Voices of Family Promise


Voices of Family Promise

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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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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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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