Saturday, December 18, 2010

Avondale Presbyterian Church Joins Family Promise!

We are delighted to announce that Avondale Presbyterian Church has joined Family Promise as our 5th support congregation!  Welcome Avondale Presbyterian!

Friday, December 3, 2010

Family Promise receives grant from Ohio Casualty Foundation!

THANK YOU to the Ohio Casualty Foundation for the generous grant / check! There are 37 insurance agents within a 10 mile radius of the Family Promise Center that offer Ohio Casualty insurance products. A very nice holiday gift!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Hockessin Baptist Hosts our Families

This week our families are at Hockessin Baptist Church, enjoying the hospitality of the many volunteers including congregational coordinators Mark & Lynette Russell.  Thanks HBC for taking care of our families!

Stephanie Eastham (center) & daughters along with congregational coordinators Mark & Lynette Russell

Stephanie Eastham with daughters Melissa & Emily Provided Dinner

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

FP 4th Quarter Newsletter / Bulletin Insert

Here is the 4th Quarter Family Promise Newsletter.  It is suitable for printing and inserting into typical church brochures.

Click here to open

Donations Appreciation & Thank You!

We would like to thank the following congregations & organizations for donating to Family Promise in the month of November:

Claneil FoundationHockessin United Methodist Church
Limestone Presbyterian
Ohio Casualty Foundation
St. Mark's United Methodist ChurchSt. Philip's Lutheran Church
Thrivent Financial for Lutherans
Trinity Community Church

White Clay Creek Presbyterian

Thank you for your support of homeless children and families in Northern New Castle County!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

St. Marks UMC Hosting

Spirits are high at St. Marks United Methodist Church!  They have well-organized hosting with experienced volunteers who are focused on helping our homeless children & families.  They also are preparing a Thanksgiving celebration for the families since they are hosting this holiday week.  Thanks to all of our St. Mark's volunteers!

Congregational Coordinator Patti Weaver with husband Alan (also a van driver)

Linda Edler & June Wright preparing dinner

Congregational Coordinator Denise Lawton

Denise's husband George & daughter helping out

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Aldersgate Hosting Week

The congregation of Aldersgate United Methodist church is thoroughly energized in their Family Promise ministry. On Friday, Executive Director, Tamikah Gowans, Pastor Paul and guests enjoyed their hospitality of food, fellowship and fun. Home-made chocolate cookies brought the evening to a happy conclusion.
In the picture is congregational coordinator, Judy Evans (first row in the right) is with cooks and visitors, Jill and George McKeown (middle), Pam and Ken Wright (left).
 Thanks Aldersgate for your commitment to homeless children & families!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Family Promise Holiday Giving

Financial gifts support Family Promise in a variety of ways:  rent, utilities, van expenses, insurances, and defray other operating expenses.  A contribution, no matter what the size, will allow Family Promise to help homeless families move toward independence.  If you feel led to support Family Promise during this holiday season, your donation would be greatly appreciated.  Checks made out to “Family Promise” can be sent to Family Promise of NNCC at 2104 St. James Church Rd, Wilmington, DE 19808. 

California Pizza Kitchen Fundraiser Dec. 14th

While you are doing your Christmas shopping, here is a fun, easy way to help support Family Promise!  Just take a copy of the attached flyer with you to the California Pizza Kitchen, located in Christiana Mall, between 11:30am to 10:00pm on Tuesday, December 14th.  When you do this, 20% of the proceeds from you order will go directly to Family Promise.  Thank you for your support!

Click here to get a copy of the flyer.

Jazzy Christmas Celebration at St. James Mill Creek Supports Family Promise!

Opus One, a Vocal Jazz group, presents "A Very Jazzy Christmas" on Sunday, December 5th, 7:00pm.  The location is St. James Mill Creek Episcopal.  We encourage you to come out and listen to this extremely talented group which also features the Rev. James Bimbi of St. James Mill Creek, one of our host congregations and also the location of our Family Promise center.  A portion of the proceeds will benefit Family Promise (thank you Opus One!).  Here is a printable flyer for the Jazzy Christmas Celebration.

