Important Family Promise News - Please Read!
Posted Sep 21, 2021 by Maren Snyders
We were so excited to have a dear family back in our church this but the father grew ill on Sunday and the decision was made to house them in a hotel until he was feeling better. We were taking it day by day in hopes of them being able to stay at the church but he is actually worse today so Family Promise decided to keep them at the hotel through the remainder of the week. What that means for us:
1 - Evening and Overnight Hosts will not be needed unless a second family is added this week.
2 - Dinner Host will need to coordinate with the people providing the dinner and it should be delivered to their hotel room at the Fairbridge Inn, 330 W Appleway, Cda, Room 118 by 6:00pm. Please leave the food at the door, knock, and step back to wait for them to open the door and retrieve the food.
3 - We will not pack up all the beds, etc. at the church until we are close enough to the weekend to know that Family Promise will not be adding a second family this week.
Please call or email with any questions! Thank you for being flexible with meal delivery this week!
Saved to Serve,
Family Promise Update
Posted Sep 18, 2021 by Maren Snyders
Good evening all volunteers!
Family Promise kicks off tomorrow and we excited to bring a week of "Peace" and love to a Father and his son. One of the families expected for our week graduated out last week (hurray to them!) leaving us with just the small family of 2 to care for at this time. A second family may be added throughout the week and you'll be notified if so.
So.....if you are bringing food, plan to feed 4 (2 guests and 2 hosts). Full COVID safety protocols will be posted on the door of the fridge so if you are hosting, please read upon arrival. Please note that the dinner hosts will have an added responsibility of sanitizing the Men's bathroom before the guests arrive (Hosts arrive at 5:00 and guests arrive around 5:30). This is to prepare a clean environment after other church guests have used the facility during the day. The Family Promise guests will only be using the Men's bathroom.
Please feel free to email me if you have any questions.
Peace Lutheran Coordinator
Family Promise September 19 -26
Posted Aug 31, 2021 by Maren Snyders
Welcome to our Family Promise Families! The current plan is to host the families back in the church for the first time since Covid hit. We will need as many hands on deck as possible so the MealTrain is loaded and ready for volunteers to sign up! If you know of anyone that would like to help, but not a fan of using the computer, please email me and I'll reach out to them. Thank you in advance for consideration this personal way to reach our community. Go forth in faith!
Important Family Update
Posted Oct 4, 2020 by Maren Snyders
This just in....Rhonda and her 4 children are no longer in the Family Promise program which substantially alters the food needs for this week. If you are bringing part of or a whole meal, you will only be providing for 1 Mom (Starr) as her infant is breastfeeding.
Also note that this could change at any time as families are interviewed and accepted into the program. A notice will be sent out if that happens.
Slightly Urgent Request
Posted Oct 3, 2020 by Maren Snyders
Greetings FP Volunteers!
Our Family Promise week starts TOMORROW and we have vacancies all over the place for parts of dinner to be provided to our 2 families. If your schedule allows, please consider signing up to help out. If you want to be a part of this week but time doesn't allow, you can always substitute a gift card for the meal but it does need to be given to the families in advance of the assigned day so they can plan accordingly.
If you've already signed up, THANK YOU, and please disregard this message. It wouldn't let me delete you from the group email.
One of these families has been in the program a while now, and likely longing for a place to call their own. Help us continue to support them and show them Christ's love through our actions.
May the Lord bless and keep you,
Family Promise Week October 4 - 10
Posted Sep 28, 2020 by Maren Snyders
Greetings all FP Volunteers!
Can you believe this is our final host week for 2020! Once again, due to COVID, the families are staying in hotels so our meal deliveries will be to them there instead of at the church. For full details, please read the information carefully in Meal Train.
Additionally, due to the challenges of coordinating multiple grocery items to 2 different families, we are not listing grocery items as opportunities for donations for this week. We will be using Peace Lutheran's Family Promise designated funds to complete a grocery purchase and delivery direct to the families. In lieu of donating groceries, you might consider donating money to keep this fund replenished, and that is always greatly appreciated! Donations would be made to Peace Lutheran with a note that it is for Family Promise.
Hopefully, all the information you need is listed in Meal Train but feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns.
