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Community Support is Gaining for a Program with Good Bones

John Derryberry
Starting a new adventure is always a little nerve racking.  No matter how prepared we are, there is no way anyone can start something new and not run into a few surprises along the way. That is where I found myself on January 14 th , the day before my first day at Family Promise of Linn County. I had done the research and prepared my entire adult life for this opportunity but still in the back of my mind, I thought, "what I'm getting myself into?"
 
Two plus months at Family Promise has revealed that I have certainly picked the best place for my next adventure. Often when house shopping someone will point out the fact the house has good bones, meaning at its core it's structurally sound. It can handle the weight of house, it can carry a burden. Well it's no surprise to all of you who have been a part of Family Promise for years, but we've got good bones. While we navigate our relaunch in 2018, it is evident that we have the passion and compassion to make a difference in this community. I have found overwhelming evidence,  we can help this community ease its
burdens.
 
The amount of flexibility displayed by our host churches as we welcomed our first family on February 22 nd into our network was on full display. Our first family was unique and presented dynamics that took dedication and communication to navigate. The host community, volunteer coordinators and volunteers stepped up to the challenge. As we prep for our big spring fundraiser, Joyful Noises on Saturday April 21 st at St. Paul's United Methodist Church, the amount of people who assist to make this stellar event happen are too many to count. I hope to see and meet many of you there as the doors open at 6pm for our silent auction and concert which starts at 7pm. Lastly, in the short amount of time I have been operating as the lead for our mission, I have not been turned away by a community partner we have approached, because they believe in what we are doing. The Fire Marshals of Cedar Rapids and Marion have committed to keeping our guests and volunteers safe. The Cedar Rapids Area Association of Realtors agreed to supply us with backpacks for our kids. Countless groups have allowed volunteer coordinators and my-self into their meetings to hear our story. We are a growing community of people, communities of faith, and groups wanting to better the lives of many area families.
 
That brings me back to my initial nerves about beginning the next adventure in my life. I wanted to be a part of Family Promise because it promotes inclusion for homeless families. Through the program design we communicate to people who are normally left behind, that we will share a meal with you, we will share our space with you, and you will be our guest. It truly defines the meaning of what it means to help your fellow neighbor. We are people of Cedar Rapids; helping out our fellow neighbors not because we have to, but because we want to. The nerves are gone, I picked the right place for my next adventure and you picked the right mission to support.
 
John Paul Derryberry
Executive Director


Don't Miss the 7th Annual Joyful Noises!
Mark your calendars for Saturday, April 21 at St. Paul's United Methodist Church. Pre-concert bidding on baskets filled with items for the home begins at 6 pm with the concert starting at 7. Bidding will wrap up after intermission. KCRG's Alicia Tarancon will emcee. There is no charge for this event. A free-will offering will be taken.

 
Do you know of a group or organization that  would like to know more about Family Promise? 

Do you belong to a Rotary, book club or other group? In an effort to spread the word of Family Promise's work in the community, we are hosting "lunch and learn" meetings lead by our Executive Director, John Derryberry. You provide the group and we will provide an informative program and include lunch! Email us or call John at  (319) 540-6494.
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for your generous donations to Family Promise!

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If you currently donate to our program through individual giving, congregational support, through your business or through participation in our fundraisers, we appreciate you ! Please consider the connections that you have in the community.  You may be part of a social group or business that could assist Family Promise by hosting a restaurant night fundraiser or jeans day.  The support of a variety of groups will ensure that the funding of Family Promise of Linn County will remain stable for years to come.

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Our Board of Directors in 2018

Tammy Stines, Board President  ( G raphic Designer, mass2one)
Sofia Mehaffey, Board Vice President (Director, Community Health & Nutrition, Horizons)
Heather Hayes, Treasurer (Pastor, First Presbyterian Church)
Nancy Garberson (Professor, Mt. Mercy Unitversity)
Steven Stefani  (Attorney)
Anna Patty ( Communication Strategist, Marketing & Communication Strategies)
Trish Decker (Pastor, Gloria Dei Lutheran Church)
David Maritn (Parish Manager, St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church)
April Mead ( Business Application Analyst)

Are you interested in connecting with amazing people while working together to serve a higher purpose?  Consider joining our Board of Directors.

Our b oard meets monthly to discuss the future of our organization and to create programming to meet the needs of homeless families in Linn County.  Board members also serve on committees based on their areas of expertise.  We have a special need for new members with skills in fundraising and finances.  If you are interested in learning more about joining our board or feel called to volunteer, please contact us at info@familypromiseoflinncounty.org.
Family Promise of Linn County, Inc.  (FPLC) is a nonprofit and non-denominational organization for families in transition. Part of a national network, FPLC is one of over 180 Networks across the United States. There are over 6000 congregations and 180,000 volunteers making up these Networks. Based on the support of volunteers and Host Congregations, Family PromiseĀ® programs are funded by donations, grants, and fundraising opportunities. More information can be obtained by visiting  familypromiseoflinncounty.org
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