Charity supported her daughter and two sons by working at a local medical center. But when she lost her job in July, things fell apart. “I had no income,” she said. “I had bills daily that were coming in, and there’s no resource or reservoir for that need. It spiraled from there.”
By the fall, Charity had lost her home and taken her family to a homeless shelter. Her 12- and 13-year-old sons — straight-A students and nationally ranked chess players — came with her, along with her 19-year-old daughter, a college student on break at the time. “They’re pretty resilient when it comes to any hardship,” she said. “They stuck with Mommy.”
Family Promise quickly helped Charity find housing, and she moved in just before Christmas. Through our holiday gift program, Charity and her children also received presents from donors at Citi, including winter coats, books, and gift cards. “I was just in awe because of the thoughtfulness of even getting anything,” she said. “The kids were very, very happy.”
Today, Charity still lives in the same apartment we helped her secure, and she’s now working at a local university. She said that Family Promise brings something unique — a true sense of empathy and compassion, and a deep dedication to the mission of ending homelessness.
“I got the feeling with the staff that I was relatable,” she said. “Having experienced different organizations, this organization actually feels what it is they stand for.”
You can help families like Charity’s!
This year, we’re creating twice the promise. We’re opening a new facility to be able to serve twice as many families each year. We need your support to make it successful!
- Donate online — it’s easy, secure, and tax-deductible.
- Join us at the Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community on Saturday, June 9. This 5K walk is free to join and family-friendly. This year, it’ll be on the Wilmington Riverfront.
- Shop through Amazon Smile — just go to smile.amazon.com instead of www.amazon.com. It’s free, and Amazon will donate a portion of your purchase to us!
- Contact Ryan Catalani, director of donor relations, for supply needs and other ideas.
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