promise and compiled them into a beautiful song depicting their journey from homelessness to housing and independence. It eloquently speaks to how Family Promise is there for them during this challenging transition.

Family Promise to Benefit from the Barclays PGA Tournament

PGA Tour fans interested in attending The Barclays golf tournament this month in Jersey City can benefit Family Promise by buying their tickets through a special website benefiting local charities. “We are pleased to be a part of the unique fundraising effort organized by The Barclays 2013. Funds raised from the event will provide families with shelter, meals, housing and job opportunities,” said Family Promise President Karen Olson.

Cabot Creamery to Support Family Promise Affiliates

Family Promise and Cabot Creamery Cooperative, know as “Makers of the World’s Best Cheddar,” are partnering nationally to help Affiliates raise money. Cabot will supply Affiliates with their world famous cheese to add a unique element to their fundraising events in 2013. They will even provide a staffed booth with their donation for selected events, dependent upon availability.

Family Promise and Motel 6 Housing Families Together

 

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We are pleased to announce a partnership between Family Promise and Blackstone, the parent company for Motel 6. Family Promise Affiliates will receive a 10% discount on Motel 6 reservations as well as direct billing for added convenience. With over 1,100 properties, Motel 6 will immediately become a go-to option for Affiliates nationwide.

Learning Express Toys Partners With Family Promise in Las Vegas

Giving Day in Las Vegas.

Family Promise and Learning Express Toys kicked off their new partnership with Giving Day in Las Vegas, Nevada on Saturday, June 30. Family Promise of Las Vegas (FPLV), along with Hope Link, another local agency fighting homelessness, were the recipients of more than 500 toys and games from Learning Express which they distributed to local children in need.

Family Promise and The Company Store Bring Warmth to Kids

 

Spreading joy in Bergen County
Spreading joy in Bergen County.

For the second year, Family Promise and The Company Store, a leading online retailer of bedding and home accessories, partnered on Buy One, Give One, a national comforter donation campaign. For three months this past winter—January through March—The Company Store matched each website or catalogue purchase of one of their comforters with a donation of one to a child served by Family Promise.

New Jersey Nets Send Family Promise Kids Shopping

Sly and friend
Sly and friend.

The New Jersey Nets’ team mascot, Sly the Silver Fox, led 25 children from Family Promise Affiliates in northern New Jersey, on a shopping spree at Toys “R” Us in Paramus on December 14th. Representatives from the Nets, Toys “R” Us and Family Promise Affiliates in Sussex, Essex and Morris counties took part in the pre-holiday festivities.

Each child was presented with a $200 gift card and turned loose in the aisles of Toys “R” Us. With Sly’s help, they quickly filled their carts with video games, doll houses and action figures. It was hard to tell who was having more fun—the kids or their parents.

New Jersey Nets Share Thanksgiving Dinner with Family Promise

On the Monday before Thanksgiving, the New Jersey Nets celebrated their Season of Giving by donating 125 Thanksgiving food baskets to low-income and homeless families at Family Promise Affiliates in Morris County and Bergen County.

New Family Promise Apparel at the Online Store

Family Promise introduced new logoed Family Promise apparel at our national conference in Salt Lake City. Affiliates from across the country purchased items for staff, board members, volunteers and guest families. With the holidays approaching, now is the perfect time to stock up on Family Promise gear!

A Hymn for Family Promise

Carolyn Winfrey Gillette
Carolyn Winfrey Gillette has written, "O God, You Give Welcome," a hymn dedicated to Family Promise. Beginning with the opening lines, “O God, you give welcome; you care and provide. You cherish each person with love reaching wide,” the hymn goes on to praise the work Family Promise does and the families they serve.  A video slideshow of the hymn as performed by the Masterwork Camerata can be viewed here.  Both music and lyrics for performance purposes are available for download here.