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Ninth Annual Spring Event Raises Nearly $200,000 to Help Homeless Families

Adding a piece to the puzzle.
About 140 Family Promise supporters gathered at Baltusrol Golf Club on Friday, May 11 for the organization’s Ninth Annual Spring Event. The evening raised almost $200,000, which will support Family Promise’s mission of helping low-income and homeless families achieve lasting independence and a brighter future.

Affiliate #163: Midland, TX

Executive Director Tom Miller

Family Promise of Midland is now open, becoming our 12th network in the Lone Star State. Efforts began in 2009 when Alissa Shutts, who was working with children at risk, connected with Don Kiser, a Family Promise associate and board member in Longview. The need was clear: 197 children in the Midland school district were identified as homeless in 2008 and all service providers in Midland have seen increases in demand in the intervening years.

Welcome Bergen County, NJ; Affiliate #162

Bergen Co. Families on the Move!

Tucked in the northeastern corner of New Jersey, Bergen County has the 16th highest per capita income in the United States, creating a very high cost of living and extremely expensive housing. Family Promise of Bergen County becomes the 16th Affiliate in the Garden State. However, the path it took to joining our network has been unique.

Family Promise Teams With MassMutual

MassMutual Joins Family Promise at Our Fall Event.
Family Promise and MassMutual Financial Group are working to develop a long-term partnership to benefit families and communities served by our Affiliates. The relationship began with the volunteered participation of several MassMutual representatives, including Tom Hayes, Stephen Sherwood and Jeff Anand at our Nassau County, NY Affiliate. From that emerged the opportunity to extend LifeBridge, MassMutual’s free life insurance program, to qualified families served by Family Promise Affiliates.

Lawton, OK and Harrisburg, PA: Affiliates #160 & 161

Lawton Raises the Banner
Lawton Raises the Banner
Family Promise of Lawton (FPL) became the second Affiliate in the Sooner State. Efforts began in earnest in September of 2008, with a community meeting at Centenary Methodist Church kicking things off and their sister network in Shawnee guiding the way as they pushed forward.

"Our Promise to Children" Breakfast Offers Message of Hope

 
Long-time friends and newer acquaintances of Family Promise gathered at Baltusrol Golf Club on November 10 to learn more about the effects of homelessness on children and the ways in which Family Promise helps families in need. In all, nearly 200 people were in attendance for the one-hour program entitled Our Promise to Children.

"Our Promise to Children" Annual Fundraising Breakfast

 
On Wednesday, November 10, Family Promise will be holding a one-hour, breakfast event to raise awareness of family homelessness, its effects upon children, and the many ways Family Promise works to help families in their time of need. Called Our Promise to Children, the breakfast will be held from 8AM to 9AM at Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, New Jersey.

Anoka County, MN Becomes Affiliate #159

 Anoka Director Junita Cathey
Director Junita Cathey and Anoka Supporter
Family Promise of Anoka County, comprising the suburbs and small towns just north of Minneapolis, becomes our fifth network in the Gopher State. A 2009 point-in-time count identified 365 children homeless in the county. Frustrated that they could only send families in need south to the Twin Cities, local faith and social service leaders organized the first community meeting in March of '09 and more than 80 people attended.

"Home Again," New Family Promise Theme Song and CD

"Home Again" by Ken Medema.
"Home Again," is a new CD in celebration of Family Promise composed and performed by Ken Medema. It comprises several versions of the new Family Promise theme song, "Home Again," as well as other songs written specifically to help advance our mission. "Home Again" is a powerful collection of original spiritual songs, perfect for congregations and choral groups to use for inspirational concerts and fundraisers.

Family Promise Welcomes New Board Member

Carmine DiSibio
Carmine DiSibio

Family Promise is pleased to announce the addition of Carmine DiSibio to our National Board of Directors. Carmine is the Vice Chair and Managing Partner for Ernst & Young LLP's Financial Services practice.