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March/April 2024

Letter from the President

In late February, the New York Times issued a report entitled “A Life Without a Home: Voices from the Tents, Shelters, Cars, Motels, and Couches of America.” The article addressed this issue by listening to families and individuals who are homeless . . . and it is NOT just those we see sleeping on the streets or in parks. Most of us are unaware of who might be homeless, because, to many, it appears that they have a “home.” Not so.

Read Paul's full letter

Happy Anniversary Family Promise Walk-in Dinner Program

Thank you to all of our food providers, volunteers, and donors over the past 33 years. We’d like to share the email below, sent by Board President Paul Shackford to our volunteer Team Leaders on March 1st, the actual anniversary of this amazing program. 

Read Paul's email

Last Call to Try Your Luck!

There are only a few days 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 Thursday, March 21st. Call the office now at 201-833-8009.

The Comforts of Home 

Family Promise welcomed a new family into the New Leaf Program this month, offering our largest transitional apartment to a mom, dad, and their three children as they work toward their goals and dreams. Time in New Leaf provides an opportunity for stability and breathing space.

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Lace up your sneakers—it’s time for the Hike for Hope!

Spring is in the air, which means that the Family Promise Hike for Hope is just around the corner! Join us on Sunday, May 5th at Van Neste Square Memorial Park in Ridgewood for a three-mile walk through town in support of the working families experiencing homelessness that Family Promise of Bergen County serves.

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We Welcome Alina Albano to the Family Promise Board of Trustees!

Family Promise of Bergen County’s newest board member admits that she began volunteering with the organization partly for selfish reasons.

After giving birth to the last of her five children, Alina Albano wanted to get out of the house a bit and use her talents and skills to help others. 

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Family Promise Partners with NJ FMBA for Cooked & Uncorked 

Family Promise of Bergen County was honored to be named a beneficiary of the New Jersey Firefighters Mutual Benevolent Association (NJ FMBA)’s 12th Annual Cooked & Uncorked, which was held on Monday, February 26 at Pines Manor in Edison. This beloved fundraiser welcomed more than 600 guests for a fun and delicious evening...

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Save the Date 

Mark your calendars for the 25th Annual Family Promise Golf Outing! Please join us on Monday, June 3rd at Edgewood Country Club in River Vale for a wonderful afternoon featuring 18 holes of golf, lunch, premium refreshments served on the course, contests, a fabulous silent auction, plus some exciting surprises to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the event. 

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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.


Wish List

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 acknowledgment for your donation.


Most Needed Gift Cards:

  • Visa and MasterCard gift cards
  • Grocery cards (Shoprite, Stop & Shop, Aldi)
  • Gas cards
  • Target
  • Amazon

Help us restock our New Leaf apartments. New items only.

For Walk-in Dinner:

  • Wrapped/single serving shelf stable desserts



  • Cleaning supplies
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Paper towels
  • Tissues
  • Garbage bags (bathroom & kitchen size)
  • Toilet paper
  •  Baby wipes 
  • Toddler pull-ups

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