Updated: Aug 25, 2022
This blog provides the top 5 highlights or updates about Family Promise of Waukesha County for Friday August 19, 2022.
The stories you can read this week are:
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PHOTO OF THE WEEK
Pat from Brookfield Congregational UCC drops-off meals for families in the Apartment Shelter Program. Thanks to all who helped make meals this week and all the congregations who provide meals throughout the year.
Our mission is to help low-income families and families experiencing homelessness achieve sustainable independence through a community-based response.
1. SUPPLY DRIVE DROP OFF
The school and household supply drive drop off is tomorrow, Saturday August 20.
Bring your school supplies to our Day Center 139 E. North Street. We have 70 children who have requested support. Help us get their school year off to a great start. You can drop off your supplies between 9 am and noon.
We also need household supplies. These supplies are distributed to shelter families, shelter alumni and prevention families.
Follow this plan for dropping off items
2. VOLUNTEERS IMPACT FAMILIES
The Apartment Shelter Program provides shelter for up to four families. Each client has a single family apartment. The advantage of this program is that it promotes independence, responsibility, and at the height of covid it kept families safe. Even though congregations are not currently hosting families, each week they provide three meals to each family.
Without the direct contact sometimes volunteers may not recognize the impact they are making. Please know making meals matter. It is an important volunteer activity. To demonstrate this point we asked three program participants to share why the meals are important to them.
Standing at the gas pump or in line at the grocery store literally counting pennies and praying that you have enough is stressful. Truly, these meals help beyond words; beyond measure. We can sit down at the table as a family with a lot less weight on our shoulders.
If you can help and would like to be on call to help make meals, you can email Maria!
POLL OF THE WEEK
3. MEET MARIA
We are very grateful to have Maria Mundt on our team as Program Coordinator. Maria’s role is to manage all the logistics of our programs, coordinate supply drives, plan and implement seminars, recruit and train volunteers. She joined our staff on June 13.
This interview video will give you an opportunity to meet Maria!
I thought it took a lot for someone to become homeless . . . Being here and working at Family Promise I have realized it doesn't take that much. It can be one loss . . . and you're in deep. You never know when you can be on that side of the table.
Other staff notes
Callie Pauc will celebrate her one year work anniversary on Wednesday, August 24. Thanks for your commitment to preventing family homelessness. Wish her a Happy Anniversary
We are sad to announce that Ziera Wilkes has departed our staff due to family reasons. Her energy and enthusiasm will be missed.
Our entire staff is ready to assist you:
4. UNITED WAY GRANT TO END HOMELESSNESS
We are proud to be the recipient of a United Way of Greater Milwaukee and Waukesha Counties Safe and Stable Homes grant. This is our third consecutive year partnering with United Way in support of the Family Homelessness Prevention Program. This program provides a financial resource that allows families to avoid the chaos of homelessness. In addition United Way of Greater Milwaukee and Waukesha Counties provides resources for staff that has helped us to develop best practices in our program. We appreciate all the support provided by United Way of Greater Milwaukee and Waukesha Counties!
CLICK ON THE IMAGE to read a story about Sasha who was assisted by funds Family Promise received from United Way.
5. A NIGHT WITHOUT A BED
FAMILY PROMISE WEEK
Family Promise week will be held the week of October 16-23. This week celebrates the anniversary of the founding of Family Promise and the assistance it has provided families experiencing homelessness since 1986.
During this week you are invited to raise awareness about family homelessness and the chaos it creates. One way is to participate in a Night Without A Bed on October 22. Start making your plan to get involved now. Perhaps you would consider promoting at your place of worship, work place, or card club. Could be a great activity for a youth group!
Then that night you post photos and facts about families experiencing homelessness.
CEO Claas Ehlers who has been a part of Family Promise for over 20 years will be leaving Family Promise. He has accepted a new role as CEO of the Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement. His last day at Family Promise is Tuesday, August 23rd. Claas has had a significant impact on Family Promise during his twenty years and has done an admirable job of providing direction to the entire organization during Covid-19. He will be missed. Today Claas emailed a farewell message that we want to share with you. Thanks Claas.
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