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Family Promise family moves into own apartment

Family Promise family moves into own apartment

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We recently had the honor of helping one of our families move into … wait for it … their own home! They had submitted a rental application, but when COVID-19 hit Washington, the process was understandably delayed. The family, a mother and her two young daughters, had been part of Family Promise for six months. The mother had faced many hardships, including having her car stolen and totaled last December. Our community quickly rallied and helped replace her car so she could continue to get to work. We have to note her willingness not only to ask for help, but to accept it. We’re grateful to have developed that trust between us. But back to this family’s big move! Their excitement to be moving into their own home was contagious.…
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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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COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 Update

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Due to COVID-19 precautions, our families are no longer being hosted on-site by our group of host congregations. Thankfully, a local congregation has graciously agreed to provide rooms for our families, including microwaves and mini fridges. This set-up allows our families to stay together while at the same time maintaining safe distancing protocols. Our support and host churches are continuing to deliver food a couple of times a week. In addition, arrangements have been made for separate, off-site housing in case quarantine becomes necessary. Thank you for continuing to support our families during this time. Your care is needed more than ever.
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“We are all so truly blessed to be part of Family Promise”

“We are all so truly blessed to be part of Family Promise”

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As I was preparing for this quarantine Family Promise week, I started sending out Save the Date reminders a month ahead and quickly got back responses saying, “Just let me know what you need!” and “I can help out in any way!” The Wednesday before our host week, I sent an email to my other volunteers at Sacred Heart Catholic Church and the support congregations, St. James Presbyterian Church, and Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, letting them know our exact needs for dinner, groceries, welcome basket items, and other needs to help the week run smoothly. To cover all bases, I sent another email to a smaller list of volunteers who consistently help when it’s our Family Promise host week. They help fill in missing pieces. Sure enough, they were ready to…
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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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