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Founded in Summit, New Jersey in 1988, Family Promise is a national organization that comprises more than 200 affiliates in 43 states that work together to transform the lives of families experiencing homelessness. What began as a local response to a problem in Union County, New Jersey has grown over the last 30 years into a national movement involving more than 200,000 volunteers nationwide who serve more than 125,000 people yearly. Today Family Promise is the leading national nonprofit addressing the issue of family homelessness. While we’ve grown, the core of what we do is still local – partnerships within a city or county changing lives for the better.

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July 11, 2024 – Things are getting busy here at Family Promise of the Chippewa Valley/Beacon House as we are just a bit over a month away from our biggest event of the year, the 21st Annual Hike for the Homeless. The Hike will happen on Tuesday, August 20th at River Prairie Park in Altoona. We will gather before the race at the River Prairie Center (1445 Front Porch Place, Altoona, WI). Registration will start at 5:00 pm. And the walk will kick off from just outside the River Prairie Center at 6:00 pm. We have made some changes to the event that will make it more fun. than ever We are so excited about these changes and what it will mean for those participating in the Hike for the Homeless. To keep the Hike affordable, the biggest change this year will be that only “Hikers” who are 18 and over will need to donate to walk. Hikers younger than 18 will participate for free. When you register the adults in the family, the children can join in the fun for free. Pre-event DJ Phil will be providing music and entertainment as we get everyone registered and get them the t-shirts that they ordered. The raffle items are starting to come in and it looks like another great year for prizes. Starting this year there will be bucket raffles and 50/50 raffles going on before we kick the race off. So, bring some cash, or your debit/credit card, to the event to participate in the 50/50 raffle and to purchase additional tickets for the bucket raffle items. Your registration to the Hike will get you tickets to place in the bucket raffles, but starting this year you will also be able to purchase additional tickets to increase your chances of winning your favorite item. We will continue to have a few door prizes, and once all the “Hikers” are back, we will have the drawings before we close out this year’s Hike. We’ll be sharing more as we get closer to August 20th. Go to and register to walk with us on August 20th. We are looking forward to seeing you there.

July 4, 2024 – Happy 4th of July from everyone at Family Promise of the Chippewa Valley/Beacon House. As we reflect on the blessings that we have here in the United States, let us also reflect on the fact that not all of us have the same blessings available to us. Many struggle with low wages, mental illness, medical issues, debt, and other issues that may lead to homelessness or other challenges for them to overcome. During this season of celebration, remember the organizations that are working to assist those who are struggling. They could use your support, whether it's financial or physical. Serve on a board, volunteer to help with a fund raiser, serve a meal, donate $. To me that is what makes America who we are, a nation that has empathy for those less-fortunate and desires to help those who need it. Have an amazing 4th of July, enjoy some great family time, build memories, eat a hot dog (or a hamburger), tell those you love that you love them. Celebrate our great nation, then be a great American and help those that need help! To get involved with us at Family Promise of the Chippewa Valley go to or You can also register for our Hike for the Homeless on August 20th. To register go to

July 1, 2024 – What a nice piece of mail to open today. Thanks again to La Peche Community Foundation and The Nostalgic Bean for all you do to help support us. We so appreciate it.... Also thanks to all the people who came out in the rain, then the heat and humidity to buy peaches. So much more than a shelter, and you support all of it with this donation. We could not do what we do without organizations like La Peche and The Nostalgic bean. Thanks again!!

July 1, 2024 – Wow! We are honored! Thank you Bernicke Wealth Management.

June 22, 2024 – See you all there. Come get some great peaches and support some great organizations!!

June 21, 2024 – Registration is open for this year's Hike for the Homeless. A beautiful walk around River Prairie Park to raise money for the Beacon House...our family emergency shelter and transitional house. Money raised will be used to continue providing shelter and assistance to families who are experiencing homelessness in the Chippewa Valley. The walk will happen on August 20th, with registration beginning at 5:00 pm and the walk kicking off at 6:00 pm. Come at 5:00pm so that you have plenty of time to purchase tickets for our bucket raffle items. Donations are already starting to pour in for raffle items (we'll dsiclose a list of items as we get closer to the day of the walk), but I wish I could bid on some of what we already have received. There will be two routes that day, a short ~1 mi walk, and a longer 2.5 mi route that will go through some amazingly beautiful wooded areas of River Prairie. Registration is $30 per walker 18 years old and older. Walkers under 18 years old are free, so go to and pre-register to walk and give us your t-shirt size. See you all on the 20th of August!!

June 20, 2024 – Happy First Day of Summer, everyone!! It's a time for beaches, and picnics, and campfires. We hope that everyone who follows us on social media has an amazing summer and gets to spend their summer getting rested and refreshed from school, work, and everyone's favorite...winter 🤣. As we spend our summer celebrating the best time of the year, don't forget to support those who are struggling with the basics of living...those who don't have a place to call home. Every day this summer we are looking to place families in apartments and rental homes so that they do have a place to call home, and a reason to celebrate summer. If you get a few minutes we'd truly appreciate if you headed over to either (to volunteer) or (to make a donation) and support our mission of "advocating for and supporting families who are homeless in our community by providing temporary housing and support services, and by fostering independence." #familypromiseofthechippewavalley #beaconhouse #endinghomelessness

June 19, 2024 – The progress continues... The sail cover is up, the playhouse, and storage bin are here, the chairs are painted and the flowers are in. Our courtyard is looking GREAT, and our families are enjoying the spiffed up space. Thanks to Eau Claire Garden Club, Royal Construction, Inc. Don Bedle, Eau Claire Community Foundation, Ginger Slota, Lynn Krochmalski and several others that have been here to assist. Electrician comes tomorrow to remove some old 120V outdoor lights, then some mulch and a bike rack and we'll have the nicest place for our families to relax and our kids to play. We could not do what we do here if it were not for our volunteers and area companies and organizations who support us in our mission! If you get a chance, let these organizations know how much you appreciate their support for the community. And specifically their support for Family Promise of the Chippewa Valley/Beacon House. #familypromiseofthechippewavalley #beaconhouse #endinghomelessness #oursupportersrock

June 19, 2024 – Happy Juneteeth! The progress we have made so far is great, but families of color still experience a significantly higher incidence of homelessness than white families. Here at Family Promise of the Chippewa Valley just over 35% of the families we cared for last year identified as people of color. That compares to the Chippewa Valley's population where just over 11% who identified as people of color. While we are proud of the progress so far, FPCV will continue to advocate for families who are experiencing homelessness regardless of their race, country of origin, gender identity, marital status, sexuality, or other class. Let's celebrate the progress made while we all continue to fight for true equity for all people in our society!

June 17, 2024 – Just over 2 months until the 2024 Hike for the Homeless! River Prairie Park 5:00 pm registration 6:00 pm the Hike for the Homeless kicks off. Lots of changes this year! Instead of all the drawings after the walk, we will be doing bucket raffles for many of the prizes. Your registration will come with tickets that you can use for the bucket raffles, but you'll be able to buy additional tickets to increase your chances to win an item. We will still be doing a few larger drawings at the end of the Hike, so plan on staying for a little while to see what you might win. The other big change this year is that children 17 and under walk free at Hike for the Homeless. A family of 14 (or 2, or 26 for that matter) can walk with their registered adult(s). We are looking for a great turnout this year and we didn't want the cost of participating to prevent a family from coming out and joining us. So, put it in your calendar, then go to and register. Registration for the Hike is officially open!! See you all in August....I'm so looking forward to it. #hikeforthehomeless #familypromiseofthechippewavalley #lookingforafunevening #walkingforapurpose #endinghomelessness