Karen Olson’s Farewell

January 13, 2016 | National News

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 …

Fall Fling Draws a Full House

December 9, 2015 | National News

Place your bids! 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 …

Family Promise 14th National Conference

October 23, 2015 | National News

Join us at our 14th National Conference, April 8-10, 2016 in Long Beach,  California.  As always, it promises to be an informative and inspirational weekend. Conference is a time to celebrate, learn and share with your fellow Affiliate leaders.  We will have many outstanding workshops on all aspects of Affiliate …

Family Promise President Karen Olson Announces Retirement

October 8, 2015 | National News

Claas Ehlers to assume President’s role in January Summit, NJ October 7, 2015—Karen Olson, Founder and President of Family Promise, the leading national nonprofit helping homeless and low-income families, has announced she will retire January 15, 2016. Claas Ehlers, currently Director of Affiliate Services, will succeed her as President. A …

Family Promise Benefits from Students’ Commitment

September 28, 2015 | National News

Family Promise Club President Amalia Tobias and her winning team. The most valuable lessons are often those learned at a young age. Summit High School students have put that adage into action, forming the Family Promise Club in 2013 to support the efforts of Family Promise-Union County through volunteering and …

Family Promise Week: October 18-25

September 23, 2015 | National News

Founded in Summit, NJ, in 1988 Family Promise is national non-profit organization mobilizing communities and existing resources to help homeless families regain their independence. Homeless families now comprise nearly 40% of the homeless population. One out of every 45 American children will experience homelessness this year. Last year, there were …

Summit Police Collect Food for Family Promise

August 6, 2015 | National News

Sgt. Rick Proctor, Claas Ehlers, Geleen Donovan, Betty Cere, Bill Eckenrode, Nikki Griffiths, Chief Robert Weck and Kathy Fitzgibbons celebrate the food drive’s results. This week, the Summit Police Department donated more than 350 pounds of food and household items to the Family Promise-Union County Program.  Tuesday marked the culmination …

Walmart Awards $25,000 to Family Promise-Union County Program

July 29, 2015 | National News

Family Promise President Karen Olson and Walmart’s Gene Lydecker. The Walmart Foundation has awarded Family Promise, the Summit-based national nonprofit helping homeless families, a grant of $25,000 for their Union County, New Jersey program.  Family Promise-Union County, a program of the Family Promise national office, works locally with homeless and …

Family Promise Welcomes New Trustees

July 20, 2015 | National News

Three Summit, New Jersey Leaders Join Board of National Family Homelessness Nonprofit   Stacey Slater Sacks, AJ “Tiger” Cass and Cassandra Hardman. Summit, NJ, July 20, 2015–Family Promise, a national nonprofit headquartered in Summit that helps homeless families, is pleased to announce the addition of three dynamic residents to its …

Institute for Children, Poverty & Homelessness Features PetSmart Promise

July 8, 2015 | National News

PetSmart Promise, our partnership with PetSmart to offer homeless families options to keep their pets while they work towards financial independence, continues to garner national recognition.  The Institute for Children, Poverty & Homelessness featured the initiative in a recent issue of UNCENSORED, their organizational publication.     “…organizations across the country …

Franklin School Students Collect Money for Homeless Families

June 22, 2015 | National News

Karen Olson, President of Family Promise, spoke recently with 5th graders at Franklin School in Summit about the plight of homeless children in their community and across the country. She presented the Houses for Change® initiative, an arts-and-crafts project that raises awareness and funds to help homeless families. The students participated …

Record Numbers Attend Breakfast Fundraiser

May 20, 2015 | National News

“We prayed to God for a place to stay, And Family Promise came our way. We are the face of Family Promise.” This short poem was shared by Sikrett and Shahiyda, two former guest children in our Union County program, at our 7th Annual “Our Promise to Children” Breakfast at …

2.5 million children in the U.S. will experience homelessness this year.

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Give children and families in crisis a safe place to sleep tonight and the chance for a brighter future.


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