Updated: Nov 11
This blog provides the top 5 highlights or updates about Family Promise of Waukesha County for Friday, November 10, 2023.
The Friday Five is a weekly update that focuses on the 5 main things happening at Family Promise Waukesha County. This communication should update, inform and advocate for families who are financially vulnerable.
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:
WORK DAY FOR Z
QUOTE OF THE WEEK
“Our debt to the heroic men and valiant women in the service of our country can never be repaid. They have earned our undying gratitude.” - Harry S. Truman
Thank you to all veterans!
PHOTOS OF THE WEEK
Last week Friday the staff celebrated Joe's birthday and his four year anniversary at Family Promise of Waukesha County. Thank you for all the kind wishes. #celebratejoevember
Using emojis, how excited are you that Family Promise of Waukesha County is managing the Emergency Overflow Shelter?
1. HOME FOR GOOD
FP partners are creating a community challenge fund
The Family Promise of Waukesha County end of the year funding campaign will officially kick off on Giving Tuesday, November 28. Our theme is Home for Good. This theme highlights that having a home is good for families; it is good for our community and underscores our commitment to support families in securing permanent housing- for good!
We are excited that a number of foundations, businesses and civic groups have already made their commitment to supporting families experiencing homelessness. This community challenge fund is designed to lay a foundation for our lofty end of the year fundraising goal. Plus it is meant to inspire and challenge all of us to invest in eliminating family homelessness as a community. We will soon announce our goal and the level of the total of the Community Challenge Fund. We hope you will consider making a generous gift so families can have a home for good.
Thank you to all those who are sponsoring the Home for Good Community Challenge Fund.
2. EMERGENCY OVERFLOW TO OPEN MONDAY
Family Promise to manage the EOS with Hebron Housing Services.
The Emergency Overflow Shelter will open this Monday, November 13. There will be a limit to the number of individuals allowed in the shelter until the program is fully staffed. This program will serve both families and singles who are experiencing homelessness. The Housing Action Coalition of Waukesha County has contracted with Family Promise of Waukesha County and Hebron Housing Services to jointly manage the shelter. Before a referral can be made to the overflow current shelter capacity must be f
ull. For example, if a single man is seeking shelter before being referred to the overflow both Salvation Army and Siena House would need to be at capacity. A referral to the overflow must come through a current shelter program. Agencies who can make referrals are Family Promise of Waukesha County, Hebron Housing Services, Salvation Army and The Women’s Center.
Click on image to learn more about the Shelter Advocate role.
3. HABITAT FOR HUMANITY WORKDAY NOVEMBER 15
Working to get Z's house ready for early 2024.
You are invited to help Z with her house this Wednesday, November 15 from 8:30am to 3:30pm. We are hoping to help her complete her home so she can move in early 2024. This work day will include hanging doors and painting. Your time will count toward her sweat equity hours. Visit the event page for the workday to sign up to help Z.
4. HOLIDAY GIFT GIVING
Seeking groups to provide Christmas gifts to families
Thank you for your interest in Family Promise of Waukesha County's Holiday Gift Drive 2023!
The sign-up form to sponsor an individual or family for holiday gifts is now available. Click on the sign up genius and select the person(s) who you would like to help this year.
Here is how it works:
Select an individual to sponsor.
The age, gender, and hobbies/likes are listed for each individual.
You can sign-up yourself or a group. You can choose as many people as you want.
More than one person can sponsor an individual. We only need the name of a contact person.
Once your selection is made, purchase a gift that best fits that individual.
Do not spend more than $100 a person. For children we recommend four gifts. For adults we recommend two gifts.
Please deliver gifts unwrapped to the Family Promise Day Center 139 E North Street Waukesha 53188 no later than December 13.
You may elect to have the gifts delivered to our Day Center directly. We ask that all gifts are unwrapped when delivered.
All gifts must be UNWRAPPED and delivered to the Day Center no later than December 13th, labeled with the identifying individual and family ("Family 1, 5 year old male") you are buying for!
Address to send gifts to is
139 E North St, Waukesha WI 53188
Please reach out to Maria with any questions or click the button to sponsor a family or individual firstname.lastname@example.org
We are supporting 23 families and 75 individuals.
5. HOUSING LEAST AFFORDABLE SINCE 1984
Homeowners paying 41% of their income to pay their mortgage
According to research completed by Intercontinental Exchange (ICE), the owner of the New York Stock Exchange, the availability of affordable housing is at its lowest since 1984.
The article states, “ICE notes that the last time housing affordability was this bad, the average home cost about 3.5 times median income. Today, that price-to-income ratio is much worse, at nearly six to one.”
POLL OF THE WEEK
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
Nov 13 Tentative Start to Emergency Overflow
Nov 20 Board of Trustees
Nov 23 Thanksgiving
Nov 28 Giving Tuesday- start of Home for Good End of Year Campaign
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