This blog provides the top 5 highlights or updates about Family Promise of Waukesha County for Friday August 26, 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:
Would you support more affordable housing options in your community?
Our photos this week are focused on the collection, sorting and distribution of school supplies. Thanks to all!
1. MEAL HELP NEEDED
St. Anthony on the Lake is providing meals next week for the families in the Apartment Shelter Program. They are short volunteers. Can you help out?
Our families tell us how important the meals are to them. We also need household supplies. These supplies are distributed to shelter families, shelter alumni and prevention families.
2. THE CHALLENGE OF REHOUSING
The strength of Family Promise has always been our ability to help families achieve self-sufficiency and independent housing. A tight housing market, inflation and resources that are not as effective in this current circumstances has been making rehousing a greater challenge.
For the families we serve and so many more nationwide, it feels like affordable housing no longer exists.
We share with you a yet to be resolved story of one great grandma trying to find housing for herself and her great grandson.
POLL OF THE WEEK
There is no doubt that finding housing for low-income families has become more challenging over the past year. It does not mean there have not been successes too! We want to highlight one family that we recently helped with the Family Homelessness Prevention Program. With our help, this mom and her sons were able to stay in their home. She has secured new employment at a wage that can sustain her housing. She tells she really likes her new job and is doing is doing quite well.
We know that when are families are given the opportunity they can thrive.
4. THANK YOU FOR THE SUPPLIES
The care that the families receive through meals, and donations are also another way that you impact families. When the children in one family received their school supplies they made this for all of us!
We were able to fill backpacks for 72 children and distribute them Thursday!
5. MARK YOUR CALENDARS
There are some upcoming dates we want you to be aware.
September 5 Office is Closed for Labor Day
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.
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
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