Part of what makes our organization so wonderful is celebrating the successes of our families. Whether landing a new job, getting a raise, continuing their education and/or moving we are excited to share our updates.
At the beginning of last month
and her three sons
moved into their new apartment in Framingham. Bility is also now working full-time at a local preschool.
|Congrats Carlos, Daisy and Amber! .
also moved! For those who don't know,
will become a big sister this summer. Earlier this month Temple Shir Tikva graciously hosted a baby shower to celebrate.
continue to work at their respective jobs.
has just started her new job where she will be an administrative assistant for a large company in Waltham; we are so thrilled for her! Her eldest daughter recently attended her high school formal and her two sons are eagerly awaiting summer vacation.
New to the program is
her seven year old daughter
and her four month old, cutie,
. Upon her arrival,
instantly impressed us not only with her drawing skills but also her impeccable spelling of the word "achievers", all by herself!
Also new to the program are
and her son
who just moved in this week.
begins classes at MassBay while
remains employed and
continues to attend daycare throughout the summer.
is eager to start kindergarten in the Fall.
is furthering her career in optometry and is considering additional education in her field.
is exploring jobs closer to home in the Metrowest area.
A Cycle of Giving
Life can take on a frenetic pace at Family Promise, leaving us little time to think about the impact we have on the families served. Yet sometimes when you least expect it, we are reminded of why this place is so special.
In late April, ISue was approached by the Boys and Girls Club of Metrowest asking if some students could come and learn more about Family Promise. They were participating in a Youth Philanthropy Initiative, where students research local nonprofit agencies to determine the social needs in their community, then choose a program where they offer funding in collaboration with the Highland Street Foundation.
During our meeting I did a presentation on FPM, showed our video and answered questions they had brought about the program. The questions were thoughtful and I was impressed by the detail they had in wanting to really learn more, especially for students 14-15 years old.
A few weeks later, we were notified that we had been chosen for a $5,000 grant. The students returned for a check presentation.
|The group presents the check
When finished, I asked them why they chose FPM over the organizations. There was a silence, as it was obvious no one wanted to be the first to answer. Then one of the boys slowly raised his hand to take the lead.
The following is his response, which he sent along for the newsletter.
"I chose Family Promise because when my family was homeless about two years ago they took us in and helped put my family back on track. There are no words that can describe the experience of being part of a project such as the Youth Philanthropy Initiative. It allowed me the pleasure and opportunity to give back to the people that helped me and my family in the past. I am very grateful to have been part of the project."
|Last month we welcomed Tina Saadallah to FPM as Case Manager for our Shelter program.
A graduate from Boston College's Master of Social Work program, Tina has prior experience as a Family Advocate at Horizons for Homeless Children.
A resident of Framingham, Tina has a four month son who is growing too quickly and she is also fluent in Arabic.
Celebration of Coordinators
Family Promise Metrowest's Congregation Coordinators, Staff and Board Members joined for a celebratory buffet dinner on May 12 to honor our volunteers whose leadership is the foundation of our shelter program. The dinner was held in the inviting sanctuary of the Common Street Spiritual Center decorated as a spring garden, by board member JoAnne Marshall.
11 host and 7 support congregations gathered together
for the celebratory dinner
The evening was a joy-filled time of delicious food, good conversation and informative news about FPM's strategic plan for its future. Thank you to all who assisted with the evening.
(Meals) Served by Liberty
|Family Promise Metrowest welcomed employees of Liberty Mutual during "Serve with Liberty" week, a time when volunteers throughout the company participate in volunteer opportunities of their choice. On Tuesday, May 5 and Thursday, May 7 employees from Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety in Hopkinton led by Deb Larnis completed the FPM volunteer training before using the kitchen of the Common Street Spiritual Center to prepare dinner for our families.
Aromas of roasted chicken, vegetables and stuffed peppers with roasted potatoes, whetted our appetites. The plentiful food was enjoyed by all at host congregation, Wesley United Methodist, Framingham. We offer our deepest thanks to these dedicated volunteers for choosing Family Promise for their day of service.
Put This on Your Calendar!
Our annual fall fundraiser, Keep the Promise, an evening of food, silent auction prizes and live music will be on Saturday, November 7, from 7-10PM at Temple Shir Tikva in Wayland.
Carole and her committee have been diligently working on the event. New restaurants from the Metrowest area will include include The Melting Pot, Rice Theory and some local favorites from last years event such as Blue on Highland and British Beer Company.
Are you interested in planning events, or community outreach? We are looking for a few volunteers to join us on the special events committee. If you are interested please contact Carole at email@example.com
The Day Center recently had a fresh coat of paint, thanks to Derek Guthrie, owner of DVG Professional Painting out of Framingham. New cabinetry will soon be installed. We also acquired new office furniture and a new sofa with matching love seat, thanks to Ellen Chasen.
We hope the major transformation will be completed by the end of next month, we will post a before and after photos on our Facebook page and our next newsletter; stay tuned!
2014 Annual Report is Here!
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Community Development Coordinator
Transitional Housing Case Manager
Shelter Program Case Manager
Board of Directors
Rev Adam Tierney-Eliot
Spin Away Homelessness
Joyce LaFaver, Coordinator of
First Baptist Church
in Needham is always sharing her passion for Family Promise Metrowest with neighbors and friends.
One such conversation was with Liz Sutcliffe, an avid spinner at
in Wellesley. After speaking with Joyce about FPM, Liz opted to ask Cyclebar if they would host a fundraising class to benefit FPM.
The group of spinners generously donated a total of $840. Thank you Liz for thinking of us and thank you to CycleBar for hosting the event!
Framingham Union Aid
Metrowest Medical Cente
Wellesley Hills Junior Women's Club
Brookline Savings Bank
CA Inc. Matching Gifts Program
Coldwell Banker, Natick
Dion's Fine Wines, Spirits and Craft Beers
DCU for Kids
Framingham Rotary Charitable Foundation
Highland Street Foundation
JF White Construction
Liberty Mutual Insurance
Middlesex Savings Bank
Natick Rotary Club
Ponca Hills Enterprise, Inc.
Robert Hunsicker Foundation
Roche Bros./Sudbury Farms
South Natick Newcomers
The Village Bank
Tobin Family of Schools
The Touchstone Real Estate Team Webster First Federal Credit Union
Wellesley Rotary Club
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