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Updated: Mar 29, 2023

This blog provides the top 5 highlights or updates about Family Promise of Waukesha County for Friday, March 24, 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:


Thank you to the Global Scholars Program at Arrowhead High School for collecting cleaning supplies and St Leonard’s Youth Ministry for dropping off toiletries this week.

In honor of March Madness who would win your bracket of reasons to volunteer for Family Promise?



We are hiring Shelter Supervisors who will manage the Family Promise Community Shelter overnight and on weekends. The Shelter Supervisor should be a person who is:

  • a leader

  • compassionate and an active listener

  • organized

  • able to maintain clear and consistent boundaries

  • committed to protecting confidentiality

  • willing to maintain expectations of families and volunteers

  • a problem solver

  • flexible

  • quick thinker and reacts quickly

  • focused on a client first mentality

  • ethical

  • able to diffuse conflict

This role could be filled by college students, retired individuals or someone looking for extra income. Full and part-time temporary positions are available. Previous experience in social services, providing trauma informed care, customer service, volunteer management, staff supervision, managing and motivating others, teaching or training. You can learn more here:

Questions? Email Maria.



We are seeking individual volunteers who would support the Family Promise Community Shelter Program as an evening, weekend or overnight volunteer. This role would support shelter supervisors but also be available and on call in the event that a shelter supervisor was unable to keep their shift.

Let us know you are interested by completing the form below.



In honor

In honor of March Madness who would win your bracket of reasons to volunteer for Family Promise?

  • #2 seed: I receive as much as or more than I give

  • #4 seed: It helps people who are struggling and vulnerable

  • #10 Seed: It's fun

  • NIT: So I can be thanked by others


Join us on April 18 as we prepare to open our new Community Shelter Program with a special conversation with Michelle Miller. Michelle is a current member of the Family Promise board of trustees who has lived the experience of homelessness. She will share her story and the transformative impact of Family Promise. Attendees can participate in a Q + A. Registration is necessary.

Questions? Please contact Joe Nettesheim:



Family Promise Giving Day is Thursday, April 20. We are grateful to Vernon Evangelical Church who is raising funds to provide a portion of a challenge gift for Giving Day. They anticipate their portion could exceed $10,000. We expect to have additional sponsors who will increase our challenge goal.

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." After two months in her car, doing everything in her power to keep her family's experience of homelessness a secret, sleeping in a bed with a pillow, under the covers, being read a bedtime story and falling asleep with a roof over their head had to feel like a luxury.

No family, no child should ever have to sleep in a car or a tent.

They all need a bed to sleep in.



We have been talking about the discrepancy between the need and availability of affordable housing for the past 18 months. The National Low Income Housing Coalition recently released its annual report, The Gap: A Shortage of Affordable Homes. This year’s report finds that the lowest-income renters in the U.S. face a shortage of 7.3 million affordable and available rental homes. Between 2019 and 2021, this shortage increased by more than 500,000 rental homes, as the number of renters with extremely low incomes increased while the supply of housing affordable to them declined.

The report calls for greater federal investment in the preservation and expansion of the affordable housing stock, more Housing Choice Vouchers, a national housing stabilization fund for renters who experience an unexpected short-term financial shock, and federal tenant protections.

Some statistics:

  • 25% of renter households are extremely low income

  • 86% of extremely low income households are cost burdened

  • 35 affordable housing units are available for every 100 extremely low income households in Wisconsin.

  • 28 affordable housing units are available for every 100 extremely low income households in Waukesha/Milwaukee.

  • 30% of extremely low income households are working

Click here to see the report for Wisconsin.


This is a new addition to the Friday Five. Opening the new Community Shelter requires a lot of volunteers. Therefore we wanted to have one space where you can learn about volunteer opportunities and training. Today we highlight the training process.

Step 1:

Complete online training

Online training includes two sessions with modules, which can be done at your own pace. Volunteer 101 is about 15 minutes and covers overview info about Family Promise. Volunteer 102 takes about 75 minutes and goes into more detail about working with families experiencing homelessness. These sessions should be completed before April 1. This is for everyone regardless if they have gone through training before.

Begin here:

Step 2:

Participate in an in-person training

Once you have completed the online sessions, select one in-person session. You have 14 options:

Wednesday, April 12 12 pm or 6pm

Thursday, April 13 1 pm or 5:30pm

Saturday, April 15 10 am or noon

Tuesday, April 18 12 pm or 5pm

Wednesday, April 19 12 pm or 6pm

Thursday, April 20 1pm or 5:30pm

Saturday, April 22 10 am or noon

Questions? Email Maria.



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.

Register soon as there is a limited number who can participate to ensure ease in moving around for the tours.


The annual Family Promise Golf Outing is scheduled for Monday, July 24. Check out details. Registration will be available soon!


This event is sponsored by Crosspoint Church Oconomowoc. Details to come shortly.



March 28 Lenten Luncheon: Family Promise receives Treasures of the Church Award

Registration required. St Anthony on the Lake, Pewaukee

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 22 In-Person Volunteer Training at 10am or 12 noon

Food Drive - Details coming soon

May 20 Car Repair Clinic - Crosspoint Church Oconomowoc



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


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