2010: FAMILY PROMISE LAUNCHES IN DELAWARE
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.
2012: PATHWAYS PROGRAMS ARE LAUNCHED
Examining barriers our families face, we begin to connect parents 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.
Because Family Promise® NNCC’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.
2015: FIVE YEARS OF KEEPING PROMISES
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.
2018: THE HOSPITALITY
Recognizing the severe need in our community for emergency shelter beds, we launched our Hospitality Center. The Hospitably Center represents our first static shelter site. Family Promise® NNCC is one of only a few affiliates to offer both rotational and static shelter. The opening of the Center doubled our shelter capacity.
2020: TEN YEARS OF EMPOWERING FAMILIES
Over 53 congregations engaged, 2,100+ volunteers and 8 full time employees. Family Promise® NNCC now served 44.9% of all families experiencing homelessness in Delaware.
Programs now include:
Two shelter programs: the Hospitality Network and Hospitality Center
Two Community Based Programs: The Pathway to Housing and the Pathway to Diversion.
Two Aftercare Programs: The Pathway to Career and the Pathway to Independence.
2023: Future Steps
Family Promise purchases the Jesus House Prayer & Renewal Center property to construct an entirely new shelter! This expansion will empower the agency to serve an additional 8 families at any given time, and an additional 40-50 families experiencing homelessness each year.
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