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Annual Meeting

On Tuesday, January 21st, 2015, Family Promise of South Palm Beach County held its annual meeting and volunteer appreciation event at the Boca Raton Museum of Art. Over 120 people attended.

Executive Director, Kokie Dinnan introduced Karen Olson, Founder and President of Family Promise, who shared her amazing journey from the creation of Family Promise in 1981 to present day, where there are now over 184 franchises in 42 states and growing.

Kokie Dinnan shared her heartfelt thanks to Father Andrew Sherman, Co-Founder of FPSPBC and Michael Diamant, Board President, for their leadership and achievements over the past 6 years. Father Andrew and Michael are now transitioning into new roles, where they will lead our new Community Advisory Board and engage key members of our local community to further expand and support our mission.

Cindy Winter was officially recognized as the new President of the Board and new Board Members were introduced: Merrie Heniser, Ann Paton, Sharon Wagman and the Reverend Dr. Richard Barbour.

Cindy and Kokie then publicly honored and thanked all of the Volunteer Coordinators and Volunteers from our community Interfaith Congregations, whose tireless and selfless work make it possible for Family Promise to truly transform the lives of our families throughout each year.

We look forward to many more successes in 2015 and we thank all of you for your friendship and continued support!

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Charity Challenge

Charity Challenge

Mother of 3 gets new car thanks to local auto body shop

BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. —Gabriela Subero’s birthday isn’t until March but she said she got an early birthday gift Friday.The single mother of three, who cleans houses for a living, received a refurbished 2006 Toyota Corolla from Master Auto Body in Boynton Beach.

The car was donated by Allstate Insurance, and mechanics at the Master Auto repaired and repainted it.

The free gift was made possible through the national program called Recycled Rides, which provides cars for recommended families that can use a car.

Subero was nominated by the local charity called Family Promise, which helps families with children experiencing homelessness become independent.

“It’s very important for my kids. I’ll be able to transport them to school, do grocery shopping and be able to go to work. It’s all about my kids,” said Subero.   [WPBF News]

Lending a helping hand

Bat mitzvah project helps homeless childrenSunSentinel


By Randall P. Lieberman,

Staff Writer

Isabella Malaga, 13, of Boca Raton, recently decided to give the gift of play to homeless children for her bat mitzvah project.

Malaga asked family and friends to save their change in the Houses for Change house-shaped, cardboard tzedakah (charity) boxes she distributed to guests before her celebration at B’nai Torah Congregation in Boca Raton in May.

Malaga collected more than $2,000 that was used to create a playground for the homeless children being assisted by the Delray Beach-based Family Promise of South Palm Beach County.

The new playground is at the Family Promise Day Center in Delray.

Volunteers from local churches, synagogues and other community groups  alternate between serving food and providing company for homeless families in the Family Promise interfaith network.

Malaga volunteered by serving food and playing with the children, but was dismayed that the children didn’t have a playground.

“We have raised Isabella to be philanthropic and to think the same way we do,” said her father, Marc.  “She’s involved in many different charities, but she took a liking to this one and decided to help out the children.”

Isabella also convinced Mike Skiera, owner of The Hitching Post backyard specialty store in Delray Beach, to contribute a playground set.

“We are very grateful for the opportunity to work with Isabella and the good people of Family Promise on the donation of this play set,” Skiera said. “We hope it will bring hours of happiness to the children and we are honored they brought us this request.”

Houses for Change was founded by B’nai Torah member Mark Wasserman, of Boca Raton, who came up with the idea for the house-shaped tzedakah boxes four years ago to raise money and awareness for the homeless and provide an experiential project for kids.

Wasserman said that in the past four years 30,000 kids across the country have raised $400,000 for homeless charities through Houses for Change. Locally, $6,000 has been raised for Family Promise of South Palm Beach County.

For more information, visit or contact Wasserman at or 561-699-5116.

Fresh Perspectives Newsletter Aug 29, 2014




Promise Times

the Desk of Kokie Dinnan

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Heroes have been something that I have been thinking about a lot lately. I am so blessed to be surrounded by strong human beings that are determined, resourceful, innovative, and have a strength that goes unnoticed by many.Who might you know in your life that models these gifts for you?

I have the opportunity each day to be surrounded by amazing parents and children. They come to us in one of the most difficult situations a family could experience. They humble themselves to accept coming into a sheltering program

Family Promise of South Palm Beach Walkathon


Steps for Promise, the second annual fundraiser for Family Promise of South Palm Beach County, involved 295 people, representing 20 congregation2014 Walkathon 3s. The effort raised $30,000+ to help families experiencing homelessness on their journey to stability. One in 45 children experience homelessness in America each year. Family Promise offers temporary shelter, food, hospitality and support services to help parents gain housing, employment and sustainable independence. Hundreds of volunteers share their skills and resources to aid families with education, health care, budgeting, nutrition and parenting. Nationwide, Family Promise has an 80 per cent success rate.

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Where Are We

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If you had unlimited funds to share,

how would you envision Family Promise of

South Palm Beach County (FPSPBC) in 20

What new programs and facilities

would you create for the organization in the next 3 years?   What changes can we make in 2015 toward the
brilliant future we imagine?   These were
just a few of the challenging questions that FPSPBC stakeholders shared at a
major Visioning Workshop held Sunday, May 4th and Monday, May 5th
at St. Gregory’s Parish Hall in Boca Raton.


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Destinity Picture 

Destiny… National Honor Society
Inductee/Future Pastry Chef

By Bonnie Guhl

Family Promise/FPSPBC is proud to be a part of supporting amazing families and their exceptional children.  Yes, it is all worth it.  This is but one story in the midst of many.

A few words come quickly to mind while talking with

Destiny, a newly inducted member of the National Honor Society at Boca High School.  Words like inspiring, insightful, authentic and clear.  This is no ordinary high school girl. Destiny understands people in a way that many adults would envy. She gets that popularity is a fickle friend, and values friends that support and honor each other’s individuality.  


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Paths Forward…

Family Promise/FPSPBC believes in supporting viable paths forward.
Aquira 1Independence is encouraged and supported in all program participants. I spoke recently with an amazing young mom and recent nursing graduate…Aqura Leon. 

Hers has been far from a straight path.  Aqura has made many tough decisions for herself and her son while continuing to work hard to accomplish her goals.

Aqura is still in awe at how FPSPBC ‘s assistance came just when she needed it.  She was ready to start a Certified Nursing Assistant program and FPSPBC was offering assistance to complete it.  Recently, Aqura completed her Licensed Practical Nurse course and will soon interview for jobs armed with several nursing certifications..


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Wish List

Paper towels

Toilet paper

Trash bags (13 gallon)

Laundry detergent

Gift cards 

(Target, Walmart, Publix and Gas)


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