Sunday, October 30, 2011

September & October Donations Appreciation

Thanks to all of the individuals and organizations that donated to Family Promise in September & October - you are making a difference for homeless children and families in Northern New Castle County!  Here is a list of the organizations that contributed:

Grace Lutheran Church
Hockessin United Methodist Church
Limestone Presbyterian Church
Presbyterian Church of the Covenant
St. John the Beloved Catholic Church
St. Philip's Lutheran Church
Trinity Community Church
White Clay Creek Presbyterian Church

Thank you Reybold Self Storage!

"Family Promise has acquired some storage space through the generosity of Reybold Self Storage of Newark!  So if you are looking to donate some furniture that is in good to great shape, we now have the ability to store it until the next families graduate. So feel free to contact the Day Center at 998-2222 if you'd like to donate any furniture items. Please take a picture of the items and email  to us at"  We still need all the help we can get transporting items to the storage unit."

Community Thanksgiving Service - Wednesday Nov 23rd, 7:30pm

Join us for a
Community Thanksgiving Service
Wednesday, November 23, 2011 at 7:30 p.m.
at White Clay Creek Presbyterian Church
15 Polly Drummond Hill Road, Newark
Rev. Steven Brundage (First Presbyterian) will preach from
Deuteronomy 26:1-11, sermon title “Family Stories”
Two offerings will be received:
Non-perishable food donations to benefit Delaware Food Bank
Monetary donations to benefit Family Promise
Participating churches:
Church of the Resurrection
Ebenezer Methodist Church
First Presbyterian Church, Newark
White Clay Creek Presbyterian Church



Friday, October 7, 2011

Box City 2011 A Great Success!

Thank you to everyone that supported Box City 2011! $9000 was raised for Family Promise in the first year of this event. Eighty-six participants attended from 14 organizations (plus 36 volunteers) and many slept outside, despite the rain. People of all ages and faiths joined together to help homeless families. We think the event was a great success and thank Hockessin United Methodist Church for use of their facility!

The program consisted of:
• Comments by Senator Chris Coons, Representative John Carney, and Secretary of Health Social Services Rita Landgraf. They talked about the importance of what Family Promise does. NCC Council President Tom Kovach attended as well.
• Entertainment provided by Ray Seemans and Ross Troy, Kiki Marshall, and Lori Citro. Kiki is in 9th grade and attends Presbyterian Church of the Covenant; her peers were dancing the whole time she was singing!
• The youth of Grace Lutheran leading a worship service with a candle lighting ceremony and everyone saying their version of the Lord’s Prayer together.
• Awards given for the box decorating contest and the group that raised the most money. Congrats to Hockessin United Methodist for raising the most money! The individuals that raised the most money were Jon and Nicole Coady of White Clay Creek Presbyterian. They were named the Mayors of Box City!

By 11:00pm the rain had stopped and although our boxes and bedding were a little soggy, we braved the night. When we told Claas Ehlers of Family Promise national about our weather he said that inclement weather is the best way to experience a Box City! Although most Family Promise clients haven’t slept outside in a box, many have slept in their car or the floor at the houses of friends and family. It goes without saying that we are all more thankful for our warm, dry, quiet homes and soft beds. We hope you’ll join us next year to bond with others in God’s family and “Give up your bed… to change a child’s life.”