Spring is finally here!
May/June 2020
Letter from the President  
 
The COVID-19 pandemic has stretched the resources of nearly all organizations - businesses, organizations, not-for-profits.  All are trying to figure out how to adapt in this rare situation, and Family Promise is no different.
We found that we had to reimagine our Network program to continue to bring in families, yet keep them and our volunteers safe. 

     
 
The Hike for Hope Goes Virtual!

The Virtual Hike for Hope will go down in history as our most memorable yet!
For more than 20 years, our dedicated volunteers, sponsors, and friends have been coming together every May to Hike for Hope. When the COVID-19 outbreak began, we quickly made the decision to go forward with the Hike for Hope-virtually!  

Our volunteers respond to COVID-19
 
Family Promise extends its heartfelt gratitude to all of our friends and supporters who are showing up in amazing ways to meet the urgent challenges we are all facing. Please know that your efforts are making a difference in the lives of people in our community, including families with young children, struggling with homelessness and hunger. 


How Family Promise Helps during COVID-19

Family Promise continues to help families with children and individuals in all of our programs during COVID-19.  Luz is working with families remotely and Family Promise is there with essential supplies, INCLUDING TOILET PAPER!  To read the latest on how Family Promise is helping during the pandemic, including working with World Central Kitchen to provide meals to struggling families in Englewood, click here.
family promise of bergen county camp lots-of-fun 2020
Camp Lots-of-Fun-- Support Needed More Than Ever

Summer is coming, COVID-19 or not, and with it comes two critical needs for the children in our programs: the need for childcare for children whose parents desperately (hopefully) need to get back to work and the need for children who have been isolated and cooped up in quarantine for months to GET OUTSIDE, HAVE FUN, AND BE KIDS!

Trish Giglio retires after 16 years

Trish Giglio is retiring after 16 years of helping the homeless working families with children that comprise the constituency of Family Promise of Bergen County. She says the job has been exciting, fulfilling, challenging-and better than bookkeeping.

Time to Tee Up!
The 21st Annual Golf Outing Is ON!

We received an overwhelming response from our golfers and sponsors requesting that we postpone, and not cancel, the Family Promise Golf Outing for this year, which was originally scheduled for early June. We are happy to oblige and provide a way for our friends to lend their much-needed support-AND have a great day of golf to look forward to! 

A Death in the Family

We were saddened to learn that one of Family Promise's dedicated volunteers succumbed to the coronavirus. Don Landzettel, a champion of Family Promise and other worthy organizations, passed away on March 29th.
I knew Don as the creator of Allendale's annual Christmas concert and had the pleasure of attending this annual event. For me, it was the real kickoff of the holiday season. 

Ferguson: A Man for Others 
 
Harry Ferguson is what Pedro Arrupe, the superior general of the Jesuits, once called "a man for others." 
Harry's service with Family Promise of Bergen County actually dates to when the Interreligious Fellowship for the Homeless operated a shelter at St. Cecilia's Church in Englewood. 

Welcome to the Family, Amy

Amy Ebeling, the new staff associate for development at Family Promise of Bergen County, says she was attracted to FP for a simple reason: She wants to help people.

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Family Promises' own graduates from Norwich University

Christopher M. Harper, son of FP's own Renee Harper, graduated from Norwich University, a senior military college in Northfield, VT, on May 2nd with a Criminal Justice major and a Leadership minor. 
He was a four-year member of the Corps of Cadets and held various leadership roles, most recently as the Commanding Officer of Charlie Company. 

And the Winner Is...
winner of Family Promise of Bergen county raffle 2020

The Family Promise Super 50/50 Raffle took place, as scheduled, on Wednesday, April 29,2020. Even though Family Promise staff, board members, and volunteers were unable to speak at congregations and share the stories of local families overcoming homelessness, a total of 635 tickets were sold. To learn the grand prize winner's identity, pictured
with Executive Director Kate Duggan, click  here.
Thanks to all who supported the raffle and congratulations to all of our winners.  
Donate on a Recurring Monthly Basis 

Did you know that you can set up a recurring monthly gift to Family Promise? A monthly gift in any amount provides the consistent, sustained funding that allows us to support our families as they transform their lives.
Visit our website,  click on Donate, and under "Donation Frequency" choose "Monthly." You can increase, decrease, or cancel your monthly gift at any time.
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