Family Promise of Southern Chester County provides food, shelter, and the support that families need during this time of crisis By employing this multi-pronged approach, we work to achieve a sustainable, self-sufficient livelihood for families and their children experiencing homelessness in Southern Chester County.

Host Congregations take turns 4 times per year hosting guests in their buildings for one week at a time during evenings and overnights. Family Promise provides the sleeping cots. The Host Congregations provides the bedding and other items and sets up a space in available rooms to serve as temporary bedrooms for each of the guest families. We encourage congregations to provide separate rooms for the privacy of their guests, but facilities without these accommodations can provide dividers. Host Congregations must have enough space to host up to four separate families — up to fourteen people — at a time. Showers and laundry facilities are available at the Resource Center, so it is not necessary for congregations to have these amenities. Host Congregations are responsible for transporting the cots, setting up the temporary bedrooms, and cleaning and rearranging after the Family Promise guests have moved to the next congregation.

Host Congregations are assisted by Support Congregations who provide volunteers to help with meals, fellowship and overnight stays To learn more about Support Congregations and their role, click here.

Each Host Congregation has a Volunteer Coordinator to communicate with the Family Promise Executive Director and provide overall direction during their hosting week.. The Host Congregation’s Volunteer Coordinator communicates directly with the Support Congregation’s Volunteer Coordinator to work together on a volunteer schedule, a menu for the week, and other necessary activities.

The Family Promise of Southern Chester County staff works closely with the congregations throughout the process and is on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

Host and Support Congregations are welcome to and often support Family Promise of Southern Chester County financially through their budgets, but this is not a requirement.

To learn more about becoming a Host Congregation, contact Susan Minarchi at, call us at 610-444-0400, or visit our Contact page.