Family Promise of Bergen County Blog

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Helping the Invisible–Homeless Students

It’s back-to-school time!  A time of excitement and anticipation in most households but not so for the more than 1.3 million homeless students in the United States.  For them, school presents multiple challenges beyond completing assignments on time — trying to work on an empty stomach, being able to stay after school to participate in extracurricular activities and staying awake in class after a sleepless night.  For some, simply getting to school is a challenge.

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Camper Returns as Counselor

Any visit to Camp Lots-of-Fun this year revealed 26 happy campers (literally!). A similar number of volunteer camp counselors made sure every child was engaged in all activities and having a great time. One counselor in particular –Teana Shine– moved comfortably among the older girls and boys (ages 10 through 12).

Teana knows exactly what these pre-adolescent youth are experiencing every day. She knows the embarrassment they feel about being homeless and the secret they keep, […]

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Gala Honors 25 Host Congregations

This year’s Gala we will be honoring the 25 Host Congregations of the Family Promise Network that open their doors to our neighbors in need helping us keep our promise to homeless working families . On a weekly rotating schedule they generously welcome up to 14 people a night, supported by an extended network of an additional 55 congregations. Families are provided safe and comfortable shelter, three meals a day, companionship and encouragement.

The Gala, which […]

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Meet Dan Boyer – Fundraising Pro

Dan Boyer spent his professional career helping colleges and schools raise funds by telling their story. He thinks Family Promise’s story is even better.

In many cases, “people give to a school out of loyalty, because they’ve gotten something from it, or because they’re getting their name on something,’’ he says. With Family Promise of Bergen County, he says, “they’re giving more out of the goodness of their heart. They’re giving to the cause. No one […]

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Creating Memories at Camp Lots-of-Fun

Our campers had another great summer of making memories at Camp Lots-Of-Fun, two weeks that they will never forget!

“I’ve never been on a hayride before or picked fruit,” said one 6 year-old camper at Demarest Farms during a camp field trip. “Neither have I,” chimed in her 5 year-old friend. This is what Camp Lots-Of-Fun is all about – giving children outings and experiences they normally would not have. And this year was no exception. […]

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Our Community Came Out in Force for Camp Lots-of-Fun

We are happy to report we met our fundraising goal of $20,000 which OritaniBank Charitable Foundation generously matched to support the camps programs. BD donated brand new backpacks filled with school supplies for each camper, and donated and served lunch on the first day of camp. The Robert and Joan Dircks Foundation provided a grant of $5,000, The Todd Ouida Foundation provided $2,000 and the Owens Group donated $500.

Camp Lots-of-Fun also received $1500 from both […]

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Eight Thousand Dollars

Until the office phone rang, Kate Duggan had other plans for the evening of August 8.

But now came word that a group of State Farm insurance agents, who’d volunteered to make and serve dinner at Family Promise of Bergen County’s Walk-in dinner program for the homeless in Hackensack, also had a donation to present.

Kate is executive director of Family Promise, so she got in her car and headed down Route 4.

Then her cell phone rang. […]

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2017 Gala Registration is OPEN!

The Annual Family Promise Gala will be held on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at 6:00 pm at the beautiful, lakefront Indian Trail Club in Franklin Lakes. […]