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July 11, 2014
Happy Fourth of July! 
After a long and frigid winter, the days of summer are here! We hope all of you had an enjoyable Fourth of July!   
New Executive Director Appointed to Family Promise Metrowest

We are pleased to announce that Susan Crossley will be joining Family Promise Metrowest as Executive Director. Susan brings a strong and applicable professional background with a focus on non-profit management, strategic planning and service to vulnerable populations. She has 20 years of experience working in and consulting for non-profit organizations in a variety of functions.  In addition, Sue is an Adjunct Professor in Public Service at Suffolk University.  

 

Sue initially became aware of FPM when she moved back to the Natick area and began looking for volunteer opportunities. She has been working closely with Beth to address the barriers to affordable housing that our families face. Sue shares our compassion for families without homes and understands the importance of our family services and their positive impact on our guests, especially the children. Susan will start on July 21.

Farewell Beth and Welcome Sue!  

After an amazing, impressive six years of service we say goodbye and good luck to Beth Cooper, our Executive Director! And, we welcome Sue Crossley, soon to be FPM's new Executive Director as of August 1.

 

Please join us in wishing Beth well and meeting Sue on Tuesday, July 29 in the Sanctuary of Common Street Church, from 4-6PM.    
     

If you would like  to send a card please send to:  FPM,  Attn: Goodbye Beth PO Box 847 Natick, MA 01760.  

Our Current Families

Yusuf, Jane and Joviah (2):  Congratulations to Jane, proudly holding her CNA State Certification that she received in the mail today! And, Jane has already found employment as a CNA! Yusuf is working full-time for Lutheran Social Services and part time with a conference center. Joviah continues to attend daycare.
Best of friends Jaiden & Joviah

 

Big brothers Damian & Jaiden hold Sebastian

Bility, Ed, Damian (3), Jaiden (
2) and Sebastian (4 months): 
Ed continues to work full-time. Bility is hoping to begin training for Early Childhood Education in the fall. Damian and Jaiden continue to attend Gardengate Academy

 

Eva, Melvin and Jadiel (4):  Congratulations to Eva who has started a new job with a local optometrist. She is working full time and is being trained as an optician.  She is very excited about this new career path! Melvin continues to work full-time while Jadiel continues to attend day care. 

 

Carrie, Carlos and Carlos Jr. (6 months): Carrie and Carlos both began paid internships in clerical support this week. Carlos, Jr. will be attending daycare full-time.   

 

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Jesula, Jay, and John: continue to thrive in our Transitional Housing Program.  Jay has begun his summer adventure at the Danforth Museum and John will soon begin summer camp at the Boys and Girls Club

Summer Volunteering at FPM
Family Promise Metrowest is an inter-generational program, welcoming volunteers of all ages. This month we celebrate the parents and teenage children who have paired together to work at our Day Center: staffing the office on weekends; leading children's activities; babysitting during parent workshops; preparing original birthday cakes/desserts; sewing guest travel bags; assisting with mailings; and setting up rooms for volunteer dinners.    

Families often find the summer a convenient time for teens to volunteer without the pressure of homework and after school activities. If you have time to share this summer, please consider volunteering both at the Day Center and at host congregations.

 

The following are the hosting sites for the summer.  

 

            7/13-7/26            Fisk United Methodist Church, Natick

            7/27-8/2              First Congregational Church, Natick

            8/3-8/16              First Parish Framingham

            8/17-8/23            Christ the King, Holliston

            8/24-8/30            Federated Church, Ashland

            8/31- 9/6             Christ Lutheran Church, Natick

 

Consider preparing a meal or offering hospitality even if the above are not your home congregation. Volunteers from throughout the community are welcome. Simply contact Judy, at judy@familypromisemetrowest.org or 508-318-4820, who will facilitate a match for you.

Congregation and Volunteer Relations Committee

A meeting of the Congregation and Volunteer Relations Committee was held on June 12 at the Day Center. A committee of the Family Promise Board of Directors, the group is charged with developing and implementing a coordinated communication plan with congregations and volunteers; ensuring bi-annual visits to each network congregation; and developing ideas for volunteer appreciation.    

 

Forty visits to host/support congregations and new congregations interested in joining the Network, have been conducted since January, 2013. Continuing those personal visits, fostering community building among local congregations and monthly communications in congregational newsletters, where priorities are set for the months ahead, are the primary goals of the committee.

