Some say, “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” I get that. I won’t dispute it. But, beauty is also in the eye of the one with understanding. Looking at Family Promise from the outside, you might think it’s just another service provider. Just a program. But I’ve had the chance over the past several months to take a closer look. I’ve discovered something I didn’t see at first: Beauty.Details
It’s the thing that’s different around here. It’s what helps grease the wheels and turn the cranks. It butters the bread and floats the boats, it brings tears and cheers and dollars and sense. It’s relationship.Details
One of the “artificial” goals for many families in Rotation and Program 515 is to have their own place by the holidays. Year after year, we see a surge of families meeting that goal and getting into their home by Thanksgiving, or by Christmas, or before an anticipated milestone birthday. This year is no exception.Details
Eye contact is a big deal.
And when it happens at Family Promise, we rejoice. Often the child of a weary new guest won’t meet our gaze. She clings to her mom. She turns her face away. Looking up, interacting with others, is too risky. Don’t engage. It might hurt again.
Then, often, something magical happens.Details
As I reflect on this season of Thanksgiving, I am praising God for the opportunity to be part of something as important as Family Promise. We are incredibly thankful for the opportunity to visit and stay the nightDetails
It is that time of year again already! Time that we pause from our busy schedules, our work, school, activities, and our taxi service for our kids. We can stop, give thanks and reflect on all that is good and perfect in our world.
In the office at FPL, we have a Thanksgiving journal.Details
Family Promise of Lawrence receives an average of 300 calls from separate families inquiring about our services annually. The average family size is 4, so that represents about 1200 people who are in a difficult situation and are exploring options for their family annually. More than 50% of the people we serve annually are under the age of 5.Details
Job descriptions for staff positions with Family Promise can be rather daunting and perhaps somewhat impractical. How do you possibly incorporate all about this beautiful, wonderful, interesting, and sometimes messy work at Family Promise into a single document?
I had a precious observation this morning. One of those moments when as you see it play out, you realize how special it is, even though it is just part of the normal. Such moments are gifts.