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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. All are welcome – serious runners, casual joggers, first time 5Kers, walkers, strollers, dogs on leashes with their owners!   You can register today at: http://www.active.com/lawrence-ks/running/distance-running-races/5k-home-run-2017?int=#auth_widget Volunteer opportunities are listed here: https://m.signupgenius.com/#!/showSignUp/4090E44ACAF2EA13-5khome6 If your interested in sponsorship here are the various sponsorship levels: Event Sponsorship Information: 5K Home Run Sponsors Platinum Sponsor $5,000.00 USDDiamond Sponsor $2,500.00 USDGold Sponsor $1,000.00 USDSilver Sponsor $500.00 USDBronze Sponsor $250.00 USD Your Name (required) Your Email (required)...

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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. * In 2016 Family Promise served more families in active programming than any previous year. * There were 47 different families enrolled in active programming (166 individuals, and 65% of those were children). * 29 of those 47 non-duplicated families were served in more than one program. Our expanded programming allows us to be much more flexible in serving families in their unique situations. * One size service does not have to fit all, so if a family starts in Rotation, they can move to Program 515, or vice versa (pending family situation) can save money and move into Temporary housing as another optional path to permanent housing. An example of that flexibility in serving unique family situations, one family of 4 served this year started in P515, and when an opening was available, moved into Rotation.  Once they had full time employment and grew a savings, they were able to move into the FPL Temporary Housing Program.  Now that family is out on their own in permanent housing and have signed up for our Graduate Supports case management programming. FPL ran at capacity much of the year, not only in our two enrollment programs, Rotation and Program 515 (P515), but also in our Temporary Housing program.  The Graduate Supports program served an additional 92 families (354 individuals) throughout the 2016 calendar year. But wait, there’s more!  This is all indeed wonderful news for the expansion and the census numbers, but the outcomes are what is most important!  Here are a few noteworthy outcomes of this past year: * 85% of families served in 2016 were housed by 31DEC16.  (66% of those went directly into permanent housing and 19% went into the FPL Temporary Housing Program) * 86% of families who graduated into housing remain housed after our 2 year tracking period. * FPL can now serve up to 17 families at one time, more than tripling our capacity to serve local families in a situation of homelessness.  We can enroll 4 families in Rotation, 7 families in P515 and 5 families in Temporary Housing.  Any family served (whether or not they graduated into housing) is eligible for FPL Graduate Supports Services and continued case management. So what’s next?  Well, we’re excited to see how that question is answered in 2017! * Certainly we will continue to increase and improve our collaborations with other agencies and with local landlords to help families become housed quickly. * We are hoping to increase our Temporary Housing Program by 3-4 additional units in 2017. * We can expand P515 with funding for an additional Full Time Case Manager. We have positioned FPL to expand as the need arises with your support and investment. Unfortunately the need continues, we received 419 calls from different families trying to get into our programs in 2016. We are grateful to our many volunteers and partners for their role in serving and investing in families in Lawrence. You each played a role in these outcomes.  The model of FPL works because of the community investment and commitments.   Thank you so very much.  What a year! “Owe nothing to anyone—except for your obligation to love one another. If you love your neighbor, you will fulfill the requirements of...

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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.  This week is a perfect illustration of the moving parts going on within those families in active programming at FPL this last week of 2016! 1.  Two families are moving out of rotation and into their own apartments!  Congratulations to Grandma, son, mom and 1 year old daughter who are moving tomorrow and to single Mom and her 3 daughters who are moving on the weekend.  Both of these families wanted to be in their own place before the New Year and they are doing it! 2.  One family is moving out of the Temporary Housing Program and into their own apartment this weekend. 3.  Two families are moving into the Temporary Housing Program this week. 4.  Each of these moves represent a huge effort on the part of the family that has lead up to this exciting graduation back into housing. 5.  Each of these moves involves donated furniture and basic home set up items, including bedding, towels, and dishes, cooking pots and pans and basic kitchen necessities.  Each of these moves involves a group willing to help stock the pantry for the family.  Each of these moves involves people helping with the move, or cleaning or packing. 6.  We are interviewing for the open slots in the Rotation and P515 Programs. 7  One Dad who is new to the Rotation Program got a new job today and starts on Tuesday and thus begins the journey of savings so his family can move out hopefully shortly after the new year! So we end 2016 with a very busy and very exciting week with lots of moving parts. Thank you for your participation and contribution to the many moving parts, helping families move back home!  Thank you for being a critical and active part of the solution. If you wish to help us do more in 2017, please see our website and make a year end contribution to help families move back home.  www.lawrencefamilypromise.org.  Thank...

