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April Newsletter

Fundraiser Success

What a great day we had at Willowbrook Manor for our 8th Annual Spring Fundraiser!

We have so many people to thank for the success of this event.

First of all, to our Donors and Sponsors! We raised an astonishing$50,000!

Thank you to our Matching Sponsors, Thrivent Financial, and Janicki Industries

for matching donations!

Thank you to Commissioner Lisa Janicki for sharing about homelessness in Skagit County!

Thank you to our MCs, Millie Fosberg, Bob Wygal, and Laurin Vance for helping everything

run smoothly!

Thank you to our Clients who shared their stories, Lelani and Katie, you both were amazing!

Thank you to Terry Gifford and her wonderful staff at Willowbrook for a wonderful event!

Spotlight: Guest Services

Last month we shared a bit about our Interfaith Hospitality Network, our Shelter Model, and what goes on in general at our Day Center. This month, we would like to share the services our guests have access to at Family Promise of Skagit Valley.

Case Management is the backbone of our Program. Guests in the Shelter meet weekly with their Case Manager to set goals, address progress, and get support. Goals are set surrounding health, finances, child care, employment, and housing.

Case Managers help guests to navigate housing lists as well as a myriad of community services. Supplies like diapers, wipes, hygiene products, gift cards, etc. are regularly distributed at the Day Center. There are showers, communal areas, a tutoring center, and laundry facilities available. As Guests progress, they have the opportunity to begin using the kitchen to prepare meals for their families. At Family Promise, we strive to help guests obtain the tools they need to be successful.

Financial Literacy Classes

We offer New Beginnings Financial Literacy Classes through Family Promise National. This is offered to our Shelter guests who are stabilized and ready to tackle finances. It is a requirement for our Transitional House guests as they progress through our Programing. These classes teach Guests how to budget, repair credit, save for the future, and more. We partner with the volunteers utilizing their diverse skills to enhance guests' experiences.

WSU Food $ense Program

WSU has partnered with us to provide a 3 part series of classes. We have run 2 Cooking classes, and a Food Safety class virtually over the last year. Beginning this week we will have a 4-week Outdoor Activities class for the children in our Programs.

We hope to continue to partner and provide more classes in the future.

Transportation Assistance

Transportation Assistance comes in a few different forms. When a Guest has a vehicle in need of maintenance or repair, our Community Partners at Vollins Automotive donate diagnostics and help us get the needed repairs done. Occasionally we get vehicle donations either from individual donors or from the Charity Cars Organization. These can replace or supply Guests with a vehicle.

Pets for a Promise

Losing your home is traumatic. This can be multiplied when you lose a pet to get into a shelter. Pets for a Promise is a program through PetSmart Charities that help families to keep their pets or find Foster Families for their stay in s shelter.

Ongoing Shelter Needs:

Paper Towels

Toilet Paper

Disinfectant Wipes

33 Gallon Trash Bags

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