This blog provides the top 5 highlights or updates about Family Promise of Waukesha County for Friday, May 26, 2023.
The Friday Five is a weekly update that focuses on the 5 main things happening at Family Promise Waukesha County. We also look for ways to advocate and educate about family homelessness. It is our hope that it will help you stay informed and connected to the mission of Family Promise of Waukesha County.
Our mission is to help low-income families and families experiencing homelessness achieve sustainable independence
through a community-based response.
The stories you can read this week are:
PHOTOS OF THE WEEK
Photos this week include images from a presentation by Matthew Desmond author of Poverty, by America, an evening with the 100 Women Who Care who selected Family Promise as their first quarter charity, Callie Pauc and Mattie Martinez in their cap and gown on their graduation day, Maria and Courtney participating in CPR training offered by CPR for All.
In his book Poverty, by America, Matthew Desmond suggests that all of us play a role in perpetuating poverty and homelessness. Would you agree or disagree with that statement?
1. MAKING YOUR OWN PATH
Sometimes the path we expect for families to follow in their pursuit of housing is simply not the way it is achieved. When Carrie left Family Promise of Waukesha County, she exited to a rooming house. It was not what WE viewed as ideal. Yet it did not phase her. Her persistence, with the support of her case manager Courtney, she was soon able to move into a studio apartment. Again maybe not what WE had in mind, but it was the path that was right for her. Her progress continues as she has moved into a one bedroom apartment and will soon be starting classes at Waukesha County Technical College, which will open more opportunities for her.
Escaping homelessness is extremely difficult. Sometimes it is thought that one can move from homelessness to housing in three months. It seldom works that way. There are barriers and set-backs that could make anyone lose hope and succumb to circumstances. We are proud of Carrie, her bravery, and her commitment to never giving up.
POLL OF THE WEEK
2. NOW IS THE TIME
To get involved in the Family Promise of Waukesha County Golf Outing being held on July 24 at Oconomowoc Golf Club!
Here are ways you can participate:
SPONSOR THE EVENT
Join these great individuals and businesses and show support for families experiencing homelessness by serving as an event sponsor! There are many levels and benefits for supporting the event.
The event is just over 80% full so register soon!
19TH HOLE FEATURING BEN TAJNAI
Unable to golf? Join us for the 19th HOLE featuring Ben Tajnai. Ben is a local musical celebrity known for singing the National Anthem at every Bucks game during their championship season. He has appeared in musicals and is also a voice teacher. In addition to Ben, there will be hors d’oeurves, festive beverages, dinner, silent and live auctions, and a program with stories from former shelter guests.
DONATE A BASKET
Themed baskets are part of the silent auction and we are looking for families, congregations, businesses to claim and theme and provide the items to be used in the basket. Use this sign up genius form to sign up and Maria will follow up.
Keep an eye out as soon we will be requesting volunteers for the day!
3. JOB OPPORTUNITY
Family Promise of Waukesha County is seeking an individual to work in the Community Shelter. Their role would include:
Caring for the well-being of all shelter residents
Ensuring the shelter routine runs smoothly
Offering direction and support to volunteers
Assisting clients with basic needs
Available shifts are 7am-3pm and 2pm-10pm Thursday through Sunday.
Those who are interested should send a cover letter and resume to Maria: email@example.com.
4. WISH LIST
We Need Toilet Paper: A Poem
Roses are red
Violets are blue
Without toilet paper, what would you do?
We have run out of toilet paper and request your help to replenish our supply.
You can drop some off at the Day Center starting next Tuesday at 139 E North Street Waukesha, WI 53188 between 8:30 am and 4pm, or you can purchase from our Amazon Wish List and send directly to us.
Call if you need an alternative drop off time.
5. EARLY CHILDHOOD HOMELESSNESS
Currently in the Community Shelter, there are three families with five children. Of those five children, four of them are under the age of five. We know that 1 out of 19 children experience homelessness before they finish kindergarten. Further we know that about 30% of homeless adults had their first experience of homelessness as a child. Yet what impact does this have on children?
Thank you to all those who have given their lives for freedom, democracy and justice. As we remember those who died in war, may we also pray and commit ourselves to peace.
“A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.”
YOGA ON THE GREEN
Please join us for Yoga on the Green on June 3 from 8-9am hosted by Abundant Joy Yoga. Take a moment to rest, relax, and find your center! Any donations will benefit Family Promise of Waukesha County.
CLEAN UP DAY
Would you be interested in helping with spring clean-up around the Day Center? We are seeking a few volunteers who would spend part of a day weeding and planting flowers. Contact Joe if you are interested and then we will schedule a mutually convenient time firstname.lastname@example.org
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
May 29 Our offices will be closed on Monday for Memorial Day
June 3 Yoga on the Green - Oconomowoc Community Center (lakeside)
June 6 Volunteer Training - 5:30pm - 139 E North Street, Waukesha WI 53188
July 24 Family Promise Golf Outing - Oconomowoc Golf Club
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