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Love Lives Here – by Board Member Katherine Dinsdale

Posted by on Jul 23, 2015 in Slider, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Love Lives Here – by Board Member Katherine Dinsdale

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.”

 

June—like every month at Family Promise–has been a time of highest highs and lowest lows, sometimes within a single hour. Families deal with fears about legal issues that hang in dark and seemingly impenetrable clouds of confusion and unknowns. Other families face the inherited tax and financial problems that linger long after a partner moves on.

 

Some days our staff faces what seems to be smoke and mirrors. Budgets and bills just don’t add up. Agreements and action plans are broken. “Maybe this program isn’t for you, “ is the kindest exit plan. And there is anger and slammed doors and sad departures.

 

 

But all that happens once in a while in the families we live in, too. There are seasons of worry and seasons of great joy. As our affiliate continues in our sixth year of operation it is noticeable how increasingly often our friends and donors, church folk, former guests and current guests are all the same people.  That’s the dream of real community, in my book. It is the fabric of connectedness that is needed, wanted and rare in the world today. I’m grateful that here in this village we know one another. There is room for accountability and correction and grace.

 

“Love Lives Here” is written on the glass window of a storm door on the home of a graduated guest. That says it all

Expanding Programming? Time to Get in the Water!!!!

Posted by on Jun 5, 2015 in Slider, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Expanding Programming?  Time to Get in the Water!!!!

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…)

Family Promise of Lawrence Golf Tournament and Auction Party

Posted by on Jun 4, 2015 in Slider, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Family Promise of Lawrence Golf Tournament and Auction Party

Join us for the 7th Annual Family Promise of Lawrence Golf Tournament and Auction Party.

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A Volunteer Prespective by Laura VanSickle-Deavours

Posted by on Apr 22, 2015 in Slider, Uncategorized | 0 comments

A Volunteer Prespective by Laura VanSickle-Deavours

I can hardly believe it was only a little over a year ago that I first walked into the Day Center.  (more…)

Boxing for Family Promise???? by Mary Kaczor, Board Member

Posted by on Apr 17, 2015 in Slider, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Boxing for Family Promise???? by Mary Kaczor, Board Member

“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…)

Holy Week – April 2015 Newsletter

Posted by on Apr 2, 2015 in Slider, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Holy Week – April 2015 Newsletter

“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…)

Give a man a fish… by Ashley Lindsay

Posted by on Mar 2, 2015 in Slider, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Give a man a fish…   by Ashley Lindsay

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…)

Reflections from the Day House – a Look Back on 2014

Posted by on Feb 9, 2015 in Slider, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Reflections from the Day House – a Look Back on 2014

The intake and graduation of families in and out of the rotation can change rapidly.  (more…)

Family promise – A place I am always welcome but never to return by Bridgette

Posted by on Dec 5, 2014 in Slider, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Family promise – A place I am always welcome but never to return by Bridgette

Family Promise…
It is a place I am always welcome but never want to return. (more…)

On this Road By, Isiah Linnear

Posted by on Nov 11, 2014 in Slider, Uncategorized | 0 comments

On this Road  By, Isiah Linnear

On this road called life we come across some unforeseen obstacles,
Some that makes life seem so overwhelming,
Where maintaining seems impossible. (more…)