New Year, New Blessings
On behalf of Family Promise-Greater Phoenix and the families, children, and pets that we serve, thank you for your time, support, dedication, and generosity in 2016. Thanks to all of our volunteers, supporters, and donors for making another year memorable and successful!
Emergency Shelter & Pet Program
Surpassing last year’s numbers, Family Promise assisted 103 families in 2016 to find sustainable housing and self sufficiency!
Total, this represented 338 individuals, including 196 children and 45 pets. Families continued to be served by our 32 interfaith congregations, including our first synagogue, and a network of over 6,000 volunteers. Throughout the year we welcomed numerous corporations, organizations, families, individuals, and groups to volunteer, donate, and otherwise assist the families, children, and pets we serve!
Aftercare Program (HOPE)
Since its inception, the Aftercare Program (affectionately named “HOPE” by the families) has only further increased to serve even more families after their graduation from Emergency Shelter. There are currently 96 families enrolled in Aftercare and enjoying the many benefits of membership and participation!
These families continue to attend classes on subjects such as budgeting, cash flow, parenting, and self care. This year two major changes were introduced– a mentoring program, which continues to foster connections and support within the community, and the extension of the Aftercare Program to two years for added assistance and benefits! Through shopping at the Client Store, program participants have accrued a savings of $180,688.50 total for the year. Participation in Aftercare also comes with the added benefit of discounted dental work, graciously donated new cars, participation in football camps, and family outings to basketball and baseball games! Most importantly, the program is a continued network of support and friendship long after graduation from the Family Promise Day Center.
Diamonds, Leather & Studs… The Excitement Continues!
2016’s edgy, exciting gala was held at the Harley Davidson Dealership of Scottsdale on March 19th, 2016. Guests enjoyed a photo opportunity with a biker babe, a silent auction packed with beautiful and one-of-a-kind items, gravity defying performances by an aerialist, and an epicurean four course feast!
Following dinner, they enjoyed a moving program and celebration of Family Promise, and then an action packed live auction including a signed Peyton Manning helmet, a Pink Floyd “Dark Side of the Moon” signed gold record, and even a Harley Davidson motorcycle! The night wrapped up with a raffle, drinks, and dancing in the moonlight. Following the success of the 2016 “Diamonds, Leather & Studs” Gala, the 2017 annual celebration will be sure to amaze! Mark your calendars for March 18th, 2017– The Revolution is Coming!
Cardboard City 2016
After last year’s chilly and rainy Cardboard City, we were blessed with blue skies on October 15th & 16th at Scottsdale Stadium. This year’s event boasted a few notable changes– in addition to a neighborhood of cardboard houses, participants also built and played cardboard arcade games to win prizes and awards!
We danced the night away to the stylings of DJ Melissa Marie of Urban Rockettestar Productions and enjoyed food truck fare and the carnival-like atmosphere. With a record turnout, 2,000 Hygiene Kits for the Homeless were assembled in no time. In the morning, we woke up bright and early for coffee and donuts! We owe a great debt to participants, volunteers, and donors for the success of Cardboard City 2016. Thank you to all those who constructed cardboard homes and games (they provided the entertainment!), over 80 dedicated volunteers, and our sponsors and Hygiene Kit collectors. See you in October for Cardboard City 2017!
Golf Fore Family Charity Tournament
Generously presented by PruGen Pharmaceuticals, the Family Promise Golf Fore Family Charity Tournament on Monday, November 7th was a hole-in-one!
Held at the beautiful Ambiente Course of the J.W. Marriott Camelback Inn, the tournament began with delicious box lunches and a 12 noon shotgun start. Along the course, golfers participated in contests, including a putting contest with professional golfer Pam Wright, and the chance to win a car with a hole-in-one. The 18th Hole Party and dinner back at the clubhouse included a scrumptious buffet, prizes, and a raffle. Most importantly, we heard stories from several families served by Family Promise and employed by PruGen Pharmaceuticals. Thanks to all who sponsored, volunteered at, and participated in this wonderful event!