It is that time of year again already! Time that we pause from our busy schedules, our work, school, activities, and our taxi service for our kids. We can stop, give thanks and reflect on all that is good and perfect in our world.
In the office at FPL, we have a Thanksgiving journal. (more…)
How big is the situation of family homelessness in Douglas County?
Family Promise of Lawrence receives an average of 300 calls from separate families inquiring about our services annually. The average family size is 4, so that represents about 1200 people who are in a difficult situation and are exploring options for their family annually. More than 50% of the people we serve annually are under the age of 5. (more…)
Job descriptions for staff positions with Family Promise can be rather daunting and perhaps somewhat impractical. How do you possibly incorporate all about this beautiful, wonderful, interesting, and sometimes messy work at Family Promise into a single document? (more…)
I had a precious observation this morning. One of those moments when as you see it play out, you realize how special it is, even though it is just part of the normal. Such moments are gifts. (more…)
Our group of in-rotation guests is constantly changing. New families enter the program and others move out. I love seeing new families begin to relax and trust one another and trust our staff. Especially during the summer months, graduated teens come back to do odd jobs. Today one brought a baby bunny along. Another took a younger guest for a smoothie downtown. The guest of that boy asks her son, “Do you have money?” And the graduated teen says, “No problem, ma’am. I’ve got this.” (more…)
I was blessed by a sermon I heard last month by Rev. Bill Bump at Lawrence Free Methodist Church. Bill was preaching from Joshua 3 (more…)
I can hardly believe it was only a little over a year ago that I first walked into the Day Center. (more…)
“Put your hips into it,” the handsome young instructor coaches me as I step back from the big blue bag. I punch it again with all my might (more…)
“We always thank God for all of you…We remember before our God and Father for your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ” 1Thes 1:2-3 (niv) (more…)
I have always been somewhat of a humanitarian. I feel compelled by a thirst to do more for others, to encourage people facing adversity, to give away all of the hope and love I receive. It’s overflowing sometimes. (more…)