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Camp Out to End Family Homlessness

Camp Out to End Family Homlessness

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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 in Whatcom County.  Festivities include live music, sing-along around the campfire, skits, and light dinner.  Saturday morning the smell of delicious food will fill the air as volunteers serve breakfast and lots of coffee to those who camped out to end homelessness! 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 CLICK HERE for online pre-registration and instructions!
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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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HOPE AUCTION

HOPE AUCTION

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On Saturday, March 23, 2019, our community gathered to support Interfaith and its many programs.  As a program of Interfaith, Family Promise was a recipient of our communities' outpouring of goodwill.  We felt fortunate as old friends and new ones bid on fabulous auction items donated by our community.  Then everyone also raised their paddles to support our dream of working to end homelessness in Whatcom County.  This fundraising event was the most successful one in Interfaith's history.  Our deep thanks for making that happen!    
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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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We are growing!

We are growing!

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  Since opening our doors on April 2nd we have quietly begun to serve our community in rich and wonderful ways!  In this short time we have had a total of 5 families (25 people).  Another family is new and ongoing (6 people.)   Food has been an on-going problem....there is so much delicious, nutritional, beautiful food that, at times, we have had too much!  Fellowship has also been offered in abundance.  Each week families, volunteers and staff have come together to learn to work together in a ways that have been enriching for all.  Our gratitude to all who have made our first two months as good as we could have hoped.       
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We are open!

We are open!

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How fitting that Family Promise of Whatcom County opened its door Easter Week 2018.  Family Promise Manager, Carolyn Roy,  has been welcoming families ever since into our program and Day Center.  Robert Bell, our Transportation Coordinator and Hospitality Liasion, had his hands full, accomodating transportation needs and ensuring beds were delivered on time.    Thank you to all who have worked so hard to make this day happen. 
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Celebration!

Celebration!

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  Family Promise of Whatcom County is preparing to open its doors on April 2nd.  Crews have been working tirelessly to refurbish and furnish the day center, train volunteers, ensure policy guidelines are in place, and to do the many things necessary to prepare.  In March we gathered to celebrate all these hard working people who have made Interfaith's Family Promise Center a reality.   
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