SUMMIT, NJ - Family Promise, the Summit-based non-profit agency founded in 1988, was recently honored with a Mayoral proclamation designating the week of October 18-25 as “Family Promise Week” in the Hilltop City.

The honor, bestowed by Mayor Ellen Dickson to Kathy Fitzgibbons, Family Promise's Director of Community Engagement, is in recognition of the work being done on behalf of homeless families by Union County congregations and volunteers for the Summit-based national non-profit. Family Promise Week is being celebrated nationwide and in the 192 communities where there is a Family Promise Affiliate. 

At the proclamation ceremony, Dickson lauded Family Promise Founder and President Karen Olson as “one of the more amazing citizens of Summit.” Dickson urged, “all citizens to recognize and raise awareness of the issue of homeless children and families in our community.”

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Family Promise Week is an opportunity for Family Promise Affiliates nationwide to celebrate their successes, recognize the work of their volunteers and, perhaps most important, raise awareness of the crisis of family homelessness in their communities.  Affiliates hold fundraising events, open their facilities to the public, recognize the contributions of their congregations, and reach out to local officials and media to promote their work.

In accepting the proclamation, Family Promise’s Fitzgibbons said, “We so appreciate all of your support through the years. We have served hundreds of thousands of individuals nationwide but we started right here in Union County. We look forward to continuing to grow the program and help families and children through the years to come. Last year we served 50,000 homeless individuals and children. The need is there and we’re going to continue to expand with your support.”