Family Promise of Bergen County Blog

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Double Your Donation to Camp!

School’s out for summer! Most kids are relaxing at home or attending summer camp. But for children who are homeless, summer is a little different when you are living in a shelter. Parents are stressed, and kids are too. Space is limited and shared with other families. There is no backyard to play in. There is no extra money for vacation or even a trip to a museum or the movies.

Family […]

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Golf Outing Success!

On Tuesday, June 13th 88 golfers enjoyed a fabulous day at Edgewood Country Club in support of Family Promise at our 18th Annual Golf Outing. Under the leadership of longtime friend of Family Promise John Masterson and Board of Trustees member Tom Flood we had a great, successful day!

Results of skill contests were as follows:
    • 1st Place Callaway Best Ball (M.O.C.):  John Masterson, Brian Durkin, Fred Ryder, […]
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Camp Lots-of-Fun Is Twice the Fun with Matching Grant

Big news! OritaniBank Charitable Foundation has pledged to give a matching grant up to $20,000 for Camp Lots-of Fun, our two-week day camp for children in our programs.

Please look for our Camp Lots-of-Fun brochure in your mailbox this spring – every donation will be doubled thanks to OritaniBank Charitable Foundation!

Together we can give the kids a wonderful summer!

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A Note from Kate

Say Hello to ALICE
Who is ALICE, you ask? ALICE is an acronym for Asset Limited Income Constrained Employed and is made up of individuals and families who are working and cannot afford the basic needs including housing, child care, food, transportation and healthcare. Sound familiar? The families of the Family Promise Network and New Leaf programs are ALICE and so are 37% of individuals and families in NJ.

The first ALICE Study was completed in New […]

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We Hiked and Biked for Homeless Families!

Wow! We had a fantastic and enthusiastic turnout of over 200 participants and volunteers for the annual Hike or Bike! We hiked, biked, stretched, danced, noshed and had a great time in support of Family Promise.

Thank you to our Hikers and Bikers, who raised over $40,000, which will help us complete the renovation for a new transitional apartment in Englewood, so a family can move in this summer. Congratulations to Top Individual Fundraiser, Steve Rosignolo […]

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Introducing Board Member, Ellen Rafferty

Ellen Rafferty’s is the kind of job that makes you want to ask: How did you get it? And how can I get one like it?

Ellen, the newest member of the board of Family Promise (FP) of Bergen County, is manager of social investing at BD, the Franklin Lakes-based medical technology company (known until 1999 as Becton Dickinson) that makes and sells medical devices and instrument systems.

Basically, that means she makes her living trying to […]

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Reading Can Be Fun but Literacy is No Laughing Matter

Sometimes you learn about the effects of your efforts in the strangest way.

So it was for volunteer Stan Laser from Temple Sinai in Tenafly. One night recently at the dinner table when his congregation was hosting, he mentioned to one of the mothers how nice it was that her son seemed to be so involved in reading books. He asked her how he got started on the path to become a reader and she surprised […]

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Coleen Bruce Retires to Texas

 

At the end of June, Coleen Bruce, our full-time Office Manager for the past thirteen years will be retiring and moving to Texas to enjoy her daughter, Helena, son-in-law, Joji, and granddaughter, Divya.

Many of you know Coleen from our events— the familiar face welcoming volunteers, donors, and families. At the office she’s the person who knows what we have, where it is and when it needs to be renewed. Unflappable, she is a calming voice […]