FRIDAY FIVE : NATIONAL YOUTH HOMELESSNESS MONTH

Updated: Nov 5


This blog provides the top 5 highlights or updates about Family Promise of Waukesha County for Friday, November 4, 2022.


 

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:

  1. SHELTER FAMILY TO ASSUME LEASE

  2. WAUKESHA CHRISTMAS PARADE ONE YEAR REMEMBRANCE

  3. WELCOME KELLY HAWKINS

  4. MERCHANDISE AND HOLIDAY DECORATIONS

  5. NATIONAL YOUTH HOMELESSNESS MONTH


POLL OF THE WEEK


When you vote, will you consider the needs of families experiencing homelessness?


Click here to go to the poll.



PHOTOS OF THE WEEK


Photos this week are from the Oconomowoc Area Foundation dinner, painting one of our shelter apartments, and setting up a new apartment. Thank you to Sleep in Heavenly Peace for providing the beds!




 

1. SHELTER FAMILY TO ASSUME LEASE



One of the families in the Apartment Shelter Program will assume the apartment lease from Family Promise. They will become the lease holders on December 1, 2022. When the Apartment Shelter Program started in November 2020 it was our hope that families may be able to continue to live in the apartment after their three months. It was hoped that this would provide stability for the family. Unfortunately, the cost of rent has been too high for most families.


Even for this family the road to becoming the leaseholder was not fast or easy. In fact, they had used up their time at Family Promise and were actually making plans to depart the shelter. Being able to resolve a couple of issues on their credit report made the difference.


Congratulations to this family for making progress and achieving their own home! We will continue to offer case management and support them over the next year.


 

2. WAUKESHA CHRISTMAS PARADE

ONE YEAR REMEMBRANCE



The trial of the man who attacked our community reopened many wounds. What brings us healing is the care, compassion, and support of one another. Even though the trial concluded with a guilty verdict, there is still much healing and grieving that needs to occur. The City of Waukesha is offering a time 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.


The Waukesha County Community Foundation along with other partner agencies have started a resiliency center for those who seek support and healing due to the trauma created by the parade tragedy. If you or someone you love have been affected by the Waukesha Christmas parade on November 21, 2021, the staff at the United for Waukesha Resiliency Center can help you find a trauma-informed therapist, get involved with peer support, connect with healing activities, and more.

 

3. WELCOME KELLY HAWKINS


Kelly Hawkins will be joining Family Promise as a full-time case manager next Thursday, November 10. Kelly is coming to us from the United Community Center on the south side of Milwaukee. We were impressed by her compassion for offering support to those who are vulnerable. We look forward to you having a chance to meet Kelly soon.




 

4. MERCHANDISE AND HOLIDAY DECORATIONS


The Family Promise merchandise store is now open -- just in time to place an order for the holidays. Anyone would like a Family Promise fleece, quarter-zip or t-shirt. Visit the online store to see all of your options. Items can be delivered directly to your home, or you can pick them up at the Day Center in Waukesha.


The online store closes November 9. Orders will be shipped 2-3 weeks after the store closes.




 

You can help the families in shelter have a joy and cheer-filled holiday season by donating holiday decorations. Last year we did not have anything to decorate. With your help, we can change that in 2022.




Stay Tuned: The holiday gift list to help families will be released next Friday, November 11.

 

POLL OF THE WEEK


When I vote next week, I will consider the needs of families experiencing homelessness?

  • Of course, it is important for our community

  • There are other issues that are more important

  • I do not plan to vote


 

5. NATIONAL YOUTH HOMELESSNESS MONTH




Did you know that 1 in 19 children experience homelessness before they are six years old? According to the School House Connection, there are currently 1.3 million children younger than 6 experiencing homelessness, and about 30% of all those experiencing homelessness are families with minor children.


When a family is concerned with shelter and food, participating in early learning programs is not a priority. November is national youth homelessness month and this article is a stark reminder of the long term consequences homelessness has on children and youth.


 

ON OUR MIND ...



HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO LISA

Wish Lisa LaBorde, our Administrative Assistant, a Happy Birthday this Sunday, November 6. Send her a note at lisa@familypromisewaukeshawi.org









THANK YOU WAUKESHA STATE BANK

We are grateful to Waukesha State Bank for a contribution to support our prevention and shelter programs.


Waukesha State Bank is a committed community partner to Family Promise and many others. Plus they are one of our banks! Their generosity will help families avoid the chaos of homelessness. Thank you WSB!



HAPPY ANNIVERSARY & HAPPY BIRTHDAY

Joe Nettesheim completed his third year as Executive Director on November 3. His birthday is also November 4.








VOTE

Election Day is next Tuesday, November 8. A foundational value of Family Promise is community involvement. There is no greater way to be involved in the community than voting. It is an honor, a duty and a responsibility.


Of course, we hope you will consider candidates who support initiatives and policies that will support families experiencing homelessness. #thinkaffordablehousing



 

MARK YOUR CALENDARS


November 6 Presentation at St James, Mukwonago


November 20 Ministry Day, St Jerome, Oconomowoc


November 20 Presentation, Our Savior Lutheran Church, Oconomowoc


November 21 One Year Remembrance Waukesha Christmas Parade


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)


 

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