Thank you all in advance for giving of your time, treasures and talents towards this wonderful ministry.
Go in Peace!
Posted Jul 10, 2020 by Maren Snyders
Hello Wonderful Volunteers!
We just received word that we have a 2nd family into the program for next week! Full details are listed below. If you are signed up to bring food items or a meal, please plan accordingly to increase the amount you are bringing. If you are unable to provide for 2 families, please let your Daily Facilitator know so they can help find a 2nd volunteer to help out. If you are delivering a meal, please note that the families are staying in 2 different locations.
Thank you for your efforts on such short notice!
In His Grace and Mercy,
Family Promise Next Week
Posted Jul 7, 2020 by Maren Snyders
We know this is short notice but our Family Promise week starts this coming Sunday, July 12th. Again, our responsibilities are very limited, even more so than the last week we hosted. Currently, there is a single Mom with her baby in the program. They are housed at an apartment and will be so through the end of the year. Her needs will be basic groceries at the beginning of the week and a nightly meal. Because the meal is only involving 1 person, I provided options for a few small meals, a few gift cards for her to pick up her own meal (recommended by Family Promise) and 1 night of having a pizza delivered to her. If you are delivering the nightly meal, please read the description in the Event Details for full instructions.
Since our church is now re-opened, breakfast and lunch groceries can be placed on the kitchen counter or in the fridge with a label showing "Family Promise" and they will be delivered on Sunday evening to Starr. Also, if you are purchasing a gift card for one of her dinners, it can also be left on the kitchen counter to be taken to her Sunday evening.
Thank you for continuing to serve in this ministry during a time when being without a home is even a greater worry and concern, especially for a young, new mother.
In His Grace,
Posted Apr 13, 2020 by Maren Snyders
Greetings to our wonderful Peace Lutheran Volunteers!
The MealTrain is officially open for our upcoming host week that starts next Sunday. A major change for this week is that to honor the Shelter In Place recommendations, the family will continue staying at the Post Falls Seventh Day Adventist Church instead of coming to Peace Lutheran for our host week. We will not be providing the dinner, evening and overnight hosts. But, we will be responsible for the breakfast/lunch foods as normal as well as the hot meal each evening. Full instructions on how this will be handled are on the MealTrain website.
If you know of anyone that would like to help provide food or a meal but does not use the MealTrain website, please let me know and we will reach out to them. Our normal avenue of contact at church and a manual sign-up sheet of course are not possible at this time.
Much appreciation to the PF 7th Day Adventists for the amazing contribution of their church for over a month to keep this family as safe as possible.
Thank you and blessings to you all!
New Family Update
Posted Jan 31, 2020 by Maren Snyders
Hear ye Hear ye!
This just in from Family Promise - we have a second family arriving into the program on Monday. Thankfully, they do not have any food restrictions (except seafood which we don't usually do anyway). A family of four will be Jason (Dad), Brandee (Mom), Royce (12), and Zoee (7).
If you are providing a meal or part of a meal (except for Sunday because they won't be there yet), please prepare enough to feed 10 (8 guests and 2 dinner hosts).
Thank you for stepping up our game this week to meet this challenge!
Any questions, please feel free to call or email me. Thank you!
Family Promise Update
Posted Jan 23, 2020 by Maren Snyders
We are just a little over 1 week away from our first host week of 2020! In case you haven't been already alerted, our family of four has some significant dietary restrictions. They eat only Vegan (No animal products including dairy) and soy, peanut, and wheat allergies. If you are bringing a food item, please double check that it conforms to these requirements. If you are unsure or need a replacement suggestion, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Also, we are still in need of 1 dinner host, 2 evening hosts, and 4 overnight hosts. Jolene and Randy have historically filled several of these positions, especially overnight hosts, and they are in Arizona for the winter. We would love for anyone to consider taking on one of these openings. Sleep while you volunteer -what could be easier! We have also improved the mattress situation for the hosts so it is possible to get a decent night's sleep!
Thanks again for knitting together this week for this Mom, Dad and their 2 children.
