Family Promise of Bergen County Blog

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Family Promise Hike or Bike 2017

Join Family Promise on Sunday, May 7th as we Hike or Bike through Ridgewood, NJ. All funds raised directly benefit our programs for […]

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Register Now for Our Annual Golf Outing

The Family Promise Annual Golf Outing will be held on Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at the newly renovated Edgewood Country Club in River Vale, New Jersey. Guests will enjoy a fabulous day of golf including lunch, refreshments on the course, cocktail reception, dinner, silent auction, gift bag and prizes. Prizes include low team scores, closest to the pin and longest drive. Proceeds from the event will benefit Family Promise’s programs serving homeless working families.

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A Note From Paul Shackford, President of the Board of Trustees

As I write this my wife and I are sitting in Houston, the result of Winter Storm Stella closing Newark airport and delaying our return home. This mid-March snow storm forced us to stay an extra day, but it actually gave us a bit more time to spend with our first granddaughter. So we are safe, and we are very thankful.

This has given me time to think about how grateful I am, and how grateful […]

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Family Promise Bus Gets a Sponsor: M&T Bank

The Family Promise Network Bus, which transports our families all around the county, has a sponsor for 2017. M&T Bank’s donation of $7,500 will cover costs and maintenance of the bus, which transports families (up to 14 passengers) enrolled in our sheltering program. The bus shuttles between the Family Center in Ridgewood and host congregations where families spend the night 7 days a week, every day of the year. Thank you, M&T Bank!

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Join Us for Hike or Bike 2017

Spring is just around the corner – and so is the Family Promise Hike or Bike! Join us on Sunday, May 7th as we Hike or Bike in support of Family Promise, with all funds raised benefiting our programs.

Participants choose their route – a 3 mile hike or bike, OR a 15-mile bike through Bergen County’s bike paths. Regardless of how you roll, everyone starts and finishes at Van Neste Square in Ridgewood, where there […]

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A Good Scout

The sturdy new partitions for Family Promise’s program to shelter homeless families are actually an Eagle Scout project – the work of Brian Gengler of Troop 138. Brian and his family are parishioners at Famly Promise’s “home” church, Ridgewood United Methodist, and have volunteered both on weekends and when families stay overnight at the church.

When we requested new partitions for the Network Program, Brian was immediately on board and ready to get started, because he’d […]

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TD Bank “Brings Change” to Family Promise

Family Promise of Bergen County is all about changing the lives of the homeless, and now it’s been named a beneficiary of TD Bank’s “Bring Change” initiative. From March 11th – 17th, cash and select product donations were accepted at some TD Bank locations to support of the Family Promise Walk-In Dinner. On top of what was collected, TD Bank also made a contribution to the program, with a grand total of $5,450 donated to […]

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Unexpected Thanks

We know the Family Promise Walk-In Dinner Program in Hackensack serves a nutritious meal to about 130 homeless and hungry people. We know it’s served every night of the year.  But maybe sometimes we forget how much it can mean.

I recently had a chance meeting with someone who’d been in the Hackensack shelter for four months.  Upon hearing that I was with Family Promise, she took my hand … and started to cry.  She cried with […]