Family Promise of Bergen County Blog

  • Paul Shackford, President of the Board of Trustees

Letter from the President

Recently, the county conducted its annual Point in Time survey, counting those who are homeless on a particular evening.  The results were reported in The Record and, several days later, an editorial in The Record urged politicians and others to address the issue of homelessness.

The problem?  There was absolutely no mention of homeless families.  Not one word.  The entire focus was on the number of homeless adults.

For those of us deeply involved, that was not […]

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Code Blue in action at Family Promise

As reported in the January/February newsletter  Code Blue is the county’s response to identifying a homeless family or individual who has nowhere to go during extremely cold weather conditions. Bergen County  has set aside three apartments for homeless families found in Code Blue conditions and asked if Family Promise would provide back up in the event that more than three families needed shelter at one time. And of course we said yes!

Valley Hospital Outreach Committee […]

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Winnie Derfus—farewell to a volunteer extraordinaire

Monday mornings at Family Promise are about to change.  This May, we’ll say goodbye to Winnie Derfus, longtime office volunteer and weekend scheduler, who is retiring after countless years of service to Family Promise and previously the IRF.  “Service to others has always been prominent in my life, says Winnie, but it’s time to move on.”

Volunteerism was instilled at an early age and has been a family affair for her, her three children, and her […]

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Hike or Bike Registration is Open!

Join Family Promise on Sunday, May 6th as we Hike or Bike through Ridgewood, NJ. All funds raised directly benefit our programs for homeless, working families. Last year our amazing hikers and bikers raised more than $40,000 for Family Promise!

Choose your route – a 3 mile hike or bike OR 15 mile bike through Ridgewood and Bergen County’s scenic bike path. We begin and end at Van Neste Square, across from the Family Promise office at 100 Dayton Street, […]

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BOD Profile – Rachel Votto

“I wanted to utilize my financial skills to help give back and get more involved in the community,” the newest member of the Family Promise Board of Trustees, Rachel Votto, says about why she got involved with Family Promise. “Growing up my parents volunteered and demonstrated the importance of giving back.”  Rachel is doing just that by bringing her knowledge as a certified public accountant to her role of Treasurer of the Board.

Rachel, who grew […]

  • 50-50 Raffle

It’s the annual 50/50 Raffle time!

Did you know… 

  • 2.5 million children, or one in thirty, will experience homelessness this year in the United States?
  • 45% of children living in poverty in NJ have at least one parent working full-time?
  • If a family becomes homeless and has nowhere to go, their children can be taken and placed in foster care?

The annual Family Promise Super 50/50 Raffle is in full swing.  Please support our vital programs and services for homeless working families with dependent children.

Grand […]

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Super 50/50 Raffle is Here!

Tickets for the Family Promise Super 50/50 Raffle are on sale now! Tickets are $100 each. Grand prize is 25% of proceeds up to $25,000 with 16 other opportunities to win a cash prize. Drawing will be held at Edgewood Country Club in River Vale on June 12, 2018. (You do not need to be present to win.) Proceeds benefit Family Promise of Bergen County’s programs serving homeless working families.

To purchase tickets, please call 201-833-8009 or 

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Hike or Bike 2018

Join Family Promise on Sunday, May 6th as we Hike or Bike through Ridgewood, NJ. All funds raised directly benefit our programs for […]