"I’m so thankful for this special opportunity to help at Family Promise during the last two months of this pandemic. Although a school librarian, a background in public health education and social work connected me via the Delaware Medical Reserve Corps. It’s been such a blessing to meet and work alongside such a dedicated staff and so many persevering and loving families. I’ve experienced a happy mix of reinforcing recommended health measures with reading to children and sharing experiences with parents, checking for temperatures and symptoms with planting seedlings and picking up lunches, delivering items to alumni and making Mothers day cards with communicating the latest facts about the virus and resources our state has made available.

While my regular job responsibilities have now resumed, I will surely continue to be a Family Promise friend. I’m hoping this essential service to Delaware county stays open and healthy, and look forward to hearing who else is able to step in and help support staff and residents at this remarkable house of love. God is able to do abundantly and exceedingly more than we even think to ask for!

Gwyn, Tonia, Sandy, Stephanie (and Betty and Kris who I did not have the privilege of meeting in person) you each have my utmost respect and affection...and the beautiful families, too, of course!"

~Chris Howard

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Family Promise of Delaware County is dedicated to providing a safe environment for guest families, volunteers and staff. In response to the COVID-19 concern, our National Family Promise has consulted with the Center for Disease Control (CDC) to develop this pandemic prevention plan.

Family Promise remains committed to providing 24/7 care as the emergency shelter of Delaware County. If volunteers, staff or residents are sick or symptomatic, we have encouraged and continue to encourage them to let us know immediately. We want to make sure all mutually involved in our care are not compromised. Shifts need to be safely covered and public health protocols tended.

In alignment with the COVID-10 containment best practice guidelines, all of our volunteer trainings and coordinator meetings will be shifted to phone-in format. See below for additional information regarding more specific events and programs.

Lastly, we are in need of items to keep the Promise House running smoothly over the next few weeks. Please take a look below for a list of these priority items. Additionally, Gift cards for meals and supplies, as well as financial contributions are very, very important right now in order to be remain prepared. Our system is structured that we receive donated meals for all three meals each and every day. There will be instances where volunteer food donors will be unable to fulfill the need for our daily meals.  In these instances, we ask for early notification if possible, and donations of cash, gift cards or other resources from the congregations, community groups and individuals.

"When you are already in a fragile, harmed or grieving state, times like these can create an even deeper wound. We all need the support of Community. The hurting and marginalized among us require special consideration through trauma-sensitive, trauma-informed care. We are a Learning Community and are dedicated to fulfilling this promise for our residents."

Gwyn Stetler, Executive Director

Family Promise of Delaware County

Our Promise to Support: Donation Needs During Urgent Times:All supplies in compliance with COVID-19 containment recommendations, for instance:

Gift Cards

Cash donations

Donations through our website (via Paypal).

Cleaning and sanitizing supplies

Plastic gloves


Trash cans

Trash bags (large and kitchen size)

Brooms (industrial type for every room)

Paper Towels

Toilet Paper

Disinfectant wipes & sprays


Paper plates

Plastic ware

Large size Conditioner


Lunch items

Cheese slices


Kool-aid packets

Diaper rash cream

Bottled water




Fruit cups


Residents have requested gardening and yard care items, activities, gloves,

Tauma-Informed/Trauma-Sensitive resources and activities for all ages of people at the Promise House.

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