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SUMMIT, NJ, OCTOBER 25 – This October, Family Promise Affiliates across the country will participate in Family Promise’s first Giving Day, a one-day online event to raise awareness of Family Promise and the crisis of family homelessness in the U.S.


“We’re bringing our communities together to raise $1million for families experiencing homelessness,” says Chief Impact Officer Cara Bradshaw. “More than 80 Affiliates will be online on October 25 to support this mission.” The digital event will be accompanied by local in-person events at Affiliates and a Night of Giving Gala held in Summit, NJ.


Family Promise envisions a nation in which every family has a home, a livelihood, and the chance to build a better future. What began as a local initiative in Summit, NJ, has become a national movement that involves 200,000 volunteers and serves more than 90,000 family members each year. Family Promise will change the future for 1 million children by 2030. Let’s start on October 25! For more information about Family Promise Giving Day, please visit www.fpgives.org.

If you are a reporter with questions about Giving Day, please reach out to Katie Coughlin at kcoughlin@familypromise.org.



Family Promise aims to raise $1 million in 24 hours during Giving Day Event


Family Promise envisions a nation in which every family has a home, a livelihood, and the chance to build a better future. What began as a local initiative in Summit, NJ, has become a national movement that involves 200,000 volunteers and serves more than 90,000 family members each year. Family Promise will change the future for 1 million children by 2030. Let’s start on October 25! For more information about Family Promise Giving Day, please visit www.fpgives.org.

If you are a reporter with questions about Giving Day, please reach out to Katie Coughlin at kcoughlin@familypromise.org.


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GOVERNOR PHIL MURPHY AND SENATOR CORY BOOKER RECOGNIZE FAMILY PROMISE WEEK 2019.

This week, October 20th through October 27th is Family Promise week! Family Promise is thankful to our New Jersey government officials for recognizing and supporting our efforts to raise awareness in the fight against family homelessness. You can view letters from Governor Phil Murphy and Senator Cory Booker below.




For National Make a Dog’s Day, we’re celebrating our partnership with PetSmart Charities: Pets with a Promise

Nearly 70 percent of American households own at least one pet, and most pet owners consider these furry, feathered, or scaled critters members of the family. Families testify to the joy pets bring to their lives. But for a family facing homelessness, a pet can be an overwhelming burden.

Homeless shelters don’t typically permit animals, so families are often forced to forsake their pets or leave them to animal shelters that may or may not practice euthanasia. Other families are discouraged from seeking shelter, choosing to live out of their car or in other unsuitable situations so they don’t’ have to surrender their pet. Either way, the family pet is lost. This is especially traumatic for children who are already struggling with the loss of their homes.

Through a partnership with PetSmart Charities, Family Promise developed the Pets with a Promise program to ensure families don’t undergo additional suffering due to the loss of their beloved pets. Program grants enable Affiliates to accommodate pets onsite, at a PetSmart PetsHotel or other boarding facility, or through a local fostering program.


KEEPING ALL FAMILY MEMBERS TOGETHER…

Sixteen-year-old Tasha’s dog, Roxie, was more than a best friend. Tasha experienced sudden seizures, and Roxie had learned to detect a seizure onset and alert the family for help. Without Roxie, Tasha worried about her own wellbeing. When the family came to Family Promise, the Pets with a Promise program meant Roxie could be fostered at a nearby home, and the family visited their dog regularly. When they moved into housing three months later, Roxie was right back at the foot of Tasha’s bed every night.


GerriAnn’s family wouldn’t be complete without their two dogs, Tazzie and Hershey. Before finding Family Promise, the family chose to live in their car because they couldn’t find a place that would shelter the entire family, including their pets. The Pets with a Promise program kept Tazzie and Hershey safely lodged at a local veterinarian’s office while the family focused on regaining independence and finding new housing.


…AND SPARING CHERISHED PETS FROM AN UNCERTAIN FATE


In addition to keeping the entire family intact, Pets with a Promise keeps pets out of overcrowded animal shelters which may resort to euthanasia if a pet isn’t adopted within a specific time frame.

In a single year, Pets with a Promise ensures dogs, cats, and other cherished pets remain part of the family from the moment they lose their home until the family regains housing. Since the program was implemented in 2012, hundreds of family pets have been able to stay with their families, sparing children additional trauma and keeping all family members together.

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