Take action to end family homelessness

Everyone can make a difference and help end family homelessness in Delaware. Family Promise® of Northern New Castle County, a 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to ending family homelessness in Delaware, counts on over 1,500 volunteers each year to serve over 500 children and parents. Learn more about:

Spread the word

You can make an impact just by telling your friends and family members about the hidden issue of family homelessness in Delaware, or asking them to subscribe to our newsletter. The first step to solving this issue is making sure it’s no longer hidden.

If you’re on Instagram, follow @HiddenDE. You can reveal the hidden messages about homelessness by re-posting any image and adding a filter! Then, share it with the hashtag #HiddenDE. (Click here for more detailed directions.)

We're happy to give presentations about family homelessness and our work in the community. For more information, contact Ryan Catalani at ryan@familypromisede.org, or by calling (302) 998-2222 ext. 105.

Volunteering

Transform the lives of children and their families by volunteering with Family Promise®. Family Promise® is the only organization in Delaware that has always been dedicated to keeping families together when they experience homelessness. It’s easy to get involved!

Why volunteer with Family Promise®?

  1. Provide hope for families in their time of transition. Our volunteers know that Family Promise® transforms the lives of families… and their own.
  2. It’s fun and easy way to get involved. Volunteering just a few hours makes a big difference. You can get your whole family involved, including children.
  3. There are volunteer roles for everyone. Cook, play, help behind the scenes — we value many interests and talents.
  4. You’ll be part of Delaware’s most successful and cost-effective model for ending family homelessness.
  5. Members of local congregations can actively live out their faith through this exceptional, interfaith, hands-on ministry.

There are a variety of family-friendly ways to volunteer that fit your schedule. Some roles include:

To learn more, contact Cheryl Christiansen, Family Promise® Director of Community Engagement, at cheryl.christiansen@familypromisede.org or by calling (302) 998-2222 ext. 101.

Donating supplies

Family Promise® serves hundreds of families each year, and when they move into permanent housing, we strive to ensure that they have the basic household supplies they need. We also have an ongoing need for supplies for our Hospitality Center program, which provides needed temporary shelter to families of any size or composition.

Click to see our supply wish list.

Click for a printable version of our supply wish list (PDF).

Items can be dropped off at our office Monday-Friday between 9 am – 6 pm.
Our address is:

2104 St. James Church Road
Wilmington, DE 10805
(Click to see in Google Maps)

If you have any questions, or want to set a drop-off time in advance, contact Ryan Catalani, Family Promise® Director of Donor Relations, at ryan@familypromisede.org or by calling (302) 998-2222 ext. 105.

Investing financially

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When families lose their homes, they shouldn’t lose each other. By supporting Family Promise® of Northern New Castle County, you will help keep families together during the hardest time of their lives — then ensure they quickly find housing and the resources for lasting independence. Family Promise® of Northern New Castle County is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit, and donations are tax-deductible. Click here to see our latest annual report.

Your impact

A mom and a dad who both lost their jobs, couldn’t pay for their apartment, and faced being split up from their two kids at other shelters. A single dad whose severe illness put him out of work and forced him to live in a motel with his daughter. A single mom who had to choose between paying for a hotel to house her three children and paying for food to feed them.

By investing in Family Promise®, you will invest in the promise of these families and more. Last year, we prevented and ended homelessness for 136 families — over 500 children and their parents. This year, we're creating twice the promise by expanding to serve twice as many through our programs that are the most successful and cost-effective in Delaware.

If you have any questions, contact Ryan Catalani, Family Promise® Director of Donor Relations, at ryan@familypromisede.org or by calling (302) 998-2222 ext. 105.

Donate or make a recurring donation

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Why?

  • Your financial investment goes directly to helping families overcome homelessness together!
  • Give once or set up a recurring donation, which provides steady support and can be monthly, quarterly, or yearly.
  • You can designate your gift in honor or in memory of friends and loved ones. If requested, we will send a note of appreciation to the designee.

How?

  • Online: Quickly and securely donate at: donate.familypromisede.org.
  • By mail: Donate via cash or check (made out to “Family Promise of Northern New Castle County”), mailed to: 2104 St. James Church Road, Wilmington, DE 19808.
  • By phone: Call us to donate via credit card or ask questions about donating: (302) 998-2222 ext. 105.

Give through your workplace

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Why?

  • You could double your donation! Many employers match charitable contributions and/or volunteer time by their employees, retirees, and/or employees’ spouses.

How?

  • Check with your employer to see if there is a matching gift program. If so, fill out the form and designate Family Promise.
  • For employees of the State of Delaware: You can participate in the State Employee Charitable Campaign. On your pledge form, designate your gift to Family Promise of Northern New Castle County (#71044). Learn more at secc.delaware.gov.
  • Workplace giving through the United Way: On your pledge form, designate your gift to Family Promise of Northern New Castle County (#12433).

Join the Founder’s Circle

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Why?

  • Major gifts allow us to provide housing stability for dozens or even hundreds of families.
  • Eligible donors can join our Founder’s Circle and receive special recognition.

How?

  • Individuals, couples, or families who give a single or recurring donation totaling $5,000 or more, over 5 years, are eligible to join our Founder’s Circle.
  • Your donation will receive special recognition. You can make your donation anonymous if you choose.

Create a legacy of promise

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Why?

  • Planned gifts help to ensure that we are able to continue serving families for years to come in the future.

How?

  • Make a bequest in your will: The favored method for planned giving — and the simplest and most flexible — is a charitable gift from your estate.
  • Make Family Promise® a beneficiary of a life insurance policy, retirement plan, or bank/securities account.
  • Create a charitable annuity or trust to support Family Promise® while generating income for yourself and your family.
  • We are happy to discuss options that enable you to achieve your goals and benefit Family Promise®.

Host a fundraiser

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Why?

  • You support Family Promise® and you want to encourage your friends, family, and others to do the same!
  • You may want to celebrate a special occasion by giving back to the community, raise funds to honor a loved one, or simply invite others to celebrate in the hope and promise of the families we serve.

How?

  • Online: You can easily set up a fundraiser for Family Promise® on Facebook by going to facebook.com/fundraisers and searching for “Family Promise of Northern New Castle County.” We will directly receive any funds raised, and there are no fees. Contact us for other options.
  • In person: If you would like to host a fundraiser, silent auction, or supply drive for Family Promise®, we would love to hear about it! To use our logo or branding, please contact us.

Donate stocks

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Why?

  • You can donate your shares of a publicly-traded stock to Family Promise®! Donating stocks can be a tax-advantaged way of supporting our mission.

How?

  • Please contact us for sample language and/or to set up a transfer.

Donate a vehicle, real estate, or something else

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Why?

  • Donating your personal property is a great way to support Family Promise® while meeting your financial goals.

How?

  • Vehicles: We can accept many kinds of vehicles, which may we may either sell or give to a family in need, depending on the vehicle’s condition and our current guests.
  • Real estate: Whether you would like to transfer your property to us outright, designate your real estate through your estate, give us a portion of your holding, or continue to live in your property, we are happy to work with you to set up a transaction that meets your needs.
  • Artwork, collections, and other personal property: Please contact us to make sure we can accept the gift you have in mind, and to discuss your wishes regarding the property.