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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. Keep it simple and partner with Family Promise of Lawrence an organization that is local, collaborative, effective, and efficient! Local: serving families experiencing homelessness in the Lawrence and Douglas county community Collaborative: Connecting and working with other organizations in the community Effective: 87% of those who graduate successfully remain stably housed over a two year tracking period Efficient: 96% of all donations go directly to programs that serve guests, 73% of funding comes from volunteer hours, shelter, meals, goods, and other services. Keep it simple this holiday giving season and invest in the future of amazing families with Family Promise of Lawrence!  Thank...

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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!  And we have much to be grateful for at FPL. * Expansion of programming this past year, means we have been able to serve so many more families than in previous years through Rotation, Program 515, Temp Housing and Graduate Supports. * The immense effort it takes for families to work this program and get back into housing.  I am often surprised and humbled by the effort, strength and tenacity of families to do this hard work and stay focused. * The generosity of donors that make the FPL programming possible. * The generosity of volunteers who give of their time to practice the lost art of true hospitality. * The giving back of participants of the program, who come back and serve FPL through hosting in the congregations, work projects, donation drives they have organized at their places of employment, serving as Call to Community Partners, participating in speaking engagements,  videos, work projects, and simply stopping by to encourage the current participants in the program.   A heart of gratitude takes conscious effort to cultivate and I think this is especially true for those of us who may not have to do without.  I am grateful for the teaching and examples that come from the guests we are honored to serve.  Frequently they express recognition of gratitude for things many of us would find extremely difficult.  Gratitude for: * A safe place to sleep for their family – on cots, in congregations of faith. * Home cooked meals – One guest called them “meals cooked with love”. * The kind support of strangers. * Thanksgiving dinner cooked once again in their own home.   Please join me in cultivating a heart of gratitude.  Our own hearts will grow.  Kindness will overflow.  Lives will be changed.   Happy Thanksgiving to each of you and your families.   “Love must be sincere.  Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in brotherly love.  Honor one another above yourselves.  Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.  Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with God’s people who are in need.  Practice hospitality.”  Romans 12:9-13...

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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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Gesture by Mary Kaczor – FPL Board Member

Attending the national conference for Family Promise on the west coast, I take a needed break to walk along the water. I find myself on a path leading to the ocean as a man approaches me and I smile immediately at his apparent mode of transportation and his cleverly equipped load.   Over his apt shoulders is a broom handle shaped stick, yet longer, each end holding a big heavy black trash bag. Below his feet, what at first I think is a hover board, turns out to be a regular skateboard, old and rickety with age and use. He pushes off again as he comes toward me and his heavy load shifts.     Just as he reaches me and I smile to say hello, he winces with discomfort. I notice one of his gold hoop earrings has attached itself to his black hoodie, dragging down his head and causing an issue with his equilibrium. I turn back and say “Can I help you?” as he steps first one foot then the other off his board. He tells me “yes” as I come closer and cautiously let my fingers touch the small tarnished band.   I unhook the culprit, a thin black thread, and ask if I should re-hook his earring or unhook it completely. “You better take it out so it doesn’t happen again” he says as I slide the post out of the hole in his ear, suddenly feeling the intimacy of my task. He takes the gold hoop from me now, into his rough dirty fingers, our hands touching for just a moment as a silent wind overtakes us. “Thank you Missy,” he says loudly as I turn to walk away and he gives another push forward on his four wheels. I realize suddenly and with certainty that the enormous hope I have for three days of learning has been accomplished with just one simple...

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