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Family Promise in the Local News!
|Trib Local June 2012||Evanston Community Foundation Awards $8,000 to Family Promise|
|Winnetka Current May 2012||Greeley Students Make, Keep Promise|
|Winnetka Current May 2012||Churches Help Homeless Families Rejuvenate|
|Wilmette Beacon May 2012||Eagle Scout Helps Out Family Promise|
|Wilmette Beacon May 2012||Faith Organizations Help Homeless Families Rejuvenate|
|Trib Local April 2012||Family Promise Opens New Day Center|
|Streetwise June 2011||North Shore Agency to Hear Stories of Transformation|
|Trib Local June 2011||Teens Help Homeless by Raising Money for Family Promise|
Look what's happening at Family Promise Chicago North Shore
Tracy McKeithen, Family Promise Network Director, was recently interviewed by Lynn Sanders, founder of the Make A Positive Difference Show on BlogTalkRadio. Click here to listen to the interview!
Game System and Printer Gift from Woodmen of the World
Woodmen of the World, a not for profit life insurance company dedicated to giving back revenues to their members generously donated a WII game system and copier to Family Promise North Shore during their annual members conference this year. Many Thanks to Woodmen of the World!
Rambus, Inc., one of the world's premier technology licensing companies, is also one of the most generous and caring companies. At a recent employee team building event held at their Wheeling location, Rambus employees built five brand new Huffy bikes and then donated them to the children of Family Promise Chicago North Shore. The highlight of the day, according to Rambus employees, was presenting the bikes in person to three guests of Family Promise. The girls were all smiles as they took their new bikes for a test spin. Thank you, Rambus!
An industrious group of 4th graders at Greeley Elementary School in Winnetka brought their school values to life when they organized a disco / game night party at their school to benefit Family Promise.
The event was inspired by a student while helping his family serve meals to Family Promise guests at his family's congregation. The event came to life when the 4th grade Leadership Council pitched the idea for the event to their school principal, Susan Hugebeck. The students organized committees to plan the entire event from music, games, food, ticket sales, advertising, and cleanup!
The event was a huge success, drawing over 200 students and raising nearly $1500 for Family Promise!
On Wednesday, May 9, the 4th graders presented a check to Family Promise Network Director Tracy McKeithen and Board members Laurel Tyler and Betty Stebbins, at a ceremony at the Greeley School. The children shared how they planned and organized the entire event and what it means to them to be able to help less fortunate families.
"Thank you for an inspiring and uplifting hour, I will be smiling all day!" commented Tyler upon completion of the ceremony. "The story of how these fourth graders brought their values to life by creating such a wonderful event was magnificent to experience, especially in their own words. Their initiative, industriousness and warmth is contagious!"
We are all grateful at Family Promise for this wonderful donation. Thank you Greeley 4th Grade Leadership Council!
Boy Scout Sam Shepard, of Troop 9 in Wilmette, chose to help renovate the Family Promise Day Center for his Eagle Scout project. Shepard, with support from his father Aaron, members of his troop and other volunteers, provided labor and materials to rebuild and paint walls for the shower, bath and laundry areas in the new Day Center. Shepard raised more than $1600 in cash for this project plus a $300 Home Depot coupon that was used to purchase materials for the project. Sam and his team worked diligently several weekends in February and March to ensure Family Promise guests could move in by the end of March. And the finished product looks fantastic! Thank you Sam!
Volunteers Help Family Promise Renovate New Day Center
A major initiative, the new Family Promise Day Center, opened this March at the First Congregational Church of Evanston, located at 1417 Hinman Avenue. The new Center offers many pluses, including:
- A centrally-located neighborhood near public transportation, restaurants, shops, a park and a playground
- Redesigned washrooms for men and women, new showers and a bathing facility
- New laundry equipment
- Additional space for families to read and play together
- Designated work stations for adults to search for homes and jobs, phones, and space for additional training
- Office space for administrative staff and volunteers
- Additional areas in the building for use, including a multi-purpose room/gym for children’s recreation
Thanks to our many community volunteers who made this all possible!
Start-up company, Mamasan, which makes yoga attire, has just launched their products and is donating a portion of their sales to Family Promise Chicago North Shore. They were included in Make it Better on-line magazine this week. Follow this link to read the whole story and to purchase your own yoga attire to support Family Promise! Click here to read the entire article in Make it Better Magazine.
"Taste of Family Promise" Raises Money for Homeless Families
Volunteers, along with current and former guests of Family Promise, hosted a "Taste of Family Promise" dinner to raise funds to help more families in homeless situations. A variety of delicious culinary delights were available for sampling by event goers. The foods represented the variety of meals prepared by volunteers for guest families during their stay in the Family Promise program. Some former guests attended as well, offering some of their own culinary specialties to share.