• Tyler Shade

Calling all walkers, we need your help! As with last year, this year's Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community will be virtual.

A virtual walk is a real walk, but it’s on your terms! Anytime on June 12th you choose how and when you walk (treadmill, park or trail, or around the neighborhood) – it’s your choice! You also pick the time of when you start and stop!

Most of us will be walking separately this year, but we'll all still be walking to end homelessness for families on June 12th! You can walk and post about it on Facebook, tell your friends/neighbors, and really anything you can think of to raise awareness.

On June 12th, Our Development & Marketing Director Tyler Shade, will be walking down the aisle to get married! How will you walk on June 12th?

Anyone who donates $30 and registers as a walker will receive a Highmark Walk t-shirt featuring Family Promise NNCC! To receive a t-shirt, you must register as a walker, and then donate $30 to your personal walk page.

Our Executive Staff will also be matching donations up to $2,500!

Anyone who would like to be a team captain, please reach out to

Tyler at

  • Walk captains are responsible for creating walks teams. Captains recruit friends, family, neighbors or anyone looking to support a good cause.

Click here to learn more, register, and access guides and flyers/images you can share on social media.

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  • Tyler Shade

2020 has been an extremely difficult year for everyone, and we're so thankful for the support we continue to receive from our volunteers. Our Community Engagement Manager Andrea has planned a Volunteer Appreciation event this April. Join us for a drive by event to celebrate you!

We want to celebrate all of our volunteers and the wonderful work you all do on Saturday, April 24th, from 10am to 11am. Meet us in the St. James Church Parking lot at: 2106 St. James Church Rd. Wilmington, DE 19808.

Simply drive through the lot, stop by to say hello, and we'll have some neat items to gift you as a token of our appreciation for your support! Reach out to Andrea at to RSVP (RSVPs are not required).

  • Tyler Shade

“I never expected to end up homeless, but it happened”.

Mary was married, had multiple children, a stable home and job. To her neighbors, Mary had a picturesque life, but beneath the surface, not everything in Mary’s life was as stable as it seemed. Mary was married to an abuser. Mary suffered abuse at the hands of her husband for years, and eventually, it started to break her down.

Mary finally hit her breaking point. “It was like it finally clicked, that I didn’t have to subject myself to this violence. I could leave, and I could save myself and my children from his abuse.” Mary left. In the middle of the night, Mary rounded up her kids, got in her car, and drove off. Initially, Mary stayed at a friend’s house, however unbeknownst to Mary, her friend was also in a similar domestic violence situation. Refusing to subject herself or her children to anymore abuse, Mary left.

“I’ve been on an emotional rollercoaster this past year. Never have I spent more time crying and praying in my life. Life just kept beating me down, and after a while, it takes its toll.”

Unfortunately, Mary found herself homeless - when there is a family experiencing homelessness in Delaware, Family Promise always steps in.

Mary found shelter, security, and warmth in our Hospitality Center. “Family Promise means the world to me. Family Promise was the safe stable support I needed to move onto the next chapter in my life. Family Promise feels like a community of supportive neighbors helping me move forward.”

That’s what we did – we helped Mary end her homelessness and move onto the next chapter of her life. This past week, Mary moved into her own safe, stable, and secure permanent housing!

Mary is determined to return to school and finish up her nursing degree and to continue improving her credit, so that she can one day buy her own home.

“I would tell someone in similar situation to keep the faith, keep your children a priority, no matter what you think you might want or need, if it’s not keeping your kids safe you don’t need it. When you think things can’t get better, trust me they can, Family Promise helped show me the way”

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