Hard to believe it is here, a new year, new goals, new plans, new families to serve and work with.  It’s been a great first couple of weeks of the new year already. Two families moved from the rotation and into Temporary Housing on New Years Day!  One Mom has already celebrated her birthday last week, with a small party in her own place.  What joy.  Another family is ready to graduate, possibly as early as next week, and two new families have joined the rotation.
One of the most celebrated accomplishments of this program, is of course, graduation and moving on into housing.  This is something  all  the hard work aims towards from the first day in the program.  All the work done by the families in the program, staff, volunteers – all of us, is focused on getting the family back into permanent housing.
However, when graduation happens, we hear so often from the graduates, that they really miss the relationships that were built while they were in rotation.  Because of the guest feedback, we will be launching our Call to Community in 2014.  This program will be a formal community partnership between graduate families and volunteer families, to maintain the relationships and support once a family moves into housing.  We are very excited about this new program offering.  The initiative will be lead by Katherine Dinsdale.  Please watch for news on this new inititive in the next few weeks.  Perhaps you would like to be involved!
I am also very pleased to announce, thanks to your generous support, we are able to hire one full time case manager.  On Monday, Jan 20th, we are moving Shannon Fisher, one of our part time employees to  full time case management.  Shannon has been working with us part time since May, 2013.  Shannon comes to us as a recent graduate of the University of Kansas School of Law.  She brings with her a love for this work, passion for service, understanding of legal issues and a wealth of knowledge that directly helps guide the guests she works with through her relentless work ethic and tenacity.  Please be in prayer for Shannon as she makes this transition to full time work with FPL.  If you haven’t met her yet, you will be seeing her frequently in the congregations in the evening working with the guests.

We are in planning stages with Called To Greatness for the Wayne Simien Free Throw Tournament on April 13th in Allen Field House, and our 2nd Annual 5K Home Run at South Park on May 26th, which supports both Family Promise and the Lawrence Community Shelter. Both big exciting events which will be here before we know it!  Save the dates!

And so the rhythm of the new year is already unfolding.  Tax receipts are being printed as I write this.  Please be watching for your receipt in the mail next week, if you are a donor.  Please consider joining our Call to Community, start training for the Free Throw Tournament, or the 5K Home Run, or join a training class to become a Family Promise volunteer, if you are not already one, and always, please remember Family Promise and all the families that are served by this network in your daily prayers. We are so grateful.
“Rejoice in the Lord…Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”  Phil 4:4-6 (niv)
Happy New Year all.
God’s blessings, presence, grace and through his love,
Dana

Year in Review – 2013 Video
Click the link below if you’d like to view our Year in Review video.  Please feel free to use this link with your congregations, small groups, bible studies, and share on Facebook!  Thank you.
2013 Year in Review Family Promise of Lawrence Video

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