Updated: Sep 23, 2022
This blog provides the top 5 highlights or updates about Family Promise of Waukesha County for Friday, September 23, 2022.
Due to staff being at the FP National Symposium this week our offices are closed today, Friday September 23. We are open again at 9am on September 26.
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:
How would you characterize your thoughts about the change at Family Promise of Waukesha County?
PHOTOS OF THE WEEK
1. Courtney, Maria, and Joe traveled to the FP National Symposium this week. 2. Meeting other affiliates and discussing their strategies in serving families is an important part of the symposium. Especially when you are one of the original affiliates! 3. Persons with Lived Experience spoke at two different panels. One was the importance of having a Guest Advisory Council and the other was about how to tell their story in an ethical way.
1. BRAT HOUSE
The Board of Trustees is hosting the Brat House this Sunday, September 25 from 10am- 2pm at the Fox Brothers Piggly Wiggly, 505 Cottonwood Ave, Hartland, WI 53029.
When you go grocery shopping, stop by for a brat, hamburger, or hotdog. Turn it into a mini- Packer tailgate party with the Board!
Looking forward to seeing you on Sunday.
2. HOUSING CASE MANAGER
Family Promise of Waukesha County is seeking a Housing Case Manager to work with families at risk of becoming homeless. Please share this information with your network.
The ideal candidate will have experience working with low-income families, understanding of housing issues, familiarity with available resources in Waukesha County, employ trauma-informed care, able to work as a team, flexible, and can adapt.
POLL OF THE WEEK
3. WINTER CLOTHING DRIVE
Family Promise of Waukesha County will be conducting a winter clothing drive for families we serve in the Apartment Shelter and Homelessness Prevention programs. We've asked each family to list their needs so that we can provide specific items and sizes. You can help families with their winter clothing needs by clicking on the sign up genius link. Then select the item(s) you are able 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
4. FAMILY PROMISE NATIONAL SYMPOSIUM
This past week Courtney, Maria, and Joe participated in the Family Promise national symposium. This was an opportunity to learn about ways to improve our service to low income families and families experiencing homelessness.
Strategies to Provide Affordable Housing
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility (DEIA)
Growing Your Affiliate
Engaging Volunteers Post-Covid
Creating a Guest Advisory Council
State of Family Promise
One takeaway is that every affiliate has had to evolve in how they lived the mission. We are not alone. Since the pandemic, only 25% of affiliates utilize a rotation model. Many have moved to one static site. Others are using a scattered shelter site like apartments. Almost every affiliate has started programs to prevent family homelessness.
However affiliates have chosen to evolve, the numbers of families being served have increased. The impact of Family Promise in Waukesha County and across the country continues to grow.
5. FAMILY PROMISE WEEK
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 15 Winter Clothing Drive
October 17 Board of Trustees Meeting
October 18 Dialogue of Hope
October 22 A Night Without A Bed
PLEASE UPDATE OUR EMAIL ADDRESSES
Have you updated your contacts to reflect the newest email addresses for the Family Promise staff (we added "WI")?
Please make sure that you use the following email addresses to contact our staff:
Callie Pauc, Case Manager
Courtney Rutkowski, Case Manager
Lisa LaBorde, Administrative Assistant
Maria Mundt, Program Coordinator
Joe Nettesheim, Executive Director
Connect with our staff to answer any questions you may have.
Clockwise from top - Maria, Joe, Callie, Lisa and Courtney
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
Here are some upcoming dates we want you to be aware of:
September 25 Brat House at Piggly Wiggly
October 8 Winter Clothing Drive Drop Off (1st of 2)
WHERE: Emmanuel United Church of Christ, 36821 Sunset Dr., Oconomowoc
WHEN: 8:30 am to 10:30 am
October 9 Joe speaks at First Congregational UCC, Oconomowoc
October 15 Winter Clothing Drive Drop Off (2nd of 2)
WHERE: Family Promise Day Center, 139 E North Street, Waukesha
WHEN: 9am - 12 Noon
October 16-23 Family Promise Week
This week celebrates the anniversary of the founding of Family Promise and the assistance it has provided families experiencing homelessness since 1986.
October 18 Dialogue with a Guest
October 22 A Night Without a Bed
Raise awareness about family homelessness and the chaos it creates by participating in a Night Without A Bed. Sleep in your car, a tent, or the floor and post on social media so others learn about families experiencing homelessness.
October 30 Joe speaks at St. Therese, Eagle
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