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!
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]
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.
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 http://www.familypromise.org/housesforchange or contact Wasserman at email@example.com or 561-699-5116.