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2018 Family Promise Week

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The week of Sunday, October 21 through Sunday, October 28, has been designated Family Promise Week and will be celebrated nationwide.  Family Promise Week will bring attention to the crisis of family homelessness and the efforts to address it in communities across the country.

We also believe that Family Promise Week is the perfect occasion to increase awareness of the issue of family homelessness.  During the week, we hope that our supporters will give thought to the fact that children and their families make up nearly 35% of all people who are homeless, and that children themselves represent one out of every five homeless people.

In recognition of national Family Promise week, FPCCT is taking the opportunity to “Stock Up for the Winter.” Please download the flyer here: Stocking Up for the Winter. We will also be posting special content on our social media accounts about our volunteers, sponsors, and community partners!

As always, we are thankful to all of our volunteers and supporters!  A volunteer bringing in a lasagna or a youth group playing board games with homeless children is not just local outreach, it is part of a national movement.  Family Promise Week unites our communities in the belief that we can and will end family homelessness.

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!

Walk-a-thon – Sponsors & Special Guests

Our 3rd Annual Walk-a-thon is just over a week away! Here are some announcements:

Mayor of New Britain
Erin Stewart

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Mayor Stewart is scheduled to make an appearance at our
Walk-a-thon to kick things off at 10am!


Miss Connecticut 2018
Bridget Oei

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Come and meet Miss Connecticut Bridget Oei at the 3rd Annual Walk Away Homelessness Event on September 29th! In addition to being named First Runner Up in the Miss America Competition this month she has an impressive resume and a focus on helping kids get more involved in STEM! We’re so excited to have this dynamic woman join us!


Attention baseball fans!


Sting, the mascot for the New Britain Bees baseball team is scheduled to pay us a visit as well as….

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One or maybe both of the lovable mascots for the Hartford Yard Goats are scheduled to make an appearance at the Walk-a-thon!


Thanks to our “Believer” sponsor!

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FCC Bristol, one of our incredible host congregations, made a contribution to the
Walk-a-thon to become a “Believer” sponsor. Thank you for your generous support!


It’s not too late to sign up for the Walk-a-thon!

Visit our event website to sign-up or donate:

https://fpcct.dojiggy.com/

Press Release – 2018 Walk-a-thon

3rd Annual Family Promise of Central Connecticut Walk Away Homelessness Event happening Saturday, September 29

New Britain, August 16 —Lace up your sneakers and get ready to step out to help end family homelessness by participating in Family Promise of Central Connecticut’s 3rd Annual Walk Away Homelessness event taking place on Saturday, September 29.

This family friendly event sponsored by Thrivent Financial will take place at Walnut Hill Park which is located at 18 West Main Street in New Britain. All fundraising proceeds will benefit Family Promise of Central Connecticut, the New Britain-based nonprofit organization that supports homeless families with children regain adequate housing and self-sufficiency.

“There are over 200 Family Promise affiliates across the country,” explains Director, Heather Labbe, “Family Promise of Central Connecticut is the first affiliate to be established in Connecticut.  Our work   has been an incredibly rewarding experience –not only for the families we serve, but for the hundreds of volunteers who make it all possible.”

Those hundreds of volunteers represent 12 congregations throughout central Connecticut which provide overnight accommodations to guest families in the program on a rotational basis, one week at a time, four times a year.  Volunteers also provide hot, homemade meals and continental style breakfasts.

During the day, families participating in the Family Promise of Central Connecticut program are transported by an affiliate-owned passenger van to the organization’s New Britain Day Center, where a full-time director and social worker provide individualized case management for adults while children attend school or day care.

“What’s wonderful about the program,” explains Director, Heather Labbe, “is that families experiencing a homelessness crisis are kept intact.  That isn’t always the case in homeless shelters, and it’s a crucial component to helping them get back on their feet as quickly as possible.”

The Walk Away Homelessness event will begin with a warm up/Yoga Session at 9 a.m.; the Walk—a-Thon begins at 10 a.m., and will be followed by a magic show!

Walkers can register for free online by visiting the Family Promise Walk Away Homelessness registration link  www://fpcct.gojiggy.com.  Same-day walk registration will also be available in Walnut Hill Park beginning at 9 a.m. behind the Band Shell.  All participating walkers that collect donations will receive an official event t-shirt.

To find out more about Family Promise of Central Connecticut, please visit our website:  www.familypromisecct.org