"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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Your financial donations are a priority and sustain us.

Your gift today offers families facing homelessness the promise of home. Family Promise of Delaware is the leading local nonprofit addressing family homelessness, providing homelessness prevention, emergency shelter, workforce development, education, financial capability, health and wellness, and so much more.

Family Promise of Delaware is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Your gift is tax-deductible as allowed by law.

If you are considering a designated gift or donation, you may need our EIN number: 35-2341272


Planned Giving Through Your Estate

Planned Giving is an effective and mutually beneficial way of giving to Family Promise. By making a planned gift, you assist us in our mission to help low-income and homeless families reclaim and maintain their independence, while enjoying the benefits of capital gains tax savings, increased income, and income-tax savings. Most importantly, a planned gift maximizes your giving potential while providing for your future financial security and that of your loved ones.

Give Stock

Donating appreciated stock can provide you with significant tax benefits. Your stock donation to Family Promise provides you with a charitable deduction for the full, fair-market value of stocks and securities held longer than one year. Also, by donating appreciated stock to Family Promise you will avoid paying capital gains taxes on any profit.

Match Gifts From Your Employer

Many employers offer programs to match their employees’ contributions to charitable organizations. You can double or even triple your gift to Family Promise by sending us your employer’s Matching Gift form.

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