How We Help

To alleviate homelessness in Southern Chester County, Pennsylvania, we take a multi-faceted approach to address each of the numerous root causes of homelessness and poverty. We provide meals and shelter throughout the year by partnering with Host and Support Congregations and hundreds of volunteers. We also work with resources within the community and provide a Case Manager to help guests find jobs, housing, and other social services. Finally, we provide ongoing mentorship and support to families that have found stable housing to ensure they have what they need to maintain independence and stability.

Kennett Square Resource Center for Daytime Services

The Resource Center in Kennett Square is not a shelter. It offers a true home base to families in our program.

The Center offers many services and amenities that families need, including basic necessities such as showers, laundry, and a kitchen. Beyond that, we provide a mailing address where families can get mail and have their children enrolled in their own school district, toys for the kids, a place to spend family time together on the weekends, and games for the family. We also provide crucial support resources, such as computer access, community resources, case management, and job search assistance.

As guests of our Resource Center, each family has their own set of chores to maintain the home. Everyone plays a role and does their part. The Resource Center is truly a place that provides an invaluable sense of routine, safety, and security for families with children. Children come home from school to see their parents every day while doing their homework. With a beautiful living room and a fireplace, the Resource Center offers all the comforts of home to families who have endured the hardship of homelessness.

Fellowship and Compassion

Volunteers are the heart of Family Promise. They cook, serve meals, play with children and help them with their homework, and stay overnight. Most importantly, volunteers interact with the guests, treating them with respect and responding with compassion.

Support Services to Address the Root of Poverty and Homelessness

The Family Promise Case Manager works with local social service agencies to help guests find jobs, housing, and other social services. The agencies assist guest families to work through substance abuse, domestic violence or psychiatric problems which may be impeding their ability to find and sustain stable housing.

Housing and Meals

We partner with local congregations to provide safe, comfortable and private nightly shelter and daily meals including dinner, breakfast, and a brown bag lunch. Congregations also provide hospitality and fellowship through the work of volunteers, who stay overnight with their guests and spend time in the evening hours playing with children and helping with homework.

Families typically arrive at the Host Congregation around 6 p.m. and leave the next morning at 6 a.m.. The Resource Center in Kennett Square has showers and laundry facilities. Small children, along with their parents, and those who are not working spend the day at our Resource Center looking for work or meeting with the Case Manager. Families are welcome to spend weekend days at the Resource Center, doing what families do on their weekends.

Hosting rotates among congregations for a week at a time, which provide lodging for four families of up to 14 people total. The families arrive at a new congregation on Sunday evening and leave the following Sunday morning.