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The Hope Center & Family Promise NNCC

On Tuesday, February 9th, Family Promise officially began serving families sheltering at New Castle County's Hope Center! For the foreseeable future, Family Promise will have a Case Manager on site to quickly meet with and serve families experiencing homelessness at the Hope Center. Felicia, will be working to quickly help families at the Hope Center; identify housing, secure housing, and eventually maintain their housing. It is our hope to quickly assist as many families as possible secure permanent housing!

Felicia is ready to work! Our Operations Director has spent the last week ensuring Felicia has everything she needs to operate a portable office at the Hope Center. Felicia's portable office is currently set up in the Hope Center's lobby, however, New Castle County staff is currently working on opening up some office space for Felicia. We're very excited to begin this new endeavor, and as always, are looking forward to helping Delaware's families experiencing homelessness. 

Lanikka Riddock

Lanikka is someone who has always sought to try and help others. She’s always wanted the best for everyone around her. Unfortunately, Lanikka found herself in an abusive situation. She was the victim of domestic violence. Lanikka wanted to provide a better life for herself and her new son Phoenix, and to do that, she knew she had to escape.
 
Life was hard. For months Lanikka couldn’t find anyone to help her and Phoenix. At the time, Lanikka didn’t have much income, thus the only way she could put a roof over her and Phoenix was to rent a room in a three bedroom apartment. Lanikka thought things would be better.
 
Lanikka’s roommates were a couple who initially seemed fine. It didn’t take long to discover, however, the man in the relationship, often got violent. This violence was a trigger for Lanikka’s PTSD, which she experiences due to her own history as a victim of domestic violence. Lanikka quickly realized, this was not a safe place for herself or Phoenix – she knew she needed to leave. As Lanikka began looking for alternative housing, her roommates tried to rob and physically assault her. Luckily, Lanikka escaped with Phoenix, and only the clothes on their backs.
 
Lanikka had nowhere to go. For a few months they bounced around, from house to house, but nothing was permanent. When friends and family were exhausted, Lanikka lived out of her car with Phoenix. A temporary solution that came crashing down as Lanikka was reported, as a vehicle was not deemed a safe place to raise a child.
 
“Life felt like a fiery hell. Phoenix is my world, he was the only reason I kept on pushing forward.  The fear of losing him almost crippled me. I knew I couldn’t be paralyzed by the fear of losing my son. I knew I had to keep pushing forward to create a better life for him. He’s my world and because of that, I wanted to give him the world.”
 
While living out of her car, and with the threat of losing her son looming ever closer, Lanikka found Family Promise of Northern New Castle County. Lanikka found hope. Our Case Managers worked with Lanikka to help get her life back on track. Within one month, we assisted Lanikka secure safe and affordable housing!
 
“No one in my life ever told me anything was possible. I was always helping everyone else, but I never realized what I could do for myself. Family Promise helped me discover what was possible for me and Phoenix. They helped me realize that a better life was possible for both of us. ”
 
Since securing safe, stable housing, Lanikka has been doing wonderful! Lanikka has paid off her debts, and improved her credit. She has gone to school to get certified in EPA, OSHA, Lead Abatement, COVID Cleanings, etc.  She has received 15 total certifications in only 6 weeks. Family Promise covered Lanikka’s rent for a few months so she could focus on school. In the past few weeks, Lanikka even secured a job paying over $50,000! Lanikka has done what she set out to do, she is providing a better life for her son Phoenix.
 
Sometimes, all someone needs is a helping hand. Family Promise is that helping hand for Delaware’s families like Lanikka’s.

Annual Celebration

Don't forget to register for our Annual Celebration! 

This is not a fundraiser! At our Annual Celebration, we will discuss our successes, challenges, program pivots, program performance, and our financials from 2020, in addition to a roadmap of where we’re going in 2021.  We will also be discussing our involvement in the Hope Center, Project Hope, and alternative forms of shelter we're pursuing as a medium term alternative to our traditional Hospitality Network. 

If you’re interested in learning more about anything listed above, please join us! Our Annual Celebration will be on Tuesday, March 9th at 6pm. Our celebration will be online, via Zoom, making it easy to attend!
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Do More 24 is Right Around the Corner

Don't miss out on the best opportunity to maximize your donation in 2021! All donations will go directly towards helping families like Lanikka's!

Date & Time
March 4th at 6pm and ends on March 5th at 6pm. Donations can be made any time from now, 2/1/2021, until March 5th. Any donation we receive from now, until March 5th at 6pm, will be matched!

When Can I Donate?
You can donate to Family Promise NNCC towards Do More 24 from now until March 5th at 6pm. All donations made before March 4th can be mailed to our primary mailing address or on our website.

From March 4th 6pm to March 5th 6pm you can donate directly to our Do More 24 fundraising page: Click here to access our fundraising page. On our Do More 24 fundraising page, you can set a reminder to donate. 

Project Hope - Assisting Families in Motels

At the onset of the pandemic, the State, Counties, and City of Wilmington began quickly placing families and individuals experiencing homelessness into local motel/hotel units. The State undertook this effort to ensure many individuals/families experiencing homelessness were sheltered, and to assist in minimizing the spread of COVID19 among the State’s most vulnerable populations. The State, New Castle County, and the City of Wilmington reached out and requested our help to assist families placed in these units, secure permanent housing. 

In 2020, Thanks to our joint efforts, the program has permanently housed 156 families!

Family Promise NNCC is committed to continue supporting Project Hope. Currently, we have a fully dedicated Case Manager committed to providing families placed into motel units with case management and assistance to help them secure permanent housing. We're proud that once again, Family Promise is the primary partner, and provider of case management services and homelessness assistance resources for families in New Castle County, currently sheltering in motel/hotel units.

We're Hiring!

We are hiring!  If you could, please click the link below, to access the Case Manager job description, and share with anyone that may be interested in working to change the lives of families in our community.  Any interested parties should please email cover letter, resumé and salary requirement to employment@familypromisede.org.

Thank you for your support!
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Warm, Safe Shelter for Families

We have had a quite a bit more snowfall this year than usual these past couple of years. On these cold, snowy days that we have experienced often this year, it always warms our heart, knowing that we're able to provide safe, warm shelter to Delaware's families experiencing homelessness.

Enjoy the pictures below of our facilities in the snow!
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