February 11, 2015
The Road Ahead: Thoughts Shared
by Sue Crossley

 "Family Promise Metrowest is a community approach to the issue of family homelessness."

 

While I knew this statement to be true, it was this past holiday season, my first at FPM, that I truly experienced the commitment and passion of the Family Promise Metrowest community.

 

In November, we sent out our holiday appeal. We also applied to several local foundations, businesses and civic organizations who have been strong supporters. In response, the Family Promise Metrowest community shared their commitment to our mission and their faith in our organization with an incredible outpouring of generosity.

 

For all your patronage, we are truly grateful.

   
 

 

Looking ahead, these funds will allow us to sustain current programs while also fostering new initiatives such as addressing the need for affordable housing and creating a comprehensive approach to employment.  

 

Later this month we will be creating our strategic plan. This will be a time to share our vision and thoughtfully plan for our future. Once it is finished, we look forward to sharing it with you.

 

After all, we are a community approach to addressing family homelessness...and you are our community.   

Family Updates
On behalf of all our families, we extend our gratitude for making the holidays so special. The delicious meals and individual gifts chosen with care made the holidays a very special time for all.

Bility
began working two jobs in early December; one in a local preschool and the other in food services. The family also celebrated Damian's fourth birthday at the end of December.

One of Jackie's children recently celebrated his ninth birthday. Volunteers, Diana and Lindsay, (featured on this month's Volunteer Spotlight), made him an incredible cake featuring his favorite turtle, Raphael complete with pizza cookies. 

At the end of the year Carlos started a new job - no longer working overnight and is loving it! Daisy also completed her online program as a veterinarian assistant. Amber is thoroughly enjoying school and loves her new Frozen backpack she got for Christmas.
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Jadiel poses with pride in front of his tree.
The families in our Transitional Housing Program all celebrated the holidays in their new homes.

Congratulations to Jane who in early December passed her driver's license test! On Christmas Eve she came to visit us with Joviah who was excited to play with old friends Damian and Jaiden.

 

 

 

Welcome New Congregations
We are pleased to welcome four new congregations to our network in 2015.
At the start of the new year, Temple Shir Tikva in Wayland went from being a support 
congregation to hosting families.   Pictured right are Cindy Lombardo, Susan Altman and Karen Miller as they prepare the common space to welcome families.   

 
Church of the Holy Spirit in Wayland is newly partnered with Peace Lutheran Church/Congregation Or Atid, Wayland.  

Wesley United Methodist,  Framingham also hosted families for the first time in January. Although they were new to hosting, they were an amazing support to our families during the first of many blizzards.  The congregation is supported by First United Methodist in Framingham and Community United Methodist, Wayland. 

Officially FPM now has seventeen host congregations and thirty-one support congregations - we are so thrilled with how far we've come!  11
Light up the Night Update
A heartfelt thank you to First Congregational Church of Natick who kicked off the year with "Light up the Night," a community ensemble of musicians of all ages  The concert raised $3,000 with all proceeds benefiting FPM!
 
In addition to selections from Frozen, the crowd joined in for a variety of holiday carols. Natick Police Chief James Hicks shared his talents by narrating" You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch" pictured right.
 Get Your Walking Shoes On!

Are you ready to walk?

Our annual walkathon will be held on Saturday, April 11 on the Natick Common. The 5K will feature music from WROR's radio personality LBF, raffle prizes and refreshments.  .
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Gather a group of colleagues, friends, fellow parishioners, family members, or strangers - ALL AGES WELCOME!  

 

Alternatively, you can sponsor a walker.

 

Go to www.familypromisemetrowest.org for further information on the days events, activities and registration, or call 508-318-4820.

We'd like to extend gratitude to sponsors MutualOne Bank, WROR and The Walking Company.

TOGETHER WE WILL WALK AWAY HOMELESSNESS!
DOnate Good

We are so grateful at Family Promise Metrowest for the incredible outpouring of donations for our families and our Day Center.

If you would like to make a donation we keep our needs current by posting them here.  

 

Due to limited space, if you have something to donate that we cannot use at the time we encourage you to check out the organizations below. They are all great resources that we also turn to when our families are in need.  



A Place to Turn in Natick accepts clothing and food


Household Goods Recycling of MA, in Acton accepts gently used home furnishings

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New Life Home Refurnishing in Medfield, with a warehouse in Walpole  accepts gently used furniture.  


2013 Annual Report is Here!
Click to download your copy. 

Volunteer Spotlight
 

From sailboat cupcakes to Barbie doll birthday cakes mother and daughter team Lindsay and Diana Carroll  have been baking goodies for families and staff to enjoy for a number of years.
 
In her own words Diana describes her experience with FPM.

"A few summers ago my daughter wanted to bake more cakes than we needed, so I called Family Promise to see if anyone needed a birthday cake. Indeed there was a little boy with a birthday coming up so we made him a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle cake. Pretty soon we were baking a personalized cake for each birthday! We like doing these projects and my daughter is now head baker and decorator. We especially love receiving a thank you photo or note - knowing that we made someone special is a wonderful reward."

Do you have a special skill or talent to share or maybe just enjoy volunteering but not quite sure what to do? If so, contact our Network Coordinator, Judy Mongiardo. Cake bakers and others all welcome!
 
Staff
Carole Brodrick
Community Development Coordinator
Sue Crossley
Executive Director
Catherine Leopold
Administrative Assistant
Judy Mongiardo
Network Coordinator
Eliz Portal
Transitional Housing Case Manager
  
Board of Directors
Bob Murray, Chair
Jim Roberts, Treasurer
Lecia Shronce, Clerk
Mike Donoghue
Donna Angelico
Kim Cohen
Kathy McGraw-Bentley
Morgan Molloy

Rev Adam Tierney-Eliot

 
 

Champions



 
  
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WHJWC Logo
  Whole Foods logo


Cheerleaders 

 
Boston Scientific 

 

Friends 

AT&T

Best Buy

Bose Corporation
Boston Interiors
Brookline Bank 
Circle of Hope
Coldwell Banker, Natick 
CJP 
DCU Credit Union
Dunkin' Donuts
ERA Key Realty
Framingham Rotary Club
GE Foundation

Harvard Vanguard 

Highland Street Foundation

Hologic-CYTYC Corp

Liberty Mutual Insurance

The Lombardo Family  

MathWorks

Microsoft 

Middlesex Savings Bank

Robert Hunsicker Foundation

Roche Bros./Sudbury Farms

Rotary Club of Natick 

State Street Matching Gift

Temple Shir Tikva 

Tobin Family of Schools

Walmart

Wellesley College

Are you a Thrivent Choice´┐Ż policyholder? If so, eligible members are able to recommend where some of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans' charitable outreach funds go and FPM is eligible!

In 2013, the organization donated over $100 million to thousands of non-profits throughout the country.

Program details can be found here.

 

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