In His Grace,
Family Promise Meal Train Open
Posted Jan 15, 2020 by Maren Snyders
After a few months break, our next Family Promise Host Week is quickly approaching on February 2 - 9, 2020. Our Meal Train is ready to go so feel free to sign up early for the most options that fit your desires and schedule. One glance at the sign-up list and one can easily see how many wonderful and dedicated volunteers are needed to full supply and staff this week for a couple of very appreciative families. Thank you!
In His Grace and Service,
Meal Train Ready!
Posted Oct 8, 2019 by Maren Snyders
Our next Host week is quickly approaching on October 20-27 and the MealTrain is ready to go! We have 2 families this time for a total of 8 people so all hands on deck are needed to fill all of the openings!
Thanks for signing in and signing up! Please email if you have any questions.
Thanks and In His Great Love,
Family Promise Update
Posted Sep 14, 2019 by Maren Snyders
We are fully staffed for this upcoming week so THANK YOU if you've plugged in to one of our many spots to serve families this week. A quick update regarding who we will be hosting:
We are down to 1 family at this time for next week. Guy (dad), Jenn (mom), Josiah (15), and Zoey (8). Persons preparing meals should plan to feed 6. There are no known allergies (yeah!). Mom gets off work at 8:30 on Monday evening so she will not be in until about 9:00 (Dinner Hosts save a plate of food for her). Tuesday and Wednesday evenings she gets off at 5pm so the family will be at the host site between 5:30 - 6pm. This family does have a vehicle, however they may also use the van. On school mornings, a TAXI will picking up the kids for school.
One other clarification: For breakfast and lunch items, we list them on "Saturday" on MealTrain just as a reminder to you to purchase them on Saturday. They do NOT need brought to the church until Sunday. We apologize for any confusion regarding this.
Thank you, and please add our Host Week to your prayer list as we serve our Risen Lord in this ministry.
Love and Peace to you all!
Family Promise Update
Posted Sep 6, 2019 by Maren Snyders
Greetings to All,
Just updating all volunteers that we now have 2 families that are intending to be in the program when our Host Week starts on September 15th. The first family is a mother and 5 year old daughter, and the second week is Mom, Dad plus 2 sons ages 8 and 15.
If you are bringing part of a meal, please plan to feed 8 (6 family members + 2 hosts).
If we have any changes before the 15th, we will be sure to let you all know.
There are just a few spots left to volunteer so it is looking great for this next Host Week! If you haven't had a chance yet to sign up, we would love to have you grab one of the remaining openings.
Thanks and Love!
MealTrain for Host Week September 15-22
Posted Sep 1, 2019 by Maren Snyders
Greetings to All!
The MealTrain is ready to go for our next host week in just 2 weeks! We are trialing a new format where there is a Daily Facilitator responsible for managing the needs of each day. The Daily Facilitators are already assigned in MealTrain so you can take note of who your Daily Facilitator is in the event you need to contact someone regarding your Host or Meal donation for any given day.
Currently, we have only 1 family consisting of a Mother and 5 year old daughter but we know that can change at any time! I know it seems like we just finished our last host weeks, but what an opportunity to keep serving in this capacity!!
Thank you in advance for helping us provide the host and food needs for this upcoming week!
Saved to Serve,
Family Promise Update
Posted Jul 16, 2019 by Maren Snyders
We are rockin and rolling for 2 full weeks of great hosting for 2 families! Currently we have 2 Moms and 3 teenagers ages 13, 14, 16 that are staying with us. There is the potential for a 3rd family to enter the program over the next 2 weeks and if that happens, you will be updated via email.
For meal preparers, plan on feeding 7 adults (5 family members + 2 dinner hosts)
The majority of the volunteers spots are filled but we do have some vacancy with Dinner and Evening Hosts, specifically on the following dates if you are at all able to help fill one more spot for this marathon event!
Friday 7/19: Dinner and Evening Host
Sunday 7/21: Dinner, Evening, Overnight Host
Wednesday 7/24: Overnight Host
Thank you all for your generosity in helping to pull off back to back hosting weeks! We so value the kind and giving hearts in our church members!
