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Our Community Blog: Cara Bradshaw, Director of Development, “Finding Hospitality and Home”

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Monday, September 12, 2016

I was thirteen when my parents told my sisters and me they were separating and fifteen when we moved out of the parsonage where I grew up. My father, a UCC pastor at a small church in a New England fishing town, decided to leave the church to spare our tight-knit community the pain of […]

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Success Stories

Coming Full Circle

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Nearly 23 years ago, Candice Stewart-Fife gave birth to her first daughter in the Family Promise program. In what could have been her darkest hour, Candice encountered overwhelming tenderness, and was not alone. Today, the native of Union County is offering new life for families experiencing homelessness as the Director of Family Promise of Bryan […]

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National News · The Latest

National Support Brings Local Change

Family Promise board member, Adam Shores, reads children during a life skills class.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

  “Our job doesn’t end with creating Affiliates. Our focus every day is on helping them march towards excellence.” Family Promise President Claas Ehlers. While the creation of Affiliates is a key goal for Family Promise, much of the national office’s time and resources are spent on helping Affiliates maximize their potential. A dynamic, energized […]

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Our Community Blog: Karen Olson, Founder/President Emeritus, “In Search of Home”

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Monday, August 29, 2016

I must have spent an hour online, trying to find the right rug for Jordan, a five-year-old who had just left the Family Promise program to move into permanent housing with his mother. Finally, I picked out a colorful rug decorated with fire engines, trucks and buses.  It was a small gesture, but I was […]

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Our Community Blog: Tammi Hart, Guest Advisory Council Member, “Lose Yourself”

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Monday, August 15, 2016

“So, Tammi. What do you lose yourself in?” That is the question a co-worker asked me this week, and I must admit, it brought me up short. I could only respond with, “Oh, I like to travel and see new things. I love history and that’s why I’m going to D.C. for my vacation. I […]

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Our Community Blog: Jeanna Beck, Regional Director, “Grace is a Gift”

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Friday, July 15, 2016

Each week we have a theme in yoga class. This week’s theme was “grace.” My yoga instructor started by saying that one of the reasons she was drawn to Anusara yoga (the kind of yoga she teaches and I practice) is because the first principle is “opening to grace.” It’s described as “having an attitude […]

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National News · The Latest

2015 Results: A Year of Accomplishment

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Thursday, June 23, 2016

The final returns from the 2015 Family Promise national census are in and the results are eye-opening. Last year, Family Promise Affiliates and our 180,000 volunteers helped more homeless and at-risk families than ever before—nearly 58,000 served nationwide. Inspirational, to be sure, that so many compassionate individuals are eager and able to make a difference […]

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Our Community Blog: Claas Ehlers, President, Family Promise

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Most of my childhood I lived in the suburbs. That is, two miles outside of a town of 300 people. There was a pond next to my house, filled with bullfrogs, snapping turtles and dragonflies; across from it was a field of cows on a dairy farm. I was the only child of a single […]

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Affiliate News · The Latest

Affiliate News-Spring 2016

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Thursday, May 26, 2016

A leap of faith…Family Promise’s Athens (GA) Affiliate truly went over the edge this spring.  They partnered with two other local nonprofits that also focus on improving the lives of children for a fundraiser that allowed winners to walk backward off a 7-story building and rappel to the ground. The Affiliate teamed with the Nancy […]

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Grateful Families Helped by Family Promise Say “Thank You” at Annual Breakfast

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Thursday, May 19, 2016

The lives of teenagers Shauna and Samantha Bolton were turned upside-down last year when their father, Shawn, lost his job of 25 years. The family ended up homeless. Determined to remain together during a difficult transition, the Boltons turned to the Summit-based Family Promise organization for help. Using about 6,000 congregations nationwide, Family Promise temporarily […]

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