Mission: Family Promise® of Northern New Castle County is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that prevents and ends homelessness for families.
Vision: Family Promise® NNCC envisions a community in which every family has a home, a livelihood, and the resources for lasting independence.
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.
2014: Community-Based Services
- 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.
2012: Pathway 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.
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.
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.
Family Promise® of Northern New Castle County is an independently operated affiliate of Family Promise®, a national movement involving more than 180,000 volunteers and serving more than 50,000 people yearly. Its mission is to help homeless and low-income families achieve sustainable independence through a community-based response.