This blog provides the top 5 highlights or updates about Family Promise of Waukesha County for Friday, April 21, 2023.
The Friday Five is a weekly update that focuses on the 5 main things happening at Family Promise Waukesha County. We also look for ways to advocate and educate about family homelessness. 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:
It's Volunteer Appreciation Month (April),Week (April 16-23) and Day (April 20)!
We ❤️ our volunteers!
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1. GIVING DAY: THANK YOU!
Thank you to all who participated in Giving Day! We have received $41,433 from 43 donors. This is 83% of our $50,000 goal
We are extremely grateful to everyone who supported this campaign. These funds are crucial due to the growing need and opening a the Community Shelter.
If you were not able to donate yesterday, gifts can be provided to support the shelter programs either via check or online until April 28.
Checks can be mailed to:
Family Promise of Waukesha County
PO Box 66
Waukesha, WI 53187
please note "Giving Day 2023" in the memo.
No family, no child should ever have to sleep in a car or a tent. They all need a bed to sleep in.
2. FOOD DRIVE FOR COMMUNITY SHELTER
The Food Drive for the Community Shelter is tomorrow- Saturday, April 22 from 12-2pm. You can help stock the new Community Shelter with individually wrapped food items for breakfast and lunch. Items can be dropped off from 12-2pm at the shelter located at 1210 Sentry Drive Waukesha WI 53186. See the brochure and event page for details.
POLL OF THE WEEK
2. VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION
It is just a coincidence that during Volunteer Appreciation Month (April) Volunteer Appreciation Week (April 16-23) and Volunteer Appreciation day (April 20) that we provided volunteer training sessions for volunteers who are supporting the Community Shelter. We have 29 partner organizations and over 200 volunteers. It is a sign of how significant a role volunteers play at Family Promise, a community response to homelessness. We want everyone to know that however you volunteer for Family Promise, it is needed, appreciated and changing lives.
We are thankful for those who:
Help the Community Shelter
Serve as lead volunteers
Perform maintenance at the Day Center and Apartment Shelter
Drive and pick up donations from Chick-fil-a
Serve on the board of trustees or a committee
Participate in clean-up days
Carry furniture or make a plan to help guests set up their apartments
Interested in Volunteering? Complete this inquiry form:
4. RENT BURDENED
According to a report by Moody’s Analytics, millions of Americans are now rent burdened. What this means is that they spend more than 30% of their income on housing costs. For a long time this figure has been used to determine if a renter can afford an apartment or even if a buyer can afford a home. The reason given is supply and demand. There are more households looking to rent and not enough apartments available, which is driving up prices.
“With fewer homes available, rent keeps climbing; as interest rates rise, homes become less affordable — even as in most parts of the nation, the seller’s market continues to dominate.”
Waukesha County is not immune. According to a recent story in the Waukesha Freeman, “42% of renters in Waukesha County are considered cost-burdened, meaning they pay more than 30% of their income toward housing” Our experience is that many families are paying well over 40% of their income on housing costs. It is simply not tenable and places a stress on families that is difficult to overcome.
5. RUMMAGE SALE TO BENEFIT FAMILY PROMISE
Reformation Evangelical Lutheran Church, has partnered with Family Promise since the beginning. We are thankful that they are holding their annual rummage sale and proceeds will again benefit Family Promise of Waukesha County. We invite you to stop at the rummage sale and peruse the quantity, quality and variety of items. Please share with your network.
Thank you to Ginny Brown and Sheri Helwig the Volunteer Coordinators from Reformation and all the volunteers who make this event a reality.
CAR REPAIR CLINIC - MAY 20 8:15AM - 12 PM
This event is sponsored by Crosspoint Church Oconomowoc.
GOLF OUTING - JULY 24
The annual Family Promise Golf Outing is scheduled for Monday, July 24. Check out details. Registration will be available soon!
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
April 22 In-Person Volunteer Training at 10am or 12 noon
April 22 Community Shelter Food Drive 12 - 2pm
April 27-29 Rummage Sale - Reformation Ev Lutheran Church Dousman
May 20 Car Repair Clinic - Crosspoint Church Oconomowoc
July 24 Family Promise Golf Outing
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