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Thinking Outside Of The Box

As we look at the future and dream of new ways we can support local families experiencing homelessness, we know that it is time to get CREATIVE in order to continue to fund this mission! We are asking our community who supports our mission to ask this question, “How can […]

2016 Annual Summary

We had an amazing year of helping families step into financial and housing stability! Thank you to everyone who donated either money, time, or your talents to help make this all possible. We know that none of this would happen without your continued support. To see our full Annual Summary Click […]

Giving Families The Space To Dream Again

Have you ever held your breath too long it made you dizzy or feel faint? In July, of 2016 I was surfing in San Diego, California and found myself in a very dangerous situation… On this particular day, the waves were very powerful and the current was moving so fast […]

Look Into the Future

If you are like me, it is easy to turn on the TV and wonder about the future. What will happen as the world spins a few thousand more times? Will there be new technology? Will there be peace? Will Chipotle still charge us extra for guac? However, mostly I […]

A Second Chance

(Above: Left to right – Juan, Mayreni, Victoria, Jesus) As in most cases, for Mayreni and Juan homelessness did not happen over night. In fact, for them the story starts back in 2012, when Mayreni unexpectedly lost her job. As if the loss of a job wasn’t already a big […]

Coming in From the Cold …

Family Promise is offering a cold weather shelter again this year, expanding resources to care for an additional family or more during severe weather weeks … “There’s such a dire need for shelter across the Denver area,” said Allie Card, executive director of Family Promise. “We want to do everything […]

Growing Our Family

We partner with congregations across the metro-Denver area to shelter families experiencing homelessness. These faith communities provide temporary homes for our neighbors, and Family Promise has a need for additional partnerships in the new year. Congregations take turns sheltering families in meeting rooms or other space for a week at […]

Giving Spirit

This year’s Colorado Gives Day left us speechless … we raised close to $18,000 for families experiencing homelessness: More than 75 generous supporters gave donations ranging from $10 to $5,000, increasing last year’s fundraising total by 50%! Colorado Gives Day is organized by the Community First Foundation to increase philanthropy […]

52 Weeks

Patxi’s Pizza never stops giving back. The family owned restaurant spends the entire year helping the community: During each of the year’s 52 weeks, Patxi’s locations choose a different nonprofit to receive 10% of the day’s proceeds. This nonstop generosity means so much to local charities … and for the […]

An Online Celebration Of Generosity

Colorado Gives Day brings us together. This year’s giving day is Tuesday, Dec. 6 – uniting us in a spirit of philanthropy and online giving to raise millions of dollars for people and causes throughout our state … Through the generosity of more than 70 supporters on the giving day […]

The Home Program

What does home mean to you? Safety. Warmth. Smiles. Some of our neighbors don’t know those feelings. They are homeless and struggling to provide for their children. When families arrive at Family Promise, we surround them with compassion and hope – caring for their basic needs as they work toward […]

Purpose-Driven Pizza

Family homelessness is the fastest growing segment of the homeless population, and every year, Family Promise affiliates brings awareness to our neighbors in need by organizing National Family Promise Week … This year’s week is Oct. 16-23, and we’re partnering with Patxi’s Pizza to celebrate! Mark your calendar to stop […]

A Carnival For A Cause

All Saints Lutheran Church is organizing a community carnival to support Family Promise! The event will be noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, and will include a dunk tank, Slip ‘N Slide, 10 carnival games, food and fun for the whole family. This is the carnival’s sixth year, and […]

A Hole In One

Congratulations to John Head and Jolynn Snyder, the winners of this year’s golf packages! ****************************************************************************************************** This year’s Warming Ways For Winter will be Thursday evening, Nov. 10 … and we’re launching the event’s silent auction early to offer these summer deals: Buffalo Run Golf Course: 2016 Preferred Player’s Pass for […]

Meet Elke

Elke Rother recently arrived at Family Promise through a community partnership: She has traveled the world and has a rich professional background ranging from project management to nonprofit work. Elke also has counseling experience and serves as a listening ear at Family Promise! “No matter how secure we are, all […]

2015 Annual Summary

What a year! We served 73 incredible families, including 238 individuals. Of those, 137 were children. Many of our program guests found us because of declines in affordable housing. In 2014, unemployment was the biggest factor for families, but last year, housing took center state. The largest percentage of guests – […]

