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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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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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Auction Party and Golf Tournament – Coming up! September, 18 and 19, 2016

Click the button below for a printable registration form that can be mailed in or scroll down for online payment options. Printable Registration Form Auction Party When: Sunday September 18, 2016 Where: Maceli’s – 1030 New Hampshire St., Lawrence, Kansas • Cocktails – 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. • Appetizer Buffet – 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. • Silent & Live Auction – 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Golf Tournament When: Monday September 19, 2016 Where: NEW LOCATION Lawrence Country Club – 400 Country Club Terrace, Lawrence, Kansas • Registration and Lunch – 12:00 p.m. • Shotgun start – 1:00 p.m. • Green fee/golf cart/practice balls/gift • Award Dinner – 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Attend one or both! Registration forms below.   Family Promise 2016 Contest Coupon Contest:                                        Coupon Price:                         Individual Contest Price: 1. Carol Nalbandian Putting Contest  $15                                                    $15 2. Play-the-Forward Tee                   $15                                                     $15 3. Gary Woodland Hole                      $25                                                    $20 4. Hole-In-One                                   $15                                not available without coupon Total:                                              $80/team                                               $50   TOURNAMENT SPONSORS Family Sponsor – $5,000 • 12 golfers, gifts, lunch, and awards dinner • 12 Contest Coupons • Sponsorship Banner • Hole Sponsor Sign • Table Tent • 24 guests to Auction Party Promise Sponsor – $3,500 • 8 golfers, gifts, lunch and awards dinner • 8 Contest Coupons • Sponsorship Banner • Hole Sponsor Sign • Table Tent • 16 guests to Auction Party Network Sponsor – $2,500 • 4 golfers, gifts, lunch and awards dinner • 4 Contest Coupons • Sponsorship Banner • Hole Sponsor Banner • Table Tent • 8 guests to Auction Party Hole Sponsor – $250 • Hole Sponsor Sign at tee box • 2 guests to Auction Party Individual Golfer – $200 • $200 per person ($800 per team) • Gifts, lunch and awards dinner • 2 guests to Auction Party     —- Click the link below for a printable registration form that can be mailed in Registration Form Tournament Sponsor Registration Form Use the form below to choose a donation package. You will then be redirected to a final short form for your personal information. If you prefer to register by printing a pdf form and mailing in, click the button directly above this box. Tournament Sponsors Family Sponsor – $5,000.00 USDPromise Sponsor – $3,500.00 USDNetwork Sponsor – $2,500.00 USDLunch Sponsor – $1,500.00 USDBeverage Cart Sponsor – $750.00 USDHole Sponsor- $250.00 USD Your Name...

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Journal Reflections of a Former Teen Guest of FPL

December 25, 2012 This is probably one of the worst Christmas’ ever.  Homeless and don’t have a place to stay.  I hate it so much.  Haven’t had a nice good home cooked meal for about a month.  Eating out is starting to get boring, McDonald’s double cheese burgers are starting to look and get sloppy and nastier by the minute.  I just am ready for our own crib.  This staying with family of friends’ thing isn’t really my cup of tea.  I’m just ready for something new. January 10, 2013 So we have to go to this interview with my dad today.  I think he said that we were going to go talk to this homeless organization…I don’t need anyone trying to judge me.  I need help, not a roasting session.  Well here goes nothing. January 20, 2013 So today is the day that we moved in Family Promise. It’s cool I guess. I kind of don’t like them being all up in my face, kind of creepy.  But they’re helpful and they’re nice.  Haven’t run into nice people in awhile.  They’ve got a PlayStation upstairs, dvd player and a TV so I’ll never be bored.  Got to get ready to go to the church that we’re staying at this week. Man I’m stuffed.  They made the families tacos and nachos.  We could’ve picked between the two, but me and pops got both.  Then after that we had ice cream and we could’ve put our own toppings on them.  I put Oreos, gummy worms, brownies and a little bit of chocolate syrup on top.  I didn’t finish it but I’m going to save it until tomorrow.  Well its time to get some shut eye. February 17, 2013 So today my dad told me were are getting ready to get our own place.  I’m going to miss this program.  All the people that have helped us and have helped better me as a person.  I know at first I wasn’t really down to open up to these people and ask for help, but know that I did that and I actually had help. Note: The author, Isiah Linnear Jr. is graduating from High School tomorrow.  Portions of this journal were turned in as a paper for an English writing assignment last year.  We are honored to have been a small part of Isiah’s story and that he allowed us an opportunity to post some of his reflections.  Isiah continues to volunteer through FPL.  He took the lead in design and setting up a teen room in our Day Center and he is frequently found hanging out at the Day Center between school and work, encouraging kids and families who are enrolled in the program.   It is relationships that make Family Promise work.  We are grateful to Isiah Jr and his entire family for their ongoing service, care for families in the program and their friendship.  Congratulations on all your hard work and graduating...

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