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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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SHINE CELEBRATION!

SHINE CELEBRATION!

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Open House on Tuesday, April 30 from 6 – 9 pm Volunteer recognition at 7:30 pm Birchwood Presbyterian Church 400 Meadowbrook Court in Bellingham Come join with Interfaith Coalition as we celebrate our first year anniversary of Family Promise of Whatcom County at Our Shine Celebration. No RSVP necessary, just come to this casual event and enjoy dessert with us. Everyone is welcome! We will recognize our volunteer coordinators and leadership team at 7:30 pm. Within Interfaith’s Family Promise, each of us does our part. Your individual effort may not seem like much, but all our efforts together, over our first year, have transformed lives. No other program changes its volunteers as much as Family Promise does, says Carolyn Roy, program manager. That’s because volunteers interact with guests face to face, hand…
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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.     
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A gift from Loving Tree School Friends at United Church of Ferndale

A gift from Loving Tree School Friends at United Church of Ferndale

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This year Halloween was a cold, windy and even a little wet.  Sounds pretty grim. A good time was had by all though when hosts at United Church of Ferndale created an extra treat for all of the trick or treaters.   When they returned from their exciting evenings they were welcomed back with warming drinks and treats for all.  Thank you to all who provided this "extra" touch for our families to keep things fun!
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We are Family Promise, transforming the lives of homeless families. Because every child deserves a home.

We are Family Promise, transforming the lives of homeless families. Because every child deserves a home.

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This is our mission and we want to celebrate it now because this is Family Promise Week (10/21 - 28)!  One out of every 45 American children will expereince homelessness this year and the numbers are much higher in Whatcom County.  Family Promise is a national non-profit organization mobilizing communites and existing resources to help homeless families regain their independence.  We, as an organization,  provided shelter and social services to more than 50,000 people last year, nearly 60% of them children.   These services are provided in a cost effective way because we are able to deliver $3 in goods and services for every $1 we receive.  This is indeed news to celebrate!
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Bed Race is a tremendous success!

Bed Race is a tremendous success!

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A whole lot of fun was had by the 6 teams that participated in the 2nd Annual Family Promise Bed Race.  There was great enthusiasm and support from the many that came to watch and cheer the teams on.   In addition to all of this fun, over $12,000 was raised for Family Promise of Whatcom County.   Although we worried about rain, the day dawned overcast with no rain falling on the party, well at least not much.   This was a great community event and we hope you consider getting involved next year!  Check out more pictures of the bed race on our website:  picturesofbedrace    
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Did you know Family Promise is a national organization?

Did you know Family Promise is a national organization?

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  Kat Lilley is a mother of 6 who has experienced homelessness.  She is also a member of Family Promises' Guest Advisory Council and is the Deputy Executive Director of Family Promise of Colorado Springs. Recently, Ms Lilley attended a hearing at the House of Representatives Committee on Financial Services.  There, she drew on her own experiences to advocate for the Homeless Children and Youth Act.  For more information, check out www.familypromise.org. https://www.facebook.com/FamilyPromise/videos/10155821923893440/
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