Family Promise Welcomes David Henry

Family Promise of Shawnee Welcomes Pastor David Henry as Interim Executive Director


Dear Family Promise partners and members of the Shawnee community,

On behalf of Family Promise of Shawnee, I am thrilled to announce that our Board of Directors has hired Pastor David Henry as our Interim Executive Director. Pastor Henry serves as Senior Pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Shawnee, a congregation with a long, faithful history as a host congregation with Family Promise.    He is also a former President of our Board, with a proven track record of non-profit leadership throughout the Shawnee community.   

I know David to be a dear brother in Christ and a committed Christian leader, with a heart for God and for all people, especially the homeless families God calls us to serve through Family Promise.  

The terms of his agreement with us are for 90 days, with an option to extend the interim period by mutual consent if that proves to be in the interest of our ministry. He has hit the ground running.  He is already meeting with our staff and expects to be in the office for much of next week.   I know that he is eager to work with all of you.  After our Board meeting next week, he will be in touch with you directly about some of our goals for the interim period and ways that our congregations can cooperate in the work that God has set before us.

Please join me in welcoming David to his new ministry among us.   If you should need to reach him directly, his email is

God bless Family Promise and all those he calls us to serve.   

Grace and peace,


The Rev. Bill Carroll, Board President

Family Promise of Shawnee



Generous Donation from Dudley Family

Family Promise of Shawnee is beyond thrilled to accept the donation of a 2003 Chrysler Minivan from the Dudley Family. The Dudley family got the idea of the van donation from a local church that Family Promise partners with for volunteers. We want to extend our thanks to the Dudley Family for thinking of us and being a part of changing a family's life.  Often times a car is the biggest drawback for many families when it comes to independence. A car is a staple that many of us, including myself, sometimes take for  granted. A car takes us to work to earn a paycheck, a car takes our kiddos to daycare so that we can work, a car takes us to get groceries to feed our families, a car does many things for us but sometimes is an expense that many cannot afford. Purchasing a vehicle is not often at the top of a families priority list. Typically, upon entering they just want a place to stay, a safe environment for their family, food to eat, and a job. It is difficult for families to maintain employment when they do not have reliable transportation to get there. Because of the generous donation of the Dudley family we can now provide a family with this amazing gift and a relief that they do not have to worry about that anymore. 


May God Bless You and Keep You,

Natalie Dibert

Executive Director 

We have some exciting news to share!

Within the next few weeks we are preparing to move a family into housing. We are so excited to be with them on this journey and provide support as well as necessities they will be needing to start their new life! They entered into our program three weeks ago and have already met the goals we set for them. Mom is due with a baby in July so within the next few weeks we would like to try and gather some of the following items for them to take into their new home:

  • Queen/King size bed with mattresses 
  • Toddler Bed
  • Bunk Beds and Twin mattresses
  • 3 dressers
  • Television
  • Entertainment Center
  • Dining Room Table with Chairs
  • Night Stand/End Tables
  • Microwave
  • Household decor 
  • Lamps 

These are just the basic things they would need to have a home; we always welcome furniture donations, household cleaning supplies, and household decor donations. Please call our office if you have any questions or if you are able to donate one of these items. God Bless! 

Family Promise Welcomes New Executive Director

Family Promise of Shawnee welcomes  new executive director, Natalie Dibert. Natalie comes to Family Promise with several years of experience working in the social services field and a bachelor's degree in human sciences from Oklahoma State University in Stillwater. 

Natalie grew up in Bridge Creek, Oklahoma and enjoys cooking and reading as well as spending time with her family. She is new to the Shawnee area and is looking forward to meeting new people and getting involved in the community.

Renovations complete at Family Promise DayCenter thanks to Avedis Foundation grant

By Jessica Walker
Posted Apr. 4, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Families will be able to enjoy the privacy they want and need now that renovations have been made to the Family Promise DayCenter thanks to a $160,000 Avedis Foundation grant.

Avedis Foundation CEO and President Michelle Briggs said when they first toured the facility there were four families sharing two rooms and there just wasn’t any privacy.

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2013 Annual Volunteer Recognition Banquet Held

On April 26, 2013 Family Promise of Shawnee hosted its annual volunteer recognition banquet at Liberty Baptist Church. Over 75 individuals attended the event. Presenter and current board president Pastor Cliff Craig of Northridge Church of Christ opened the ceremonies with prayer and words of encouragement. A former guest shared her testimony about her experience at Family Promise of Shawnee, sharing how Family Promise provided her with a safe, caring environment until she could obtain housing.

Ten award recipients from 10 hosting and six helper churches were recognized and honored. This year the overall volunteer of the year came from Emmanuel Episcopal Church - Randy Birchall. Randy was nominated for his unwavering support for the Family Promise mission and his dedication to the families we serve.

Family Promise of Shawnee would like to recognize and acknowledge all our volunteers for their compassion and commitment to our cause – giving homeless children hope, love and safety.

Police officers help spread holiday cheer

Published in the Shawnee News Star

Area law enforcement officers helped spread holiday cheer Tuesday night during the annual Shop with a Cop event.

What it is: Shop with a Cop involves area police and tribal officers, along with sheriff's deputies, pairing up with children for a night of Christmas shopping.
Who it helps: This year, 57 children, many who are affiliated with Hope House, Project Safe, Shawnee Rescue Mission or Family Promise of Shawnee, participated.

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Family Mentoring Training

Family Promise of Shawnee held a family mentoring training on Saturday, December 8, 2012 at their day center location in Shawnee.  Two new mentors were trained to work with families that have graduated from the Family Promise program, offering "life coaching," and support.  



2012 5KM Road Race, Challenge Walk, & Kids' Fun Run and Pump & Run

Family Promise of Shawnee hosted their annual “5KM Road Race, Challenge Walk, & Kids’ Fun Run” and “Pump & Run” events on Sunday, October 7 at Woodland Veterans Park in Shawnee. Over 160 runners/walkers participated in the event. The 5K Run was chip-timed, certified and sanctioned by USA Track & Field. The Fun Run portion of the event was designed for families, approximately 20-30 children participated in that event. Rumble with OKC Thunder made an appearance and fired the race gun to begin the run/walk.

2012 Volunteer Recognition Banquet

Family Promise of Shawnee held their annual Volunteer Recognition Banquet on Friday, April 27, 2012 at St. Paul's United Methodist Church. Approximately 100 volunteers attended the event. One outstanding volunteer is recognized as Family Promise of Shawnee Volunteer of the Year at this annual event. The 2011 Volunteer of the Year was John Clemmons with Lakeview Church of Christ.