Voices of Family Promise


Voices of Family Promise

Our Community Blog: Jen Isralowitz, Volunteer and Donor, “A Time for Giving”

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Monday, December 12, 2016

I became involved with Family Promise seven years ago, when a friend invited my daughter and me to join her family at Summit’s Unitarian Church in hosting guest families on Christmas Day. Those few hours in the church basement exposed how little my family understood about homelessness in our local community. My daughter spent time […]

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Our Community Blog: Claas Ehlers, President, “Giving Thanks and Hospitality”

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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

When I travel to visit Affiliates, I am often invited to stay in the home of a board member or director.  Even though I have a hectic schedule and can use the evenings to catch up on work, I eagerly accept those invitations. For one, I am cheap—and they save Family Promise money.  (And, I […]

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Our Community Blog: Gabie Vicens, Volunteer, “Spreading Cheer”

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Monday, November 14, 2016

I first found out about Family Promise when I was in Middle School working towards my Girl Scouts Silver Award.  I had an idea of helping homeless children and families, but wasn’t sure exactly how.  When I visited Family Promise, I was put in touch with the Executive Director of the Union County program, Geleen […]

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Our Community Blog: Stacy Pollard, Regional Director, “Working Together”

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Thursday, November 3, 2016

I recently returned to work after maternity leave. My two daughters, 2 years old and 8 weeks old, were in childcare as I turned on my computer and sifted through 700 emails that accrued in my absence. It was a bittersweet feeling—the emotions of leaving them, combined with the excitement of returning to a job […]

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See You Around Town: Family Promise

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Wednesday, November 2, 2016

  Summit, New Jersey Mayor Nora Radest speaks with Family Promise staff and supporters about their mission to help families experiencing homelessness in Union County and across the country.

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Our Community Blog: Claas Ehlers, President, “Compassionate Hospitality”

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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

This September I had the remarkable experience of spending a week in Bolivia. My son was studying there and I wanted to visit him, but also I have extensive family throughout the country, only one member of which I had ever met. So my wife, feeling this was a singular opportunity for me, sacrificed our […]

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Our Community Blog: Mel Davis, Social Work Intern, FP of Greater Denver, “PhotoVoice: ‘The Struggle of Everyday Life'”

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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Family Promise of Greater Denver recently launched a new artistic initiative known as PhotoVoice, offering program guests at our shelter an opportunity to express their experiences through photographs. PhotoVoice is a way for participants and viewers alike to develop a critical consciousness about the conditions associated with poverty, joblessness, and homelessness. We wanted to incorporate […]

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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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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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