This blog provides the top 5 highlights or updates about Family Promise of Waukesha County for Friday, July 28, 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:
QUOTE OF THE WEEK
"Our prime purpose in this life is to help others."
PHOTOS OF THE WEEK
Is ending homelessness a realistic goal?
1. OUR HEARTS ARE FILLED WITH GRATITUDE
The golf outing was a wonderful success.
Our annual golf outing was a great success! This is an important event for Family Promise of Waukesha County because it is a significant fund raiser and it gives us an opportunity to advocate for families who are experiencing homelessness.
We were moved by the words of Carrie McGowan and Kim Peters Burg and who told their stories and how the assistance they received from Family Promise of Waukesha County changed their lives.
"Without Family Promise and family support we would have not made it through the rough patch. Each day the relief becomes greater and greater."
-Kim Peters Burg
There are so many people to thank. Thank you to all of our sponsors! Please utilize their services. Let them know you appreciate their support of Family Promise of Waukesha County.
Thank you to our planning committee chair, Patti Ewald. Patti is amazing! She is organized, dedicated, creative, focused and persistent. She is so good at this and so committed to Family Promise. Much thanks!
Please click the link to read about everyone who helped with the event.
And there are more people! See the entire story of the golf outing using the button.
2. LIGHTEN THE BURDEN OF OTHERS
Vicky Jaeger shares why her commitment to Family Promise is important.
Christ the King Lutheran Church in Delafield has been serving in partnership with St. Catherine Mapleton and St Joan of Arc since the beginning of Family Promise of Waukesha County. We are always interested in why people are willing to give back. Here is what she shared with us!
Why is responding to family homelessness important to you?
Life is hard and even harder for some. If we can do something to lighten another's burden we should. People helped me when I was struggling and it meant the world to me. I will never forget the kindness and generosity shown to my family. It is good to love our neighbors.
What do you enjoy about volunteering for Family Promise?
The impact FP has on families is undeniably good! It also feels good to surround myself with the many generous people willing to work together to help others.
What is challenging for you?
We have great responses to asking for food and volunteers to serve. The fact that we only need 4 people for 3-4 hours makes it sooo much easier.
Our partner organizations are incredibly important to us especially as we manage the new Community Shelter. We would not be able to provide this shelter program without community involvement. Thank you, Vicky, and thank you all who support our programs by volunteering.
POLL OF THE WEEK
3. WISH LIST ITEMS
Family Promise is in need of gift cards and other supplies
We are running low on supplies and gift cards. Please check out the list to see if you can help us out. If donating gift cards, our biggest needs are gas and grocery cards. For gas cards we prefer BP, Kwik Trip or Mobil. For groceries, we prefer Pick N Save, Meijer, Aldi, or Woodman's. Target and Walmart gift cards are helpful too. The best denominations are: $10, $25 and $50.
Any donation can be dropped off at the Day Center 139 E North Street from 8:30-4pm. Please call before you come or if you need to drop off outside those times.
4. SEEKING MISSION FOCUSED TEAM MEMBERS
We are seeking a shelter supervisor and two interns
Applications are now being accepted for the position of shelter supervisor. The role of the Shelter Supervisor is to support residents with their basic needs, offer direction and guidance to volunteers and ensure the daily operations of the shelter are running smoothly. The Shelter Supervisor should be a person who is:
able to diffuse and resolve conflict
compassionate and an active listener
able to maintain clear and consistent boundaries
able to protect confidentiality
willing to hold firm (enforce) on expectations of families and volunteers
able to problem solve
possesses a client first mentality
This is a temporary part-time, hourly position which pays $20/hour. Hours are weekend evenings and days. Please submit cover letter and resume to Maria Mundt: firstname.lastname@example.org
We continue to accept applications for our social work and communications interns. These two internships are only for students from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Learn more about both positions by using the link below and scroll to Family Promise of Waukesha County. Then click on the appropriate job description to learn more and apply.
5. 4 REASONS HOMELESSNESS PERSISTS
During her campaign, Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass pledged to lower homelessness.
On Monday, Los Angeles Mayor extended an emergency order which declared homelessness a crisis in her city. Sadly, she stated that there is not an end in sight for homelessness. This NPR story captures this stunning reversal but probably a realistic assessment that homelessness is a complicated issue, not going away soon and has four main reasons for its growth:
Homelessness is growing
Rent is out of reach for many and affordable housing has disappeared
Zoning laws make it difficult to construct new affordable housing
The end of Covid era assistance has left some further behind
Click the photo to read the story.
Enjoy a morning of refreshment and summer fun at Oakwood Church for their SUMMER PICNIC on Sunday, August 06 from 9:00 AM till noon.
All are welcome!
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
July 30 Presentation to Church of the Resurrection, Pewaukee
Aug 3 Rise Up Summit - Waukesha County
Aug 6 Oakwood Church Picnic 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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