Warming Ways For Winter: Giving Hearts

This year’s Warming Ways For Winter would not have been possible without the generosity of so many supporters! A very warm thank you to the following individuals or organizations and so many others for their contributions to the thirteenth-annual event: Sustaining Sponsors: + Apogee Scientific + Katie Vigil + Roger and Betti […]

Delicious Dips

We recently held a Family Promise dip-luck (our name for a potluck of chips & dips) and made some of the following recipes! Take a look at these three fall treats: Cashew Dip By Jolynn Snyder Ingredients 2 C cashew pieces 1/3 yellow onion, chopped 2 tsp. garlic, minced 2 T […]

Avis: Community Giving

Avis Budget Group (ABG) is touring the nation, celebrating its employees, corporate achievements and community giving. Company executives visited Denver through the Sharing Our Pride tour today, donating $1,200 to Family Promise of Greater Denver! ABG is also hosting similar gatherings with other Family Promise affiliates, including one in Orlando last June. “Avis […]

Tea Time

A group of volunteers have celebrated a summer tradition for more than a decade! The ladies hold a Summer Solstice Tea, serving teas and light lunch for Family Promise. This year’s fundraiser marked the twelfth anniversary (take a look at event photos). “There were eight of us at the first […]

Volunteer Profile: Jim Smith

Jim Smith has helped homeless families for more than a decade. The owner of Golden Real Estate loans his company’s moving truck to congregations that partner with Family Promise, helping them move beds and family belongings at the beginning and end of shelter-week rotations. “I told congregations I would make […]

A Social Partnership

The Denver chapter of Social Venture Partners (SVP) has partnered with Family Promise to further our initiatives in the areas of: -Fund development and support. -Program evaluation. -Board growth. SVP’s mission cultivates “effective philanthropists, strengthens nonprofits, and invests in collaborative solutions – building powerful relationships to tackle our community’s challenges.” The […]

Join Us

Things are changing at Family Promise. We’re still helping homeless families by providing shelter, food and supportive services, but we’re doing more … This year, we’re developing deeper relationships with those we serve! We’re collaborating with apartment communities and landlords to transition families into new homes. And we’re offering rental […]

Growing Good

And so it begins: The 2015 gardening season has finally arrived! We took some ideas from volunteers & supporters, planting tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, zucchini, basil, rosemary, Chocolate Mint and more. The garden is part of family Life Skills classes focused on nutrition and a fun element of the Day Site […]

Nonprofit Award Finalist

Family Promise of Greater Denver was recognized as one of three finalists for Small Nonprofit of the Year at the 2015 Business Awards luncheon hosted by the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce today. The event celebrated 18 finalists across six categories for businesses and nonprofits of all sizes. “This is […]

Day Site Makeover

The Choozle team recently stopped by for a special visit! The digital marketing company decluttered our storage room, beautified the backyard, cleaned the bathrooms and playroom, and organzied other areas of the Day Site last week. What a transformation: Take a look at the team at work … Volunteer Photo […]

Taco Soup

Looking for a new dinner recipe? Try this delicious Taco Soup from one of our community partners! By Lisa Nemmers Church of the Holy Family 1 lb. Hamburger ½ Onion Chopped 3 Cups of Water 2 Cans – 16oz. Diced Tomatoes 2 Cans – 16oz. Chili Beans 2 Cans – […]

Perfect Hamony

What a night: The second annual “From the Heart Concert” featured more than 25 performers from partner congregations, Cherry Creek High School and the Family Promise team. The musical evening included everything from poetry and interpretive dance to “Showboat” and “Phantom of the Opera,” raising $4,300+ for our mission … […]

Dances With Words

Poet, singer, songwriter and griot, Dee Galloway, has many voices, but the Denver-based artist says she always weaves music and poetry into her work. “These days I operate as an itinerant poet who writes and performs original poems and rituals to commemorate special events,” according to her website. “I was […]

Curious About How To Help?

