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Updated: Nov 27, 2023

This blog provides the top 5 highlights or updates about Family Promise of Waukesha County for Friday, November 24, 2023.

The Friday Five is a weekly update that focuses on the 5 main things happening at Family Promise Waukesha County. This communication should update, inform and advocate for families who are financially vulnerable.

Our mission is to help low-income families and families experiencing homelessness achieve sustainable independence

through a community-based response.


The Friday Five is here!

Even though we planned a day off, there is just too much

we need to share with you.

Hope you enjoy.


Family Promise of Waukesha Offices are closed Friday November 24.


The stories you can read this week are:


"No duty is more important than giving thanks."

-James Allen



Thank you to Ben Stanley and the Subto community for the donation of supplies.

On this Thanksgiving weekend, for what are you most thankful?



Give today.

Your gift to Family Promise of Waukesha County will help families like Zajanelle (Z) escape poverty and homelessness. In this video Z talks about how her experience of homelessness started on and off when she was 16 years old. Now, she has an opportunity to own her own home.

In 2023 Family Promise of Waukesha County will serve over 100 families in both our shelter and prevention programs. These families know that having a home is good for them and the future of their children. Families like Z know how good it is for her child to secure permanent housing.

We believe in an individual's ability to change their lives. Yet we also know that change occurs slowly and only with the support of a community. Often Family Promise is that community. Your generosity and kindness empowers families and gives them the tools they need to move forward. Increasing the number of families served and expanding our services means your gift is needed more than ever. We need everyone’s support. Here is how your gift can impact families.

Please give generously. Click the button to learn more about providing a gift. Thank you!

Having a secure and permanent home is good for families and good for our community. Your gift provides a HOME FOR GOOD!



On this Thanksgiving Weekend for what are you most thankful?

  • 0%Family and Friends

  • 0%Good health

  • 0%The state of your career

  • 0%Having basic needs



Join us on December 3 for a musical to support Family Promise

Our Savior's Lutheran Church, Oconomowoc presents Amahl and the Night Visitors directed by Taras Nahirniak. Join us on Sunday, December 3 from 3-4pm for a musical performance. Families and guests of all ages will enjoy the enchanting tale of a young child who meets the Magi. Free will donations will be collected to support Family Promise of Waukesha County. You won't want to miss this exciting musical experience!

Our Savior Evangelical Lutheran Church

145 E. Lisbon Rd. Oconomowoc, WI | (262) 567 - 8349



Volunteers to provide support to shelter staff

The Emergency Overflow Shelter (EOS) is off to a great start. We are currently at capacity based on our staffing level with 17 individuals which includes three families and four singles residing in the shelter.

There is an opportunity to support the EOS by volunteering during the day. Individuals would spend two hours at a time providing support at the shelter. These shifts would be during the day and only for a two hour block of time. You can choose the day and time that works for you.

Tasks might include:

  • answering the doors

  • handing out towels and hygiene supplies,

  • assisting with breakfast or lunch

  • putting together cleaning supplies

  • running errands

Please note all volunteers who have direct contact with clients, as this role would, need to be fully trained. Fully trained includes completing the on-line training sessions

AND in-person training. The next in-person training sessions are November 30 or December 12 sign up here:

If you are already trained, you can sign up to volunteer using the calendly link.

Want more information contact



Holiday gifts to be distributed at family party on December 16

Spread holiday cheer and help with our family holiday party on December 16 at First Congregational Church in Waukesha. Parents will attend to pick up the gifts for their family while the children will have activities such as cookie decorating, pictures with Santa, holiday crafts, games and food. There are a number of volunteer opportunities and time slots available between 8:30am- 1pm.

Some volunteer opportunities are:

  • Set-up

  • Check-in

  • Cookie decorating

  • Crafts

  • Santa!

  • Santa’s elf

  • Games

  • Photographer

Review the sign up genius to see how you can help.

Unable to be a present on that day? You can help with our wish list for the party. Here are items we need.

We are extremely thankful for all those who have selected a family or individual to help with Christmas gifts.

Want more information contact Maria:



Order your merch in time for Christmas

Our web store is back up and running! Order your Family Promise of Waukesha County merchandise today and have it in time for Christmas. A sweatshirt, hoodie, zippy, or winter hat will be perfect for the winter months and the holidays. The store will close in 14 days so make sure to get your orders in before that!

You can elect to have your order shipped to your house at a cost or choose "pick up at day center" for free. Orders are printed after the web store closes. Turnaround time is two weeks. Review the website below and place your order.



Happy Birthday to Mattie Martinez. She celebrated her birthday on November 22. Mattie helps clients in both the prevention and shelter programs. She shows great dedication to all her clients. Hope you had a great day, Mattie!


Thank you to some special people and organizations.

  • Catholic Memorial High School for providing thanksgiving meal for the EOS

  • A grant from the Green Bay Packers Foundation. (And a win on thanksgiving!)

  • Patti and Dan Ewald and their small group from Hope Lake Country for the Thanksgiving dinner for families in the Apartment Shelter.



Nov 23 Thanksgiving

Nov 24 Offices Closed

Nov 28 Giving Tuesday Home for Good End of Year fund appeal

Dec 3 Amahl and the Night Visitors - Our Saviors Lutheran Church

Dec 12 Fund Development Committee

Dec 13 Gifts to Family Promise

Dec 14 Juno Jingle Jam for EOS families

Dec 14-16 Joe Out of Office

Dec 18 Board of Trustees Meeting

Dec 25 Offices Closed for Christmas

Jan 1 Offices Closed for New Year's Day



Access our Threads account through Instagram

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


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