This blog provides the top 5 highlights or updates about Family Promise of Waukesha County for Friday, July 14, 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:
QUOTE OF THE WEEK
From the comfort of our own homes it is hard to understand the complexities of something like poverty and homelessness.
PHOTOS OF THE WEEK
Thank you to Our Savior Lutheran, Hartland for inviting us to their block party. It was a gorgeous day and really amazing music.
Would you consider volunteering for Habitat for Humanity to help a Family Promise client obtain their own home?
1. VOLUNTEER DRIVING PROGRAM
Register for an informational meeting held on Monday, July 17.
Family Promise of Waukesha County is seeking a few volunteers to serve as drivers for clients. This is a new program we will pilot. Please join us for an informational meeting on Monday, July 17 at 6pm. Registration is necessary.
Drivers would use our van.
Willingness to drive once a week
Openness to driving a minivan or possibly a transit van
Go through the online and in person training program
Have insurance for $300,000/$100,000
Submit to a criminal and driving record background check
2. LIVE AUCTION ITEMS PROXY BIDS
Unable to participate in the Live Auction? Get a proxy bidder.
Generous donors have provided three wonderful live auction items. These items will be auctioned off on July 24 after dinner at the golf outing. They include:
Chef-inspired dinner at Tofte’s Table
Week at Whitebirch Estates in Pelican Lake, MN.
Luxury Suite at American Family Field for 16 to see the Brewers
If you are unable to attend the event, you can bid by proxy. If you are interested in using a proxy bid, you would contact Joe Nettesheim, firstname.lastname@example.org or 262-968-2321, and share with him the item on which you wish to bid and your maximum bid. You would also need to provide credit card information in the event that you win the item. A volunteer would be assigned to represent you during the live auction. They will not bid more than your maximum bid and will try to obtain the item for you at the lowest amount over the minimum bid. To participate in the live auction with a proxy you are committing to the minimum bid for that item.
3. UWM COMMUNICATIONS INTERN
Seeking UWM students to serve as Communication Intern
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee received a grant to cover the cost of placing UWM students in internship roles. These internships will focus on the humanities. Family Promise of Waukesha County is seeking an intern to assist with our communication/marketing efforts. The intern will:
Be a UWM student
Work 10 hours a week for 9 months
Have responsibilities for social media, newsletters, website management, photos, videos end of year appeals, brochures, and developing marketing strategies.
Please share this page with any UWM student who might be interested in this internship. Have them scroll to Family Promise of Waukesha County and click on the job description to learn more.
We continue to seek feedback about our communication efforts. If you have not completed the survey you can do so by clicking the box. This is an ideal time to offer feedback as we prepare for a new intern.
4. YOU CAN HELP FAMILY TO RECEIVE A HABITAT HOUSE
Volunteers can direct their time to sweat equity for the family.
Volunteer for Habitat for Humanity and help a family in the Family Promise Apartment Shelter. One family was just accepted into the Habitat program. This single mom must complete 200 hours of sweat equity. 50 of those hours can come from volunteers who assign their hours to her. Having a toddler makes it challenging for her to complete all those hours. Therefore, your help would be appreciated!
Volunteer service can come by working at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore or working on construction of the house.
If you would like to help this family contact Maria for more information: email@example.com
POLL OF THE WEEK
5. THEY ALL COUNT: THE HIDDEN HOMELESS
How we determine homelessness matters
Family Promise of Waukesha County has long claimed to serve the hidden homeless. This is true because so many people who are struggling making ends meet, in an especially wealthy community like Waukesha County, tend to hide their vulnerability. It is also true because of how Housing and Urban Development counts who is homeless. Therefore, the true need is often underreported and many families do not qualify for services because they are not considered vulnerable enough.
The issues reported in the Orange County article below are not unique and experienced right here in Waukesha County. “What has happened is the invisibility continues to be persistent because we fail to operate under the national definition of students experiencing homelessness,” Jennifer Friend, CEO at Project Hope Alliance, said. “It is the broader definition. Our greatest challenge has been in lifting the invisibility of how many kids there really are in our county experiencing homelessness.”
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
July 19 or 20 A Home for Everyone - Oshkosh
July 24 Family Promise Golf Outing - Oconomowoc Golf Club
July 30 Presentation to Church of the Resurrection, Pewaukee
Aug 3 Rise Up Summit
Aug 6 Oakwood Church Picnic
Aug 13 First Congregational UCC, Oconomowoc Presentation
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