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FAMILY PROMISE FIVE: A COMMUNITY RESPONSE

The Family Promise Five is a weekly update that focuses on the FIVE topics, issues, events, volunteer opportunities or needs of Family Promise Waukesha County. This communication will update, inform and advocate for families who are experiencing homelessness or at risk of experiencing homelessness. Here is the Family Promise Five for February 9, 2024.



Our mission is to help low-income families and families experiencing homelessness achieve sustainable independence

through a community-based response.


 

The Family Promise Five for February 9 are:



 

QUOTE OF THE WEEK


Thank you to Family Promise of Greater Wichita for our quote of the week.


"The problem with the world is that we draw the circle of our family too small."
- Mother Teresa

"What you are doing at family promise is making that circle bigger."
-Shane Claiborne


 

PHOTOS OF THE WEEK


She is back! Welcome back to Courtney Rutkowski who has returned from her maternity leave.





 


Will you share some of your stories about your involvement in serving families experiencing homelessness over the 10 years of our existence?


 

1. PARTNERS PROVIDE . . .

A community response to homelessness

Mission

The Waukesha County Emergency Winter Overflow Shelter has entered its fourth month. Family Promise of Waukesha County manages the shelter in collaboration with Hebron Housing Services. The shelter serves both single men, women and families. We are grateful to the 25 partner organizations who are providing meals and hospitality. Our mission states that we offer a community response to homelessness. The reality is that homelessness is a complicated issue and will not be adequately addressed or solved until we recognize it impacts everyone in our community.


We are grateful to the following congregations, businesses, civic and community groups who are providing support to the Emergency Overflow Shelter. They have provided 1,295 hours of service. (Please note these are self-reported hours and likely to be much higher.) 


 

POLL OF THE WEEK


Will you share some of your stories about your involvement in serving families experiencing homelessness over the 10 years of our existence?

  • Yes, I have had some wonderful experiences.

  • Yes, I am not sure what to pick.

  • Yes, but I am not a writer- can I tell someone my story?

  • No, this is not for me.




 

2. CLOSING DATE

Z’s closing is set for this month. 



Mission

We are excited to learn that Zajanelle (Z) has a closing date set for the end of February for her new home. Z entered our shelter program in December 2022 and applied for a Habitat for Humanity home in spring 2023. When she was accepted we saw her stay as more than shelter and about transitioning into homeownership. This gave her a place to stay and an opportunity to prepare for her new home. The requirements of the program include taking a seminar on Financial Literacy and Home Ownership in addition to completing 200 hours of sweat equity. We are grateful to the volunteers who supported her in those hours by doing work on the home.


Moving from homelessness to homeownership in 14 months is a remarkable accomplishment. This will have a generational impact on her and her daughter. Z we are proud of you! 



Z is in need of a washer and dryer. Would you consider providing a washer and/or dryer for her new home? Please contact Joe to discuss.


 

Program Statistics

Since it is still early in the year we are providing both our end of year stats for 2023 and our stats for January 2024. You can also watch a presentation about 2023 with Joe Nettesheim who explains some of the data. 


 

2023 STATS




 

Want to hear more about our stats? Joe Nettesheim provides info behind the numbers.




 

You are invited to a Family Promise Forum.

Come learn more about 2023 and plans for 2024 and beyond.




OR


 

3. THANK YOU, BADER PHILANTHROPIES!

FP to receive a grant for the Apartment Shelter Program



Gratitude

Thank you to Bader Philanthropies for their grant of $10,000 to support the Family Promise of Waukesha County Apartment Shelter Program. We are excited for the potential of this new partnership. With the support of Bader Philanthropies, our goal is to serve 30 families and 90 individuals in the shelter program. Typically Bader Philanthropies has focused their Community Matters support in the city of Milwaukee so we are especially honored to have this opportunity to work together. The mission of Bader Philanthropies, Inc. is to “help people and honor the legacy of our founders. We strive to accomplish this with grants and program related investments and by convening partners, engaging with community and developing leaders.”


Bader Philanthropies is animated by the values of:


  • Dignity

  • Compassion

  • Humility

  • Integrity

  • Service


To learn more about Bader Philanthropies, visit their website.


 

4. APARTMENT SHELTER SUPPLY RENEWAL

After four years our supplies need to be updated


Action


The Apartment Shelter Program has been in operation since 2020. Over these four years we have increased our program to five apartments serving 36 families. With many of the items used daily there has been a significant amount of wear and tear. Therefore we are asking your help to renew

our supplies in the Apartment Shelter Program. Could you review the Amazon wishlist and donate some of the items that are used daily? 


Items can be purchased directly from our wishlist and sent to our Day Center 139 E North Street Waukesha WI 53188. Thank you in advance for your support! 





 

5. HUPY AND ABRAHAM CONTEST

Nominate Family Promise of Waukesha County for funding 




Action

The law firm Hupy and Abraham is seeking nominations for nonprofits to receive funding. You can nominate Family Promise of Waukesha County by simply typing our name into the comment section of their facebook post. The top 10 nominees will move onto the next round.


Nominations must be made before Tuesday, February 13 and our name has to be in the comment section of their post -- not ours. Please spread this word to your network on Facebook so that we can have a great showing. Tag Family Promise of Waukesha County so we know of your support.


Thank you.


 

MARK YOUR CALENDARS


Feb 12 FP Team Meeting


Feb 14 Fund Development Committee


Feb 19 Board of Trustees Meeting


March 5 Program Committee




April 11 Family Promise Giving Day


July 22  Golf Outing


 

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You can also join our Facebook volunteer group to learn about volunteer opportunities.


 

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