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Almost Home – Project 913

Exciting Family Promise of Lawrence Expansion News! Family Promise of Lawrence (FPL) , in partnership with Ninth Street Missionary Baptist Church (NSMBC), is expanding the FPL Temporary Housing Program by 4 additional units!  We currently have the use of 5 units in the City of Lawrence and in August, we are going to be able to have use of the 4-plex at 913 Tennessee Street – right across the parking lot from the Family Promise Day Center!  How does our Temporary Housing Program work?  Family Promise of Lawrence rents a property at below-market rates from private property owners and also pays utilities. The qualified guest families in the program have been a part of either of the FPL intake programs (Rotation and P515) will pay a small amount of monthly rent and utilities fees, all of which are well below market rate and never exceeding 30 percent of the family income. The purpose of this program is to allow qualifying guests of the Family Promise programs to move into a unit, continue working with our case management, participate in formal classwork, and practice the budgeting and financial literacy tools offered by Family Promise.   Each temporary housing unit is fully furnished. When families move on to their own, permanent housing, usually after a six to nine-month stay, they may take all the items from the unit they want with them. The unit is resupplied prior to the next family moving in.   The Temporary Housing Program has allowed us to more than double our capacity, and working with our partners, Ninth Street Missionary Baptist Church, we are going to almost double our Temporary Housing units!   The FPL tracked outcomes have shown that a temporary stay in this program is very successful.  In 2016, 100 percent of the families who left the temporary housing program moved directly into their own permanent housing.  FPL started this program in 2012, with the use of 2 units.    We Need Your Help! And now we need your help to flip these 4 new units.  If you’d like to see how you can help, please sign up on our Sign Up Genius link below: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c044eaaaa2fa2fd0-almost If you’d like to sponsor one of the units financially?  You can donate at:  www.lawrencefamilypromise.org If you’d like to learn more about this project:  Almost Home – Project 913, please contact: Dana@lawrencefamilypromise.org or...

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And then it is Summer!

School is out, backpacks are cleaned out (or just stuffed to the back of the closet!), morning routines change up, kids get enrolled in boys and girls club, swimming passes make for an extra special afternoon, the sun stays up later, so going to bed by 8 for little ones seems impossible and parents still need to get up early to go to work and get the kids to the day care, or day time activities.  Sounds like any home in Lawrence right now doesn’t it?   And it is not different for the families enrolled in one of the Family Promise programs, Rotation, Program 515 or Temporary Housing.  Though the first part of summer sometimes does add a complication for job searching for parents of little ones – interviews, of course, need to be solo, not with kids in tow, if in rotation, the van still leaves each church at 6:30 AM even if the little one couldn’t fall asleep until after 10, and budgets increase for families enrolled in P515 or Temp Housing and graduate families to add additional expenses to cover longer childcare hours and for meals for the children that previously were eaten at school for breakfast and lunch through the free or reduced lunch program… Lawrence is a wonderful community with a wide variety of supports for our citizens.  Our own city has the Fuel Up for Summer Program, which offers free lunches and breakfast M-F.  There are summer long city bus passes for under 18 that help family budgets tremendously, there are many agencies which we work closely with, that help provide services throughout the summer and offer scholarship for children activities and even the equipment for the participants.   So we are geared up for summer here at FPL and grateful we live here in Lawrence!  We have pool passes, all guests in rotation have swimming suits, thanks to generosity of some donors, the congregations are grilling out, the kids are getting use to a new routine, P515 and Temporary Housing families are utilizing additional resources that help stretch their budget so they can continue to save throughout the summer. We could use your help!  If you care to donate or want to know how you might be able to volunteer; please use the I want to help or I want to donate buttons here on our webpage!  “Maker of heaven and earth, the sea and everything in them, the Lord, remains faithful forever. He upholds the cause of the oppressed and gives food to the hungry…” Ps 146:6-7...

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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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