Shown below is a picture from a prior Opus One concert in May, featuring Rev. Bimbi up front and center -   You can hear what they sounded like on this YouTube video (they sound even better in person!).

Rev. Bimbi of Opus One sings at a May 2010 Concert

Monday, November 8, 2010

Grace Lutheran Hosting Week

Thanks to all of the volunteers at Grace Lutheran Church who are helping with the Family Promise hosting week!  We caught a few of them Monday evening.  Josh Kelly, Director of Youth & Family Ministry (recently married - congrats!) and Kathy Hunsicker were there.  Kathy was driving the families during the early part of the week and Josh was working late and having dinner with the families (he's also staying overnight later this week).  We met the Lertola family who were on hand to join the dinner with the families as well as provide evening entertainment.  And finally we met again Erika Wolf and Susan Sweeney, who showed up again to prepare dinner and take care of the families.  Thank you again!

Josh Kelly and Kathy Hunsicker

The Lertola Family:  Annie, Jim, Carol & Matthew

Erika Wolf & Susan Sweeney in background, Lertola children in foreground

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Donations Appreciation - thank you!

We would like to thank the following congregations & organizations for donating to Family Promise in the month of October:

Limestone Presbyterian Church
St. Mark's United Methodist Church
JP Morgan Chase
St. Philip's Lutheran Church
White Clay Creek Presbyterian Church
Trinity Community Church
Christiana Hospital

Thank you for your support of homeless children and families in Northern New Castle County!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

White Clay Creek Family takes care of our families!

We stopped by and visited with members of White Clay Creek Presbyterian this evening.  They were just finishing dinner and helping the families to get comfortable in their excellent facilities.  Shown in the first picture are a group of volunteers who regularly make meals for Hope Dining Room once a month, serving up to 70 people at a time.  They now also provide a meal for our Family Promise guests each time WCC hosts.  Also shown are the Crawleys who were on hand to provide evening entertainment.  According to volunteer Barbara Jones - the people at White Clay Creek are like a family to them.  It is wonderful that they have opened their "home" to our homeless children and families.  Thank you!

Front Row: Barbara Jones, Charlie Jones, Rose Rainey  Back Row: Ruth Chase, Mel Chase, Barb Concord, Edie Moore

Crawley Family:  James, Rachel, Katie & Steve

Monday, November 1, 2010

Bethel AME Joins Family Promise!

We are delighted to announce that Bethel A.M.E. Church joins Family Promise of Northern New Castle County as our 4th support congregation effective January 2011.  Thank you Bethel A.M.E. and we look forward to partnering with you in support of homeless children and families!

Grace Lutheran party for our families

Grace Lutheran volunteers held a halloween party for our guests last Friday night.  Thanks to the Grace Lutheran volunteers for this extra effort to have an enjoyable time for our familes, adults & children.  (please remember that we only show pictures of the volunteers/volunteer family members and not our current guests as a matter of policy).

Good Shepherd Hosting Week

Thanks to all of the volunteers at Good Shepherd Lutheran for taking such good care of our families last week!  Special thanks goes out to congregational coordinators Ralph & Lee Klesius!  Thank you!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Volunteers Step in to Meet the Need

We have had an interesting hosting week this week.  We will have 13 host congregations in the network beginning January 2011, which makes for a full hosting schedule with no gaps.  However, this week, we have had a "gap" in our schedule with no host congregation for our families.  There are a number of organizations and individuals who have stepped in to fill the gap and we would like to extend a special thanks to these people:

Westminster Presbyterian Church picked up an extra hosting week, handling overnight accomodations.  Trinity Community Church, Grace Lutheran Church, Wilmington West Rotary Club, volunteer Susan Sherry of Hockessin UMC & her book club, and Ralph & Lee Klesius of The Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd all stepped in to provide meals to our families.

A special thanks goes out to everyone who has worked together to make this week a success!

Theo Krapels of Westminster Presbyterian meets Ted Foschi of Wilmington West Rotary Club

Wilmington West Rotary feeds our families!

