A New Year Brings New Hope
January/February 2020
A letter from Paul

This issue of The Promise  is all about gratitude. Thanks that we express, and the gratitude of those whom we serve and work with. And so I thought about how grateful I am to be part of this organization-for the past 30 years. But let me tell you why I am so grateful.
Miami here I come!

Most of us knew him simply as Allan, the strapping Family Promise van driver on whom everyone relied, especially the program's homeless families and its network volunteers.  Allan Smith had a smile for everyone and every occasion. 

Can gratitude be taught?

We often hear from parents saying things like, "she has so much and doesn't know how lucky she is" or "the more we give him, the less he seems to appreciate it". Naturally, we all want to know that our children are grateful for what they have. But is there a way to "teach" gratitude, for kids to understand their good fortune and abundance?

Holiday cheer - a success story

While at the holiday party, we received some very good news from a recent graduate of the Network.  Just before the party, the mother had met with her 7 year old daughter's teacher and was informed that her daughter's reading had improved so much that she no longer needed to be in a remedial reading class. As she reported this achievement, mom beamed with pride. 

Kickoff of the annual Super 50/50 raffle!

Once again, our goal is to sell 1,000 tickets at $100 each. First prize is 25 percent of the proceeds up to $25,000! There are 16 additional chances to win. 

OUTstanding assistance

Every year, the Unitarian Universalist Outreach Auction supports six local nonprofit organizations that fulfill basic life needs...  The Outreach Auction has a history of supporting Family Promise and this November, we were among the beneficiaries of the event.

God bless us, every one

Every Christmas Day, when many of us are celebrating with family, a special group of volunteers brings a little bit of Christmas cheer into the lives of many of those experiencing homelessness. Led for the past five years by Shelley Doherty, with help from Lisa Kenduck and Julie Gulino, this bubbly group provided a festive meal at the Family Promise Walk-in Dinner in Hackensack.  

Notes of Thanks

We would all like to extend our sincere gratitude to everyone who donated to the Holiday Giving Fund, including individuals, families, congregations, schools, and businesses.

A sweet holiday celebration!

December brought joy and good cheer to all at the annual Holiday Party for our families. Once again, the Family Promise Youth Council magically transformed Christ Church in Hackensack into a Candy Land-themed winter wonderland, complete with life-sized snowmen, twinkling lights, colorful garlands everywhere, crafts, a gingerbread house-making station, and holiday music.
Save the Dates - 2020 Family Promise Events!  

Hike for HopeSunday, May 17
     at  Van Neste Square in Ridgewood
21st Annual Golf Outing - Monday, June 8
Edgewood Country Club in River Vale
Annual GalaThursday, October 15
Indian Trail Club in Franklin Lakes
Be a life-changer

Having reliable transportation can be a game-changer for a formerly homeless family. Dependable transportation allows families more flexibility in the jobs they choose and the activities their children can participate in. Imagine the amount of time that can be saved (and used more productively) going from place to place in a car versus the bus or train. If you have a car that you no longer use and is in good working order, please consider donating it to Family Promise.
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