Our Community Blog: Cara Bradshaw, Director of Development, “Finding Hospitality and Home”

September 12, 2016 | Voices of Family Promise

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 …

Our Community Blog: Karen Olson, Founder/President Emeritus, “In Search of Home”

August 29, 2016 | Voices of Family Promise

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 …

Our Community Blog: Tammi Hart, Guest Advisory Council Member, “Lose Yourself”

August 15, 2016 | Voices of Family Promise

“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 …

Our Community Blog: Jeanna Beck, Regional Director, “Grace is a Gift”

July 15, 2016 | Voices of Family Promise

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 …

Our Community Blog: Claas Ehlers, President, Family Promise

June 22, 2016 | Voices of Family Promise

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 …

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