Thanks to the volunteers at Wilmington West Rotary Club who spent two nights this week providing meals for our families! They were recruited by Board member Kymm Hockman who spoke at one of their meetings.  We caught a group of the Rotary club members this Thursday evening as they brought & prepared dinner, and enjoyed the company of our families. The Wilmington West Rotary supports a number of good causes (beside Family Promise!) including:  Ronald McDonald House, Salvation Army, Boys & Girls Club of America, and the BTL Foundation which, among other things, provides Thanksgiving meals to families in need. Thanks Wilmington West Rotary!

Doug Kook, Jill Gordy, Nancy & Ted Foschi with daughter Natalie, and Jamie Kegerise

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Ebenezer UMC has a smooth sailing first hosting week!

We visited Ebenezer United Methodist Church during their first hosting week - things were very organized and running smoothly, thanks to the great organization of their co-coordinators Kristin Moser & Brooksie Pruden, along with many dedicated volunteers.  Ebenezer joined Family Promise as our 12th host congregation this July, and was trained by Board member Kymm Hockman and ready to host just in time to help fill out our Fall schedule.  Ebenezer recently completed a major renovation and facilities upgrade, providing wonderful facilities for our families.

We enjoyed a wonderful meal and fellowship, with the volunteers and the clients who were obviously enjoying themselves.

Pastor Ted Day and missions chair Gretchen Fort were among the early supporters of Family Promise.  They worked through various teams to prepare the church to join our network.  Since the decision to join, the response to serve has been fantastic with 60-80 people coming out to serve this first hosting week.  Pastor Ted commented that one of his members came by this morning, with tears in his eyes, and said "this is what the church should be doing."  Pastor Ted noted, however, that he had trouble finding a place to serve this week -  he just had to stay out of the way of his eager church members!

Thanks Ebenezer UMC for your service to homeless children & families!

Laurel Wirtz, Jean Harlan, Kristin Moser, Gretchen Fort, Mary Anderson & Kathy Gibney

Congregational Coordinator Kristin Moser & Jean Harlan

Missions Chair Gretchen Fort & Pastor Ted Day

Sunday, October 10, 2010

FP Playground is complete!

On a beautiful Saturday, volunteers completed the Family Promise playground.  The team of Pastor Paul Lundmark & Dave Smith (Grace Lutheran), David & Michael Glasscock (Hockessin Baptist) completed the playset and spread the rubber mulch.  They built on the work completed by the Prudential Fox & Roach team a couple of days earlier.  Thanks again to our many volunteers and to a donation from St. Albans Episcopal Church that made all of this possible!

Friday, October 8, 2010

New fence at the FP Center

Along with our new playground, we have a wonderful new fence along one side of the backyard at our Family Promise center. This was constructed by Tom Guider of Hockessin United Methodist Church and is a wonderful addition to enhance safety for our younger clients. Thanks Tom!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Family Promise Website has a new look!

Take a look at our website - it has a completely new (professional) appearance.  Thanks to Andy Clark of WCC Presbyterian Church who used his IT expertise to enhance our web presence.  Thanks Andy!  (here's a picture of Andy from one of the White Clay Creek hosting weeks).

Prudential helps build the Family Promise playground!

Prudential Fox & Roach’s Hockessin/Pike Creek Office volunteers have done a tremendous service for Family Promise, coming out in force to help us build a new playground for our families.  

Eyewitness account from Board member Pastor Paul Lundmark who organized the operation:  "At one point on Thursday, I counted twenty volunteers from Prudential Fox Roach Realtors helping to put together the new playset at the Family Promise Center. They were awesome -with an A+titude - clearing the playground, hauling away two pickup loads of brush and clutter and assembling the lion's share of the playset which we'll finish up hopefully this coming Saturday. Thanks guys!"

