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November 12, 2009

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November 12, 2009

We have really loved our involvement. It is very rewarding to see the families who come full circle. We have seen families who are in the prgram who are dealing with being without a home for the first time and have seen how the program has helped them to get back on their feet.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Meeting the families we host. For the most part they have been very open and friendly.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Our church coordinator is awesome and really goes out of her way to arrange activities that help our guests feel at home and improve their self esteem.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Have a permanent place so the families wouldn't have to pack up and leave every week.

Ways to make it better...

We had more volunteers.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

I know our mission is to provide the temporary housing. I don't know a lot about what happens at the day center. I do believe that some (not all) of the guests would benefit from some basic parenting skills. I think they try, but they just don't know ho

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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November 12, 2009

What a blessing this program is! I have been a coordinator since our first time to host families about 1 year ago. I never could have imagined what an impact this program had on me, my family & our parish. Our parishioner have embraced this program & these families. I feel lucky to be a part of this network!

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

meeting these AMAZING fmailies. This program has opened my eys & heart to those that I may not have ever had the pleasure of meeting. I am thankful to be involved with FP!

Ways to make it better...

we can get more volunteers. It can be difficult for me to staff overnights. Food, dinners and all around good fellowship I got more than enough help. Overnights is harder for me to staff.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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November 12, 2009

I have found this to be a great experience as a volunteer. It has been eye-opening to get to know these nice families who are working hard to improve their situation. It is satifying to know that they have a genuine opportunity to change their lives, and they are given the tools to realistically make the change.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

other families who want to share.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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November 12, 2009

I've been working with Family Promise in various ways (i.e. host co-coordinator, spending an evening here and there with the families, organizing/obtaining furniture for move in days) for almost a year now and it has been a blessing for me and my family. It puts a real face to a real problem in our great nation. Just being there for the families and letting them know not only in words, but actions that there are people who truly care about them. Plus, coming together with other people in Lawrence who come from all different walks of life to serve together for this great cause has been wonderful and exciting. One time I had the privilege of watching one of the little girls in the guest family ride a horse for the first time! This was arranged by the great volunteers of Family Promise for her birthday. She was so excited and I'm sure for that moment at least, she got to be just an average little girl without the thought of her living arrangements. Another time, last Christmas, the mother of the guest family gave each of my two kids a Christmas present. This is a woman with a small child who didn't have much, but she sure had a big heart! She showed us the true meaning of giving. Family Promise is a blessing to all involved!

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Serving the families who have found themselves in this situation and having them most grateful for the love that has been shown to them. Also, getting to know and work along side other people from all kinds of denominations.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Build a great Day Center; provide basic needs for daily living for the families; build some housing whether that be an apartment building just for the graduating families or duplexes, etc.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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November 12, 2009

I have volunteered with Family Promise as a food provider and have played with the kids in the evening and visited with the mothers.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Giving the families a chance to get back on their feet and back into their own homes.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Very welcoming.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Help a lot more families.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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November 12, 2009

I have thoroughly enjoyed my experiences with Lawrence Family Promise. I coordinate the meals for our guests stays at First Baptist Church as well as volunteering as an evening and overnight host. I really look forward to the families’ stay with us even though it means lots of work for us preparing for the week. I always know that there may be ups and downs as with any ‘family’ but I really enjoy the opportunities the week presents. Homelessness so often carries such a negative stigma but this program helps to put a face on this issue and allows a huge number of volunteers to participate in small ways to make an enormous difference. Alone we could not make the difference that we are making as a network of churches and volunteers. I have made lasting friends among the families that I have encountered through this program and have deepened my understanding that poverty and homelessness can happen to anyone through circumstances often beyond your control. Through the Lawrence Family Promise network families are given support that enables them to have safe haven for their children and themselves and a network of new friends that encourage and enable them to work toward independent housing. It is hard to describe the feelings that I experience when I get to help move families into a new home. They are not just people I am helping but rather they are friends added to my life. I do realize that not all families who enter the Lawrence Family Promise network will be successful because the program itself is a hard thing to do. I would challenge any of us to live it. But for those families who do find housing independence through this program we have made a difference that is vitally important to their lives.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the families that are in affordable homes as a result of Lawrence Family Promise

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the volunteers and guests that I have met and worked with who have become my friends.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

understanding, flexible, empathetic,supportive, willing, loving, realistic, hopeful.....