God's peace to you all,
BIG News for Family Promise Host Week
Posted Jul 2, 2019 by Maren Snyders
Greetings to All ~
As we were preparing to launch the preparation for Week 2 of Family Promise Hosting, we were presented with a request from the FP Program Coordinator, "Would we consider hosting a second consecutive week following our July 14-21 week?" A quick survey of some members involved in this ministry produced an emphatic, "Yes, we can!" The enthusiasm is contagious as we are putting together not 1, but 2, weeks worth of volunteer opportunities and are excited to see God put together another amazing team to serve our community's most vulnerable.
The MealTrain calendar is ready to go with both weeks, July 14-29 (the families will actually not leave until Monday the 29th). So if you are able, please consider selecting a meal or task for each week. As always, the first ones to the calendar have the most options, so log on and take a look at where you would like to help out.
As we humbly remember that we are Saved to Serve, let us embrace this doubling of our commitment as an opportunity for victory in Jesus' name.
Any questions, please email or call me at (208)818-7055.
In His Love,
Update on Families for Next Week
Posted May 3, 2019 by Maren Snyders
Good News! A 3rd family has joined Family Promise for our host week starting this Sunday. That will be a total of 5 adults and 5 children, so if you are bringing food items, please adjust your quantity accordingly. If you are bringing part of a meal, plan on feeding 12 people as the dinner hosts dine with the families.
One daughter will only be there Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday so there will be one less to feed on Mon, Tues, Fri, and Saturday.
We are looking forward to a great week and thank you in advance for your help!
Family Promise Update for May 5-12
Posted Apr 24, 2019 by Maren Snyders
Hello all Great FP Volunteers!
We have news to share with you regarding the families that will be coming in to our church May 5-12. Currently, we have 2 families. The first is Mom & Dad, with children ages 12, 7, and 1. The second family is Mom & Dad with a 2 year old. There is the possibility that a 3rd family could enroll between now and May 5th but we will plan for these 2 families until we hear otherwise. If you are providing part of a meal, plan for approximately 9 people as we feed the dinner hosts along the families.
We are happy to report that a good majority of the volunteer spots have been filled, but would like bring to everyone's attention a few critical remaining spots:
1. Friday Evening Meal
2. Friday Dinner Hosts, Evening Hosts and Overnight Hosts
3. Saturday Breakfast
4. Saturday Breakfast Hosts
5. Saturday Evening Hosts and Overnight Hosts
Some of our volunteers are already pulling double duty to get as many spots filled as possible, so if you know of ANYONE that may be interested in helping us out, please encourage them to consider signing up on MealTrain. They can also call myself at (208) 818-7055 or Jolene (208) 818-6286 to sign up.
Just a note for future reference: our second Family Host Week will be July 14-22.
With the warmer weather, we are so excited to open our church home to these families who can play out on the grass and feel that our home is their home too.
Thank you all for serving, and please don't hesitate to contact us with any questions.
In His Love,
Maren and Jolene
Training This Sunday
Posted Apr 4, 2019 by Maren Snyders
After a several month break, we are gearing up to once again engage in our fabulous Family Promise Ministry with our first host week of 2019 happening next month! In preparation for a new year of hosting, Family Promise staff will be joining us following church this Sunday to educate, answer questions, and conduct volunteer training. They will complete an informal program during fellowship hour with the Training portion immediately following. There will be a light lunch served to those of you who are willing to stay through the training. We hope to be wrapped up no later than 1:00pm.
You may be thinking that you've been involved in FP for a while now and training is redundant. We would like you to consider otherwise for a couple of reasons: it demonstrates support for new volunteers that are just engaging in this ministry and a refresher never hurts anyone especially if policies and procedures are updated. Plus, it's free food!!!!
Please consider spending an extra hour with us on Sunday to enhance our preparedness for our hosting weeks. Thank you!
2018 & 2019 PLC Family Promise Host Weeks
Posted Nov 29, 2018 by Jolene Pooley
To PLC Family Promise Volunteers:
Monday, 6:00 p.m. December 3rd meeting at PLC!
This is a time to review the four 2018 Hosted weeks and to preview the four 2019 Hosting scheduled weeks!
We will look back over the 2018 Family Promise hosted weeks to hear some stats and to see if there is something for us to improve.
Regarding 2019 we will review the schedule and share ideas of how we can inform and encourage our congregation and our friends and family to volunteer either at home or at the church building.
