A New Year Brings New Hope
January/February 2023
Letter from Kate

At Family Promise, we have two small cowbells on top of the college size refrigerator out in the hallway. Leftover from a past event, these bells sat unused in a cabinet until we realized that the incremental changes we were fostering in the families in our programs and the meals we were providing daily at the Walk-in Dinner deserved recognition.

The USDA estimates that in 2023, over 34 million Americans, including 12 million children, won’t know where their next meal will come from.

Temple Israel Delivers a Christmas Blessing

Family Promise is incredibly fortunate to have many supporters and friends, and Temple Israel of Ridgewood has been counted among them for many years. This past Christmas of 2022, the Temple was asked if they could “help” provide the meal at the Walk-in Dinner. Not only was the answer a resounding “YES” but the synagogue stepped up and both cooked and donated the entire meal themselves!

Family Promise of Bergen County raffle to support homeless families
Our Super 50/50 Raffle is back for 2023!
Feeling lucky? Kick off the New Year with a chance to win up to $25,000 while supporting Family Promise of Bergen County. Tickets will go on sale in the coming weeks, so stay tuned for more information!

We Asked, You Answered

Reliable transportation is a necessity for all of us, but can be life changing for a formerly homeless family. This was recently the case for one of our families, a mother with two young children ages 5 and 3. Dominique was spending approximately $400 a week on Uber just to get the kids to school and day care and herself to work!

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Holiday Giving Fund 2022

Thank you to everyone who made a donation or contributed gift cards to our annual Holiday Giving Fund! Your generosity helped make the most magical time of the year even more special for the families and individuals that we serve. We are so grateful for your support—thank you!
Hackensack Golf Club Meets an Urgent Need
In December 2020, during the height of the pandemic, Norm Forsyth of the Hackensack Golf Club became aware of the Family Promise Walk-in Dinner Program. The club had some extra food at that time that they wanted to donate. Upon learning about the daily need for meals in the community, the club quickly signed up as a regular food provider.


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 at 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:
Toiletries in Individual sample sizes: toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, hand cream, etc.
Cases of bottled water, (16.9 ounce bottles preferred)
Wrapped/single serving shelf stable desserts
Cleaning supplies