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Updated: Sep 16, 2022

This blog provides the top 5 highlights or updates about Family Promise of Waukesha County for Friday, September 16, 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:

Do you feel that a ROOMING HOUSE should be considered a viable option for single women moving out of shelter, if only temporary?



Thank you to ProHealth Care for providing 200 hygiene kits to Family Promise. Their goal was to support an agency working with the United Way Safe and Stable Homes program. Our volunteers, John and Roger from Our Savior's Lutheran Church ELCA, helped unload the boxes.

Denise O'Halloran, John, Roger Newton, Maria and Courtney moved cots to the Day Center that had been stored in Denise's barn for us.



When families move out of the shelter program we offer support and case management for up to twelve months following their exit. Carrie was in our shelter this past winter. When she left, due to the lack of affordable housing, an apartment was not an option. Her only choice was a rooming house. While this was not ideal, Carrie has not given up. She has been persistent! This past week she signed a lease and moved into her studio apartment today! Carrie continues to work toward achieving all of her goals. Her bravery and persistence has been inspiring!

Congratulations, Carrie!



Family Promise of Waukesha County will be sponsoring the Piggly Wiggly Brat House in Hartland 505 Cottonwood Ave, Hartland, WI 53029 on Sunday, September 25. We will be serving brats, hamburgers, and hotdogs from 10am- 2pm. Do a little grocery shopping, meet some great people, and come have some awesome food.

Thank you to Jamie Zussman, his family and the board of trustees for coordinating this event.



We have had an internal discussion about how to help families and single women transition from shelter to permanent independent housing. With high demand for apartments driving up the cost of rent, and moving families with evictions or poor credit, options for housing are limited.

With the above in mind, do you feel that a ROOMING HOUSE should be considered a viable option for single women* moving out of shelter, if only temporary?

  • No, never

  • Yes, only if it is temporary

  • Yes, it is better than sleeping in a car

* NOTE: We would never use a rooming house for families.



According to the US Census bureau, just under 14% of renters (or 8 million households) state that they are behind on rent payments. Another almost 4 million believe that it is likely that they will be evicted in the next month or two. These statistics demonstrate how narrow the distance is between being housed and becoming homeless. It is further evidence that we are in a housing crisis.

Preventing and ending homelessness is good for our entire community. Offering rent assistance is good for tenants, and landlords alike. It is especially important now as the distance between being housed and unhoused is becoming smaller. This story captures how Family Promise affiliates work with landlords to help families remain in their homes. Working together is vitally important since helping families maintain their homes benefits all of us.



Test your knowledge about the issues facing those who are low-income or experiencing homelessness. Questions cover the topics of work, wages, food, and child-care.

Try this fun way to learn more about the realities facing low-income individuals.



Next week Courtney, Maria, and Joe will participate in the Family Promise national symposium in Morristown, NJ. There will be panel discussions and breakout sessions on the following:

  • Affordable housing

  • Diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility

  • Vicarious trauma

  • Charity ratings and fundraising

  • Advocacy and affecting public policy

  • Growing your affiliate

  • Including graduates in your program

  • Board service

  • Volunteerism

  • Ethical storytelling

Since some staff will be out of the office for the week of September 19-23, we have adjusted our office hours. Please make a note of the following:

September 19 9am- 3pm

September 20 9am- 2pm

September 21 9am- 3pm

September 22 9am- 2pm

September 23 Office Closed



Here are some upcoming dates we want you to be aware of:

September 18 Happy Birthday, Callie! 🎉 🥳 🎈

September 19 Board of Trustees Meeting

September 19-23 National Symposium

Joe, Courtney and Maria participate in the Family Promise national symposium. There will be limited office hours that week. Please call ahead before stopping by the office.

September 25 Brat House at Piggly Wiggly

October 9 Joe speaks at First Congregational UCC, Oconomowoc

October 16-23 Family Promise Week

Family Promise week will be held the week of October 16-23. This week celebrates the anniversary of the founding of Family Promise and the assistance it has provided families experiencing homelessness since 1986.

October 22 A Night Without a Bed

Raise awareness about family homelessness and the chaos it creates by participating in a Night Without A Bed. Sleep in your car, a tent or the floor and post on social media so others learn about families experiencing homelessness.

October 30 Joe speaks at St. Therese, Eagle

Connect with our staff to answer any questions you may have.



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


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