KENNETT SQUARE—Family Promise of Southern Chester County is proud to be part of a nationwide effort to help children and families who are homeless regain their sustainable independence. Along with the national organization they are celebrating their mission that everyone needs a home during Family Promise Week, which ends October 27.

During the week, the 57 families who have moved through the program were given a week’s worth of socks for each member of their family, thanks to a generous donation by Bombas, a performance sock manufacturer with a one purchased, one donated program. It’s part of a national program for all Family Promise affiliates. Donations to support other needs of families experiencing homelessness can be made at https://www.fpgives.org/organizations/family-promise-of-southern-chester-county.

“Our families come to us in difficult times and leave our program by moving into safe, sustainable housing that is made possible with the guidance and services we offer in time of crisis,” said Susan Minarchi, Executive Director, Family Promise of Southern Chester County. “Our Stabilization program ensures that the families remain sustainably housed. Providing socks is one more way we can show support and help families feel warm during trying times.”

Started as a local effort to address the crisis of family homelessness, Family Promise works on the principle that the services to help children and their families experiencing homelessness are already in the community. The program brings together congregations to provide overnight temporary housing, and a Resource Center in Kennett Square for case management.

Most importantly, hundreds of community sharing a few hours of their time throughout the year to help families to turn their lives around. A partnership of 27 local congregations and organizations and over 850 volunteers are the heartbeat of the program. This volunteerism and community support through in-kind contributions enables FPSCC to run with a very low operating budget—while at the same time building community between its volunteers and the families served in the program.

Family Promise Week will be celebrated nationwide in the 206 communities where there is a Family Promise Affiliate. Since 1988, Family Promise has helped more than 925,000 people nationally with housing, case management and other services. In Southern Chester County, since 2015 the affiliate has helped 57 families find sustainable housing and continues to provide guidance in a formal stabilization program for the families to access when needed for support as they move into their own homes.

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