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November 25, 2014
On Saturday November 1, we held our fall fundraiser, "Keep the Promise" which far exceeded our expectations in terms of support, attendance and genuine fun. It was a sold out crowd of over 200 attendees with some being long term supporters and others newly joining the Family Promise community. As a fundraiser, it was a huge success for the organization raising $45,000 through tickets, auction items and generous donations from our donors.

 

The evening was also inspiring as people came together to share their passion for supporting our families and ending family homelessness. We cannot do this alone, and the feeling of community and hope was apparent to all.

 

We are therefore thankful.

 

We thank those who attended and shared this special evening. We thank the restaurants who donated outstanding food and drink; the businesses who sponsored the event or donated auction items; the individuals who donated auction items and the incredible committee and many volunteers who gave their time to make this evening happen. We also extend our deep appreciation to Energy Fitness for hosting the event.

 

To all of you who support our mission whether it is at a fundraiser, through your congregation, business, community group or as an individual, we are thankful to you all.

 

On behalf of our families and staff, I extend our warmest wishes for a joyful Thanksgiving.

 

Best Wishes,
Sue
Our Current Families
For Halloween this year,  Peace Lutheran of Wayland made it a special night. With pumpkins ready to carve along with edible spider treats, a fun night was had by all!

Our children enjoyed costumes  that were generously donated  including a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle, Snow White, a pair of Power Rangers and a monkey.

Bility, mother of Damian(3), Jaiden(2) and Sebastian (8 months) is looking forward to starting her new job at a daycare while Ed continues to work in sales.

Deon and Jackie continue to work in the community while their three children are busy with homework and school. 

Daisy, Carlos
and Amber (3) have been with us since last month. Daisy has recently started working with animals; a first step in her career pursuit working with animals.  Carlos continues working an overnight shift while their daughter Amber started attending Head Start in Framingham.
    
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Yusuf, Jane and Joviah:
In addition to working full-time Yusuf has recently enrolled in Spanish classes at Keefe Tech with the hope of offering better assistance to his Spanish clients. He has also begun part-time work with a home health agency.  

Melvin, Eva and Jadiel
are settling in nicely in their new apartment and remain employed as a mechanic's assistant and an apprentice to an optometrist.
Jadiel has been going to daycare run by his grandmother.
Light up the Night: January 4, 2015
Hosted by First Congregational Church of Natick, "Light up the Night" is a musical event with this January's proceeds benefiting Family Promise Metrowest. An intergenerational, community-based ensemble of instrumentalists will perform a selection of music from How The Grinch Stole Christmas, The Polar Express, and Frozen along with a few non holiday pieces.
Held on Sunday, January 4, 2015 from 3-4PM, the concert is free but donations will be accepted.  Bring along your neighbors, your grandchildren, and your friends - all ages welcome.

Spots are still open to join the musicians - go to www.strikeuptheband,com for details and more information.
Family Volunteer Day: Tobin School

A fun-filled day of child-friendly activities to support non-profit organizations was held for the ninth year in a row at the Tobin School, Natick on November 1. The windswept rain brought all the activities inside, but did not dampen any spirits. Parents, children and staff helped to craft six warm, colorful, fleece blankets for use at the Family Promise Metrowest Day Center. Our deepest thanks go to Mary Beth Tobin, owner; Lori Davis, Head of School and the entire Tobin School Community for their generous support of our program.

 

 

Rachel Coleman, a teacher at the Tobin School, is shown here crafting a blanket.    

  Congregational Connections


FPM has a presence in host congregations several times a year when they open their doors to our guests, volunteers and staff. Support congregations, while they provide vital meals, supplies and hospitality through their participating members, do not have on-site engagement by the Network. This fall, members of the Congregation and Volunteer Relations Committee have begun personal visits with clergy and other leaders in support congregations to offer thanks; to identify celebrations or concerns; to provide update on the Network; to evaluate relationships and to schedule presentations in worship or congregational meetings. 

 

We also celebrate the joining of our newest support congregation, Church of the Holy Spirit, Wayland and thank the Rev. Jeff Johnson, Kim Canning and Kim Ho of Peace Lutheran Church, Wayland for leading this process.

 

Please contact Judy Mongiardo, Network Coordinator, (judy@familypromisemetrowest.org) if you would like to schedule a visit or if you have any questions.

Operetta: November 29

"An Evening of Operetta" starring soprano Kim Leeds and baritone Grant Anderson, will be presented at the Wellesley Village Church, at 2 Central Street on Saturday, November 29 at 7PM. A suggested donation of $25 will directly benefit the Transitional Housing Program. 

Looking for...

We are in need of full sized toiletries for families here at the Day Center; any donation is much appreciated!

Items can be dropped off at FPM's Day Center at 13 Common St., lower level, in Natick anytime from 8am to 5pm daily. 
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Teen Spotlight  


With schools now emphasizing community service as part of their curriculum, we would like to take a moment to thank the teens who have played an invaluable role here at FPM.

Our teen's contributions have been many: volunteering at fundraisers; babysitting our children; sharing their musical talent (pictured above) and playing a major role during host week at our congregations.

In the words of one teen, "One of my most memorable community service experiences was teaching a middle school girl to play the piano at my local church.  It really touched me that even though her situation was tough, she was still passionate about the piano." 

If you are a teen or a parent of a teen who wants to make a difference and  volunteer please contact Judy Mongiardo, at judy@familypomisemetrowest.org         
We're looking for a few creative people to help establish our walkathon planning committee.

If you're interested please contact Carole Brodrick, our Community Development Coordinator, at carole@familypromisemetrowest.org.
 
Staff
Carole Brodrick
Community Development Coordinator
Sue Crossley
Executive Director
Jennifer Green 
Family Shelter Case Manager
Catherine 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

Rev Adam Tierney-Eliot

 
 

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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

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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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