Help & Community Support Family Promise serves an average of 67 homeless families every year. We begin by caring for their basic needs of food, shelter & transportation, and build from there – creating lasting relationships that foster resources, connections and self-sufficiency. There are multiple ways to support our mission, […]

2014: A Year in Review

2014 : A Year in Review 2014 was a big year for Family Promise. We served 65 families who achieved much success! Volunteers, congregations and other community contributors made each success story possible. Thank you for the tangible difference you make in the lives of so many families … Here’s a look at […]

Stay In The Know

Stay In The Know Stay in the know! Family Promise sends an email newsletter about events, families, program updates, volunteer positions & more. The next eNewsletter will be out early next month: Sign up for monthly updates, and take a look at recent issues … February 2015 January 2015 December […]

Family Meatloaf

Family Meatloaf By Doris Hjelmstad Glennon Heights Mennonite Church; A Family Promise Partner Take a look at this Family Meatloaf recipe that Family Promise families and volunteers can’t wait to try! Enjoy … 7 lbs ground beef 1lb ground pork or sausage 14 slices bread 4 c milk 8 eggs […]

Winter Crafts

 Winter Crafts Brrr … trying to avoid the winter chill? Here are some of our favorite websites for winter crafts for a weekend inside: AllKidsNetwork.com: Learn how to make sun catchers, icicles, festive jars and more! Martha Stewart … we couldn’t leave this crafty guru off of the list. Danielle’s […]

‘Tis the Season

By John Chambers Family Promise of Greater Denver The holidays are often a generous time. People give gifts not only to friends and family, but often support nonprofits and charitable causes. In fact, national organizations have seen a boost in generosity this year. “Nonprofit organizations nationwide saw an increase in […]

Colorado Gives Day

Colorado Gives Day Wow. We’re humbled: Close to 50 donors contributed more than $7,000 to Family Promise through Colorado Gives Day this year! That’s a 39 percent increase over last year — donations support case management and social services that break the cycle of homelessness. Statewide, 108,000 generous hearts gave […]

PJ Day

Have you ever wanted to wear your pajamas to work or school? Here’s the perfect excuse! The 10th Annual PJ Day is Thursday, Feb. 5, to support Denver’s Road Home, a 10-year plan to address issues surrounding homelessness. “For most of us, putting on pajamas before heading to bed is […]

Fall Harvest

 Fall Harvest We planted the first Family Promise garden this year! We poured our water, time and hearts into the summer season and were able to share our fall harvest of tomatoes, zucchini, squash, jalapenos, green onions, peppers and herbs with partner congregations and the families we serve. We harvested […]

Knitting4Peace

Knitting4Peace has been warming Family Promise for years. The Colorado-based nonprofit has a team of volunteers that stitch goods to deliver across Denver and 57 countries, said Janie Hile, director of the nonprofit’s area knitting program, Community Purls. “I love the fact that it started as an international organization, but […]

News Update: Extra! Extra!

News Update: Extra! Extra! News update: Family Promise was recently featured in The Denver Post: The article focused on our West rotation, sharing a story about one family’s journey through the program. Take a look! We also launched a video about our mission, featuring another family’s story as well as […]

Success Stories

Success Stories The families we serve are our heroes. They succeed and thrive, finding new homes as well as jobs they love! Here’s an update on Athena (above photo) and her family — they stayed at Family Promise in 2013: “I’m still Kmart, and I’m also an Independent Beauty Consultant […]

Stretched Thin

Stretched Thin By John Chambers Family Promise of Greater Denver There are two opposing forces in metro-Denver … 1. The homeless population is expanding. 2. Affordable housing is shrinking. The Denver Post has reported on the paradox, calling Denver a “tale of two cities.” “The downtown population has boomed, increasing […]

Planning a BBQ or Party?

Planning a BBQ or Party? Planning a BBQ or party? Here’s a fun recipe for any summer get-together! Enjoy … Zucchini Caponata By Gayle Craun Church of the Holy Family A Family Promise Partner ¼ cup olive oil ½ tsp. each salt and pepper 4 cups zucchini, medium chopped 1 […]

Hike for the Homeless: Off Trail

Hike for the Homeless: Off Trail Our very own Jolynn Snyder joined the Hike for the Homeless for a weekend of fun and fellowship near Lake Tahoe last month. Take a look at the weekend’s photos. The hikers, Jenna Snyder and Kathleen Roche, have already traveled more than 2,100 miles […]

One Human Family

One Human Family Key West is a beautiful place. And it’s not just the island’s weather or laid-back vibe. It’s the message you see around every corner: “One Human Family.” Key West lives by that motto, and the vacation destination celebrates everyone! We agree with Key West. We are one […]