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August 20, 2014
Greetings from Sue!

As the waning days of summer remind us the season is coming to an end. I begin my fourth week here at Family Promise with excitement for all that is ahead. It has been such a warm beginning and I thank you all for greeting me with such open arms.


I was first introduced to Family Promise a few years ago by a graduate student who was given the assignment of choosing a social issue of importance and finding an organization who was addressing the issue in a creative way. In a thoughtful presentation, he portrayed Family Promise as a unique example of how a community could come together and address the issue of homelessness. After doing a little research on my own, I found the chapter here in Natick and began to volunteer on my own...and the more I learned about this wonderful organization, the more I realized how very special the approach was for all involved.


As you all know, Family Promise doesn't just have an impact on those who are served; it also has an impact on those who are serving. The 2,058 volunteers last year were not only aware of our mission; they were passionate about it and feel a sense of ownership for the success of the organization. This sense of community is extraordinary and being given the opportunity to take on a leadership role as part of it is a humbling experience for which I am grateful.


As we look ahead, the shelter and transitional programs will continue to serve our families with the guidance of dedicated staff and support of our devoted volunteers. In addition, we will be looking towards expansion of our workforce development and collaborations with other community groups to address the important issue of creating affordable housing. I welcome your thoughts and look forward to meeting all of you in the weeks and months ahead.


With warm regards,


Beth's Goodbye Reception
Good luck Beth!
From left to right; Joy Macleod, Sue Crossley, Beth Cooper and Judy Davis. 

Family Promise Metrowest's volunteers, board members and staff gathered on Tuesday, July 29 to say farewell and thank you to Beth Cooper, outgoing Executive Director and to welcome Sue Crossley in her new role. Beth captained the FPM ship through uncharted waters from our opening in October 2008, bringing us through challenging seas to a secure harbor. She and her family are now charting a new life's course in North Carolina.


Sue, as a Family Promise volunteer, worked with Beth on our Transitional Housing Program. She brings a wealth of professional experience in direct service to those who are homeless and in non-profit management. She will lead us well as we implement the strategic plans for the next phase of FPM's voyage.


The afternoon was complete with "sailing" theme inspired treats, flowers donated by JoAnne Marshall and capped off by a surprise personal song for Beth, with words written (see right of picture) and performed by long time FPM volunteer, Faith Madzar, (pictured below) from St. Theresa's Parish in Sherborn.   


Singing from the heart, Faith Madzar.  

       A Song for Beth  

(to the tune of "Oh Christmas Tree")


    Beth Cooper dear

    We gather here

    to sing your praise

    And say "adieu!"


You set the bar

You've been a star, and leave a behind a grateful

Delightful cupcakes made by volunteers Lindsay and Diana Carroll.



You've worked to make all welcome here

And helped our guest to ease their fears.


So now we say "Anchors away" we're all so glad you came our way.

Our Current Families
Congratulations to Yusuf, Jane and Joviah (2) who recently left FPM and moved to an apartment in Framingham. As the newest member of our
Sebastian out and
Kid at heart Eva. 
Transitional Housing family, we look forward to sharing their   continued success! 
Bility, Ed, Damian (3), Jaiden (2) and Sebastian (4.5 months): 
Ed is excited and busy preparing to take his GED later this month.
Bility is exploring volunteer options at local daycare facilities. 


Eva, Melvin and Jadiel (4):  Eva

is enjoying her full time employment in a local  opticians' office.  Melvin continues to work full-time and has begun researching a potential career as a police officer.  

Carrie, Carlos and Carlos Jr. (6.5 months):
Carrie and Carlos have recently moved to Rhode Island where Carrie started a new job and Carlos continues to pursue a position in retail.


Jesula, Jay, and John:

Jesula continues to thrive at work and has recently been recognized for her efforts. The boys have spent their summer in camp at the Boys and Girls Club enjoying local attractions such as beaches, museums and parks. 
Invaluable Assistance

We would like to take an opportunity to thank those who donated furniture, household goods and gift cards to help Carrie, Carlos, Jane and Yusuf with their moves! An extra special thanks to Household Goods Recycling of Massachusetts (HGRM) and Barbara Yates' organization, New Life Home Refurnishing both non-profit organizations, whose efforts provide free furnishings for families in need.

