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Strength in Diversity

Diversity is integral to our mission at Family Promise. It’s our goal to coordinate the compassion of our community to assist families experiencing homelessness obtain permanent housing.  Compassion and the desire to make a positive transformative change within our community is in all of us, regardless of our backgrounds. We’re so fortunate to be in a position to coordinate such diverse groups of volunteers, supporters, and community partners. We may all come from different backgrounds, faiths, and experiences, but the driving force that unites us, is our mission to prevent and end homelessness for families. The diversity that comprises Family Promise is something we cherish, and one of the driving forces of our success.


Cheryl Christiansen
Executive Director

Delaware Housing Partnership

At the onset of the pandemic, the State 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 reached out and requested our help to assist families placed in these units, secure permanent housing. 
Since May, Family Promise has provided families placed into motel units with case management and assistance to help them secure permanent housing. 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. Thanks to our joint efforts, the program has permanently housed 156 families to date!

The Season of Generosity

Each year, businesses, congregations, local clubs, and many other groups adopt the families experiencing homelessness in our care for the holiday season. Organizations such as Citi, JPMorgan & Chase, the City of Newark, Macy's, Congregation Beth Emeth, St. Mary the Assumption, and many more! Words can't express how much this means to us, and the families in our care. Experiencing homelessness is an extremely trying time for the families we serve. The holiday cheer provided by all of our wonderful supporters, goes a long way in brightening up the season for families experiencing homelessness. Thank you all for your support! Below are pictures from this year's gift deliveries/pickups. Also, check out the next section as we look back on the journeys of families served this year. 

A Look Back on Families Served 

2020 was a difficult year for all of us. Thanks to you, we were able to serve countless families in 2020. Check out the stories below to see the impact you made at Family Promise this year. 

April Overcomes Domestic Violence

April is a single mother of four children. After experiencing a seizure, caused by domestic violence, April lost everything; her job, housing, and most importantly, her children. Once April was safely in our shelter, we helped her get back on track, get her kids back, and quickly secure housing. April, now lives in a safe, secure home with all of her children. 

India Secures Housing for Her two Children!

India struggled to obtain stable, permanent housing for herself and her children. After months of struggling, India knew she needed help, and she found it in Family Promise. When India came to Family Promise, she came employed, and with a staunch determination to secure housing for herself and her children. India did just that, securing housing in just 57 days!

Sherman, A Single Father of 2 Perseveres

Sherman, a single father of two children, was evicted from his apartment after struggling for months. With nowhere to go, he knew he needed to get help and seek shelter – that’s when he came to Family Promise. After coming to Family Promise, we helped Sherman obtain a security guard license, employment and housing! Sherman remains housed to this day!

Nateefa Navigates the Pandemic

Nateefa is the mother of four beautiful children. At the onset of the pandemic, Nateefa, like many others, was laid off. Without her job, Nateefa struggled to pay her rent, and unfortunately ended up with nowhere to live. Despite experiencing homelessness in the middle of a pandemic, once at Family Promise, Nateefa was able to work with our Case Managers to quickly secure permanent housing!

Jessica Overcomes Her Disabilities

Before Family Promise, Jessica struggled to get on her feet. With her many disabilities, Jessica struggled to live on her own while taking care of her special needs daughter, Aliyah. Jessica reached out to her mother for help, but was unable to live with her as her home was in disrepair. After coming to Family Promise, Jessica secured housing for herself and her daughter in just 26 days! Jessica has now, remained housed for an entire year!

Jazmin Finds Her Way

Jazmin is a 23 year old single mother of three beautiful children. In the happiest moments of her life, things began to take a turn for the worse. Overwhelmed by responsibility of being a parent, her children’s father left, leaving Jazmin to care for their children alone. “I felt lost, depressed, scared for the future, for myself and my children. My world was shattered. We didn’t have anywhere to go, any support, we were just alone”.

When all hope seemed lost, Jazmin came to Family Promise. Our Case Managers worked with Jazmin for a few months, assisting her obtain employment, housing, and certifications. Family Promise empowered Jazmin to build a better life for herself and her children. Today, Jazmin lives in a nice three bedroom apartment and works for the State of Delaware. Jazmin continues to aspire to do more, as she is currently enrolled in night classes to become a nurse!

Hear from April, Jessica, & Sherman!

Thank You For Your Support!

Despite the difficulties of 2020, thanks to you, and all of our supporters, we were able to finish 2020 strong, serving over 120 families this year! 

Looking Towards 2021 - DO More 24

The date for Do More 24 in 2021 has been announced! Do More 24 will start on March 4th at 6PM and run until March 5th at 6PM. Do More 24 is a a statewide 24 hour day of giving. The event is hosted by United Way of Delaware and Spur Impact. 

This year's Do More 24 will be chock full of business and board matching donations, financial prizes, and much more! More information will come as we get closer to March 5th. 
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