Last Friday, the Board and Staff of Family Promise of Greater New Braunfels met to do Strategic Planning to map the next three years for the agency. Using the survey results gathered (thank you, stakeholders, for sharing your insight!) we spent the day prioritizing goals and outlining steps by which to complete our goals. The energy, passion, and commitment by all in the room was evident, serving as the catalyst of our continuing success, and I was proud to be in the midst of these big dreamers and detailed thinkers.
On June 10, 2013, I reported to my first day of work. After 18 months of feasibility studies and preparations by Family Promise "core groups," Family Promise was officially opened. I was a one-person show and the silence was eerie. I looked around my office on Post Road and took it all in. Office supplies were purchased and delivered and awaited unpacking. A growing list of tasks awaited my start. I had a short amount of time before we would accept our first family and much to accomplish before then.
Fast-forward five years and we now have 6 staff, 4 programs, and a new Day Center. Growth was achieved because of a vision to meet a community need as well as commitment to see it through. Graduate families that emerged from FPGNB programming provided us with valuable learning opportunities and insight.
Family Promise is a "community" response to end family homelessness. We are a team of staff, board, volunteers, congregations, partner agencies, graduate families, and donors. Many of us recall the familiar acronym TEAM:
Excitedly, the Family Promise TEAM continues to move forward, laying down brick pavers as we determine our future path. Thank you in advance for being a part of it, whether through the gift of your time, your finances, or your expertise. We could not see families through to independence without you.