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Help us by voting for your favorite Non-Profit

Help us by voting for your favorite Non-Profit

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Bob Wallin Insurance is sponsoring a wonderful giveaway. They are giving away $3500 to 3 non-profits who get the most votes in their "Vote for your Favorite Non-Profit" contest.  Are we your favorite non-profit?  Then vote for Interfaith Coalition!  Family Promise, a program of Interfaith, will directly benefit if we are among the top vote-getters.   Go to http://bwicares.com  where you can register to vote.  Its fast, its easy and, with your help, maybe we will win!
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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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Family Promise Volunteers Come Together to Replace a Stolen Car

Family Promise Volunteers Come Together to Replace a Stolen Car

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Sadly, one of our families had their car stolen and damaged in January.  These kind of things can throw a wrench into any families's plans but can prove devastating to a family without back up resources. Without her car, this mom was unable to get to work and was threatened with the loss of her job and, consequently, her housing.  Pastor Gary of Crosspoint Church in Lynden shared this family's need with his congregation. Candie Vanderpol and her son, Brady, and their family said they had a car they would love to donate.  While the car ran well, some repairs were needed and a call for donations to make that happen went out. Within a week, Family Promise received ample donations from CrossPoint Church, St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Lynden United…
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Family Promise Graduates Share Their Story on NPR’s StoryCorps

Family Promise Graduates Share Their Story on NPR’s StoryCorps

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Family Promise partnered with the StoryCorps Mobile Tour in 2019 to give members of the Family Promise network the opportunity to share their stories. One of those stories came from Sandy and Ashley, a mother and daughter, who spoke of living homeless for two and a half years. When Ashley's youth pastor connected them with Family Promise, the program changed their lives. It's a story of courage, survival and, ultimately, the power of connection. This StoryCorps story originally aired on November 29, 2019. Listen to it here: A Mother And Daughter On Homelessness, Humility And A $6-A-Week Grocery Budget.  
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Family Promise Giving Day was a great success!

Family Promise Giving Day was a great success!

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Thank you to all who participated in this first annual Giving Day! Families from across the country came together to support families experiencing homelessness. Your support was critical and we thank you. Click to see some of the folks who participated. Did you realize we have Family Promise Affiliates all across our nation? There are over 200 Affiliates doing the same good work we do right here in Whatcom County. Over 200,000 volunteers have served approximately 825,000 people since Family Promise began. Thank you for all you do and for being such an important part of working to end family homelessness. Every donation, however small, brings us a little bit closer to reaching our goal.   
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CELEBRATE FAMILY PROMISE WEEK

CELEBRATE FAMILY PROMISE WEEK

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This October, Family Promise of Whatcom County will participate in Family Promise’s first Giving Day, a one-day online event to raise awareness of Family Promise and the crisis of family homelessness in the U.S. We are just one of the many Family Promise Affiliates nationwide participating in a campaign to raise $1 million for families experiencing homelessness.  Ultimately, we all working to transform lives. It is also a time to celebrate our local program where we have served 26 families (91 individuals) since opening in April 2018.  This includes 59 children and 32 adults. We continue to serves these families as many of them have transitioned into our Interfaith Housing Program.  Please consider donating to our local affiliate on Family Promise National Giving Day, October 25, 2019.  Donations can be…
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3rd Annual Bed Race – A Great Success

3rd Annual Bed Race – A Great Success

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  There was much laughter and fun as seven teams gathered to run and push beds to help end homelessness for families here in Whatcom County.  Thank you to our sponsors and to all of the hard working teams.  As you might imagine, hosting a bed race presents some unique challenges.  Be sure and say thank you to all of our wonderful sponsors who help make this event happen!                                   
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A Million Thanks to our Wonderful Sponsors

A Million Thanks to our Wonderful Sponsors

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A million thanks to all of our wonderful sponsors who have stepped up to support the inaugural Camp Out to End Family Homelessness.  These wonderful business are providing delicious food, beverage, and all sorts of supplies to ensure that next week's Camp Out will be a family fun filled night for all!  Their help also ensures that all funds raised will go directly to help families experiencing homelessness right here in Whatcom County.  Check out this impressive list and be sure to stop in and say thank you!                                                         
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Double Your Impact at the Camp Out to End Homelessness

Double Your Impact at the Camp Out to End Homelessness

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Thanks to our generous sponsor Dewey Griffin Subaru, you can double your impact to help homeless families. That means every dollar you pledge in support of the Camp Out to End Homelessness will be DOUBLED up to $3,000!  Make your pledge by June 20th to ensure that you will double your impact.  The Camp Out is June 28th and 29th so join us for a fun, family friendly event.  All proceeds will support Family Promise of Whatcom County.    DATE:  June 28-29, 2019 TIME:  Arrival - June 28, 5:00pm - registration and camp site assignments.  Departure - June 29th, 10:00am COST:  $25 per registration per car or tent  
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Camp Out Raises almost $11,000!

Camp Out Raises almost $11,000!

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The first annual Camp Out to End Family Homelessness raised almost $11,000 for this wonderful cause.  It was a small but might group of campers that gathered around the camp fire to share dinner, smores and the lovely sounds of The Sweet Good Byes.  Later we all sang along to folk songs before tucking ourselves into sleeping bags in cars, trucks, and tents. Everyone agreed the food was delicious and that it was a really great way to spend time together and raise awareness for Family Promise!   Family Promise of Whatcom County is hosting the first annual Camp Out to End Homelessness on Friday, June 28th and Saturday, June 29th.  Join other car and tent camping adventurers who want to raise funds and awareness about child and family homelessness…
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