Executive Director Announces Retirement
Laurie has held nearly every role at Family Promise: tireless volunteer, Board member, Board President, and Director. Family Promise has grown into the wonderful organization it is today largely due to her hard work and dedication. Whether it is personal thank you notes, money from her own pocket, or enlisting her family for assistance in Family Promise’s many endeavors, Laurie has ensured the success and positive reputation of Family Promise.
Come October, the loss of Laurie as Director will be deeply felt, but we know that she has inspired many in our community to join the effort to assist homeless families in Monroe County. We will honor Laurie’s dedication to Family Promise by continuing to grow. Please join us in wishing her the best in the next steps of her journey.
The Family Promise Board of Trustees must now begin the difficult job of finding a new Executive Director. Below is the vacancy announcement being circulated via local media. Please pass on the announcement to everyone you think might be interested in the position.
St. Maximilian Kolbe Vacation Bible School
Thank you to the children attending this year’s Vacation Bible School at St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish in Pocono Pines.
They not only had fun learning their lessons but they also collected school supplies and filled backpacks to deliver to
the children at Family Promise of Monroe County along with some new games.
Our grateful thanks goes out to all the children and the organizers of the VBS!
Family Promise of Monroe County was one of over 60 organizations representing services for families at the annual Community Night held on May 9th at Keystone Building of Northampton Community College’s Monroe Campus. Way over 500 people with children attended the event. Representing Family Promise was Director, Laurie Kozar who shared that it was a wonderful networking experience. The memorable moment of the evening for Ms. Kozar was when a family approached the table and the mom whispered that she had been helped 3 years earlier by Family Promise. The family had been assisted with our rapid rehousing funds and the family made sure to tell us that they were still living in the home, the kids were doing well in school, and mom was taking classes at NCC. This is a prime example of what helping a family through a difficult time can accomplish.
Spring Forward at New Location!
The 2017 Spring Forward Luncheon and Fashion Show was held at the Great Bear Golf Club for the first time. The decor was elegant, the setting looked out over the Spring-green golf course and the food was delicious. The Dunkelberger’s Fashion Show of Spring clothing for women, men and children was enticing as the beautiful (and handsome) models circulated among all the tables. The Silent Auction had something for everyone, with the result that this fundraiser topped all previous attempts at this Spring event. Everyone’s generosity was truly amazing.
The Host Congregation Coordinators were recognized with flowers, our new Case Manager, Sabrina Pacifici was introduced to the community, and a ‘thank you’ check presented to our College volunteer.
Pat Wilson was congratulated for her outstanding job of being this year’s event coordinator. Pat presented a surprise appreciation plaque to Linda Foran for her many years as Chairman of the Fundraising Committee, and Michael Foran, President of the Board of Trustees, presented a plaque and large spray of flowers to Laurie Kozar for her amazing service since the Family Promise beginnings in every role and capacity in the organization.
Laurie was assigned a new organization job title of “Phoenix Rising” for getting us out of the flooded basement day center and a new family appreciation title of “Miracle Worker” to reflect the many appreciation letters we receive from past graduating families.
Great Attendance, great fun, and great fundraising. The March 2017 Footsteps for Families fundraising event was an amazing success. Community support and generosity was overwhelming. Music, coffee & bagels, juice, tricky tray, warm up exercises, prizes and lots of fun. Board Member Brad Hockman displaced Syzane Arifaj (4 year champion) as the biggest fund raiser and won the coveted hand made ceramic bird house. Click here for lots of pictures of this fantastic annual event.
The Rose Pedals Christmas Gifts
Shown in the picture is one of the Pocono Raceway Giving Trees, this one designated to fulfilling the wish lists of children in Family Promise of Monroe County. The Rose Pedals, a community outreach group founded by the female employees at the raceway, provided these Christmas gifts for our children in need.
Presenting these gifts to Family Promise Director Laurie Kozar, is Brandon Igdalsky, President/CEO of Pocono Raceway and Christina Rodis-Durst who coordinated the Giving Tree along with the Rose Pedals.
