Family Promise: Worth It

Family Promise: Worth It

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“Sometimes I hear from volunteers that Family Promise is a lot of work,” says Cari Griffith, a volunteer who serves on the leadership team for Interfaith Coalition’s Family Promise of Whatcom County. “Yes, it takes work and money to help people who are in messy situations.” Family Promise involves 850 local volunteers and 30 faith communities that feed and shelter local families in need, using church buildings throughout the county. Because it relies on existing resources, Family Promise is able to leverage every $1 donated into $3 worth of services for folks experiencing homelessness. Family Promise is fully supported by local donations and local volunteers. More important, Family Promise builds a personal connection between neighbors in need, and neighbors with resources. That’s more effective than government services. “With Family Promise,…
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Family Promise was the best thing she could have done for her family

Family Promise was the best thing she could have done for her family

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“I tried not to cry in front of my kids.” A Whatcom County mother said this when she, her husband, and their four children became homeless last summer and started sleeping in their car. Daytimes, if they had gas, they’d take the kids to parks to play. “I tried to make it seem like we were having fun,” Jennifer says now (name has been changed). “But I was worried because we had no place to live.” A cascade of events led to homelessness: The family’s longtime rental home in Bellingham was deemed unfit due to mold. As they were moving out, Jennifer’s mother died, several states away. Jennifer returned from the funeral to a letter from their landlord seeking thousands in damages. Jennifer’s husband got pneumonia and spent a week…
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Unanticipated Friendships Through Family Promise

Unanticipated Friendships Through Family Promise

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“Sometimes I hear from volunteers that Family Promise is a lot of work,” says Cari Griffith, a volunteer who serves on the Leadership Team for Interfaith Coalition’s Family Promise of Whatcom County. “Yes, it takes work and money to help people who are in messy situations.” Family Promise involves 850 local volunteers and 30 faith communities in Whatcom County that feed and shelter local families in need, using church buildings throughout the county. Because it relies on existing resources, Family Promise is able to leverage every $1 donated into $3 worth of services for folks experiencing homelessness. Family Promise is fully supported by local donations and local volunteers. More important, Family Promise builds a personal connection between neighbors in need, and neighbors with resources. That’s more effective than government services.…
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Murdoch Foundation Grant

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Due to the hard work of many people Interfaith's Family Promise program  has received a $138,000 grant from the Murdoch Foundation!  This grant will be paid out over three years and will help pay for our new case manager, Gina Hanna,  and  our Transportation Director (aka van driver).  We are so thankful to the many people who poured hours of effort into making this happen, and especially to Sunsan Janic.
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Whatcom Community Foundation awards grants!

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Interfaith Coalition is the recipient of two grants from the Whatcom Community Foundation's "Project Neighborly" program.  Family Promise will receive $5,000 to help with volunteer training.  In addition, Kids Need Books will receive $5,000 to purchase bilingual books to supplement current book donations.  We are so appreciative of the support for both these wonderful programs!
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Day Center Update – VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!

Day Center Update – VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!

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We are looking for volunteers in the building trades to help renovate our new Family Promise Day Center at the First Christian Church,  495 East Bakerview road, Bellingham.   Here, homeless families will be given the professional support and training needed to help them find stable housing.  Right now, we could use help with carpentry, plumbing and painting.  Please contact Mike Hess, Interfaith Coalition Property Manager, 360-734-3983 if you have questions or can help.  
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