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Actions Speak Louder than Words

John Derryberry
The last three months at Family Promise have been about growth and cultivation. Some of this was planned, and some of it was born out of necessity when we admitted a refugee family into our services. Some of you may have seen the op-ed piece in the Gazette about our intake process for this family, but for those who haven't, we want everyone to know our inter-faith network accepted the unique challenge with open arms. 
We communicated to our new family that we'd help them until they are ready to move forward on their own, no matter what length of time it takes to get to that goal. We accomplished that without even speaking the same language, as our family speaks French and Portuguese, it's nice to know we do not need words to communicate compassion. 

Our Continued Growth

Gordon Rey
FPLC Program Direct
In such a short period of time, we have added a new full-time employee, Program Director, Gordon Rey. Gordon jumped in the deep end and has shaped the Day Center and the services we provide to families for the better. We added new support faith communities with Marion Christian coming on board to provide supply drives and First Presbyterian in Marion has agreed to be a support host community through a partnership with Echo Hill.

We added two new host communities with Cedar Hills Community Church agreeing to host this month and Bethany Lutheran joining the rotation in October. That means we currently have ten host communities and we are hoping to add more very soon. 

Family Promise of Linn County has added a new non-profit partner, the Catherine McAuley Center has been assisting us with our refugee family by providing some case management, English classes, and supplying some basic needs for our family. 

The next three to six months will continue to be about growth and cultivating new partnerships throughout the Cedar Rapids metro area. We've added new board members and new committee members to our board commit tees, so we are improving our reach.
In addition to recruiting host and support faith communities, we are researching and looking for new day center options. We are looking for board members, volunteers, and ideas on how to improve upon everything we do. Family Promise is laying a foundation for our model and services to be a big part of Cedar Rapids and Marion for the future. Moreover, what sets us apart from everyone else, is that so many people share the responsibility of taking care of our Families. So do us a favor, keep telling people about the unique way we provide help to people, keep volunteering, and keep having a significant impact on the families who pass through our lives.

C O M I N G   E V E N T S

Announcing two new fundraisers coming this fall for Family Promise.

We have partnered with Newbo Market to create a SleepOut for Homeless Families event in early November. More details to come soon, but this event will be educational, entertaining, and inclusive of all communities, just the way Family Promise wants their services to be.

We are also partnering with StayNGrow and some area students to bring a Storytelling event alive to again learn about what a homeless family endures to secure a home and support future Family Promise families. 

Last but not least, be sure to save the date for our 8th annual Joyful Noises concert, April 6, 2019. Kay Galli is already securing a fabulous line-up for another great show! Look for a new and improved event including food and beverage for your pre-show and intermission enjoyment!

Be on the look-out for more details on all these events or  contact us  if you want to help bring these events to life, and make them unique. 

We appreciate your support...

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.

If you currently donate to our program through individual giving, congregational support, through your business or through participation in our fundraisers, we appreciate you! If not, please consider making a donation today.

Our mission is to help homeless and low-income families achieve sustainable independence through compassionate care, hospitality and professional support.

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  (General Manager, Acme Graphics, Inc.)
Anna Patty (Owner, Epiphany)
Trish Decker (Pastor, Gloria Dei Lutheran Church)
David Maritn (Parish Manager, St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church)
April Mead ( Business Application Analyst)
Daniel Tardy (CEO and Founder at House2Home, Inc., Director at StaynGrow, Inc.)
Angel Burns (Homeless Outreach Social Worker, Eastern Iowa Health Center)

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
Family Promise of Linn County | 310 5th St SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52401 | 319-540-6495