A great BIG THANK YOU to Pocono Raceway and the Rose Pedals, and the Food Donations after each raceway event this past year. The thousands of pounds of food donated went to feed so many hungry families in Monroe County between June and October.
National Jr. Honor Society Giving Tree
The “Giving Tree” adorned with warm hats, gloves, scarves and socks, is surrounded by the members of the National Jr. Honor Society at the J. T. Lambert School in East Stroudsburg. The collection project under the direction of advisor Eleni Angelopoulos, Holly Burns, and
America Ramos, was donated to Family Promise of Monroe County and Director Laurie Kozar, to help families and children this holiday season. A big, warm, thank you to all!
Monroe County Sheriff’s Department Toy Drive
Christmas. . . . the season for giving is in the air.
Deputy Scott Martin of the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department makes an early Christmas gift delivery to Family Promise of Monroe County.
Gladly accepting 8 large bags of toys and 2 boxes of diapers is Family Promise Director Laurie Kozar.
This gift delivery will help the children of 5 families in our Aftercare Program have a wonderful Christmas morning.
Thanks go out to Sheriff Todd Martin and the entire department for their annual toy drive.
Paint and Sip
We left the kids home! A glass of wine to drink, a wine glass to paint and hors d’oeuvres to munch. Great fun at Creative Canvas Studio, 925 Ann St, Suite 101. All supplies were provided and look at the results! Everyone went home happy.
We plan get together for painting fun and raise money for Family Promise on a regular basis, perhaps even monthly. So, stay tuned for future happenings by signing up for our email news HERE.
Wow! In addition to Santa, Mrs. Santa and their favorite elf, many other superheros and fantasy characters stopped by to make this event special. Attendance exceeded expectations with many late arrival walk ons. Kids, parents and grand parents frolicked in the pool throughout and had to be dragged out of the pool at the end. Big thanks to Stroudsmoor for use of the pool, lifeguards, snacks, Santa, and all the special characters.
Family Promise of Monroe County accepted a $1000 award from banking partner Woodforest Bank and its Charitable Foundation.
Accepting the award on November 10th from left to right in front are FP Program Manager Lisa Day, FP Board Member Ciji Bryant, and FP Director Laurie Kozar. In back presenting the award is Woodforest Retail State Lead Kimberlee Peveto, Community Development Officer Jason Jones, and Woodforest Regional Manager Peter Moore.
Family Promise of Monroe County held a dinner on October 17th to thank and celebrate all the congregational volunteers that provide support to our families in our shelter program. The fabulous meal was provided by a former guest who wanted to thank all the volunteers personally and cooked up a storm. Over 80 people attended this wonderful event and some passed along their comments:
• When someone shows their appreciation, it tends to rejuvenate you-SW
• It was nice to see it well attended and 2 families there-CK
• It’s wonderful that someone can give back.
• Dinner was lovely and we enjoyed everything-CH
Styx and Sherman Theater
Family Promise teamed up at the Styx Concert at the Sherman Theater in Stroudsburg to raise money for homeless families.
Mount Pocono Harvest Festival
With over 150 kiosks set up Family Promise was in good company. Lots of friends came by and said “Hi”. We handed out all our available flyers, and most of our pens, pencils and Twizlers. It was a beautiful day in the Poconos.
Pocono Ambulatory Center
Natasha, an employee at Pocono Ambulatory Center, shown here donating 2 cartons of shoes to guests at Family Promise. The shoes were donated by nurses, office staff, and doctors to benefit those in need.
Church Women United
Thanks go out to Analomink U.M.C. and Zion U.C.C. for donating to Family Promise over 115 pairs of underwear and 15 pairs of socks for our guests. They were collected and delivered to us through Church Women United. They are already going to good use. We appreciate their thoughtfulness!
St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish
Thanks to St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish for the very generous donation from their parishioners of essential items to our Day Center. They provide these collected items such as paper products, kitchen and cleaning supplies, hygiene products, or whatever we are in need of four times a year.
Family Promise featured in the Pocono Record.
Family Promise of Monroe County Executive Director Laurie Kozar talks about a homeless family the agency helped this past year.