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Blessings With a Smile

There are days when the work here is sometimes a bit difficult, a bit trying, a bit painful and some days it is like a spring morning – filled with warmth and hope. This morning, as the first day of Spring, 2017, it was truly a warm, hope filled morning…

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5th Annual 5K Home Run 2017 – Memorial Day, May 29th

We are exited about our 5th Annual 5K Home Run 2017. Memorial Day, May 29, 2017. This 5K is a fast certified course through beautiful downtown Lawrence which starts and finishes at South Park…

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What a Year! What’s Next?

Well 2016 was a year for the record books. We are just getting ready to mail our annual report to our donors and funders and post it on our webpage, but I thought I’d give you a quick set of the highlights so you can see what your investment of time, service and funding has accomplished in a 12-month period…

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Moving Parts

Each family has their own unique way of doing things, they each have special dynamics, requirements, culture and moving parts. This can be a bit overwhelming sometimes when you work with many families at a time and each of them has different moving parts…

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Keep it Simple by Becky Peters

One of the little sayings in life that I actually find to be quite helpful is “keep it simple”, this can apply to family meals, projects at work, and pretty much every outing with my toddler. I think it is also smart to keep it simple as you are making year end donations to local organizations this giving season…

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Thanksgiving Reflections 2016

It feels to me as if Thanksgiving this year has come too quickly. Perhaps this is because the weather has been so warm for the majority of the fall? No frost on the pumpkin this year. Perhaps it is because we’ve been so busy at FPL, and busy gives the appearance of time passing quickly? Perhaps it doesn’t really matter, because here it is…

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Differences – by Becky Peters, Director of Development

There is a lot of talk about all the differences between people with the crazy election season we just completed. I get it, it is so easy to point out how we are “unalike” but the things we have in common our more impactful…

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Hope! We have lots of HOPE!

As a counter to the crazy, often nasty “discourse” that has accompanied the 2016 campaign cycle which we are all exposed to, I thought I’d write today about HOPE! And I have a lot of HOPE! …

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For Whom the Dreams of Childhood Sound by Ashley Sandefur, former Board Member of LFP

For whom the dreams of childhood sound For some it brings hurt For some it stirs longing In the span of a life lived here on earth Childhood looms as a Fertile ground planted with imagination And vibrant with life, smells, and freedom OR it is a dark burial ground for a piece of us never found or left behind So we are left not whole Not yet… As we grow, just as a tree, the bark heals where the limb was cut off, but still its absence remains. What were those dreams we dreamt Under the shade tree? The grand plans that drew our breath there Does the courage remain That we had back then? Our tiny bodies strong with adventure and lithe with possibility Do we still dream those dreams of childhood Or have they been pushed aside Choices we make, things we pursue How do we become More like that...

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What’s going on?

August 22, 2016 While starting to write this newsletter, the most beautiful precious melody is coming from the room next door – the joyous sound of a little boy giggling with his Mom.  I do not think there can be anymore perfect single sound to unite us all and to ignite my own heart around the work of Family Promise of Lawrence!  And so because of those giggles shared, I’ve decided to write you about the very busy year and to catch you up on some of what’s been going on around here! As many of you know, we launched expanded programming last year, as the needs of those seeking services from Family Promise of Lawrence continues to rise.  Year to date, we have received 192 new families calling inquiring of our services. So last year, our Board of Directors led us to expand our services and our reach for solutions to family homelessness in our community.  Through this expansion, thus far in 2016, we have served 17 families through our foundational Rotation Program (hosting in faith communities), 17 families through our newest program, Program 515, and 12 families through Temporary Housing.  Some of those families have moved through a couple of these programs which has proven to be one of the strengths of the program expansion. With the 3 different active programs, we are able to serve families in different programs that would be best suited to each particular, unique family situation. We continue to work closely through collaborations with Lawrence Douglas County Housing Authority, with Tenants to Homeowners, some local landlords, and partner with supplemental, wrap around case management supports through other local nonprofits and agencies including,  Catholic Charities, the VA, Salvation Army, USD 497, Success by 6, Tiny K, Lawrence Community Shelter, Willow Domestic Violence Center, Bert Nash and many other local health providers and other agencies. But getting people housed, though an awesome goal, is not a sufficient outcome for us to achieve.  Keeping people housed – is a measure we prefer to track.  That is why last year, we also launched a new program called Graduate Supports through Relationships.  In this program, participants from any of our active programs (Rotation, Program 515, or Temporary Housing) are eligible for at least 1 year continued case management support, formal classes, activities and some benevolence supports for continued education, transportation, job supports, budgeting, New Beginnings financial literacy course materials and counseling funding.   Currently, 87% of all of Family Promise graduates are still in their own permanent, sustainable housing after a 2 year tracking period. We have more than 45 families participating in some aspect of our Graduate Supports programs. So yes, we’ve been busy! And much of this effort is due to you – the tremendous network of Family Promise of Lawrence!  It is through the donated labor, service, hospitality and supportive friendships that you offer each of the program families that make this model work so effectively.  More than 1000 volunteers each year, contribute to over $500,000 equivalence in-kind donated volunteer hours.  It is in the rebuilding of healthy relationships and supports that make the FPL model so effective.  It is through your financial generosity that we are able to expand our services.  It is through your prayer support we are able to sustain our efforts.  And so THANK YOU! Thank you for your donations, your service, your time, your prayers.  Thank you for being a part of the FPL network and mission. “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting...

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