Spring is Coming: Hikers Get Ready!
March/April 2023
Letter from the President
On March 1, 2023, we celebrated the 32nd anniversary of the Walk-In Dinner Program. 

On that date in 1991, Family Promise (then the IRF) began providing free hot dinners in Hackensack to anyone in the community who needed one. For 19 years, we distributed dinners from four different locations, moving from place to place.  And we never missed a meal.

Happy Anniversary Family Promise Walk-in Dinner Program
Thank you to all of our food providers, volunteers, and donors over the past 32 years!

Last Call to Try Your Luck!
There are only a couple of weeks left to purchase tickets for this year’s Family Promise Super 50/50 Raffle! Don’t miss your chance to win up to $25,000 and support Family Promise of Bergen County’s life-changing programs when our drawing is held on Friday, March 31.

Years of Persistence Finally Pay Off

Sometimes, success takes time. And so it was for Paula*, a mother who, with her two children, experienced homelessness back in 2013. Hardworking and tenacious, the young mother applied for many better paying jobs only to be turned down when the results of the background check were reviewed. Long before she started a family, Paula was convicted on a drug charge that followed her throughout her life.

It's Time to Hike for Hope
Lace up your sneakers and step into spring - the Family Promise Hike for Hope is celebrating its 30th anniversary! We are thrilled to announce that for the first time since 2019, the event will be returning to a fully in-person format. Please join us on Sunday, May 7th at Van Neste Square Memorial Park in Ridgewood.

Welcome, Emily!

If you’ve called Family Promise of Bergen County over the past nine months, you probably know the sound of the fresh, friendly voice at the other end of the line. That is Office Administrator Emily Marques.  

Unexpected Donation

Family Promise is blessed to have many dedicated supporters, some big, some small. Some, like the gentleman in the story below, want to remain anonymous.

One evening this month, a nicely dressed gentleman in his late twenties arrived at the loading dock of the Walk-in Dinner on foot.

Save the date!
Mark your calendars! The 24th Annual Family Promise Golf Outing will be held on Monday, June 5th at the Edgewood Country Club in River Vale, NJ. Our guests will enjoy an afternoon featuring 18 holes of golf, premium refreshments served right on the course, a Hole in One competition, skills contests, a fabulous silent auction, and more. Golf will be followed by a cocktail reception, dinner, and program.


It’s spring cleaning time and we know everyone wants their items put to good use or to go to a worthy cause. We appreciate your donations! However, PLEASE NOTE that Family Promise only accepts new items as needed. We appreciate your cooperation and thank you for your support.
Gift cards by mail or appointment, all other items by appointment only please. Call the office, 201-833-8009. Gift cards should be mailed to:
Family Promise of Bergen County, 100 Dayton Street, Ridgewood, NJ 07450
Please include your name, address, and the value of the card so we may send you an acknowledgement for your donation.
Most Needed Gift Cards:
  • Visa and MasterCard gift cards
  • Grocery cards (Shoprite, Stop & Shop, Aldi)
  • Gas cards
For Walk-in Dinner:
  • Cases of bottled water, (16.9 ounce bottles preferred)
  • Wrapped/single serving shelf stable desserts
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Paper towels
  • Tissues
  • Garbage bags (bathroom & kitchen size)
  • Toilet paper
  • Baby wipes

Having reliable transportation can be a game-changer for a formerly homeless family. If you have a car that you no longer use and is in good working order, please consider donating it to Family Promise.