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. Read 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.
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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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.
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
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.