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June 4, 2014
ELCA Bishop James Hazelwood 
To Visit FPM  on Monday, June 16th, 2014
As Part of World Hunger Tour
Please join us in welcoming, Bishop James Hazelwood on his visit to Family Promise Metrowest's day center as part of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's World Hunger Tour, on Monday June 16 at 1:00pm. 
Chair Chat from Mike Donoghue

Hello friends,


I hope that you all enjoyed reading the 2013 Annual Report. I thought the report did a very nice job of showing the path that we followed to get to where we are today. So many people and organizations have done so much for so long - and we are just getting started! It is very encouraging to see all the new people and partners that have joined in our service. You are making such a positive impact. Thank you!


Since the beginning, we have been blessed with attracting caring and talented leaders. From our founding mothers, to our steering committee, to our board and committee members, to our executive director, each of these leaders have helped us become the organization we are today. In addition to a big thanks to our retiring board members Ann Skipper and Edie Lohr, I want to share with you information about our Executive Director, Beth Cooper.


Beth and her family recently made a decision to relocate to North Carolina to be closer together and to better pursue a love of sailing. Her last day with Family Promise Metrowest is Friday, August 1. I'd like to take this opportunity to recognize and celebrate all that Beth has accomplished during her tenure. Beth's effective and caring leadership has been instrumental in the development of the organization. From welcoming our first families, to working with our many congregations and community partners, to advocating with the Commonwealth for our unique program, Beth has done it all and done it well. She has effectively and compassionately guided the organization under some pretty difficult circumstances. 


We operate a 24x7x365 service mission and it seemed to me like Beth was always on call. Beth leaves the organization with a solid foundation, a compelling strategy and expanding capability. Please join me in celebrating Beth's effective leadership of Family Promise Metrowest and wish her all the best as she begins the next chapter of her life in North Carolina.


Thank you very much Ann, Edie and Beth for everything that you do in service to homeless families and our entire community. You are special people and it has been my pleasure to serve with you all.


Best regards,


Mike Donoghue

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The shining sun and smiling walkers made for a great event on April 12th. Thanks for making FPM's 5th Annual Walkathon the most successful yet, raising $70,066! 


We look forward to seeing you next year. Mark your calendars for Saturday, April 11th, 2015!

In Appreciation of Service
Edie Lohr and Ann Skipper 

Ann Skipper began serving on the board in June of 2008, offering her expertise in Human Resources. Ann played a major role in developing FPM's personnel policies and employee related processes and procedures critical to the organization. Ann has supported FPM in many ways over the years, most recently managing FPM's account payables/recievables. 


I am sure you have seen Ann at many Family Promise Metrowest events including our recent annual walkathon. It was Ann who had the idea for a walkathon in the Natick Mall, and what a great idea it turned out to be! We thank Ann for her dedicated service to the organization.   


"It has been a privilege to serve and very rewarding to see the organization move from start up to where we are today. Who would have thought that we would raise over $70,00 with our fifth walkathon?" Ann Skipper. 


Edie Lohr began her service with Family Promise Metrowest 
in June 2008. As the former CEO of Lutheran Social Services of New England, Edie is a fountain of knowledge in regards to programming and non-profit development. Fortunately for FPM, Edie has willingly shared that knowledge assisting on every level of programming and development over the past several years. Edie's unflappable determination has served our organization well. We thank Edie for her dedicated service to Family Promise Metrowest. 
"My experience as an FPM board member has been a very positive one. I have seen the organization move forward and the lives of many families turn around as a result. To know that I have been part of that and helped along the way is a good place to be." Edie Lohr. 
Our Current Families


Yusuf, Jane and their daughter Joviah (2) have been with us for 5 months.  Joviah continues to attend daycare three days per week and will begin full-time at FACE  Children's Center this fall on a full scholarship provided by FACE. 


Congratulations to Jane who has just completed her CNA training and is seeking work in a nursing home or hospital setting! Congratulations also to Yusuf on his new full time position with Lutheran Social Services! Yusuf continues to work a second job, part time, as they save to move into their new apartment. 


Bility, Ed and their sons Damian (3), Jaiden (2) and Sebastian (2.5 months) entered FPM mid-January. Jaiden recently celebrated his 2nd birthday at Christ The King, Holliston with a Thomas the Tank Engine cake created by Lindsay and Diana Carroll. 
Damian and Jaiden are attending Gardengate Academy  two mornings a week. Gardengate has offered a scholarship for the boys to attend one morning a week and FPM funds the second morning. Ed continues to work full time and Bility is looking for full-time work now that Sebastian is almost 3 months old!  Bility is hoping to find employment with a day care center. 
Eva, Melvin and their son Jadiel (4) Have been with FPM 3 months. Melvin continues to work full time. Eva has just finished her spring semester college courses and has begun looking for full time employment. 
Carrie, Carlos and Carlos, Jr (4.5 months)
have been at FPM just two months. Carrie and Carlos graduated from High School on Sunday, June 1st. Congratulations to both of them! 



Thanks to our generous supporters, Carrie and Carlos were able to attend their prom last week in full prom attire with corsages. Carrie was also able to have her hair and nails done. Many thanks for making this big event in their

 life so special.   


Jesula, John and Jay
Jesula, John and Jay were proud walkers at FPM's 5th Annual Walkathon!
John and Jay will be attending the Boys and Girls Club
this summer and Jay will again be taking art classes at the Danforth Museum. Below is a sampling of his work. 


On Sunday, June 8th, parents in our programs will complete a five part parenting series provided by 
FPM Staff and Board 
Celebrate Congregational Coordinators


Family Promise Metrowest's volunteer coordinators, staff and Board Members joined for a celebratory buffet dinner to recognize these volunteers whose leadership in our member congregations is the foundation of our shelter program.




