Who We Are

Mission:  Family Promise of Northern New Castle County is a non-profit, 501(c) 3 organization that prevents and ends homelessness for families by engaging faith-based congregations, volunteers and donors.

 

Vision:  Every family has a home, a livelihood and the resources for lasting independence.

 

History: 

2015:  Five Years of Keeping Promises for Families Experiencing Homelessness

  • Over 35 congregations engaged, 800+ volunteers and four staff.
  • Programs now include: Shelter Diversion- assisting families to go from homelessness to housed without entering the shelter system and Rapid Rehousing for families in our shelter programs in the community.
  • Our core remains our Rotational Hospitality Network where families are guests and receive hospitality and assistance to secure housing.Grace quilts and kids

2014: Community-Based Services

  • Because Family Promise’s hospitality network is always at capacity, we began case management for families outside of the network and our waiting list.
  • Case management is similar: budgeting help, update resumes and assistance with job search and housing location, support and linkage to community resources.

2012: Pathway Programs are launched       

  • Examining barriers our families face, we begin to connect John gets his CDLparents with affordable housing options and career opportunities.
  • Additionally, we formalized our “graduate” program to help ensure lasting independence for families.
  • We are proud to report that after a year of the Pathway Programs, 92% of our families remained housed one-year post-transition from Family Promise NNCC.

 

 

 2010: Family Promise launches in DelawareGrand opening 2010 - Copy - Copy - Copy - Copy

  • Conversations began in Fall, 2008 about needing more resources to keep families together while they experience homelessness. At the time, Delaware had limited resources addressing this need.
  • In March, 2010, Family Promise of Northern New Castle County opened its doors to families with children experiencing homelessness.

 

2003: National Interfaith Hospitality Network Becomes Family Promise

  • The name refers to the promise, the commitment, which communities make to families in need. The name also refers to the promise, the potential, inherent in every family.

1988: The Network Goes National

  • As word spread, other congregations were inspired to develop similar programs. In 1988, the National Interfaith Hospitality Network was formed. In 1992, Family Promise was awarded one of 21 Points of Light, out of more than 4,500 nominees, by President and Barbara Bush.

1986: The First Network

  • The first interfaith hospitality network opened on October 27, 1986 in New Jersey.  Existing community resources could provide shelter, meals, and housing.
  • Volunteers could use their skills, knowledge, and compassion to help their homeless neighbors find employment and restore their dignity.