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September 17, 2014
Happily Ever After

Congratulations Joana and Adrian!  

The happy couple 

Joana and her children, Yaiki and Kayden, were the first family served by our transitional housing program in 2012. On Saturday, August 30, we were thrilled to witness Joana and her fiance, Adrian, who were married at the First Congregational Church in Natick. The weather was picture perfect as family and friends gathered to celebrate the happy new family.  Our best wishes for a lifetime of good health and happiness! 

Our Current Families
A warm welcome to Jackie, Deon, and their three children who recently arrived to FPM shortly before the school year began.
Going for a test drive.

Bility, Ed, Damian (3), Jaiden (2) and Sebastian (6.5 months): Congratulations to Ed who recently passed his GED! Damian was also excited for his first bus ride alone heading to his new daycare.
 
   
Eva left, Sebastian and Bility


Eva, Melvin and Jadiel (4):
Melvin and Eva continue to work full-time. Jadiel is soon starting daycare full time.
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Yusuf, Jane and Joviah: Are settling into their new apartment comfortably where Joviah's "Barbie" themed bedroom is a big success.

Jesula, John and Jay: Jesula's eldest son recently moved in from Florida and is currently enrolled at Mass Bay.
An Event to Remember
 
Our fall event, "Keep the Promise" will be held on Saturday, November 1 at Energy Fitness in Natick, featuring local restaurant food paired with wine and beer.

Recently added live auction items include a Legal Seafood Wine Dinner for
two. This intimate dinner will be in the heart of Boston's theater district at the Park Square location inside the restaurant's 10,000 bottle wine cellar. Four to five courses are created to "find magical balance between the flavors on the plate and those in the glass."  

The luxurious Chatham Bars Inn on The Cape is also a hot live auction ticket item you may want to consider bidding on. Featuring a two night stay, with a breakfast for two each morning the beachfront hotel is renowned for its' impeccable hospitality and stunning golf course. Recipient of the prestigious Forbes Four-Star award, the hotel prides itself on being a member of The Leading Hotels of the World.


Try your luck at winning tickets to Boston Ballet, Boston Celtics, Boston Red Sox or the Boston Symphony to name a few. 

And who could forget the decant opportunity to have a private chef come to you home and cook for you and three lucky people, courtesy of Skybokx109? 

Purchase your tickets online now! 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.. Benefactor tickets are available; $200 includes a listing in the program, a gift bag, and tickets for two. For more information click here Tickets are available for purchase online at Keep the Promise Ticket Sales.

A special thanks to our Platinum sponsors Dimensions 3D,LLC and Genzyme. Gold sponsors,include Brookline Bank, Eastern Bank, Energy Fitness, ISG, Needham Bank and Microsoft. Thanks to all for their generous donations to help make the night a success!  

We also thank Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Natick, Dunkin' DonutsGW&K Investment Management, JF White, Middlesex Bank and The Tobin School for their sponsorships! 
With Gratitude
Families with Denise Moorehead (center), Coordinator for First Parish Church in Framingham
While our guests were housed at the MA Conference Center for the United Church of Christ last month, it was Aland and Greg Belcher of Belcher's Appliance that provided a critical element to make that stay possible: a refrigerator. Diane Montgomery, the conference manager and member of First Parish Church Framingham expressed our appreciation to Belcher's perfectly:

 

"Your business skills are legendary; your care and compassion are self-evident. You not only loaned us the fridge - you delivered it to us with a smile!   Thank you so very much, from me, Family Promise families, and all the volunteers."

Congregations and Volunteers Meet
 

The Congregation and Volunteer Relations Committee of the Family Promise Metrowest Board of Directors is charged with enhancing relationships with member congregations and volunteers. The committee held its second meeting on August 28 to implement their first initiative, personal visits to support congregations.

 

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.  

 

Personal visits with clergy will be an opportunity to offer thanks; identify celebrations or concerns; provide updates on the Network; evaluate relationships and schedule presentations in worship or congregational meetings.

 

Please contact any member of the committee with your questions or suggestions: Rev. Adam Tierney Eliot, Laurie Otten, Joyce LaFaver, Karen Miller, Faith Madzar, Lynn Sheller, Sue Crossley, and Judy Mongiardo.

Thanks Laurie and Ruth!

We offer our deepest thanks to Laurie Allen and the "Backpacks for Kids Foundation" for brand new back packs and school supplies for the children in our shelter program . Laurie and Ruth Mallett, of the Dover Church, delivered the gifts to the Day Center on August 28.

 

Backpacks for Kids is a foundation that grew out of a project by Dover High School students to equip children with what they needed for the start of the school year. Kudos for their community support!

Boston University's Humanitarian Efforts

Students in Rachel Spooner's graduate Ethics Class at Boston University chose Family Promise Metrowest for their day of service, August 26. The group completed a volunteer training and orientation before using the Common Street Church kitchen. A delicious dinner was prepared for our families while staying at host congregation, Federated Church of Ashland.  

Dinner preparations begin.

Individual meatloaves, creamy macaroni and cheese and salad were a great hit with children and parents alike. We offer our deepest thanks to students Nicole Phan, Jonathan Shaler, Mike McCann and Matthew Sabourm and welcome them to the FPM community.

Palettes Paint Day 
Thank you to
Busy as a bee, guests enjoy painting
Palettes of Natick who kindly invited families for a day of painting.  Everyone enjoyed themselves thoroughly. 

Palettes also generously donated a number of paintings, adding some ambiance and a pop of color to the hallways of FPM.
How Sweet the Sound!
On Saturday, October 4 at 7PM, Christ Lutheran Church in Natick will host their ninth annual Sweet Sounds Concert.

The evenings' concert will feature music from gospel to jazz and will include homemade desserts  

A recommended donation of $25 will directly benefit FPM's Transitional Housing program   
Love to Sew?
With a recent donation of fabric, FPM would love to have some curtains made for our offices and Day Center. If you are talented with the sewing machine, we're looking for a few volunteers who would enjoy taking on this project! If interested mail Cat at admin@familypromisemetrowest.org.


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

"For the Tougas family, Thanksgiving November 2011, was fulfilling as it made us more aware of what the holiday is all about."

Read Tougas' story of hosting Thanksgiving here.   

Help sponsor our upcoming event, Keep the Promise! Opportunities range from $250-$2500!

Please contact Carole Brodrick for more information at 781-864-7433 or carole@familypromisemetrowest.org  
Staff
Carole Brodrick
Community Development Coordinator
Sue Crossley
Executive Director
Cat 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

 
 

Champions

 
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WHJWC Logo
  Whole Foods logo

Cheerleaders 

 

Boston Scientific 
Framingham Union Aid 
Microsoft
Needham Bank 

 

Friends 

AT&T

Best Buy

Bill's Pizzeria

Bose Corporation
Boston Interiors 
Circle of Hope
CJP 
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

MathWorks

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

Visible Body

Walmart

Wellesley College

Wellesley Rotary Club

Quick Links

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.