Updated: Apr 5
This blog provides the top 5 highlights or updates about Family Promise of Waukesha County for Friday, March 31, 2023.
The Friday Five is a weekly blog post/update that focuses on the top five occurrences, issues, opportunities facing Family Promise each week. 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:
This weeks photos are from a donation we received from (1)St. Leonard, Muskego as part of their Lenten collection. (2) We received the Treasurers of the Church Award from Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. (3) Jessi from the Women's Center of Waukesha facilitated a workshop on Trauma Informed Care. This was one of the trainings for Lead Volunteers as we prepare for the Community Shelter.
What does Trauma Informed Care NOT include?
1. COMMUNITY SHELTER Q & A
Here are some of the questions we are receiving about the Community Shelter. Answers provided by staff members.
We are pleased about the progress we have made in putting this program together. Grateful to all of our partners and happy that we are on pace to open at the end of April.
POLL OF THE WEEK
Our volunteer needs for the Community Shelter
Two additional partner organizations
We only need two additional partner organizations! Dates that are open are: 1st and fourth Saturdays of the month.
Overnight and Weekend Staff
Hiring staff for both overnight and weekend hours
Seeking a few more individuals to serve as Lead Volunteers or to be on call for overnight and day-time hours
Once you are ready to commit start by completing online training. Online training includes two sessions with modules which can be done at your own pace
Then, sign up for in-person training
Once you have completed the online sessions, select one in-person session from the 14 options!
2. COMMUNITY SHELTER FOOD DRIVE
Help stock the new Community Shelter with individually wrapped food items for breakfast and lunch. We will be receiving these items at the new Community Shelter on Saturday April 22 from 12-2pm. The shelter is located at 1210 Sentry Drive Waukesha WI 53186. See the brochure and event page for details.
3. DIALOGUE OF HOPE
Join us on April 18 as we prepare to open our new Community Shelter Program for a special conversation with Michelle Miller. Michelle is a current member of the Family Promise board of trustees who has lived experience of homelessness. She will share her story and the transformative impact that Family Promise had on her life. Attendees can participate in a Q + A. Registration is necessary.
Questions please contact Joe Nettesheim: email@example.com
4. TESTIMONY FOR GIVING DAY APRIL 20
The most effective way for people to learn about Family Promise of Waukesha County is through the testimony of someone they trust. You are invited to share your story about Family Promise and why our mission to help families experiencing homelessness is important on Giving Day April 20. The purpose would be to engage new donors, volunteers and spread the word about the impact of Family Promise.
We would use your testimony- written on in video form to create a webpage for you to share with friends, family and work colleagues letting them know about Giving Day. Here is an example that Joe and Maribeth Nettesheim made.
Click on the photo to see the Nettesheim Giving Day page.
Contact Joe Nettesheim if you would like to be an ambassador for Family Promise on Giving Day! firstname.lastname@example.org
Funds from Family Promise Giving Day will support our Apartment and Community shelter programs. The theme is A Bed to Sleep In. When asked what was her best day at Family Promise of Waukesha County, Ann responded that it was her first day because she was able to see "my kids sleeping in a bed."
No family, no child should ever have to sleep in a car or a tent.
They all need a bed to sleep in.
5. POVERTY, BY AMERICA
Matthew Desmond, the author of Evicted, has released a new book titled: Poverty, by America. In this book Desmond tackles the question why the United States, the richest country on earth, has more poverty than any other advanced democracy. Why does this land of plenty allow one in every eight of its children to go without basic necessities, permit scores of its citizens to live and die on the streets, and authorize its corporations to pay poverty wages?
Matthew Desmond is on a book tour discussing his book. The closest he gets to Waukesha is Chicago on April 12. See information on the graphic below.
Our partners at the Islamic Society of Brookfield invite you to Noor’s Interfaith Iftar 2023. This will be held on April 1 at 6pm. Iftar is a meal eaten after sundown during Ramadan. The celebration will include:
Middle Eastern food from Taqwa’s Bakery
Tours and a brief presentation
Participants will be allowed to witness Magrib prayers. This is a prayer at sunset about 5-10 minutes in length.
Please register as there is a limited number who can participate to ensure ease in moving around for the tours.
GOLF OUTING JULY 24
The annual Family Promise Golf Outing is scheduled for Monday, July 24. Check out details. Registration will be available soon!
CAR REPAIR CLINIC May 20
This event is sponsored by Crosspoint Church Oconomowoc. Details to come shortly.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
April 1 Islamic Society of Brookfield Noor's Interfaith Iftar 6:00 pm
Apr 2 - Apr 8 Host: St. Anthony on the Lake
April 12 In-Person Volunteer Training at 12pm or 6pm
April 13 In-Person Volunteer Training at 1pm or 5:30pm
April 15 In-Person Volunteer Training at 10am or 12 noon
April 18 Dialogue of Hope 6:30pm
April 18 In-Person Volunteer Training at 12pm or 5pm
April 19 In-Person Volunteer Training at 12pm or 6pm
April 20 In-Person Volunteer Training at 1pm or 5:30pm
April 20 Family Promise GIVING DAY
April 22 In-Person Volunteer Training at 10am or 12 noon
Food Drive - Details coming soon
May 20 Car Repair Clinic - Crosspoint Church Oconomowoc
July 24 Family Promise Golf Outing
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