This blog provides the top 5 highlights or updates about Family Promise of Waukesha County for Friday, September 30, 2022.
Our mission is to help low-income families and families experiencing homelessness achieve sustainable independence
through a community-based response.
There are 10 Family Promise Affiliates in Florida. Many of them are working with families impacted by Hurricane Ian. If you are interested in helping the national organization is accepting donations. All funds will go to affiliated affected by the hurricane.
The stories you can read this week are:
Which of the 7 values of Family Promise resonate with me the most?
PHOTOS OF THE WEEK
1. DIALOGUE OF HOPE
You are invited to join us on Tuesday, October 18 for a Dialogue of Hope with Michelle, a former guest of Family Promise.
Michelle stayed in the shelter in the fall of 2018. Four years later, she owns her own home. During this evening you will be able to hear her story and ask questions. We will also dialogue about the current housing market and how it is impacting families experiencing homelessness today. This session is part of our celebration of Family Promise Week from October 16-23.
Registration is necessary. Use the button below for details and registration:
Family Promise Week is designed to celebrate the founding of Family Promise in 1988. Another way to promote this organization is through A Night Without A Bed.
2. NOW HIRING: HOUSING CASE MANAGER
Family Promise of Waukesha County is seeking a full -time Case Manager to work with families at risk of becoming homeless.
The ideal candidate will have experience working with low-income families, an understanding of housing issues, familiarity with resources available in Waukesha County, employ trauma-informed care, able to work as a team, be flexible, and be able to adapt as the situation demands.
Could you send one of the links below to five people who may be interested or know someone who is interested?
You can learn more about this position using any of the buttons below.
POLL OF THE WEEK
3. STATIC SITE
Family Promise of Waukesha County, Inc. is searching for a facility that can be used as a stationary site to shelter families. We are pursuing a facility where families stay and volunteers would come to the shelter. This is one of the many ways that other affiliates across the country have adjusted their shelter program.
Secondly, we are exploring the idea of providing transitional affordable housing for low-income families. Those who have read this space on a regular basis know that the shortage of affordable housing is the number one factor impacting the families we serve. We want to do more than identify a problem; we want to provide solutions.
Ideally, we would like to utilize a facility that could accommodate both objectives. You could help us by sharing with us any facility you know that might be available -- maybe if it isn’t even on the market yet. Of course, as a non-profit organization, we are always interested in a donated option.
Here are some of the criteria we are using to find a site:
Ability to shelter 4-6 families in “mini-apartments” with full bath
Shared kitchen and cafeteria
Access to public transportation
Space for seminars
Office space for staff
Confidential meeting space for case management
Playroom for children
Sleeping space for volunteers
Adequate parking for clients and volunteers
For the apartments, our criteria is:
Provide 4-8 apartments
1000-1200 sq. feet per apartment
2 or 3 bedrooms (a mix is ideal)
We would be open to purchasing a four family or larger and starting with land and building.
Feel free to share any leads with:
4. WINTER CLOTHING DRIVE
Fall arrived last week and right on cue. The temperature has changed. The chill in the air is a reminder that winter is near and many families do not have winter clothing. You can help us change this!
You are invited to participate in the winter clothing drive for families we serve in the Apartment Shelter and Homelessness Prevention programs. To participate, click on the list below and select an item(s) you are willing to provide. We are looking for new or slightly used items.
Items can be dropped off:
Saturday, October 8 from 8:30 am to 10:30 am
Emmanuel United Church of Christ
36821 Sunset Dr.
Oconomowoc, WI 53066
Saturday, October 15 from 9-noon
Family Promise Day Center
139 E North Street
Waukesha, WI 53188
5. FAMILY PROMISE SYMPOSIUM
Courtney, Maria and Joe participated in the Family Promise National Symposium last week in Morristown, New Jersey. We asked them to share their takeaways from the event. Click below for links to the insights they received.
Navigating Challenging Times by Maria Mundt
Relationships are the Key to Success by Courtney Rutkowski
To See Each Other Through by Joe Nettesheim
It takes courage to be homeless. To do so with a family is unimaginable. - Pastor Gladys Moore.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
Family Promise week is October 16-23. This week is set aside to celebrate the founding of Family Promise in 1986. There are a few opportunities for you to get learn about our services, get involved and share our mission with others:
October 8 Winter Clothing Drive Drop Off (1st of 2)
WHERE: Emmanuel United Church of Christ, 36821 Sunset Dr., Ocon
WHEN: 8:30 am to 10:30 am
October 15 Winter Clothing Drive Drop Off (2nd of 2)
WHERE: Family Promise Day Center, 139 E North Street, Wauk
WHEN: 9am - 12 Noon
October 17 Board of Trustees Meeting
October 18 Dialogue with a Guest
October 22 A Night Without a Bed
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