Voices of Family Promise


Voices of Family Promise

Our Community Blog: Claas Ehlers, President, “Lion of Faith”

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Thirty-two years ago, a Lutheran pastor in a suburban New Jersey town opened his church to a meeting for nearly 200 of his neighbors, people of all different faiths and backgrounds. Led by Karen Olson, they were united in their desire to address a new and troubling development: families becoming homeless. They did not know […]

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Our Community Blog: Tiger Cass, National Board Member, “A Learning Experience”

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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

My thirteen-year-old son and I were hosts one night at our congregation, serving meals to two families, and playing with the children. One of the moms came over to me and asked if there was a room where she could just sit down and watch TV. She wanted to watch the news, find out what […]

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Our Community Blog: Meg Zucker, Founder, Don’t Hide It, Flaunt It, “A Chance to Be Heard”

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Don’t Hide It, Flaunt It (DHIFI) is a not-for-profit organization that works to advance understanding, tolerance and mutual respect for people’s differences. Inspired by the theme, “The things that make me different, make me, me,” DHIFI encourages people who possess any type of difference, whether blatant or invisible, to flaunt and ultimately celebrate what makes […]

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Our Community Blog: Cary Bayless, Development and Marketing Director, Family Promise of Greater Chattanooga, “Called to Community”

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Thursday, June 29, 2017

When I first moved to Chattanooga, Tennessee, the beautiful trails of Lookout Mountain, the fish in the Tennessee River, and the hymns we paired with fiddle and guitar on Sundays made me feel at home. What made the feeling of Chattanooga as “home” permanent was not the natural beauty of the landscape or southern style […]

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Our Community Blog: Scott Rickert, Family Promise of Florence Board Member, “Host Week”

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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

I am writing this after our first Family Promise family left the church to move to their “new home for the week”, another church here in Florence.  Goodbye was hard, not just for the family, who asked our Affiliate’s Director if they could please stay, but for us, as well. Tears and waves goodbye were […]

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Our Community Blog: Claas Ehlers, President, “Ending Family Homelessness: It Takes a Community

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Monday, May 15, 2017

Last year, one out of 30 children experienced an episode of homelessness.    That number is simply unacceptable.   Recently, two other numbers with profound implications on low-income families have been in the news.   That first one is $6 billion, the proposed reduction in the HUD budget.  This would be accomplished by eliminating the […]

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Our Community Blog: Karen Olson, Founder and President Emeritus, “Simple Acts of Kindness Change Lives”

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Thursday, April 27, 2017

I love talking with families who have been through the Family Promise program, so, before speaking at an Affiliate, I always have these conversations in order to share with  that Affiliate what it has meant to families.  You might think that families begin by talking about the shelter accommodations or home-cooked meals—which they do talk […]

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Our Community Blog: Cara Bradshaw, Director of Development, “Housing and The Privilege Monster”

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Monday, April 10, 2017

The first time I was confronted with my privilege was in a newly-created position marketing the Just Neighbors curriculum for Family Promise. I was a graduate student at the time, in an international affairs program focused on the many levels of systemic injustice. It’s one thing to sit in a classroom and pick apart political and […]

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“Hand Out,” a volunteer’s poem illustrating the Power of One.

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Monday, March 27, 2017

When Family Promise Chicago North Shore was opening several years ago, a volunteer listened to Founder Karen Olson’s story about meeting a homeless woman, Millie, on the streets of New York City and going on to create the organization that became Family Promise nationwide.  That volunteer, Lois-Eve Anderson was inspired to write the following poem […]

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Family Promise of Gainesville, FL

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Monday, March 13, 2017

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