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Updated: May 26

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 May 26, 2024.

Our mission is to help low-income families and families experiencing homelessness achieve sustainable independence through a community-based response.


Please note our offices are closed on Monday, May 27 for the Memorial Day Holiday.

The Family Promise Five for May 26 are:



The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they do not have any

-Alice Walker



American Transmission Company assembled snack packs for families in the Apartment Shelter Program last week. Joe Nettesheim was asked to speak with the volunteers about the mission of Family Promise of Waukesha County. Thank you to ATC for their ongoing support and to United Way of Greater Milwaukee and Waukesha Counties for organizing the day.

Our first informational meeting about the new Shelter Diversion Program was held on Thursday, May 23 at the Waukesha Public Library. Thank you to the the 20+ individuals who attended. Stay tuned for additional opportunities to learn about this new program.


What way would you like to see Family Promise celebrate our 10 year anniversary?



Two ways you can volunteer with Family Promise of Waukesha County.



Family Promise of Waukesha County is seeking volunteers and partner organizations to prepare, serve and eat a meal with families who are in the Apartment Shelter Program. These meals are being held on Wednesday evenings starting at 5:30pm. They will be at the Day Center 139 E North Street Waukesha. Volunteers would be asked to bring the meal hot and ready to serve. Families are required to attend, unless they have a valid reason. Leftovers will be sent home with them. 

Sign up to participate once or many times. It can be done as a couple, a family or a group. Volunteer groups are asked to arrive 20 minutes early for a brief orientation. Training is highly recommended and encouraged especially if you decided to serve more than one time. We are asking that at least one volunteer complete the online training. . 

Click the image to sign up to make and serve meals for families in the Apartment Shelter Program.


The Tuesday Guys are a group of volunteers who complete light maintenance for Family Promise. This group originated from the Helping Hands group at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Oconomowoc. The group helps out a few Tuesdays a month. Some of the projects they have completed in the past:

  • paint an office

  • building file cabinets or desks

  • taking the vans for oil change or emission test

  • weeding/trimming 

  • fix broken chairs

  • taking donations to the basement for sorting

  • fixing closet shelves in the Apartment shelter

They have truly been a blessing.  If you are interested in some light maintenance to keep our facilities functioning please email Joe Nettesheim 


It is our preference that all volunteers who have client contact complete the online training. To complete the Family Promise online training use this link: 

All volunteers who interact with clients must have a criminal record check completed.



Green Bay Packaging serve as presenting sponsor for Golf Outing

Fund Development/Community

Green Bay Packaging- Baird Display Division, located in Waukesha, will serve as the presenting sponsor for the 2024 Family Promise of Waukesha County Golf Outing! This is the fourth consecutive year that GBP is serving as the “Master Level Sponsor.” Green Bay Packaging has not only supported families experiencing homelessness financially, they are also one of our partners. In both the Community Shelter and the Emergency Overflow Shelter they provided meals and volunteers. During the holidays they helped with presents for families too! We are grateful for their partnership.

When asked why GBP supports Family Promise of Waukesha County, Vice-President and General Manager, Timm Rutkowski, stated,

Helping Families achieve sustainable independence! This core tenet of Family Promise resonates deeply with Green Bay Packaging.  When you give people the tools to succeed and then let them succeed…there is no greater feeling of accomplishment or satisfaction.  That’s what Family Promise does, here, in our community.  In our eyes, they are not a charity…but an incredibly passionate team who encourage, assist, coach, listen, teach and love.  What they do is hard, to support them, that’s easy.”

Helping families achieve sustainable independence could not happen without partners like Green Bay Packaging- Baird Display Division.

For the Golf Outing Green Bay Packaging Baird Display Division has also helped us share our message for the day. In 2023 to help us demonstrate what families must do if they are experiencing homelessness without shelter they designed a tent, couch and a car. Very impressive and impactful representations. Thank you GBP for the many ways you support families experiencing homelessness!


Thank you to all of the sponsors, golfers, and individuals who have registered to support the Family Promise Golf Outing. 

We have created new ways to support the Golf Outing! Please consider sponsoring/underwriting components of the outing such as the lunch buffet, tent, or on the course beverages. The entire list is below or visit our webpage to register.



Travel memory lane with this video about Family Promise in Oct 2014.


Thank you to Mark Thompson for sharing this video with us. It was published in October 2014 to promote the open house just before Family Promise of Western Waukesha County opened its doors. For anyone involved in Family Promise of Waukesha County it is a great example of where we started. Please note that the original name was Family Promise of Western Waukesha County. The internet address provided in this video is no longer accurate. Enjoy!

Would you share your story of Family Promise of Waukesha County? We are collecting responses from founders, volunteers, donors, pastors, anyone who has been involved with Family Promise for all ten years or just from the past few months. Provide your input here.



In what way would you like to see Family Promise celebrate our 10 year anniversary?

  • A concert

  • Formal dinner and social

  • Fundraising event

  • Panel discussion about t FP with leaders over the years



June 1 yoga class to support Family Promise

Fund Development

You are invited to participate in Yoga on the Green on Saturday June 1 at 8am. Yoga on the Green is hosted by Abundant Joy Yoga. It is a weekly yoga class held Saturdays from 8- 9am at the Oconomowoc Community Center (220 W. Wisconsin Ave.)  The class promotes physical, emotional and spiritual wellness. On June 1, Family Promise of Waukesha County will be the recipient of any donations made during this yoga class. We hope for a great turnout and encourage you to take this opportunity to be outside on a gorgeous day by a beautiful lake while taking a moment to slow down to center, focus, relax and heal.



Chiamaka Obinna to join our team May 28.


Welcome to Chiamaka Obinna, who will be joining our team as the new Intake Coordinator. Chiamaka on Tuesday, May 28. Chiamaka graduated from UW Stevens Point with a bachelor’s degree in sociology and criminal justice. Serving as an intern in London processing migrants was a key experience in demonstrating her ability to perform the duties associated with intake. Here is her note to the FP Waukesha Community.

Hello everyone! My name is Chiamaka Daniella Obinna, and I am so happy to be joining the team as the new intake coordinator! I am from Milwaukee WI, but attended the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point in which I graduated with my bachelors of science in both Sociology and Criminal Justice last December. I enjoy spending time with family and friends and being able to be involved in helping the community, and people around me. I love traveling and shopping and just being young and fun, but I also enjoy the peace and comfort I find in journaling and reading. I look forward to meeting you all and can’t wait to be a part of Family Promise by helping one family at a time.


Five Plus

Memorial Day

This weekend we honor all those who have given their life in service of democracy, freedom and justice. We treasure your sacrifice and commitment. Let us show our reverence to the the memories of those who have served by striving to end war.



May 27 Memorial Day - Office Closed

May 29 FP Apartment Shelter Dinner  Location: Day Center Meal: TBD

June 5 FP Apartment Shelter Dinner  Location: TBD Meal: Oconomowoc Rotary



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