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This blog provides the top 5 highlights or updates about Family Promise of Waukesha County for Friday, November 18, 2022.

The Friday Five will take a break next week Friday. We will see you again on December 2.

Please note our offices will be closed Thursday November 24 and Friday November 25 for the Thanksgiving holiday. Happy Thanksgiving!


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:

How did the new Family Promise videos impact you?

You can watch them here and here


This week our photos are from the holiday photo shoot we offered families last Saturday and the Carroll University group who helped sort supplies in our storage. Thank you to the volunteers from the Collegiate Key Club, Alpha Xi Delta, Rebecca Seymour, and Stephanie Kindberg who assisted with the photo shoot and sorting. Special thank you to Mama Ducky's for donating the cookies. Our week ended with former guest Carrie stopping by to show us her new car. Progress is wonderful!



This week Family Promise welcomes two new families to the Apartment Shelter Program. One family is a single mom with a 3 year old boy and the other family is a single mom with a 4 year old girl. This means that our four apartment units are now filled. Please note that one family is taking over the lease of one of our apartments starting December 1 so we are back to having four units available for shelter. We will lease a fifth apartment starting in January.

Another option for shelter is the Winter Overflow which opened November 14. The Winter Overflow is owned by the Housing Action Coalition (HAC) who contracts with the Community Action Coalition (CAC) to manage the program. It is open from November 14 to approximately April 1. Family Promise along with Hebron Housing Services, Salvation Army and the Women's Shelter are agencies that can refer clients to the winter overflow once our shelter is full. Our decision to refer individuals will depend on the number of cases our social workers have. While CAC does have a case worker at the overflow we believe we are responsible for every client that we refer.



Family Promise of Waukesha County, Inc, is proud to announce that, Home for the Holidays, our end of the year annual funding campaign, will officially kick off on Giving Tuesday, November 29, 2022. The campaign begins with a challenge grant of $20,000 provided by a collective commitment from the following generous businesses. It is their challenge that together we can match that commitment on Giving Tuesday.

  • The Dorothy J Thomson Foundation

  • American Transmission Company

  • Cornerstone Builders of SE WI

  • Shorewest Realty and

  • Anonymous friend of Family Promise

The entire Home for the Holidays campaign focuses on providing a response to the current housing crisis.

Your gift will provide a family experiencing homelessness a place to find shelter and lay a foundation for their future. Or it will allow a family to avoid the chaos of homelessness. Our goal is to raise $100,000 by December 31, 2022.

We humbly ask you for a generous gift to give families experiencing homelessness a home this holiday season. Any donation made between now and the end of the day November 30 will count toward our challenge grant.



Tune in on Sunday November 27 at 10 am on 1130 WISN AM to listen to a discussion about housing in Waukesha County with Joe Nettesheim, Executive Director of Family Promise of Waukesha County and Melissa Songco, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity.

They are guests on the Milwaukee Philanthropic Community which airs weekly on 1130 WISN AM. Jill Economou, Director of Community Outreach at Ellenbecker Investment Group, will host this unique show which explores ways to have an impact in our local community and the world. Guests include leaders of local non-profit organizations as well as individuals that have been inspired to create change. Listeners will learn the value and joy of giving and how they too can experience the feeling of giving back.

Mark your calendars so you do not forget!



Our holiday gift giving project is off to a great start! Almost all the families were selected. We have six families left to be sponsored. Can you help?

Each family was asked to provide us with a list of two items per adult and four items per child. The children were to select something that they 1.) want 2.) need 3.) wear and 4.) read.

If you select a family you will be responsible for providing these items for the entire household. We encourage you to get involved as a family, congregation, business, civic group, social group or a group of friends.

To participate follow these steps:

1. Use the sign up genius link to select a family. Please provide your name, email address and group you represent, if applicable. Whoever signs up will be the contact person for your group.

When selecting a family to sponsor, please note that the number of adults, gender and ages of children are listed under each family. You are not to spend more than $100 on each person. Adults are included in the gifts also. This means a family of 4 could be a commitment of $400.

2. Once you have selected a family an email will be sent to the point person for your group. Make sure who signs up is willing to be that contact person.

3. The contact person will receive a list of the items that each person in the household has requested. We are using a new platform called Dream List.

4. Each item on Dream List is linked to an online store such as Amazon or Target. You can order online and have the item shipped to Family Promise directly or you can have it delivered to your home and bring all items to Family Promise together. You can also go out and shop for the item on the list.

All items should be delivered to Family Promise, UNWRAPPED and LABELED with the letter of the family, by December 12.

Our address is 139 E. North Street Waukesha, WI 53188. Please call before stopping by.

Thank you for ensuring that each family will have a festive holiday season. If you have questions please contact Maria:



How did the new Family Promise Videos impact you. Mark all that apply

  • 0%Impressed by these three strong women.

  • 0%Overwhelmed by the challenges they face

  • 0%Happy to be part of a community response to homelessness

  • 0%Moved to tears

You can vote for more than one answer.



According to a US Census Bureau survey completed in the middle of October, close to 8 million tenants report that they are behind on their rent. Almost half of those households are families with children under the age of 18. 3 million people believe it is likely that they will be evicted.

In this survey another 4.5 million people stated that their rent was raised from $250 to $500. Another 2 million stated their rent increased more than $500 a month.



Day of Remembrance this Monday

The city of Waukesha is gathering all who would like to come together and remember those who have been lost and wounded. It will be held November 21 at 4:39pm at Cutler Park in Waukesha. It can also be streamed online. Visit this site for more information.



November 20 Ministry Day, St Jerome, Oconomowoc

November 20 Presentation, Our Savior Lutheran Church, Oconomowoc

November 24 Thanksgiving Holiday Offices Closed

November 25 Thanksgiving Holiday Offices Closed

November 29 Giving Tuesday

December 11 Christmas Concert to benefit Family Promise

at St Catherine Mapleton, 2:00 pm (more details to come)



You can also join our Facebook volunteer group to learn about volunteer opportunities.


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