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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 April 19, 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 April 19 are:



“People end up homeless for all sorts of reasons, but the leading cause of homelessness is a lack of affordable housing.”

– Mark Horvath, Invisible People




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Family in Bridge Program Secures Home


A family who started in our shelter program in October has secured a home. They are moving into their new home at the end of the month. This family stayed with us in the Apartment Shelter Program for ninety days. As their time came to a close they had secured employment with a livable wage, however they were struggling to find a home. One of the reasons for this was an open eviction case that was going to a mediation process. To accommodate their need for longer support they became the first family to participate in a Bridge program. 

The Bridge Program was developed to assist families who have stabilized, but need additional time to find housing. The Bridge Program will assist families in finding permanent housing, setting/completing goals, managing money, and getting families in the habit of paying monthly rent. Families in this program pay thirty percent of their income towards the apartment rent amount. Families will continue to work on their goals and save money for their security deposit and first month's rent.

Congratulations to this family who has secured permanent, independent housing. We are proud of and excited for you.



EDs Gather in Midwest to Learn, Support and Look to the future 


The Executive Directors from the Family Promise Midwest affiliates gathered in Bloomington Minnesota for a conference from April 15-17.

Affiliates represented were: 

Illinois:  FP Chicago North Shore

Iowa: FP of Linn County

Kansas:  FP of Lawrence, FP of Greater Wichita

Michigan:  FP of Western Michigan (Grand Rapids)

Minnesota: FP of Anoka County (host), and Rochester County

Ohio: FP of Delaware County, FP of Lima-Allen County 

Wisconsin:  FP of Greater Beloit, FP of Grant County, FP of Monroe County and 

FP of Waukesha County

The conference focused on four areas. 

A. Power, Privilege, and Culture

The first was a presentation by Marcia Galvan and Carmella Glenn titled Culture, Power and Privilege. In this workshop discussion centered around defining and getting a better understanding of culture, power and privilege, looking at our own experiences and what are ways we can be more aware of how these three realities impact the families we serve. 

B. Tour FP Anoka County

A second aspect of the conference was to tour Family Promise of Anoka County. They recently purchased land on which they are building a new family shelter. 

C. Future of FP

CEO Cheryl Schuch and CPO Sandra Minuitti shared a presentation on the focus of the Family Promise organization in 2024 and beyond. Emphasis will be put on increasing the number of families served by each affiliate instead of adding new affiliates. They would like affiliates to:

  • expand programming,

  • develop critical organizational structure

  • prioritize service that is trauma informed, low barrier, inclusive and equitable.

D. Roundtable Discussions

Each affiliate was able to share information about their structure (staff and board), Services, Growth and Hope for the future. 



FP is seeking items for silent auction and raffle at the Golf Outing


One way you can support the Golf Outing is to donate an item for the silent auction or as a raffle prize. You or a group could put together a basket of  items to be used for the silent auction. We have put together some ideas for baskets. Simply click the button and sign up for the basket that appeals to you. 

Not sure if you want to prepare a basket? Here are some ideas of items to get you thinking. Maybe you have a connection to easily secure items. Here are 50 ideas to spur some ideas. Contact Maria if you would like to donate or discuss the donation of an item or basket.


Consider donating tickets or paraphernalia for one of the following teams:

  1. Packer Game

  2. Brewers Game

  3. Bucks Game

  4. Badgers Football

  5. Badger Basketball

  6. Badger Hockey

  7. Marquette Golden Eagle Basketball

  8. Admirals Hockey

  9. DockHounds Baseball

  10.  Pickleball equipment and accessories 


  1. Escape room

  2. Zoo Passes

  3. Board Games

  4. Dave and Busters gift card

  5. Game Stop Gift Card

  6. Betty Brinn Museum

  7. Gift card to Lumber Axe

  8. First and Bowl in Wauwatosa or Thirsty Duck mini-bowling, Sussex

  9. Airline gift card

  10. Train pass to Chicago


  1. Milwaukee Art Museum

  2. Charles Allis Art Museum

  3. Waukesha Civic Theatre season tickets

  4. Kettle Moraine Civic Theatre

  5. Lake Country Playhouse Tickets

  6. Pewaukee Arts Council

  7. Ten Chimneys

  8. Milwaukee Repertory Theater season passes

  9. UPAF Broadway shows

  10.  Learn how to knit


  1. Air conditioner or furnace tune up

  2. Home decorating for Christmas 

  3. Small engine tune-up (lawn mower or snow blower)

  4. Gift card for plumbing

  5. Gift card for electrical work

  6. Babysitting 

  7. Lawn care (mowing, mulching, aerating, treating, raking leaves)

  8. Tree trimming

  9. In home chef creating a meal for friends and family 

  10. Painting the trim


  1. Creative writing class

  2. Pottery class

  3. Cooking class (Chef Pam's Kitchen, Waukesha)

  4. Massage Therapy at Hand and Stone or similar place

  5. Candle making (candle bar)

  6. Paint and Sip

  7. Gift card to the domes

  8. Tubing at the Rock in Franklin

  9. Weekend getaway in door county or the dells or ...

  10. Movie Passes


Registration for the golf outing is open.

Sign up yourself, a foursome or become a sponsor!



How will you participate in the Golf Outing

  • 0%Sponsor the event

  • 0%Bring a foursome

  • 0%Sign up to golf

  • 0%Attend the 19th Hole: Dinner, Program Raffle and Auctions

You can vote for more than one answer.



Founder of Invisible People Creates a Video Editorial


Mark Horvath is a man who experienced homelessness. He developed Invisible People to give a face and voice to homelessness, something he knows all too well having lived among them. His work is extremely innovative and his ingenious use of social media for storytelling is a model for both the corporate and not-for-profit worlds. On April 16 the New York Times published a video opinion piece created by Mark. 

This opinion piece was created now because on, “April 22, the Supreme Court is set to hear the case of Johnson v. Grants Pass, the most significant case in decades about homeless people’s rights. The case will determine whether cities can arrest or fine the homeless — even if there’s no other shelter. As the homeless plaintiffs wrote, this would be ‘punishing the city’s involuntarily homeless residents for their existence.’”


5. ¿Puedes traducir del inglés al español?

Si entiendes esto, te necesitamos


Family Promise del condado de Waukesha está buscando personas que puedan traducir del inglés al español. Actualmente todos nuestros formularios están en inglés. Con un aumento de clientes de habla hispana, debemos asegurarnos de que todos nuestros formularios sean inclusivos. Si esta es su habilidad, comuníquese con Kelly.

PD Si utilizó el traductor de Google para descubrir este mensaje, le agradecemos el esfuerzo. Sin embargo, es posible que esta no sea una oportunidad de voluntariado para usted.




Thank you to over 90 donors who helped us raise $93,000 for Giving Day! We are so close to our goal. Even though the website is no longer available any donations postmarked April 24 or earlier we will count towards our giving day total! We are still holding out hope that we can get to $100,000!


You are invited to the Oconomowoc Women’s Club Rock N Roll Trivia Bingo Night on Saturday, April 20. The event will be held at the American Legion Post in Okauchee



April 24 Program Committee

April 29 Board of Trustees Meeting

May 1  Fund Development Committee



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