Family Promise at St. Philip’s
Our Next Family Promise Host Weeks Are:
May 28 – June 4, 2017
October 1-8, 2017
Family Promise® of Northern New Castle County is an independent nonprofit organization that was envisioned, created, and led by a partnership between St. Philip’s Lutheran Church and several other churches in New Castle County. Family Promise of Northern New Castle County helps homeless families with children move toward lasting independence by providing a safe place to eat and sleep, intensive case management, life skills training, support, and encouragement. We do this through the network of participating congregations that host these families directly in their own church buildings. The jobs each week are done by . . . well, they are done by you and me . . . people who would never want our own families or children to have to stay in a shelter simply because a life event has caused us to have no place to stay . . . but would welcome being taken care of by volunteers who have put their faith in Jesus Christ into action.
Every quarter, St. Philip’s hosts homeless children and families in our church. We provide them with shelter, fellowship, meals, and transportation. Because taking care of guests takes a lot of work, our members are exclusively responsible for all kinds of hosting jobs during the weeks we are hosting our families.
Those jobs include:
- Cleaning the “bedroom areas” prior arrival and after departure
- Setting up and taking down the bedroom furniture prior to arrival and after departure
- Providing a dinner meal each night of our guests’ stay
- Providing fellowship during the early evening hours
- Overnight hosts who sleep at the church and see the guests off by 6 a.m. the next morning
- Van drivers who transport the guests to the Family Promise center in the morning and then back to St. Philip’s that night
- People willing to donate some of the “staples” for breakfast and lunch meals
As you can see, our volunteers provide so much to making these weeks special times for our members and our guests. Because of the generosity of our volunteers and our congregations, we have been successful for providing food and shelter for countless homeless families and children during the time they have struggled to get back on their feet. Our congregations provide safe and warm places for children as parents work to regain their independence. What a blessing it is that they have been able to be part of our lives during their stay! What a blessing it is to celebrate these families moving out of our network and regaining their independence!
For more information contact the church office at firstname.lastname@example.org or call at (302)239-2100.