Welcome to the Jeremiah's Promise Newsletter!
In This Issue
Get Involved
JP in the NEWS!
Meet the JP Team
The JP Residents
Online Updates
A Season of Giving: How to Contribute to JP
Donation Blessings
Quick Links
Get Involved!
Bonding moment that crumbled emotional barriers
Jeremiah's Promise relies on the generous hearts of committed volunteers to run strong! Find out how you can be a part of transforming a life on the Jeremiah's Promise "Get Involved" page!
 Welcome to the first online Jeremiah's Promise newsletter! This year has been one of exceptional growth! We are in a newly purchased home in Sunnyvale; have a revamped website; new, excited and talented staff; and new residents who are hungry to learn and grow! These changes and additions have us poised to achieve more great things in the coming year. Read on!
JP in the NEWS! 
Jeremiah's Promise was featured in four local newspapers on December 3-- and was on the front page of three of them! The Sunnyvale Sun, Cupertino Courier and Los Gatos Weekly Times showcased our nonprofit and two of our girls, and the Los Altos Town Crier highlighted the college graduation of our first resident, as well as, the poignant gifts of some of our volunteers. Have a look by clicking on the paper mentioned! 
An Introduction to the New JP Team: 
Enza Canicatti, Education and Career Specialist/Resident Coordinator, is a NYC native who moved to the Bay area in 2006 to pursue a graduate degree at Western Seminary where she majors in Pastoral Care of Women. Prior to moving to California, Enza was a NYC teacher for three years in the South Bronx and received an M.A. in elementary education while teaching. She has a B.A in Psychology and experience in Counseling, Consulting, Coaching and Motivational Speaking.  "My passion lies in helping people discover what their dreams and passions are and how they become alive once they discover who they are and what they were created to be. I am excited about Jeremiah's Promise and look forward to watching these young ladies grow into women who will leave their personal marks on the world some day."

Bonnie Vanek, Support Services Coordinator, originally from Kansas, Bonnie's family moved to the Bay Area from Colorado in 199I.  She has a degree in Family & Child Development and Sociology from Kansas State, as well as an MBA from the University of Colorado, Boulder.  Bonnie's experience includes corporate marketing communications (Hewlett-Packard), business development, project management, plus numerous volunteer activities associated with her daughter and church life.  "I love working at Jeremiah's Promise and feel very passionate about helping women achieve their potential."  
Jessica Van der Merwe, Admissions and Outreach Coordinator, a Michigan native, has served as a youth worker since 1999, with experience in Southern and Northern California and Western Australia. She worked as a youth intern at Riverview Church in Perth, Australia, earning a certificate in "Youth Practicalities" from Riverview Bible College. During this time, she was part of a multimedia program that brought life skills to over 16,000 high school students in Western Australia. In addition to youth work and mentoring, Jessica is also an experienced crisis counselor.  Jessica received a B.A. with honors in Psychology from San Jose State University. "My work at Jeremiah's Promise fulfills my life-long commitment to young women in need of encouragement, love, and restoration."

            The JP Team
The JP Residents:
  Residents and Staff in Union SquareWe are pleased to welcome four new residents into the JP house this fall. We have a full
house of smart, engaging, lovely young women. We look forward to seeing how each one will heal, grow and move forward to a life of confident independence. We are pleased to announce that one of our long-term girls has been accepted to the San Francisco Academy of Art, and will be beginning classes in January. Each girl is working and looking forward to going to college in the coming semester.
On December 4th, the JP staff and residents visited San Francisco for a day of eating huge desserts, checking out Christmas decorations at Union Square and watching "A Christmas Carol" at the American Conservatory Theatre. Residents and staff had the chance to get a FREE make-over at Neiman Marcus! It was a wonderful day to bond and enjoy a pre-Christmas celebration! As Marina said, "This was the best day. I'm going to call this day my birthday. It was great!"
                  Resident and staff dinner in San Francisco
Weekly Workshops
 Jeremiah's Promise weekly life skills workshops are tackling the tough topic of domestic abuse for the month of December. This workshop will focus on identifying abuse in relationships, how to handle a domestic abuse situation, all in contrast to what healthy relationships look like. Our hope is that workshops such as these will cultivate knowledge and a deeper sense of self worth.
Online News! 
Jeremiah's Promise is always seeking creative ways to reach the community-especially online! Jeremiah's Promise is now a part of eBay Giving Works, which allows eBay sellers to select Jeremiah's Promise, Inc. as a recipient of a small percentage of their sales. Every little bit helps to provide for the JP house and basic necessities for the girls. Please remember to select JP when you have your next auction on eBay!

Attention all Facebook users! Join the Jeremiah's Promise Facebook Cause to be a part of a vibrant online community that cares for the needs of former foster youth. Start discussions, connect with others, and donate through the site!
A Season of Giving 
During these turbulent economic times, our personal savings and investments may make us cringe and our jobs may be at risk. Still, teen girls emerging from foster homes deserve to stay on the path of hope and a good future. JP continues to provide proven programs and services for vulnerable young teens. These girls can't keep moving forward without your help!
We are a way station for often forgotten youth who are God's children. We believe that God has a plan that none of these young women be put on the street without hope for a better future. Your contribution of $25, $100, $500, $1000 or more helps us address the complex needs of these women and guide them toward a life of confident independence. Even the smallest donation makes a difference!
To make donating simpler for you, visit the Jeremiah's Promise website and click on Online Giving at the right of the page. 
Donor Blessings!
In times of economic hardship, it wouldn't be surprising to see our nonprofit have some struggles. At the same time, we are pleased to report that JP has recently received significant donations from the 100 Women's Charitable Foundation and the Hulburt-Johnson Foundation! We want to thank all of the foundations, corporations, donors and amazing volunteers for their generosity and sincere heart in helping us attain our mission. We have deep gratitude for all you do! 
A special thanks to the 100 Women's Charitable Foundation for organizing the Christmas tree trimming party and contributing so much time and energy to make this season extra-special! 
Thank you for spending the time to catch up on all the great news at Jeremiah's Promise! We look forward to keeping you updated in the following months!
Kim Golter & the JP Staff
Jeremiah's Promise, Inc.