Voices of Family Promise


Voices of Family Promise

Our Community Blog: Lindsay Moore, Executive Director, FP of Genesee County, “We ARE Family”

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

  The 15th Annual Family Promise National Conference, in D.C., empowered, encouraged and engaged. Since our Affiliate opened in 2014, I have attended 3 conferences and I always come away with renewed excitement. This year’s theme, United We Serve, spoke directly to what we do every day, whether you’re in a corner office with windows […]

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Our Community Blog: Karen Olson, Founder and President Emeritus, “Meet Me in DC”

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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

I can’t believe it’s been 23 years since our first conference. I remember it like it was yesterday.  It was held in Cincinnati, Ohio and we called it “A Time To Share”.  Little did I know how profound that would be, because that sense of community has only grown over time and continues to today.  […]

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Our Community Blog: Terry Lindemann, Director, Family Promise of Las Vegas, “Compassion — More than a Platitude”

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Monday, September 11, 2017

My journey with “compassion” began at the age of five when my family crumbled and my sisters and I became wards of the State of California. A snapshot stored in the corner of my mind: a woman clad in stockings with a line up the back, blue shoes, too tall for me to see her […]

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Our Community Blog: Jadyn Fauconier-Herry, Intern, “Growing Up with Family Promise”

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Thursday, August 24, 2017

When I first volunteered with Family Promise I was about nine years old, barely older than the children of the guests staying with my family’s congregation. At such a young age “volunteering” meant tagging along with my mom to stay over when our church hosted families, eating dinner with them, playing with the younger kids, […]

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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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