Family Promise of Bergen County Blog

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Letter from Kate

One of the questions we hear most often is “Where do the children in your programs go to school?”  The answer to this is easy.  Thanks to the McKinney-Vento Act, the parents of homeless students can either send their children to their school of origin or choose to send them to school in Ridgewood where the Family Center is located.

A far more difficult question to answer is “Who is actually homeless?”  One of the challenges […]

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Devoted mom’s efforts result in new home*

Julie and her two children entered the Network last spring. It was an adjustment at first, but Julie’s positive outlook and perseverance paid off.  Julie worked with Family Promise to obtain a voucher that includes support services for her teenage son, who has special needs and significant health issues, and she and her family quickly transitioned to a New Leaf apartment. Our volunteers did an incredible job furnishing her new three-bedroom home and made sure […]

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Annual Family Promise Gala

Please join us for the Annual Family Promise Gala, which will be held on Wednesday, October 10, 2018, at 6 pm at the lakefront Indian Trail Club in Franklin Lakes. The event will feature cocktails, a silent auction, dinner, and a program.

At this year’s Gala, we will be Celebrating the Joy and Impact of Camp Lots-of-Fun, our two-week summer day camp for children who have experienced homelessness. We are pleased and proud to honor […]

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Update on the Englewood apartment

It’s been a long time coming but the windows have finally been installed at the new transitional apartment in Englewood!  Future projects include installing the donated new kitchen, connecting a new toilet and sink, repairing the walls in preparation for painting, and installing the carpeting.  We hope to get this all done in the next month and a half.  Stay tuned!

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Dedicated mom becomes certified medical assistant and U.S. citizen*

Katherine and her four children were in our Network sheltering program for three months before moving into a New Leaf transitional apartment in December 2017. Since then, Katherine has been working hard to fulfill her dreams. She recently completed a course to become a certified medical assistant and is studying to become an occupational therapy assistant. Katherine says our financial and empowerment workshops have been a great help! She also just became a U.S. citizen […]

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Suarez shares benefits of yoga with Family Promise mothers

After a three-year stint in Charlotte, native New Jerseyan Maria Suarez moved back to Oradell to help care for her aging father. The longtime artist has worked as a jewelry designer for the past 25 years. Upon returning to NJ, she became aware of Family Promise and wanted to support our mission. While talking with our Executive Director Kate Duggan at a neighborhood New Year’s Eve party, she had what she describes as “a light […]

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Lots of support for Camp Lots-of-Fun

For two fun-filled, healing weeks this summer, 28 children who have experienced homelessness had a blast at Family Promise’s Camp Lots-of-Fun! They played, ran, danced, created, laughed, learned, and made new friends. The stresses of their lives faded away as they experienced fun adventures with daily field trips, performances, and interactive play. The kids, ages 512, also got loads of much-needed […]

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Sarah Kirby joins Family Promise Board of Directors

Sarah Kirby, Family Promise’s newest board member, says she was attracted to our organization because it meets a unique need in suburbia—for people who need help and people who need to help.

This translates into families with kids who have a home helping families with kids who need one.

“It’s so easy to live in our own little bubble and ignore the unseen problems around us,’’ she says. “Working homeless families are a completely underserved population.’’

Sarah, who […]