An SRO crowd of local elected officials, community leaders, and supporters, both new and old, attended a breakfast hosted by Family Promise at Baltusrol Country Club Thursday October 28.  Welcoming remarks were provided by Cary Hardy, Chairman of the board of the non-profit. President and Founder Karen Olsen introduced Shawnee Vassar, a former guest of Family Promise, who spoke movingly of the circumstances that prompted her to seek out assistance by the organization and how that assistance has helped her to regain her footing in employment, housing and education.  

Summit-based Family Promise was founded by Karen Olson in 1986. Olsen spoke movingly of her motivation to build the non-profit, built by her simple experience of buying a woman a sandwich.  Today, Family Promise comprises 182 Affiliates across 41 states, motivating 150,000 volunteers to help families realize their potential.

Contact Family Promise, a nonprofit dedicated to helping low-income and homeless families achieve sustainable independence.http://www.familypromise.org/

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Some of the services provided by Family Promise include

Interfaith Hospitality Networks (IHN): provide shelter, meals and support services to homeless families.

Family Mentoring: provides trained volunteers to assist low-income families.

Community Initiatives: foster IHN program development that prevents homelessness.

Just Neighbors: educates communities about poverty to motivate volunteers and advocates for families in need.

Voices Uniting: mobilizes volunteers and former guests as advocates for public policy change.