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Family Promise Guest Hall of Fame

Joey – 2012 Graduate

The most important thing I learned when I was in Family Promise was…

That you find help there if you need it.

Advice I would give to a family moving in would be…

Understand the rules and don’t talk about what is going on with other families.  Help anybody you can.

Some of the things I am most proud of accomplishing during (and after) my time in Family Promise are…

Getting on my feet, and being able to manage my own stuff. 

Fun fact (favorite color, food, etc)…

I like to play Magic the Gathering.

 

Lee – 2012 Graduate

The most important thing I learned when I was in Family Promise was…

It was a very comfortable atmosphere and with my situation they helped me a great deal.  The Family Promise family is very generous.

Advice I would give to a family moving in would be…

The program is excellent.  It is outstanding.  I learned a lot about the people who came into the program.

Some of the things I am most proud of accomplishing during (and after) my time in Family Promise are…

I kept my eyes on the program.  If you are focused on doing better, you will stick to the program.  If someone comes in negative, they won’t last for long. 

Fun fact (favorite color, food, etc)…

My favorite colors are purple and light blue.

 

2014 Graduate

The most important thing I learned when I was in Family Promise was…

Keep pushing.

Advice I would give to a family moving in would be…

Stay together.

Some of the things I am most proud of accomplishing during (and after) my time in Family Promise are…

My own place, car, everything.

Fun fact (favorite color, food, etc)…

I have 3 kids ages 21, 18, and 11.

 

 

Gina – 2014 Graduate

The most important thing I learned when I was in Family Promise was…

Responsibility – for actions and the things you say and do while you are here.

Advice I would give to a family moving in would be…

Try to take the time to figure out what is best for you and your family and what you need to get back on your feet so you can be independent and be happy.

Some of the things I am most proud of accomplishing during (and after) my time in Family Promise are…

Becoming more independent with job and a home and being able to take care of ourselves again.

Fun fact (favorite color, food, etc)…

Favorite color is blue, fave food is pizza, and I’m fun and outgoing.

 

James – 2014 Graduate

The most important thing I learned when I was in Family Promise was…

I didn’t know how many other people cared about other people’s situations.  I get emotional when I think about it.

Advice I would give to a family moving in would be…

Stay strong, things will get better. Things can’t get worse, they can only get better.

Some of the things I am most proud of accomplishing during (and after) my time in Family Promise are…

While I was in Family Promise, I was proud of going back to school (AR school).  I really appreciated that.  After Family Promise, I am more kindhearted to people’s situations.  Family Promise opened my mind and heart a lot. 

Fun fact (favorite color, food, etc)…

I’m living in New York now.

 

 

Jen – 2014 Graduate

The most important thing I learned when I was in Family Promise was…

Once you’re at Family Promise, you’ve hit rock bottom, so there’s nowhere else to go but up.

Advice I would give to a family moving in would be…

Take baby steps.  Do what you can while you’re at Family Promise and don’t be afraid to ask for help.  And if there are kids involved, they are your number one priority.  Every step you take is to better them as you better yourself.

Some of the things I am most proud of accomplishing during (and after) my time in Family Promise are…

Being able to maintain going to school for my associates degree.  I never gave up things I want to do just because I found myself in a situation I had no control over.

Fun fact (favorite color, food, etc)…

No matter what happens, stay true to you.  Don’t let something as simple as where you are (being at Family Promise) stop you from what you like to do.  Your situation may seem like a mountain, but it’s just a tiny anthill once you think about it. 

 

2015 Graduate

The most important thing I learned when I was in Family Promise was…

To become a better mom.

Advice I would give to a family moving in would be…

Have a lot of patience even if you get frustrated.

Some of the things I am most proud of accomplishing during (and after) my time in Family Promise are…

Getting a job, getting my house, and being a better mom.

Fun fact (favorite color, food, etc)…

I love being a mom and I love music. 

 

2015 Graduate

The most important thing I learned when I was in Family Promise was…

How to keep everyone in my family together.

Advice I would give to a family moving in would be…

You’ll make it out of your situation.  It’s easier than you think.

Some of the things I am most proud of accomplishing during (and after) my time in Family Promise are…

Managing to hold my kids together without losing my mind!  I was also able to help another mom when I was there to get a job, which makes me feel good.  I am proud of finding another job that pays better, too. 

Fun fact (favorite color, food, etc)…

I am learning that I like to relax and enjoy life a little more.

 

2015 Graduate

The most important thing I learned when I was in Family Promise was…

That God is helping us through people.

Advice I would give to a family moving in would be…

Relax, because it is going to be a rewarding experience on a daily basis. (I could catch up on patients’ charting while my girl was playing with the volunteers.)

Some of the things I am most proud of accomplishing during (and after) my time in Family Promise are…

Being connected to the knowledgeable and friendly people we would have otherwise not met.

Fun fact (favorite color, food, etc)…

My favorite food for sure are tacos from the church dinners. The other fun fact is that we still are connected to the last church we stayed at (United Methodist in Camp Hill). We went there on Wednesday, had a connection dinner with the people who were volunteering for the Family Promise. They are very supportive and want to know how we spent Easter, etc. Victoria is very popular there too!

 

Jess – 2015 Graduate

The most important thing I learned when I was in Family Promise was…

Save, save, save!  That’s the first thing.  Take everything that you can from the program.

Advice I would give to a family moving in would be…

Stay positive.  It’s not easy or very pleasant at first, but it’s really not as bad as what it seems.

Some of the things I am most proud of accomplishing during (and after) my time in Family Promise are…

Having my own place, number one.  I also learned how to budget and set money aside and not spend it.  I learned to appreciate my son more, and appreciate what I have. When my sister told me about Family Promise, I bawled.  I didn’t want to live in a shelter. But it was the best thing that ever happened to me.  I don’t mean to be dramatic, but it is.  I was looking for help, and Family Promise gave that to me.

Fun fact (favorite color, food, etc)…

I like to make people laugh. 

 

Stacey – 2015 Graduate

The most important thing I learned when I was in Family Promise was…

To trust in myself.

Advice I would give to a family moving in would be…

Relax.  Everything will be ok – there is help now. 

Some of the things I am most proud of accomplishing during (and after) my time in Family Promise are…

I was very gung-ho with everything – I had a job and a van but that was a huge accomplishment.  Now that I am out of the program, I have a great job in the field I love, and I am getting ready to move in a place with myself and my boys, and Family Promise led me in that direction. 

Fun fact (favorite color, food, etc)…

I’m a book nerd!

Elizabeth – 2016 Graduate

The most important thing I learned when I was in Family Promise was…

There’s a lot of people that are out there that are willing to help you.

Advice I would give to a family moving in would be…

Don’t let anything get you down.  Family Promise is there to help you.

Some of the things I am most proud of accomplishing during (and after) my time in Family Promise are…

Getting a little more stable.  Also, getting in a better place financially. 

Fun fact (favorite color, food, etc)…

I like to crochet. 

 

 

 

 

At another program, I felt like we were still just surviving. We can live here. I can take care of my kids, make them food, clean up, and play with them. We are living.

— 2014 Graduate