Voices of Family Promise


Voices of Family Promise

Five Years Since Entering the Shelter Program, Kat Lilley Reflects

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Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Each anniversary of entering Family Promise’s shelter program, Kat Lilley takes time to reflect, to cry, and grieve with the woman and mother she was that night. Five years ago, I cried myself to sleep in a large Sunday School room, in the basement of a local church. I cried uncontrollably, while my six children […]

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From our CEO: Attending the Housing, Not Handcuffs Conference and Advocating for #HCYA

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Friday, July 13, 2018

In the mid 1980s several heroes of the fight against homelessness emerged. One of them was our founder, Karen Olson. Another was Maria    Foscarinis, who was an architect of the McKinney-Vento Act, the most important legislation relating to homelessness ever written. Each year, Maria’s organization—the National Law Center on    Homelessness and Poverty    (NLCHP)—hosts a […]

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Family Promise CEO Claas Ehlers appears on Jeff Olivet’s Changing the Conversation podcast

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Monday, May 21, 2018

Family Promise CEO Claas Ehlers speaks with Jeff Olivet about Family Promise’s work engaging communities to support families experiencing homelessness and how the Bassuk Center partnership will inform and strengthen those efforts.  

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Volunteer Spotlight: Leonard Prentice

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Friday, May 18, 2018

  Leonard Prentice has been the overnight host for Family Promise Union County’s shelter program at Calvary Episcopal Church for about four years, consistently spending the night with families experiencing homelessness. Prentice, as he is known in his community, was homeless himself for 40 years prior to securing stable housing in Summit just two years […]

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From our CEO: The Promise of Micro-Entrepreneurship

Plenary session with former Massachusetts Governor Deval Partick, Detroit mayor Mike Duggan, and Janis Bowdler, President of the JPMorgan Chase Foundation

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

According to a study from Oxford University, by 2030, 47% of all jobs will be threatened by automation. This was one of many startling observations shared at the Association for Enterprise Opportunity conference last week in Detroit.  More than 600 people involved in the future of enterprise gathered to engage with a diverse group of […]

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Our Community Blog: Margo Greenfield, Family Promise Volunteer and Donor

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Thursday, March 22, 2018

Margo Greenfield is a longtime supporter of Family Promise.  She and her family have been volunteering with the Union County program for years and, as a member of the Promise Guild, Margo donates to the organization on a monthly basis.  We asked her to share with the community her thoughts on Family Promise and why […]

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Family Promise of Cobb County, GA

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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

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A New Year’s Message for 2018 from Family Promise CEO Claas Ehlers

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Thursday, January 11, 2018

Wishing you a joyful, healthy, and successful 2018. I wanted to share some thoughts about 2017 and our excitement for the upcoming year.   One landmark that escaped much notice last year was the 30th anniversary of the McKinney-Vento Act. This is probably the most significant piece of legislation directly regarding homelessness that we as […]

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Family Promise CEO Claas Ehlers: Encore Presentation

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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Family Promise was chosen from a distinguished list of nonprofits from across the country as a semi-finalist for the Encore Prize–$50,000 awarded for the best new idea for tapping Encore talent (volunteers over the age of 50) to improve the lives of young people who need champions and role models. Although we did not win […]

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Our Community Blog: Rebecca Esparza, Family Service Coordinator, FP of Lawrence, “Community”

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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Here is a wonderful post on the Family Promise Community Blog, written by a former guest, Rebecca Esparza. Since graduating from FP of Lawrence, Rebecca has gone on to earn her social work degree from University of Kansas, become Family Service Coordinator for the Lawrence Affiliate, accept a seat on our national Guest Advisory Council, […]

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