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

build affordable housing

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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November 12, 2009

I've been a volunteer when Promise of Lawrence comes to our church for our turn to host guests. It has been a tremendous opportunity for us to help people in a way that makes a difference in their lives. We are not just throwing money at folks to assuage our consciences. We are actually helping homeless families with children find a permanent home.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Not only had hearts for the homeless families but did practical tasks to try and help them. From encouragement after a hard day to repairing a van for a family of eight, Family Promise of Lawrence accomplishes its goals to help.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Buy a new van and fund the full-time and part time salaries of the organization for many, many years.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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November 12, 2009

I lived with this program for seven months with my daughter. They sheltered us while I got my life back together. They provided a nice atmosphere for me and my daughter while I went to school and work. The director supported me through housing. When I got my house they helped me furnish it because I had nothing. This program gave me and my daughter a home and great friends.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

that I lived in the program. I've experience the support and love of the volunteers. The help and support from the staff and the generosity of donors.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

update the dayhouse. I would plan some type of events for the families like a field trip like a movie or bowling. Just to get the families out and enjoy themselves and lift spirits. The week can be emotionally draining.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the caring volunteers. There were many breaking points where I wanted to quit. But with the support of volunteers and staff I continued. Now I have a home and great friends that I keep in contact with all the time.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

out going and wonderful people. They were supportive in any way they could be. When I needed to do homework they would play with my daughter. They watched her while I attended classes for housing. They tried to make every church as homie as can be.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

update the dayhouse and make more room. Provide updated technology for the students. They could have larger beds for families. Be able to do field trips to life spirits and provide essential for families. Help the churches with expenses.

Ways to make it better...

the dayhouse were more equipped properly. We had one bathroom, no bedrooms, no stove and lack of space for kids to play. With four families it can get crowded in the dayhouse.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

lack of funding to help support churches and families.

One thing I'd also say is that...

this a great program. They have great people that volunteer and great staff that work hard.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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November 12, 2009

We have served as volunteers at our church by preparing and serving food, eating with the families, spending the night and getting the families off to the day center in the morning 4x in the past year. It's been an eye-opening experience for my teenage daughters to meet the families - kids just like them who are classmates. Our church coordinators are amazing, they spend hours finding volunteers, thinking out each detail of what's needed for the week, rallying support and goods. I find that this experience feeds my soul - almost more than feeding the needs of others. Valerie and Family Promise do an amazing job of coordinating each church involved, training each volunteer on the need for privacy and respect of the families, and developing support in the community. It's a HUGE job and labor of love.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing the families relax and enjoy our hospitality. They are able to let their hair down and know that the community doesn't judge them but truly cares.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

I am able to volunteer in areas of my strengths. Not everyone can do the same work, I cook, others entertain the children after dinner, others setup and breakdown the sleeping quarters, etc.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

amazing. Rallying, training and keeping volunteers is one of the hardest jobs on earth. This job is difficult as Valerie has to develop support and work with her families. She does both parts of the work!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

change the lives of so many families in real need of short-term support.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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November 12, 2009

I participated as a volunteer with Family Promise of Lawrence Inc at Plymouth Congregational Church. I helped host dinner for a family and found the effort and the interaction very worthwhile and rewarding. I was also able to see the family again and find out a little about their journey through a difficult period in their lives into a much brighter future with housing and new employment. Family Promise of Lawrence made a huge difference in their lives and continues to help make possible major positive changes for many other families in need. Greg Hurd

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Lawrence through Plymouth Congregational Church and speaking with the family who received services.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

add an assistant director and a weekend supervisor to help the executive director with the work load.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

being able to help make a big difference in some small way.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

just like me and you.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

build a shelter specifically for families in transition, provide various services on-site and do more outreach in the community and area.

Ways to make it better...

...could not have been better.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

how to grow to meet the need and how to increase funding in order to grow.

One thing I'd also say is that...

watching Family Promise of Lawrence Inc come into existence and get off and running in a very short time frame was an incredible sight to see. Moving across denominational and religious boundaries and building a consensus and a coalition of care - great!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

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