June Newsletter 2016


By Becky Bunke, Board Member

Thanks to you our friends who attended our second annual Night at the Nursery at Skagit Valley Gardens on April 21st, we are able to assist more children and their families find suitable housing in our community.  This year was an even bigger success than our first event in 2015. 

We had very generous support from our sponsors:

Major Sponsor:  Kent Jensen and Thrivent Financial

Daffodil Sponsors: 

  • Stiles Law
  • Max Dale's Steak and Chop House
  • Blade Chevrolet
Rose Sponsors:
  • Northwest Physical Therapy
  • Brad Methner State Farm
  • Corey Mendoza
  • Hawthorne Funeral Home and Memorial Park
  • Stowes Shoes and Clothing
  • Skagit Bank

A huge thanks to Gary Lorenz and his staff at Skagit Valley Gardens for hosting this event.  They are a wonderful group to work with on this fun-fundraising event!

Thanks to many others:
  • The Bird's Creek Bank
  • Bev Madlung for the beach bags
  • Deanna Scott and Randy Koster for bag contents
  • Max Dale's for the gift certificates
  • Thrivent Financial Action Team
  • Family Promise Volunteers and Families
And drum roll...we raised $13,051.32 net income from ticket sales, donations, sponsorships and Skagit Valley Garden sales for the evening.  Together, we can help those who are in need -- and have some fun -- while doing good for the community.


By Tony Latham, Network Director
On May 11th Family Promise of Skagit Valley hosted it's First Year Celebration Brunch. The National President of Family Promise Claas Ehlers came into town to help celebrate the event. His motivational speech focused on the need for Family Promise affiliates to continue to expand the services and programs they provide to meet the continued growth of homeless families in the United States. One of our former guests gave a motivational speech outlining her time in the program and her success since leaving the program.

The program in it's first year provided 1,541 bed nights and 4,623 meals. The program served 23 families (73 individuals / 34 Adults / 38 Children) 27 of the children were students. The program placed 11 families into transitional and permanent housing.

Family Promise National President Claas Ehlers

Tony Latham, Network Director

Pastors Rachel and Eric Wangen-Hoch, Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Sedro-Woolley


Thanks to all who donated items for our first garage sale held in April, and to those who volunteered at the sale.  We raised $668.12!


Thanks to a Thrivent Action Team grant and volunteers from Bethlehem Lutheran Church, we will hold another Pillowcase Making Workshop on June 22 from 10 am to 3 pm at the Day Center/Bethlehem Lutheran Church.  Pillowcases that are made will be donated to Family Promise to benefit the children and families that enter the program. 

All ages and all sewing skill levels are invited to attend this FREE event.  Learn the skill, donate one pillowcase and make more pillowcases for yourself when you leave.  All fabric for the pillowcases and instructions will be provided.  Snacks will be served.  Invite your service group, 4-H club, scouts, church quilting group, etc.  Bring your sewing machine and supplies if you have them. 

Please RSVP to Becky by June 20 at 360.755.3044 or


Summer is here and many of our volunteers will be on vacation at different times this summer.  If you have at least two to four hours available to help Family Promise get the work done, please consider volunteering.  We have many tasks available in the Day Center such as answering phones, interacting with guests or making phone calls.  Or you might be interested in serving on any of our committees:  Fundraising, Public Relations, Personnel, or Strategic Planning to name a few.  Please contact Tony or Melisa at the Family Promise office at 360.854.0743 to learn more.