 

Participating in the session were Joyce LeFaver, First Baptist Church Needham; Karen Miller, Temple Shir Tikva, Wayland; Laurie Otten, Wellesley Hills Congregational Church; Faith Madzar, St. Theresa's Parish, Wayland; Board Member, the Rev. Adam Tierney-Eliot, Eliot Church, Natick; Beth Cooper, and Judy Mongiardo.

   

If you are interested in joining the committee or learning more please contact Judy at 508-318-4820 or, judy@familypromisemetrowest.org. 

Family Services Coalition Summer Update

Summer Food Program: Project Bread is providing lunch and breakfast to children and youth at the Travelodge for eight weeks in July and August. FSC volunteers, who will distribute food between 11:30 and 12:30 each day, attended a volunteer training led by Judy, FPM Network Coordinator, on June 17.  

 

Summer Activities:

  • Children 5-14 will have options at the Boys and Girls Club; Girl Scout Camp; Suburban Child, "Y" camp, Kennedy Middle School
  • Faith-based summer programs are open at St. Andrews Episcopal Church, Framingham; First Baptist Church, Sudbury; Edwards Church, Framingham and the Interfaith Woodland Adventure Week.

Our deepest thanks go to FPM volunteers Joyce Krasner, Jim Ansbro, Emily Werbeloff, Alan Blitz, Judi Bachner, Brenda Dostie, and Michael Herlihy for their tutoring assistance over the past few months.

 

New Volunteer Opportunities with FSC:

 

(No travel sized toiletries please)

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FPM will be collecting toiletries such as shampoo, soap, toothpaste and toothbrushes, etc. which can be dropped off at FPM's Day Center at 13 Common St., lower level, in Natick during the summer anytime between 8am to 5pm daily. Families in the motel are also in need of individual sewing kits and one family is in need of a double stroller. These items can also be dropped at the Day Center. 

Thank you! 

   

If you would like to be connected to FSC, please contact Judy at judy@familypromisemetrowest.org or 508-318-4820.

Celebrating 375 Years!

 

Happy 375th birthday Wayland! On June 14, Teddy Vogt, pictured here, showed his support for Family Promise Metrowest by participating in the town's three mile parade. Teddy's father, Alan, has often served as an overnight host at Peace Lutheran Church.  

Participate in Some Fun! 
 

 

Love to be outdoors? Do you or your family enjoy volunteering at FPM? We're looking for a few volunteers to join in the fun of Natick Days 2014. Held in downtown Natick on September 13 (rain date scheduled for September 14) the day celebrates Natick's service organizations and youth groups by offering a wide range of activities. From promoting child bicycle safety to face painting, the day is definitely one that you do not want to miss!  

 

If interested in volunteering to staff the FPM table, please contact Cat at admin@familypromisemetrowest.org or 508-318-4820.

The Container Store to the Rescue!

Beth Welch, volunteer of FPM, noticed the Day Center could benefit from some new storage solutions. Fortunately for us, Beth works at The Container Store of Chestnut Hill! Beth kindly drew up an ingenious plan with suggestions on how to revitalize the space, we wrote a grant proposal for

support to the Container Store to receive the items and amazingly it all worked out!

Before

On July 8, store employees generously donated their time by setting up bins for storing shoes, a place for families to hang dresses and suits, and coats. Thank you Beth for remedying a storage shortage!

 

After
Thank you to The Container Store employees; Beth Welch, Sarah Cosgrove and Skylar Webster.

 

Save the Date!
   
Hosted at Energy Fitness in Natick on Saturday, November 1, the evening will feature local restaurant food paired with wine and beer. A fantastic selection of live and silent auction items will be featured, including the unique opportunity to win a three course dinner for up to six people in your home, from Chef Noah Gagnon, of Skybokx 109!

 

 

Tickets are available on September 1 - 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, from 7-9PM. Benefactor tickets available; $200 includes a listing in the program, a giftbag, and tickets for two.

2013 Annual Report is Here!
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Why I Volunteer

"The next morning, I hugged the families goodbye as they moved on to the next host church. Then I thought, 'If our church is having

difficulty finding overnight volunteers in the summer, other churches are probably having the same challenges.' " 

Sponsor an event for Family Promise Metrowest! Opportunities range from $250-$2500!

Please contact Carole Brodrick for more information at 781-864-7433 or carole@familypromisemetrowest.org  
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Beth Cooper
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Cat Leopold
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Bonnie Perdomo
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Eliz Portal
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