Volunteer Spotlight – March 2019

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Our first Volunteer Spotlight of 2019 is our trusty volunteer, Karen Selinger from Gishrei Shalom Jewish Congregation, one of our wonderful support congregations! A couple months ago, one of our guest families was in need of some special accommodations. Karen stepped right up and generously volunteered her assistance. All of us here at Family Promise of Central CT are grateful for Karen’s dedication to our program!

Please click the link to read about Karen in our March 2019 – Volunteer Spotlight

Board of Directors Update

On December 19, 2018, FPCCT’s Board of Directors had their final meeting of the year and held officer elections.  Kara Russell has stepped down as our President. For those of you who don’t know, Kara began this journey with a call to Family Promise’s national office, inquiring as to where she could volunteer in Connecticut. When she was informed that there was not an affiliate in our state, it led her to put together a core group of people to get one off the ground. Through her effort, determination, and ability to motivate a large group of people we have now been open for almost two years. We have had ups and downs but with Heather as our Director and her amazing staff, along with hundreds of volunteers, we are in a great place!

Here are the new Officers of our Board of Directors:

Ed Liedke (President)
Leslie Zoll (Vice president)
David McKee (Treasurer)
Nicole Miller (Secretary)

Here is a message from our newly appointed President, Ed Liedke:

“I humbly move into the president’s role and only hope that I can continue the work that Kara started. I look forward to helping FPCCT continue to grow along with the rest of our board and volunteers. Thankfully, Kara will remain on the Board of Directors to continue this important work of helping children and their families find sustainable, affordable housing. I am sure I speak for everyone involved in Family Promise when I say thank you to Kara for starting this journey!”

Introducing: Nicole Miller

 

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Nicole Miller is a new member of FCPPT’s all-volunteer Board of Directors. She is the Director of Educational Opportunity Programs at Goodwin College and we are so excited to have her join our team!

How did you hear about Family Promise?

I was introduced to Family Promise by a colleague at work, when she was giving Heather a tour of our campus!

What is your professional background?

I am an educator. I have been in the field for over 20 years and have worked the entire span of education—from Kindergarten through Higher Education.

What are you happiest doing, when you’re not working?

Spending time in New York City visiting with my family.

Do you have a personal motto or favorite quote?

My life’s mission is to pass along knowledge with my voice.

Other than Family Promise what are some causes/charities you care about?

I am also passionate about working with mental health agencies, in particular Hartford Behavioral Health.

What are your hobbies?

Collecting old record albums.

Berlin Congregational – Featured

Our latest Featured Congregation is Berlin Congregational Church!

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Two members of the Day Center team visited Berlin Congregational last month and had a lovely time touring the grounds and joining them for one of their “campfire church” services. Please read all about it here:

Featured Congregation – Berlin Congregational Church

Our next Featured Congregation will be the winners of the Walk-a-thon challenge! The winning team will be announced at the Walk!