The Day House has been alive lately. Lots of littles are darting in and out of the office, arguing over toys, greeting everyone who comes in the door. Parents are trying to wrangle kids, get them out the door, make them share, get them bathed or keep them out of the bathroom.
Get up, do whatever work the day holds,
feed children, put them to bed, try to breath a second
The actions of the day are simple.
“It is all about relationship.” Dana Ortiz the Executive Director of Family Promise of Lawrence quips almost every time I am around her. Yes, I think. It is. It is all about the staff and volunteers establishing a good relationship with our guests so they can be successful. I mean the goal is worthwhile. Family Promise of Lawrence has proven to be very good at helping families with children go from homeless to maintaining permanent housing.
Join us for our 6th Annual 5K Home Run on Monday May, 28th at South Park! This Memorial Day tradition is fun for the whole family. Registration for the race can be completed here: https://www.active.com/lawrence-ks/running/distance-running-races/5k-home-run-2018
Volunteers are also needed to make this event a success:
I am a mom- a mom of two awesome little people one of whom goes to school. So there has been lots of talk and news about arming, being armed, carrying, protecting, etc. and the word that has kept jumping out at me is disarmed. Stick with me because this is NOT a political statement.
Sunday nights are hectic at Plymouth Church as four families arrive all at once to settle into their new home for the week. Four families, all unique, looking for shelter as they navigate the hardships of life and the rigors of the Family Promise program.
Tonight, as I walk down the hall with a single dad and his children to show them our hospitality room where they can get breakfast in the morning and pack a lunch for the day, his four-year-old girl looks up at me, her neck bent far back, eyes big and wide and asks, “Is this where God goes?”
It is a quintessentially Lawrence moment and my Called to Community partner and I are criss-cross applesauce on the pavement, shoulder to shoulder and knee to knee with kids and grandkids holding plastic bags at the ready for candy.
There are a number of preschool age children currently enrolled with their parents in the FPL programs. Each morning when walking into the Day Center, no matter how many bags and boxes are in my hands, I am greeted with a welcome game.
2017 was another year of precious families with heroic stories as well as generous community support of the work at Family Promise of Lawrence. Since we opened our affiliate in Lawrence, in 2008, we have learned much from the families seeking services.
We hear lots about this word lately. The contemporary meaning can be hard to sort out from a current political rhetoric, but it is generally used to indicate safety – a safe place, a place of refuge.