Summer Match 2014

We are pleased to announce the summer match appeal is in progress and we are well on our way to reaching our goal. Through a few generous supporters, up to $30,000 of donations will be matched dollar for dollar. If you have been considering a donation to Family Promise Metrowest this summer, this unique opportunity to double your donation will continue through September.  

Join Us!
On Saturday November 1, we look forward to our fall event, "Keep the Promise" which will feature local restaurant food paired with wine and beer. A new auction prize features a week's stay at the Sugarloaf Mountain Hotel for the week of August 9, 2015. The studio apartment sleeps up to six guests, who can enjoy a round of golf for two at the number one golf resort in Maine; others can hike, fish or zip line in the beautiful Carrabassett Valley.   

Other prizes include four loge seats to a Boston Bruins game during the 2014 season courtesy of Connell Limited Partnership.   

 Tickets are available online now - if purchased prior to October 1 an exclusive price of   

$45 per person is offered. After October 1, tickets will be $50 per person. Price includes all food, beverages and dessert.. Benefactor tickets are available; $200 includes a listing in the program, a gift bag, and tickets for two.For more information click here Tickets are available for purchase online at Keep the Promise Ticket Sales.

A special thanks to our Platinum sponsor Dimensions 3D,LLC and our Gold Sponsors,Brookline Bank, Eastern Bank, Energy Fitness and Needham Bank for their generous donations to help make the night a success!   We also thank Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Natick, GW&K Investment Management, JF White and Middlesex Bank and for their sponsorships! 
Outdoor Volunteers Wanted

With September quickly approaching we are looking for volunteers to help with Natick Days, held on Saturday, September 13 (rain date September 14). Adults, teens and families are all welcome to volunteer and represent FPM. Please email Cat at if interested. The day will be full of entertainment for all to enjoy, while providing local youth groups and non-profit organizations an opportunity to educate and provide outreach to the local community.  

Many Thanks!

When host congregation, First Parish Framingham,  discovered they would be without hot water earlier this month,we were faced with a challenge.  Fortunately, the Massachusetts Conference of the United Church of Christ (UCC), the denomination of many of our network congregations, graciously came to the rescue by offering their conference center at 1 Badger Road, Framingham for our use.

Joviah feeds baby goats at UCC.
The center provided guests comfortable beds, air conditioning on the first floor and window fans for their rooms. Each family had its own full bathroom as well; all this in a beautiful, rustic setting.


Volunteers from First Parish Framingham, St. Andrew's Church, Framingham, Framingham State University and the wider community provided meals and hospitality. Many thanks to the UCC Conference Center for their generosity and to Diane Montgomery, First Parish Framingham member, for making this possible.

Did You Know?

The Morse Institute Library and the Framingham Public Library have partnered up to support children at the Travelodge with an interest in reading this summer. To date, over 900 books have been distributed to the "Little Library" for approximately 113 children.  In the future, they will be offering games in addition to books. There are currently no needs for donations. 



Mark your Calendars!
Have a sweet tooth? Enjoy live music? Christ Lutheran Church in Natick will play host to the annual Sweet Sounds concert, an evening of sumptuous sweets promising to satisfy on Saturday, October 4.  A suggested donation of $25 will benefit FPM's Transitional Housing Program.

2013 Annual Report is Here!
Click to download your copy. 
What Family Promise Means to Us

"Thank you for happily responding to our needs at the time we needed help the most. We are glad and proud that we have tasted your goodness, kindness, passion, generosity and the spirit of service."

Read more of their heartfelt letter written by Yusuf, Jane and Joviah here.  

Help sponsor our upcoming event, Keep the Promise! Opportunities range from $250-$2500!

Please contact Carole Brodrick for more information at 781-864-7433 or  
Carole Brodrick
Community Development Coordinator
Sue Crossley
Executive Director
Cat Leopold
Administrative Assistant
Judy Mongiardo
Network Coordinator
Eliz Portal
Transitional Housing Case Manager
Board of Directors
Mike Donoghue, Chair
Bob Murray, Treasurer
Lecia Shronce, Clerk
Donna Angelico
Kim Cohen
Kathy McGraw-Bentley
Morgan Molloy
Jim Roberts

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