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Two public hearings will be held to receive public comment pertaining to the development of Family Promise Inc.’s PRICE Competition application, inclusive of activities conducted with Family Promise of Southern Delaware, a sub-recipient. An in-person hearing will be held Thursday, May 16th at  12 pm, in the American Legion Post 28 Bingo Hall, 31768 Legion Road, Millsboro De, 19966. See Public Notice


Family Promise works to prevent homelessness

Family Promise of Southern Delaware had its second annual informational brunch April 6 at American Legion Post 28 in Long Neck.

Based in Lewes, Family Promise, which formed in 2021, provides funding to keep people in their homes to prevent homelessness. The program supports families throughout Sussex County.  Go to Article

Family Promise raises awareness of homelessness

Family Promise of Southern Delaware works behind the scenes to help families at risk of homelessness. According to Executive Director Carolyn Ames Kelly, the group assisted 127 families with 155 adults and 288 children in 2022. Go to Article

Family Promise’s mission is prevention

On April 1, Family Promise held an informational brunch at American Legion Post 28 in Long Neck. Board President Dale Smith and Executive Director Carolyn Kelly, who was hired in July 2022, offered an update on the program and thanked volunteers and sponsors. Go to the article.
Mark Engberg to sponsor Family Promise event April 1

Family Promise of Southern Delaware announced Mark Engberg, CFP, an independent branch leader and financial consultant with the Charles Schwab & Co. office in Rehoboth Beach, is the signature sponsor of its informational brunch set for 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Saturday, April 1, at American Legion Post 28, Millsboro. Go to the article. 

100 Women Who Care donates $10K to Family Promise

A matching grant in the amount of $5,000 will be contributed by the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation.  Go to the article.

Bethel UMC donates $3K To Family Promise ofSouthern Delaware

The donation was raised from Mary Martha Circle’s annual holiday cookie walk. 

Go to the article.


Interview with Delaware Alliance for Non-profit Advancement

 Conversations with the Community: Carolyn Kelly, ED for Family Promise Southern Delaware

LRAC supports Family Promise of Southern Delaware

The Lewes Rehoboth Association of Churches presented a $50,000 donation to Family Promise of Southern Delaware Dec. 7, to assist in its mission to help families experiencing homelessness.  Go to the article.

Night Without A Bed Raises Awareness

Family Promise of Southern Delaware hosted its second annual Night Without a Bed event Oct. 21 at Lewes Canalfront Park to raise funds and awareness of the plight of the homeless in the area. Go to the article.

The Cape Henlopen School District recently announced its partnership with Family Promise of Southern Delaware!

“We are very fortunate to have Family Promise as a partner in helping us address homelessness with students and their families who live in our district,” said Craig Warrington, Cape Henlopen School District homeless liaison.  Go to the article.

Lewes Council Allocates ARPA Funds to Family Promise 

Awarded nearly $1.8 million in American Rescue Plan Act funds, the Lewes Mayor and City Council is providing applicants with financing critical to efforts in helping residents recover from the pandemic.  Family Promise will receive $60,000. With the funds, Family Promise can increase the number of families served in the organization’s shelter and diversion program while also increasing the maximum amount allotted per family.  Go to the article.

Southern Delaware faces a housing crisis. Is there hope?

It seems like a magic trick: Housing developments are going up at a frantic pace in southern Delaware, and yet we still have a housing crisis.  Family Promise of Southern Delaware is an organization that works to keep families with children from getting evicted. “We do find people who are stuck in a motel trying to find an affordable place for them to move to. It’s really, really difficult here in Sussex County,”  Board President Dale Smith said.  Read more in this very informative article.


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Cape Gazette Archive-​

A delightful interfaith concert benefitting Family Promise of Southern DE and dedicated to the people of Ukraine by the Washington Master Chorale Chamber Singers at Groome Church Lewes was was held on April 24! It was introduced by Groome pastor, Rev. Dr. Willard Crossan and by Rabbi Julie Hilton Danan of the Seaside Jewish Community. It was a fantastic evening and we are very thankful for their support!
Photos courtesy of the Cape Gazette.
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Rabbi Julie Hilton Danan


Help Us Move In Matching Grant

Family Promise has a Matching Grant Fund, provided by Help-Us-Move-In (HUMI) Foundation that will DOUBLE your current gift.

As reported in the Cape Gazette on October 31, at any given time over 100 school-aged children in the Cape Henlopen School District and their families don’t have a safe place to call home.  Some may be sleeping in a car or motel and others may be doubled up with family and friends in unsafe or unstable situations.  The constant upheaval means they often do not have many of the necessities of daily life. 

Family Promise of Southern Delaware is organized for the purpose of preventing families from becoming homeless!  The immediate task is to prevent homelessness in the first place, by covering overdue rental payments, contacting the mortgage company, assisting in utility costs, and providing temporary housing if necessary.  Family Promise also supports security deposits and first-month’s rent as families find new housing opportunities.

Family Promise has a Matching Grant Fund, provided by Help-Us-Move-In (HUMI) Foundation that will DOUBLE your current gift.  Your gift goes to support efforts in Sussex County that will prevent families from becoming homeless.  As your contribution connects with HUMI the gift goes further and helps make a safe and stable home a reality.

You have the power to help families on the edge of homelessness remain in their homes and keep their families safe.


Your contribution to Family Promise of Southern Delaware is matched.  Please click the donate button below or mail your check to:

Family Promise of Southern Delaware

P.O. Box 439

Nassau, DE 19969-0439


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OCTOBER 19, 2021

Family Promise of Southern Delaware to Participate in National Campaign Raising Awareness About Family Homelessness

Lewes, DE -- OCTOBER 24 – OCTOBER 31

Beginning October 24, Family Promise of Southern Delaware (FPSDE)  will participate in Family Promise Week, a national event to raise awareness of the issue of family homelessness and the challenges low-income families face during the COVID-19 pandemic. This Sussex County nonprofit is one of 200 Family Promise Affiliates nationwide.

“Since 2020, family homelessness increased some 80% statewide; families were homeless for a longer period of time, as well. Here in Sussex County,  we are looking to do our part, to reduce the impact of homelessness on families with children.” says Dale Smith, Board President of FPSDE. “We look forward to providing similar services as our sister Affiliate in Northern New Castle County does.”

Each year in America, 2.5 million children experience homelessness. One in sixteen American children will experience homelessness before they reach the first grade. These children are three times more likely to be placed in special education programs, eight to nine times more likely to repeat a grade, and seven times more likely than their peers to commit suicide. The COVID-19 crisis has increased economic instability, creating an even greater risk of homelessness for American families.

Those who wish to support these efforts can donate to Family Promise of Southern Delaware at

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