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Pathway To Home: Enduring Promise & Hope Annual Breakfast Is Almost Here!

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Our upcoming Annual Breakfast is approaching this month!

Join us on Tuesday, September 28th, from 8:00 - 9:00am for our Pathway to Home Virtual Breakfast! We will be celebrating our success over the past year, our graduates, staff, and our future expansion.

As with last year, our event will be held digitally via zoom but this year we're focusing on virtual watch parties!

Watch parties will allow our supporters to join and have breakfast together in their homes, congregations, or wherever is most convenient for them. If your team isn’t able to meet in person, that is completely fine! Team members can join the event individually from the comfort of their own homes, separate from their team.

This virtual event is open to all of our supporters! We hope to see you there!

Visit https://www.familypromisede.org/annualbreakfast to learn more.

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Pam's Pathway Home

"Georgette was one of my guardian angels"

Last June, Pam was in a car accident which changed her life forever. This sudden and unexpected life event forced her to take a leave from work. She wasn’t cleared to go back to work until January, leaving her with over 6 months of no income.
In the midst of being out of work, she was, unfortunately, unable to secure long-term disability which forced her to resign from her position in order to receive medical benefits and food assistance. This stuck Pam hard, as she hadn’t been on assistance for over 20 years. She always worked and was supporting her family on her own independently.
During this tense time, Pam also dealt with a stressful personal relationship at home. She wanted to hold on and make it work as she was afraid to be alone. She soon realized the situation was not going to get better and was able to leave in October 2020.
She would find places to stay in the meantime, traveling from house to house. Some weeks staying at daughters, some weeks staying at sons, but even there she did not feel 100% safe in case she were to come in contact with the perpetrator. During this time, she still was not cleared to go back to work yet and began to fear for her future.

Luckily, Pam’s son connected her with a program that had access to a multitude of services and re-housing programs. This is where she found Family Promise of Northern New Castle.
She was taken in at the Hope Center from February to May, and even with the beautiful and safe facility she still felt scared as she had a family, but she knew she needed help and resources to get her back on her feet.

Georgette, Pam's Case Manager at Family Promise worked with her and quickly made her feel right at home. Georgette would check-in and assist Pam with job applications, helped her keep track of where she applied, and brainstorm new job opportunities wherever she was looking.
Pam admired the fact that Georgette cared so genuinely for each and every one of our families, and took the time to talk them through every step. Even though Pam was motivated, Georgette went out of her way to push and keep her going.
She commented that the “case managers keep pushing you to do your best, they make sure you’re comfortable, but also make sure you have a solid plan.” Georgette made sure Pam wouldn’t fall back to the mindset she used to be at, as Pam developed such bad anxiety from the situation, she was unable to eat at certain points. Whenever Pam felt sad, Georgette was her cheerleader, and it made all the difference.
Now, Pam is in her own apartment, and she truly feels at home. She secured a new and better job position, where she enjoys most weekends off and gets paid leave for Holidays and bad weather, something she never had before!
Her goals for the future are “to work on my credit, go to school for social work, visit shelters and families in need to tell them my story, and to help motivate other people struggling with homelessness.”

Did You Know?

59% of Americans are Just One Paycheck Away from Homelessness

"A financial survey encouraging Americans to save more money was released in 2019 and exposed that 59% of Americans are currently at risk of homelessness.
In fact, they are all just one paycheck away from experiencing homelessness firsthand. The COVID-19 pandemic did a great deal to expose poverty in the United States and create it.
In 2020, national poverty climbed at never-before-seen rates, thrusting nearly 8 million new Americans into impoverished despair throughout one solitary summer.

What Is Driving Poverty in the United States? It Might Not be What You Expect.

One of the most baffling things about poverty in the United States is that historically, unemployment rates can drop while poverty rates continue to increase. Such was the case recently, in March of 2021.

The root causes for the spike in poverty, which is disconnected from the unemployment rate, are as follows:

Expiration of benefits
Underemployment
Rent burden
Food insecurity
Wage stagnation
"

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Supreme Court Overturns Federal Eviction Moratorium, Millions at Risk of Homelessness

 Family Promise National Statement:

"During these challenging times, Family Promise is committed to preventing families from losing their homes and assuring the continuity of education for children. 

Here are the top five actions we are taking: 

  • We are working with pro bono law firms across the country to fight wrongful evictions. 
  • We are providing emergency rental assistance and landlord mediation. 
  • We are engaging partners to offer employment support, childcare, and healthcare. 
  • We are raising awareness and engaging volunteers to make a lasting impact. 
  • We are supporting policies that protect low-income families."

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Program Updates
Family Promise welcomed new staff members this month, highlighted below!

Madeline recently stepped into the Marketing & Development Manager role in Mid-August. Madeline has a history of working in marketing and non-profit and is dedicated to serving others and giving them a platform to share their stories. Her areas of expertise include event promotions, community relations, social media, marketing, sponsorships, and more! She is working closely with Tyler in her transition and is excited to brainstorm new community initiatives and to be able to meet our volunteers in the coming year. Welcome to the team, Madeline!

Kelly recently joined Family Promise at the end of August as an intern from Widener University. She is currently in her generalist practice internship for Widener University’s Master of Social Work Program. She has a background of working with families in the Division of Family services, so Family Promise has given her a whole new perspective on helping families. She is extremely excited to get this new experience! Her goal for this internship is to learn case management practices that help families secure a home and sustain continuous stability. She also hopes to get to know families, which in return, will help her find the best ways to help them. Welcome to the team, Kelly! 

Crystal joined the team as our Operations & Office Manager. Though new to Family Promise, Crystal is a seasoned worker for the cause! Crystal joined our team at the end of August and has over 20 years of experience as an office administrator mainly focused in non-profit. Her background includes fundraising, budgeting, marketing, and promotions. She is very active in her outside organizations that are geared toward helping low-income communities, hunger, homelessness, and at-risk children. Welcome to the team, Crystal!

 

Local Partners for September

Thank You to Our Local Partners of the Month!

Delaware State Parks generously donated 6 family park passes and a family boating day rental! We can't wait to see how much fun our families have at the parks this coming month! 
Brew Haha! Cafe graciously donated a bundle of gift cards to use for our families and volunteers!


Thank you to all of our September Local Partners!

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