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…
I am a mom- a mom of two awesome little people one of whom goes to school. So there has been lots of talk and news about arming, being armed, carrying, protecting, etc. and the word that has kept jumping out at me is disarmed. Stick with me because this is NOT a political statement.
Sunday nights are hectic at Plymouth Church as four families arrive all at once to settle into their new home for the week. Four families, all unique, looking for shelter as they navigate the hardships of life and the rigors of the Family Promise program. Tonight, as I walk down the hall with a single…
It is a quintessentially Lawrence moment and my Called to Community partner and I are criss-cross applesauce on the pavement, shoulder to shoulder and knee to knee with kids and grandkids holding plastic bags at the ready for candy.