Held in the inviting sanctuary of the Common Street Community Church, bright with colorful spring plants from Volante Farms, the
evening was a joyful time of food and conversation.  


Thank you to Board members, staff and

volunteers who provided the food and set-up. The springtime desserts by Diana and Lindsay Carroll and Francesca Antonelli captured the spirit of the evening. 

Local Health Care Professionals 
To Assist FPM Families 

Karen Segel and Karin Segal, two health care professionals and members of the founding group of the Metrowest Free Medical Program, Sudbury, will be new volunteers for Family Promise Metrowest. Karen and Karin will work directly with guests families regarding first aid, health care and patient advocacy

Metrowest Leadership Academy
Day of Service at FPM

On Friday, May 16th members of the Metrowest Leadership Academy spent a Day of Service at Family Promise Metrowest.  

From left to right: Marty Hilfinger; India Young; Joseph Corazzini; Joanne Hilger; and Helen Lemoine


The Academy, directed by Helen Lemoine, provides a year-long program of leadership development for professionals from a cross section of disciplines with the goal of becoming more effective community and business leaders.    


Volunteers from the Academy held a supply drive for the Day Center and spent a full day with us meeting current needs. All are now fully trained FPM volunteers. We celebrate their commitment.

The Prana Center Raises Awareness and Funds for FPM Through Benefit Production
The Prana Center in Holliston presented the moving play, 
May 17 at 7 p.m. to benefit Family Promise Metrowest. 
Thank you to Roberta and the Prana Center for raising awareness about the issue of family poverty and homelessness and raising funds totaling $1,000 for Family Promise Metrowest! 
Family Services Coalition Update

Family Promise Metrowest continues to be an active member of the Families Services Coalition volunteer organization, assisting the families currently being sheltered by the state in motel rooms at the Travelodge in Natick. The Travelodge Motel currently has 57 homeless families, which includes 111 children and youth.   

How we are helping:


Judy Mongiardo has been coordinating FPM and SOAR 55 (Service Opportunities After Reaching 55) volunteers to help provide GED and ESL tutoring to the families.


Eliz Portal has been providing case management services on a temporary basis to families in the motels. 


FPM drivers and volunteers have been sorting and organizing the many donations that come in for the families in motels and are being stored at Common Street Community Church. 


FPM will again be collecting diapers and wipes for these families. Size 4 and 5 diapers and wipes can be dropped off at FPM's Day Center at 13 Common St., Natick during the month of June anytime between 8am to 5pm daily. 


There are many volunteer opportunities this summer with FSC. If you would like to be connected to FSC, please contact Judy Mongiardo at 


Thank You!

Save The Date - November 1st, 2014

Keep The Promise

           An Evening of Food and Wine Tasting to Benefit Homeless Families


Enjoy an evening of fine food and beverages from some of your favorite local restaurants to benefit Family Promise Metrowest. 


While enjoying selections from Blue on Highland, Bertucci's and Nordstrom's Caf´┐Ż Bistro (to name a few), bid on a fantastic selection of silent auction goodies, including unique themed gift baskets.  


Wines from around the world will be available and chosen specifically to match various appetizers such as bruschetta, artichoke dip and tuna.


Tickets will go on sale on September 1 - plan to bring friends and purchase prior to October 1 to get a special ticket price! All tickets will directly benefit Family Promise Metrowest. 


Hosted at Energy Fitness in Natick the evening will definitely be one you do not want to miss full of fine food, great company and exciting auction prizes to benefit a great cause!    

ReServe of Greater Boston

Carol Greenfield, Director ReServe, Greater Boston, met with FPM staff to share professional opportunities in part-time paid community service.  ReServe connects professionals 55+ with stipend work opportunities at local nonprofit and public agencies. 


Volunteers seeking a paid professional opportunity in retirement should contact Carol at ReServe ( 

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2013 Annual Report is Here!
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4th grade students at Memorial School and students from The Tobin School, decorated and filled Houses for Change, raising $673.96 for FPM's Annual Walkathon!

Two So Buttons founders, Patricia and Erica Cordischi presented three large bags of toiletries to Judy Mongiardo at Family Promise Metrowest. 
Thank You to Our Recent 

The 200 Foundation 
ELCA Hunger Grant
Framingham Rotary Club
Highland Street Foundation
Mass Bankers Association
The Rivers School - Rivers Givers
Thrivent Financial for Lutherans
Wellesley Hill's Junior Women's Club
Carole Brodrick
Community Development Coordinator
Beth Cooper
Executive Director
Cat Leopold
Administrative Assistant
Judy Mongiardo
Network Coordinator
Bonnie Perdomo
Family Shelter Case Manager
Eliz Portal
Transitional Housing Case Manager
Board of Directors
Mike Donoghue, Chair
Bob Murray, Treasurer
Lecia Shronce, Clerk
Kim Cohen
Kathy McGraw-Bentley
Lindsay McGuinness
Morgan Molloy
Jim Roberts
Ann L. Skipper

Rev Adam Tierney-Eliot


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Boston Scientific 
Framingham Union Aid 
Needham Bank 




Best Buy

Bill's Pizzeria

Bose Corporation
Boston Interiors 
Circle of Hope
DCU Credit Union
Dunkin' Donuts
ERA Key Realty
Framingham Rotary Club
GE Foundation

Harvard Vanguard 

Highland Street Foundation

Hologic-CYTYC Corp

Johnson String Instruments

Liberty Mutual Insurance


Middlesex Savings Bank

Paydiant, Inc

Robert Hunsicker Foundation

Roche Bros./Sudbury Farms

Rotary Club of Natick 

State Street Matching Gift

TD Bank

Tobin Family of Schools

Tufts Health Plan

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Wellesley College

Wellesley Rotary Club

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