Also to schedule a Family Promise staffed "Volunteer Orientation" at PLC, as we have new volunteers and anticipate more!
Please have the time to come Monday, Dec. 3rd at 6:00 p.m. PLC Your attendance is greatly appreciated.
Place these 2019 Family Promise Host Weeks on your calendar, so while you are doing your year's scheduling you can be prepared to volunteer.
February 24-March 3
May 5 - 12
September 15 - 22
October 20 - 27
Hope to see you Monday night!
Family Promise Meeting for all Volunteers Thurs. Oct. 4th 6pm
Posted Oct 2, 2018 by Jolene Pooley
All Volunteers you are invited and encouraged to come to our annual planning meeting.
This is the time of year when we review the year, share moments/experiences, highlight Family Promise protocols and to prepare our 2019 FP calendar host week choices.
We hope you can come as you are a valuable volunteer! Truly each one of you is God's blessed gift to the PLC/Family Promise ministry and the families/guests we serve in Christ's love.
See you Thursday evening at the PLC/FP sharing and planning time!!??
Any questions/comments, contact me call or text 208-818-6286.
So sorry this is last minute of being informed. I forgot to send out email, my fault and regrets. Still hoping you can make it!
Very thankful for you,
1 week till the October 7-14 Host Week!
Posted Sep 29, 2018 by Jolene Pooley
Family Promise Volunteers, our Oct. week is needing some more sign-ups. I'm bringing it to your attention, so that you can Mealtrain sign-up. Sunday I'm distributing to the congregation the remaining available host volunteer positions, along with the Volunteer Orientation info.
And to let them know "Hosting" is not the only way to serve in the fp ministry as there are "at-home" opportunities to help the homeless families.
Many of you have already signed-up, so I thank you so very much for scheduling fp into your busy life.
Date/Time Host Volunteer Position
Oct. 10 Wednesday Dinner Host 5 – 7 pm (need 1, to host with Vivian)
Oct. 11th Thursday Evening Host 7 – 9 pm
Oct. 12th Friday Evening Host 7 – 9 pm
Oct. 12th Friday Overnight Host 9 pm – 7 am
Oct. 13th Saturday Breakfast & Host 7:30am – 9:30am
Oct. 13th Saturday Evening Host 7 – 9pm
Oct. 13th Saturday Overnight Hosts 9pm – 7:30 am
A sweet awesome thank you to the Helgeson's and Wardlow's for doing double duty last week covering for Maren!
To Maren our sincere sympathy at the loss of sweet big doggy Greta, saying Goodbye onto Heaven to play with Emit.
Thank you to each and everyone of you, as you are special to have the "spirit" to love the homeless. Jolene 208-818-6286
Family Promise Volunteer Orientation, Sunday, Sept. 30, 11:15 a.m.
Posted Sep 29, 2018 by Jolene Pooley
Volunteers, I am leading a short FP Orientation in the Youth Sunday School Classroom after church on this Sunday. We have 4 households/7 people whom need to complete a required Family Promise Volunteer Application and signing the "Dignity & Respect Code" the "Confidentiality Policy", and "Volunteer Agreement" If you do not remember signing these, nor have a copy of them, please stop by or text me, Jolene 208-818-6286.
Also, I'd like you to consider inviting someone in church to come hear about Family Promise at the Orientation. It will be a short 30 minutes interesting informal time or you both can come for as long as you can stay!
Our volunteer team will increase because of a personal invitation to a friend/acquaintance! And we need more volunteers to help spread the volunteer opportunities to others.
Thank you so much for serving homeless families of our community here at our church building home!
Thanks for sharing our “home” with others and our “time” with strangers,
In God’s Peace, Patience, Grace and Love we serve, Jolene Pooley
MealTrain Sign Ups
Posted Sep 3, 2018 by Maren Snyders
If you haven't noticed already, the MealTrain is ready to sign up for both of our next 2 Host Weeks since they are so close together: September 16-23 and October 7-14.
Please know how much we appreciate each and every one of you in the collaboration of pulling off these host weeks - it takes many hands and hearts to care for these families.
God Bless your service,
Posted Aug 14, 2017 by Maren Snyders
The lock box on the back door is FPM. This is only to be used if you need to get into the church when the church is closed. Thank you!