September/October 2023

Letter from the Director

The mission of FP is to provide temporary shelter and individualized support to working families experiencing homelessness. Experiencing homelessness?

Why don’t we just say, “homeless families”?

We see too much potential in the families we serve to allow them to be defined by their housing status.

Read Kate's full letter

September is Food Action Month

Please consider becoming a food provider or volunteer for

The Family Promise Walk-In Dinner

For more information email Margo, [email protected]

Family Promise of Bergen County 2023 gala

Please join us at the Family Promise Annual Gala on Thursday, October 12!

The 2023 Family Promise Annual Gala, “Unlocking a Brighter Future: Prevention is Key”, is only a few weeks away! Please join us at 6 PM on Thursday, October 12 at Edgewood Country Club in River Vale for a spectacular night celebrating the families and individuals we serve.

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Family Promise of Bergen County program

Family Promise Provides a Bridge to Self-Sufficiency

In 2020, the Family Promise sheltering network of congregations, serving working families experiencing homelessness, was forced to close due to the pandemic. In its place, the Bridge Network was developed, and continues to assist families on their road to stability and self-sufficiency. 

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Camp Lots-of-Fun 2023

Another Amazing Year at Camp Lots-of-Fun!

As summer comes to an end, so does another year of Camp Lots-of-Fun, Family Promise’s annual two-week day camp for children ages 5-12 who have experienced homelessness. In addition to welcoming many boys and girls from our own shelter and support programs, we once again invited children from the Center for Hope and Safety and Bergen County HEARTS Program.

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Welcome to the Staff, Olivia!

Before Olivia Carbonaro became Family Promise of Bergen County’s new accountant, she was for years a dedicated volunteer. In that capacity, she learned things they don’t necessarily stress in accounting classes.

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Family Promise walk-in dinner program

Delicious Donations Provided by Francesca’s

It’s just about one year ago that Gino Reina contacted Family Promise with an offer to provide a monthly donation of hot food to the Walk-in Dinner Program. Obviously we enthusiastically accepted! 

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Family Promise Youth Council kicks off a New Year

The Family Promise Youth Council is looking forward to another exciting year of service and friendship. All high school students in Bergen County are eligible to participate. The first meeting will be held on September 18 at the Church of the Savior, 643 Forest Avenue, Paramus at 7 PM. Please note the change in location.

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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:

  • 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 
  • Toddler pull-ups


Having reliable transportation is an absolute 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.

We have a family in need right now! Call the office at 201 833-8009.

Thank you!

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