Prudential Fox & Roach and its affiliate, The Trident Group, has over 64 offices in the region with an established charity to focus its energy on supporting the communities they serve.  Annually, Prudential Fox & Roach Charities participate in Community Service Day which is its day of giving back to the community. On this day all offices are closed to business and employees work with a non-profit on a service project. This is a formidable amount of manpower!  Since Prudential Fox & Roach’ s Charity mission statement iscommitted to addressing the needs of children and families in stressful life circumstances,” Prudential is especially enthused to participate in a program which directly reverses the movement of families from homelessness into safe housing while keeping the families in tact.  Fox & Roach Charities has given over $3,000,000 in donations to over 350 community organizations since 1995.

Have a look!  Here you will find a complete photo album of events during the day:

SJMC Hosting Week

This week our families are at St. James Mill Creek enjoying the hospitality! Take a look at some of our caring volunteers, and special thanks to the SJMC congregational coordinators Jennifer Idell & Alison Jessup!  Here's Pastor Paul Lundmark's (FP Board Member) account:  "After having dinner with the good folk at St. James Wednesday evening, I suggest we adopt a new metric: APG, average pounds gained. WOW what a great dinner of pulled pork, beans, salad and home baked desserts. Pastor Jim's dog, Rascal, definitely added personality to the evening."

Monday, September 20, 2010

St. Philip's Lutheran has a full house!

St. Philip's volunteers getting dinner ready for our families
St. Philip's Lutheran is hosting a full complement of 4 families (including our first single father family!).  St. Philip's was one of the very first congregations that launched our network, with full support of Pastor Patrick Downes who was one of the startup team leaders.  When we arrived, we met Jane Newcomer, Pam Brenneman, Lori Bowles, Ruth Bowles, Leona Schechinger and Ellen Lenker hard at work getting dinner ready for the families, and they were gracious enough to take a minute out for a picture.

Nancy & Brandon Zinnato
 The St. Philip's Family Promise crew is led very capably by Brandon Zinnato, shown here with his mother Nancy Zinnato, both of whom have been very supportive of launching our Family Promise network.  Brandon is part of the social ministry committee that first considered bringing Family Promise to St. Philip's.  Brandon says:  "At first, I thought it looked a little odd and alot of work, but the more I thought about it, the more I realized Family Promise was something we had to do!"  The whole social ministry committee was on-board after only one meeting and St. Philip's church council unanimously approved to join in 20 minutes - they moved quickly!  Brandon credits Aldersgate UMC pastor Beverly Lewis with encouraging him early on, and then goes on to paraphrase Matthew 25 where Jesus said "when you are serving the needy, you are serving him."

Brandon Zinnato & Jason Kaul
All told, over 60 people at St. Philip's have come together to support Family Promise, including Pastor Patrick who likes to spend overnights with the families with his 3 children.  Brandon says: "I'm the coordinator, but it really is a team effort" and being a good son, Brandon makes sure to credit his mother Nancy with being one of his most reliable volunteers!  Kris Dierks, Steve Furguson, Sharon Kittle, and many others have been essential to the work at St. PhilipsAnother volunteer we met is Jason Kaul, who is driving the van this entire week.  Jason has been coming to St. Philip's for 18 months now and stated unequivocally: "St. Philip's is the warmest & friendliest congregation I've ever walked into!"

How was the dinner?  Quite good.  Brandon asserts "In my experience, Lutherans are the best cooks."  Well....we're staying out of that one...but perhaps a Family Promise cook-off challenge might be brewing?

Up this week is also a trip to Old Country Buffet, thanks to the contributions of St. Philip's members.  The families really enjoy a night out and getting the opportunity to select what they get to eat - so it's a nice treat!

Thanks St. Philip's volunteers!

What We Have Accomplished

A summary of highlights and history in pictures of what we have accomplished this year.  Thank you to all of the volunteers who have made 2010 a success!  click on the link:  What We Have Accomplished

Saturday, September 18, 2010

HUMC Muscular Dystrophy Fundraiser - and Family Promise!

Hockessin United Methodist hosting week is coming to an end.  Before it does however, the students took an opportunity to wash the Family Promise van at their annual Muscular Dystrophy fundraiser.  Shown here is Anne Marie Wilkinson hard at work.  Congregational Coordinator and FP Board Member Kymm Hockman notes:  "Anne Marie has been here almost every night this week."  Thanks Anne Marie!