Mission of the Month 

June 2016

Family Promise of Western Waukesha County is a community response to homeless families with children. Families facing a housing crisis are provided with overnight shelter, meals and support services with the goal of achieving permanent housing and sustainable independence. At present the organization depends on thirteen cooperating congregations called Host Congregations. They take turns, in a weekly rotation, by providing homeless guests with safe and comfortable quarters and meals.

Homeless ChildrenIn June of 2013, our community school records showed that 43 children were listed as homeless. Statistics on homelessness show that for every school age child who is homeless there is a preschool age child who is also homeless and 1.3 parents for every two children.

 

We here at Vernon-ELCA would like to be able to be a Support Congregation. Support Congregations are partnered with Host Congregations and assist a host by providing volunteers, food and other supplies for area homeless families during their hosting weeks. The thirteen Host Congregations are located in Hartland, Dousman, Delafield, Oconomowoc, Genesee, Pewaukee and Eagle.

homeless man

Please consider becoming an active volunteer by visiting their website www.fpowwc.org/volunteer or calling 262-968-2321. In addition, we would like to be able to provide some basis needs supplies and will be collecting such in the month of June.

Update:

Family promise is in need of the following.  Clear 66 gt. storage bins,  Kwik Trip gas cards of grocery cards, toilet paper (septic safe), laundry detergent (HE and regular) cleaning supplies, paper towels, twin mattress or pillow covers (non-vinyl), blankets or pillows for beds, large or sandwich Ziploc bags, disinfectant wipes, large or tall trash bags.

Please bring in by the 30th of June.

Please refer to the “What’s Happening” page to view events in our area.

Update:

We put smiles across the miles.

Thank you to all who donated to the Mission of the Month in June!!

Shari, Ali & Lizi, Haley and Katie took a road trip back to Minnesota on Thursday June 23. We went to the Hospitality House and delivered 1,956 packs of fruit snacks and 1,150 packs of Gold Fish for their summer program. Rev. Johnny Hunter, Jill and George welcomed us with open arms. I loved that they remembered us from last year and was very pleased that we backed our partnership. Many say they will help when they are there. Then they go home and nothing happens. Vernon made it happened!!

Joel one of the youth work leaders that Shari keeps in touch with drove 30 minutes to join us for breakfast. On our way home we stopped to visit Gordy and Mary.