Spring is Coming:  Hikers Get Ready!

March/April 2019
A note from Paul

In the last issue of The Promise, Kate reported that the Department of Housing and Urban Development counts as homeless only those who are living in cars, shelters, or other places unfit for human habitation (e.g., storage units).  Under this very narrow definition, they claim that family homelessness is decreasing.  The fact is that the HUD definition is a deeply flawed one.

Hike for Hope

Due to various circumstances, and most importantly the safety of our participants, our annual event formerly known as the Hike or Bike will now be the  Family Promise Hike for Hope  - a 3-mile walk for people of all ages and abilities.

Sesame Street

Lily is 7. She has bright pink skin, a blue nose and long pigtails. She's a Muppet - and she's homeless.

Financial Empowerment Workshop Volunteers

As women who knew their way around a balance sheet and a budget, the sisters Nancy Chu and Sharon Pushie were always struck by how many people struggle to save because they aren't in control of their finances and don't understand the importance budgeting. 

The Super 50/50 Raffle is here!

The 50/50 Raffle is a great way to support Family Promise! The grand prize is 25% of the proceeds, up to $25,000, with 16 additional chances to win.

Point In Time Survey - The Results are In!
Survey of homeless families in Bergen County NJ

The Point in Time Survey (PIT Survey) takes place one day per year and is an attempt to count all the homeless citizens of a particular area. .. 
Just recently, the results of the 2018 PIT Survey were released. In Bergen County, NJ, 45 homeless families with at least one adult and one dependent child were identified. This represents a 29% increase over the 2017 number.

Walk-in Dinner Anniversary

March 1st marked the 28th anniversary of the Family Promise Walk-In Dinner Program!  The first meal was served in 1991 under the leadership of our dear friend Bob Armbruster, who we lost last year in a tragic accident. 

 increase in dual parent families served by Family Promise Network
Out of Reach

The most common family dynamic we see in the Family Promise Network is one of a single mother with young children.  So when the 2018 census showed that 34% of families served by the Network this past year were led by dual parents, we considered this to be significant.

Two Easy Ways to Support Family Promise
  1. Did you know you can set up a recurring monthly donation to Family Promise?
  2. Did you know that some local banks will contribute to Family Promise at no cost to you?

Bergen Family Promise lending library
Check out Our Lending Library

We've added new titles to our lending library including six from former President and CEO of the Institute for Child Poverty and Homelessness, Ralph de Costa Nunez, an expert on family homelessness. Check out the entire list on our website by clicking  here  and scrolling down to 
Lending Library .


We recognize, with gratitude, the following congregations that hosted Family Promise families in January and February, 2019:  
Archer United Methodist Church, Allendale
United Methodist at Demarest
United Presbyterian of Lyndhurst
Church of St. Anastasia, Teaneck
St. Catharine RC Church, Glen Rock
St Mary's at New Jersey Harvest Church, Closter
St Peter the Apostle RC Church, River Edge
St Andrew's Episcopal Church, Harrington Park

*Please visit our website for a complete list of congregations that participate and offer consistent volunteer support to our hosts. 


We need: 
washing machine for one of the apartments
gas dryer
crib and mattress
heavy duty paper plates and bowls (No styrofoam please)
dinner sponsors for workshops

Remember to support Family Promise when doing your online shopping with AmazonSmile  
Please remember that when you make purchases through AmazonSmile, Amazon will donate 0.5% of the purchase price to Family Promise. Multiply that by all of our supporters and we can make ensure that we are able to deliver our vital services to families in need.

Family Promise of Bergen County, a New Jersey Nonprofit Corporation is a GuideStar Exchange Gold Participant.  

 Family Promise of Bergen County | (201) 833-8009 | www.bergenfamilypromise.org
100 Dayton Street, Ridgewood, NJ 07450