Building a New Life off the Reservation

May 2, 2016 | Success Stories

Holly and Raymond Bixby found themselves in a desperate situation—unable to provide for their family with no place in their community to turn for help. Holly and her oldest daughters. As the result of a back injury and subsequent surgery in 2014, Raymond was unable to return to his job …

PJ’s Place Spreads Joy

May 2, 2016 | National News

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 …

Family Promise 14th National Conference Looks to the Future

April 27, 2016 | National News

“Waves bring change.” FP President Claas Ehlers. 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 …

200th Family Promise Affiliate Opens

March 21, 2016 | Affiliate News

A journey that started in suburban New Jersey has found its way to the beautiful mountains of northwestern Virginia as the 200th Family Promise Affiliate has opened its doors.  This remarkable milestone was celebrated Sunday, March 13, with presentations, music and dancing, a choir comprised of singers from seventeen churches …

New Beginnings: One Year In

February 17, 2016 | National News

    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 …

A Message from Claas Ehlers

February 3, 2016 | National News

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 …

A Pennsylvania Family Builds a New Life

January 25, 2016 | Success Stories

Time was running out for Kristina Lucas and her four children, then ages 2, 5, 10 and 12. The family was staying in a homeless shelter that enforced a 15-day limit. Before that, for a few months, she had lived with family members, who could no longer make room for …

Local Partnerships Provide Key Support

January 25, 2016 | National News

Unity Bank’s Janice Bolomey and family at Box City. 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 …

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 …

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