November 2019 Newsletter
An Evening of Promise and a Year of Gratitude!
Thank you to all of our sponsors for an amazing annual dinner! It was a night filled with reacquaintances, new friendships and new partnerships. A special thank you to Greenberg Traurig, LLP for their partnership and generous sponsorship. Thank you also to Rep. Mikie Sherrill's District Director, Kellie Coucette and her mother, Diane, for their support, Freeholder Kathryn DeFillippo, Morris County Human Services, Office of Temporary Assistance, Sheriff Gannon's office and to The Meadow Wood in Randolph for their beautiful venue!
Joann Bjornson, Executive Director of FP, presents a gift of gratitude to Barry Schindler of Greenberg Traurig LLP
Navigating Hope and Hope One vans on site for viewing
Calvary Baptist Church enjoys a night out
Barry Schindler presents the Community Impact Award to Sheriff Gannon
Pastor Carie Morgan of First Presbyterian Church, Succasunna, blesses the meal
Crystal and daughter, Anaija, speak about their journey through homelessness
Family Promise National and Family Promise Morris County
Anaija shares her talent for singing with a performance of "Here Comes the Sun" accompanied by her chorus and vocal technique teacher, John Hoferer
We tremendously thank you, our dedicated donors and volunteers, for all your hard work and generosity over the years and of recent in support of our neighbors experiencing homelessness and for supporting all of our programs at Family Promise!

A special thank you to our donor who provided the mystery designer bag package including a wallet, wine, gift cards and jewelry, valued at $750!
Making Moves Matter Welcomes Terrell!

Shelter graduate,Terrell, and her children began a new chapter in their lives this month! After a difficult struggle with homelessness, they have happily settled into a stable life of independence in a
special place called home.

While Terrell was at her job and her children were in school, Family Promise's volunteer group, Making Moves Matter, jumped in and created a warm, welcoming, beautiful home for the family.

Led by head volunteer, Michele Caruso, this group of volunteers joyfully takes charge of helping graduates get settled by moving furniture into the home, stocking the fridge, decorating, and adding finishing touches all around. To date, Making Moves Matter has completed 34 moves!

There were smiles abound when Terrell and her children arrived home for the
first time!
A special thank-you and recognition to the Montville High School wood shop class for making custom bunk beds for Terrell's children!
Leadership Morris Brings
Fall Touches

The Leadership Morris team provided many fall touches around the day center, creating a fun atmosphere for staff, visitors and shelter guests. Friendly scarecrows will now greet you when entering our office!

Thank you, Leadership Morris, for taking the time to decorate Family Promise and for bringing lots of fall cheer to our guests!
Wireless Telecom
Gets the Job Done!

Thank you to Wireless Telecom for a day of hard work, camaraderie and great partnership! The dedicated group did an amazing outdoor fall clean-up at the day center, including mowing the grass, weeding and raking. They also organized donations and cleaned the indoors as well!

We look forward to working side by side again with Wireless Telecom!
It's a Shoe-In for Whippany
High School

A huge thank you to Whippany High School for holding a shoe drive for children and adults who are experiencing homelessness and cannot afford new shoes!

The Whippany High School football team collected boys' and men's shoes, while the cheerleaders collected girls' and women's shoes. The many pairs of shoes will be greatly enjoyed by Family Promise guests!
Meet the People of Family Promise Morris County
Name : Michele Caruso

Hometown : Madison, NJ

Role with FP: Making Moves Matter Coordinator

How did you get involved with Family Promise Morris County? - I loved the Family Promise mission of helping guests move towards self sufficiency with support from congregations and community volunteers. I have always worked in the helping field and it felt like a perfect fit!

What do you like most about working with Family Promise? The people of course, from the volunteers to the clients we serve to the amazing staff! They feel very much like my family now. When I pull up to Family Promise to drop off donations or attend a meeting it feels like I have come home!

How would your friends describe you?  passionate, positive, caring

Favorite vacation spot: anywhere that I can see the ocean
Click on the map to see Family Promise affiliates across the country!
Click on the right
to view the full wish list!

Essential Needs for Our Guests:

Rain Ponchos
Book Bags
Men's & Women's t-shirts (all sizes)
Men's & Women's underwear (all sizes)
Men's belts (all sizes)
Bottled Water
Shaving Supplies (men's)

or call 973.998.0820, ext. 105 for drop-off details.
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