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National Support Brings Local Change

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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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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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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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PJ’s Place Spreads Joy

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Monday, May 2, 2016

Mary Ryan, a Family Promise-Union County (NJ) volunteer from Westfield’s Church of the Holy Trinity, created a very special moment at Family Promise’s national conference in Long Beach, CA on April 9.  She announced that the Ryan family will donate the funding for a new playground to an Affiliate at each Family Promise conference in […]

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Family Promise 14th National Conference Looks to the Future

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

“Waves bring change.” Nearly 300 people received Claas Ehlers’ message at Family Promise’s 14th national conference, “The Next Wave,” in Long Beach, California, April 8-10, 2016.  Staff, board members and volunteers from Affiliates nationwide gathered to celebrate the work being done to end family homelessness and chart the course forward for the Summit-based nonprofit. In speaking […]

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New Beginnings: One Year In

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Wednesday, February 17, 2016

    Because financial literacy is a critically important component to helping the families we serve attain independence, Family Promise partnered with Woodforest National Bank in October 2014 to develop New Beginnings, a comprehensive curriculum designed specifically for low-income families. Now, approaching the initiative’s one-year anniversary, we’re proud to report that the response from our […]

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A Message from Claas Ehlers

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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Dear Friends, As you know, Karen Olson retired as President of Family Promise and I assumed that role this January. It is an honor and a privilege to succeed her. It also sets a very high bar. The high bar is necessary. Karen has created and guided an organization that has had and will continue […]

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Local Partnerships Provide Key Support

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Monday, January 25, 2016

One of the features that make Family Promise extraordinary is our ability to reach out into the community and engage a wide range of support for the families we serve. Congregations, corporations, agencies, schools—our Affiliates create a diverse group of stakeholders working to promote change at the local level. These community partnerships are vital to […]

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Karen Olson’s Farewell

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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Dear Friends, Goodbyes are never easy, but I retire as President of Family Promise with a heart filled with joy. Joy that, even after all these years, the premise upon which Family Promise was built – that people are compassionate and want to make a difference – remains true today and will carry Family Promise […]

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Fall Fling Draws a Full House

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Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Nearly 175 friends and benefactors attended Family Promise’s Fall Fling Cocktail Buffet & Auction November 20 at Canoe Brook Country Club in Summit, New Jersey. It was a celebration of the work being done by Family Promise to help homeless and low-income families, as well as an opportunity to introduce the organization to new supporters. […]

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