Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Serve Family Promise on a Committee

Family Promise of Northern New Castle County has six committees that report into the Board of Directors:  Development, Case Management, Personnel, Congregational Coordination & Recruiting, Finance, and Planning & Evaluation.  Currently, we have openings on the Development Committee.  Would you be willing to serve on this committee?  You don’t have to be an expert!  This is an excellent opportunity to gain skills that can be applied to work or life.

                        Development Committee
-       Serve a minimum of one year
-       Attend regular meetings held via conference call
-       Assist in any of the following areas:  grant writing, leading fundraising events, writing/sending mass appeal letters, networking with corporations or funders. 

Please contact Kim McWatters, Board Member and Development Committee Chair, at if you’d like to discuss this opportunity further.  If you’d like to find out more about other committees or any opportunities with Family Promise, please contact our office at

1st Quarter 2011 Newsletter

Our 1st Quarter 2011 Newsletter is available! Just click on this link here.  It is in a form suitable for printing and inserting into church brochures.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Annual Luncheon and Silent Auction

  Thank You for participating in our Annual Luncheon and Silent Auction on February 26th. Over 130 people attended and learned how Family Promise® has improved the lives of local homeless families in its first year of operation. The event brought in $16,500 of support for our programs! The support of the auction donors, attendees, and volunteers was absolutely wonderful!

Volunteer Role Call

We need to assemble a list of people that we can call for help with rides, child care, fixing things, and moving furniture. Can you be on this list? We’ll contact you and if you can’t help this time, that’s fine… we’ll call the next person on the list. Maybe you can only help once a month or once a quarter, that’s OK! Services are generally needed Monday – Friday, 9am-5pm. Please contact us at if we can put you on the list!
  • Rides: Provide rides to doctor appointments, State Service Center appointments, job interviews, etc. Last week a guest had to take 4 buses to get to an appointment! Giving in this area is a blessing during a stressful time.
  • Childcare: Watch a child at the Day Center while their parent attends an appointment or interview.
  • Handyperson: Fix little things that break- a bed, a door, a chair, a toilet. We want the Center to be nice and safe.
  • Moving: Do you have a truck and can you help when a family moves into a new home? That’s a day you want to be a part of!

Tackling the Tough Skills

We’ve invested in a Life Skills training course for our guests. Please contact us at if you would be interested in helping lead a portion of the course. We plan to hold it at the congregations, on a week night, and all guests would attend. Here’s an overview of the topics. Maybe one of them is calling to you?

Attitude: A state of mind, Humor, Self-Talk, Strengths, Stress

Responsibility: We have a choice, Respect, Commitment

Communication: Listening, Body language, Conflict resolution, Anger management

Problem Solving: Be creative, Working together, Time management

Preparing for the Workforce: The career path, Job search, Interview