Our Community Blog: Tiger Cass, National Board Member, “A Learning Experience”

August 1, 2017 | Voices of Family Promise

My thirteen-year-old son and I were hosts one night at our congregation, serving meals to two families, and playing with the children. One of the moms came over to me and asked if there was a room where she could just sit down and watch TV. She wanted to watch …

Our Community Blog: Meg Zucker, Founder, Don’t Hide It, Flaunt It, “A Chance to Be Heard”

July 19, 2017 | Voices of Family Promise

Don’t Hide It, Flaunt It (DHIFI) is a not-for-profit organization that works to advance understanding, tolerance and mutual respect for people’s differences. Inspired by the theme, “The things that make me different, make me, me,” DHIFI encourages people who possess any type of difference, whether blatant or invisible, to flaunt …

Our Community Blog: Cary Bayless, Development and Marketing Director, Family Promise of Greater Chattanooga, “Called to Community”

June 29, 2017 | Voices of Family Promise

When I first moved to Chattanooga, Tennessee, the beautiful trails of Lookout Mountain, the fish in the Tennessee River, and the hymns we paired with fiddle and guitar on Sundays made me feel at home. What made the feeling of Chattanooga as “home” permanent was not the natural beauty of …

Our Community Blog: Scott Rickert, Family Promise of Florence Board Member, “Host Week”

I am writing this after our first Family Promise family left the church to move to their “new home for the week”, another church here in Florence.  Goodbye was hard, not just for the family, who asked our Affiliate’s Director if they could please stay, but for us, as well. …

Our Community Blog: Claas Ehlers, President, “Ending Family Homelessness: It Takes a Community

Last year, one out of 30 children experienced an episode of homelessness.    That number is simply unacceptable.   Recently, two other numbers with profound implications on low-income families have been in the news.   That first one is $6 billion, the proposed reduction in the HUD budget.  This would …

Our Community Blog: Karen Olson, Founder and President Emeritus, “Simple Acts of Kindness Change Lives”

April 27, 2017 | Voices of Family Promise

I love talking with families who have been through the Family Promise program, so, before speaking at an Affiliate, I always have these conversations in order to share with  that Affiliate what it has meant to families.  You might think that families begin by talking about the shelter accommodations or …

Our Community Blog: Cara Bradshaw, Director of Development, “Housing and The Privilege Monster”

April 10, 2017 | Voices of Family Promise

The first time I was confronted with my privilege was in a newly-created position marketing the Just Neighbors curriculum for Family Promise. I was a graduate student at the time, in an international affairs program focused on the many levels of systemic injustice. It’s one thing to sit in a classroom …

“Hand Out,” a volunteer’s poem illustrating the Power of One.

March 27, 2017 | Voices of Family Promise

When Family Promise Chicago North Shore was opening several years ago, a volunteer listened to Founder Karen Olson’s story about meeting a homeless woman, Millie, on the streets of New York City and going on to create the organization that became Family Promise nationwide.  That volunteer, Lois-Eve Anderson was inspired …

Family Promise of Gainesville, FL

March 13, 2017 | Voices of Family Promise

Our Community Blog: T.J. Putman, Director, Family Promise Salem Affiliate, “Seen and Unseen”

February 14, 2017 | Voices of Family Promise

There’s a ding on the wall!  There are  dishes in the sink!!  There are unpacked boxes on floor!!! There is a spot on the carpet!!!!   There is a dead spot on the lawn!!!!!! Today I met with one of regular Office Angel Volunteers and we shared a little about how …

Our Community Blog: Nick Zullo, Director, Family Promise of Greater Helena, “Live in Stillness”

January 23, 2017 | Voices of Family Promise

“Perspective is the way we see things when we look at them from a certain distance, and it allows us to appreciate their true value.” These words were spoken by Rafael Eduardo Pino. A native of Venezuela, he said he visited the Amazon jungle in Leticia, Columbia, near the borders …

Our Community Blog: Teressa Ramsey, Regional Director, “Leap of Faith”

January 10, 2017 | Voices of Family Promise

July 1, 2013 was a hot and rainy Monday in New London, Connecticut. As my husband and I pulled away from the United States Coast Guard Academy, leaving our youngest daughter to begin her Swab Summer training, I strived to catch one last glimpse of her, but she had already …