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It’s the Thing that is Different Around Here by Katherine Dinsdale, Board Member

Posted by on Jan 25, 2016 in Slider, Uncategorized | 0 comments

It’s the Thing that is Different Around Here  by Katherine Dinsdale, Board Member

It’s the thing that’s different around here. It’s what helps grease the wheels and turn the cranks. It butters the bread and floats the boats, it brings tears and cheers and dollars and sense.  It’s relationship. (more…)

Happy New Year!

Posted by on Dec 31, 2015 in Slider | 0 comments

Happy New Year!

One of my favorite New Year’s Eve Family Promise of Lawrence stories is from 5 years ago.  One of the coordinators at First Baptist Church sent me an email about 12:30 about her experience hosting that night. (more…)

Home for Christmas

Posted by on Dec 11, 2015 in Slider, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Home for Christmas

One of the “artificial” goals for many families in Rotation and Program 515 is to have their own place by the holidays.  Year after year, we see a surge of families meeting that goal and getting into their home by Thanksgiving, or by Christmas, or before an anticipated milestone birthday.  This year is no exception.  (more…)

Eye Contact

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

Eye Contact

Eye contact is a big deal.

And when it happens at Family Promise, we rejoice. Often the child of a weary new guest won’t meet our gaze. She clings to her mom. She turns her face away.   Looking up, interacting with others, is too risky.  Don’t engage.  It might hurt again.

Then, often, something magical happens. (more…)

Reflections from a Volunteer Working to Start Family Promise of Greater Wichita

Posted by on Nov 30, 2015 in Slider, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Reflections from a Volunteer Working to Start Family Promise of Greater Wichita

Dear Friends,

As I reflect on this season of Thanksgiving, I am praising God for the opportunity to be part of something as important as Family Promise. We are incredibly thankful for the opportunity to visit and stay the night (more…)

Thank you Lord for our network of caring, compassionate people

Posted by on Nov 24, 2015 in Slider, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Thank you Lord for our network of caring, compassionate people

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…)

Investing in our Community by Expanding Programming!

Posted by on Nov 13, 2015 in Slider, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Investing in our Community by Expanding Programming!

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…)

Is that in My Job Description?

Posted by on Nov 6, 2015 in Slider, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Is that in My Job Description?

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…)

Life in the Normal by Dana Ortiz

Posted by on Oct 1, 2015 in Slider, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Life in the Normal by Dana Ortiz

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…)

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.” (more…)