I would like to tell you about my experience with Family Promise. A co-worker told me about the organization. I called and set an appointment to discuss my situation to see if I qualified for the program.
I’ve filled several roles with Family Promise since its inception in 2008 but the most important has been being a Community Partner.
My grandmother passed away last year. Born in the 1920’s, her life spanned nine decades. A person can do a lot in ninety-three years—and she did.
My time on the board at Lawrence Family Promise is winding down.
This fall we opened up a new role at FPL, which we call, Peer Advocates. It is something that has always happened organically at the Day Center. Graduates are always in and out of the Day Center, visiting, having some coffee, encouraging the current families enrolled in programming. So we decided to formalize it!
We have much to be thankful for. In this work, sometimes the tasks at hand can feel overwhelming, but that is exactly the bit today that I am most thankful for in our network.
Our mission statement is so simple-we help homeless families with children achieve and maintain permanent housing. It seems straightforward.
The Day House has been alive lately. Lots of littles are darting in and out of the office, arguing over toys, greeting everyone who comes in the door. Parents are trying to wrangle kids, get them out the door, make them share, get them bathed or keep them out of the bathroom.
Today is… nothing special. Get up, do whatever work the day holds, feed children, put them to bed, try to breath a second or two…. The actions of the day are simple.
“It is all about relationship.” Dana Ortiz the Executive Director of Family Promise of Lawrence quips almost every time I am around her. Yes, I think. It is. It is all about the staff and volunteers establishing a good relationship with our guests so they can be successful. I mean the goal is worthwhile. Family…