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Family Promise of Waukesha County is proud to have Waukesha Mayor Shawn Reilly and Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow participating in the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Day Center on April 23. The Open House for the new Day Center, 139 E North Street, will be from 12-2pm with the ribbon cutting ceremony at 1pm.

Before Covid-19 the shelter model used by Family Promise of Waukesha County was to partner with faith communities who would open their facilities to families needing shelter. Families would arrive at the Church at 5pm. The church would provide dinner, volunteers to be present to assist families in whatever they needed. Volunteers might help children with homework, play games or just listen to the stories. Families would leave the congregation at 7 am the next morning.

Since the families would depart the congregation, they need a place to be during the Day. The Family Promise Day Center offers a home base for families in the program . At the Day Center families have access to a kitchenette, community room, library, nursery, showers, laundry facilities, wifi and computers. The organizations offices are located in the same facility which allows Case Managers to meet with the families in the program.

Since Covid-19, when the congregations moved services online, it was necessary to suspend the congregational shelter program. Family Promise of Waukesha County adjusted and started a Family Homelessness Prevention Program. Through the prevention program Family Promise provides rent, mortgage, utility assistance and car repairs to help families to stay in their homes. Preventing homelessness is important as it allows families to avoid the devastating and traumatic impact of losing a home. Secondly, Family Promise began sheltering families in an apartment shelter program. With those two new programs, use of the Day Center will shift slightly. In addition to being a home base for families in the shelter program, it will also be open to families in the prevention program for seminars and to provide them support in job training, help in job and apartment searches.

The new Day Center was purchased in July 2020. During the past few months it was remodeled to accommodate the families. Moving from Wales to Waukesha expands the ability of Family Promise of Waukesha County to serve families. In downtown Waukesha, families in the program have access to public transportation, W2 funded child-care, other social service agencies, and more housing options. This is an important moment for Family Promise to be able to expand services, and impact.

Mayor Reilly Biography

Mayor Reilly was born and raised in the City of Waukesha along with eight siblings. His father was a small-town attorney and both his mother and father were involved in the community. During his younger years, many family dinner conversations revolved around how law and politics shape society.

Mayor Reilly attended grade school and high school in Waukesha. He went on to obtain a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 1983. He majored in Political Science, with his studies focusing on Energy Policy Analysis and Environmental Studies.

After obtaining his undergraduate degree, Mayor Reilly moved to San Diego and worked construction for a few years. He then attended Lewis and Clark Law School located in Portland, Oregon and graduated with a law degree in 1989. While attending law school, Mayor Reilly worked for the Bonneville Power Administration.

From 1989 until 2014 Mayor Reilly was an attorney at the Waukesha law firm of Hippenmeyer, Reilly, Moodie & Blum, S.C. . As an attorney, Mayor Reilly specialized in municipal law, real estate transactions, business law and corporate law.

Mayor Reilly was elected Mayor of Waukesha in 2014. Prior to that time, he had never run for or served in public office. One of the main reasons Mayor Reilly ran for Mayor was to ensure that Waukesha had a promising future. Ensuring this future meant that Waukesha needed to obtain approval for Lake Michigan water, something Mayor Reilly has been able to gain approval for while in office.

Despite having a busy schedule as Mayor, Mayor Reilly likes to enjoy life outside the office. He is the proud father of two daughters. He enjoys golfing, canoeing, camping, hiking and barbeque.

Thank you Mayor Reilly for joining us.

County Executive Farrow Biography

Paul Farrow graduated from Waukesha County Technical College and Carroll University. He was elected to the Wisconsin State Assembly in 2010 and to the Wisconsin State Senate in December 2012. Farrow was elected as Waukesha County Executive in 2015 and re-elected in 2019.

In 2018, Farrow was appointed to the Intergovernmental Policy Advisory Committee (IGPAC), which advises the U.S. Trade Representative on trade policy matters that impact state and local governments.

In 2017, Farrow served as a contributing member for two of the White House’s 2017 Infrastructure Summits in Washington, D.C., along with other state and local officials from across the country.

As co-chair of the Milwaukee 7 Regional Economic Development Partnership (M7) Economic Advisory Council, Paul provides strategic direction for international economic development in the region. The M7 has leveraged regional partnerships to bring business such as Foxconn, HARIBO, Milwaukee Tool, and Colbert Packaging to Southeast Wisconsin.

Farrow recently led a group of private and public sector partners in establishing the Waukesha County Center for Growth, an economic development organization that serves as a one-stop shop for new and expanding businesses in Waukesha County. Farrow continues a family legacy of political action, as the son of the former Wisconsin Lt. Governor Margaret Farrow. Margaret Farrow was first woman to hold the Lieutenant Governorship in the state and served on many educational boards. Paul Farrow lives in Pewaukee, Wisconsin with his wife, Amy, and their two adult sons.

Thank you for your support, County Executive Farrow!

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