By Teri Burch, Board President
I would like to thank the entire board, staff, and volunteers for their help on making the 4th Annual Golf/Walk event a success. Your time, talents, resources, contributions and presence are invaluable and contribute to our ongoing efforts. When all pledges come in, we are anticipating a net of $15,000.00. This was no small feat.
All of the board members helped in one way or another. Three of us began planning the event in February of 2015. Randall Henry had contacts with golf courses and he began investigating courses and pinning down a date. He also brought in new technology with Ocular Logic and an online registration site for both golfers and walkers. Brian Wright helped to tweak the registration process to fit FPNI website and we were off. Randall also had Scratch Hub available for golfers, another technology we have never used. He secured the Coeur d’Alene Resort Golf Course for our event Andy Paroni completed the sponsor packets to send out to potential sponsors and emailed the entire board a copy. Emails and texts were flying. As registrations began coming in on EventBrite, Mary Robinette kept track of participants and payments. Once a week, she sent out a report. Mike Irwin, Andy Paroni, Cindy Wood, and I went to a Golf Show; CdA Business Fair and the Post Falls Business Fair to promote the event. It is a huge task to get everything done for a large event and all the board members are busy people. But everything got done. We got sponsors for the event, prizes, and silent auction items. We ordered food, met with the resort, advertised the event; organized volunteers, organized the silent auction, organized walkers, got “swag” together to put in bags, organized golfers, got a credit card machine and a volunteer to run the machine. We donated time, laughter, tears, money, and in-kind items. Who are we? We are the board: Teri Burch, Randall Henry; Mary Robinette; Mike Irwin; Andy Paroni; Tim Frahm; Theresa Gibbons; and Evelyn Gaherty. We are the staff: Cindy Wood and Mary Beth Jorgensen. We are the volunteers: Brian Wright, Ali Miller, Tina Irwin; Heather Huber; Freda Campbell (and family); Kelly Peterson; and Lauren Clars. We are here to give hope.help.home
Hurray! The Avenues for Hope Housing Challenge Campaign results have been tallied and Family Promise of North Idaho came in 2nd in the Northern Region and 8th overall with $8650 in donations. Thank you to everyone, who contributed, for making this campaign so successful. In addition to your contributions, we raised $7,700 in prizes including a $5,000 benefactor bonus which resulted from the generous $5,000 gift we received from Numerica Credit Union. We have been so blessed. Our total for this year's campaign is an incredible $16,363.
Source: CDAPRESS MY TURN, Dec 12
Wisconsin family finds help and hope at Family Promise of North Idaho. The family had run out of options in Wisconsin and headed west towards a new start in Spokane. Unfortunately, further set backs left them without options until they found open arms and hearts at FPNI. See the full story at CDAPRESS MY TURN.
Just in time for the holidays and in the spirit of giving, Numerica Credit Union CEO, Carla Altepeter drops by Family Promise of North Idaho with a shocking but welcome cash gift. The presentation was captured as part of Numerica's CEO ON THE ROAD series.
Submitted by Stevee Chapman
Tuesday, December 9th, 2014, 5:57pm
Family Promise resident, four-year-old Jacob Mogavero, had a revelation while experiencing the Journey to the North Pole Holiday Lake Cruise on Lake Coeur d'Alene. The experience occurred during a Monday night cruise with his family which had been arranged by FPNI.
Jacob, a huge fan of Santa, was having a great time on the cruise and anticipating a visit with Santa when the Grinch appeared and spoiled the mood.
As a result of his reaction to the Grinch, he wrote a letter to Santa asking him to punish the Grinch. In his words, "he should beat up the Grinch".
During the car ride home, Jacob reflected on his reaction to the Grinch and it spurred him to write a new letter. This time to the Grinch. The letter read:
I was mad at you for being naughty to Santa. Now I think you just need some love.
According to his mother, Jodi, this realization came to Jacob all on his own.
Read the original story and see Jacob's letter at CoeurdalenePostFalls.kxly.com.
Family Promise of North Idaho (FPNI) has finally gotten the mini-van we have wanted to supplement the passenger van. Our new guest vehicle is a 2000 Toyota Sienna purchased at Atlas Auto for $1989.00.
This is a two year story in the making! The staff at FPNI realized two years ago that it would benefit us and our guests to purchase a mini-van. It would benefit us by having a vehicle that saved on gas and the wear and tear of our larger van. More volunteers will be able to drive the mini-van as the larger van is a bit intimidating! It would benefit the guests by having a convenient van, that didn’t look institutionalized, to take the children to their schools and the adults to their appointments.