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Family Promise of Southern Chester County Honors Volunteers

KENNETT SQUARE, PA –Family Promise of Southern Chester County (FPSCC), an Affiliate of Family Promise, is proud to be part of a nationwide effort to help children and families who are homeless regain their sustainable independence. The week of Sunday, October 22 through Sunday, October 29, has been designated Family Promise Week to help spread community awareness of the crisis of family homelessness in Southern Chester County.

Family Promise of Southern Chester County has planned a special party on October 25 from 7-9 p.m. at its Resource Center located at 1156 West Baltimore Pike, Kennett Square, to honor volunteers. Family Promise Week will be celebrated nationwide and in the 206 communities where there is a Family Promise Affiliate.

The Pennsylvania Department of Education reported that 422 school-age children and their families experienced homelessness in Southern Chester County at some point during the 2015-2016 school year. Family Promise of Southern Chester County opened its doors in November 2015 and has served 31 families with 117 family members -- 77 children and 40 adults. This is done through a partnership of 30 local congregations and organizations, and involves over 800 volunteers.

Family Promise of Southern Chester County has helped 21 families find stable, long-term housing and 100% of those families placed are still in housing one year later. Nationally, 74% of families served move on to long-term housing.

“Every day–365 days a year–our volunteers help struggling families find a path out of homelessness by giving their time, talent and support freely and unconditionally,” explained Family Promise executive director Susan Minarchi. “This party is a small token of our appreciation for the many ways our volunteers are changing lives…one family at a time.”

Since 1988, Family Promise has helped more than 750,000 people—men, women and children—with housing, case management and other services. Started as a local effort to address the crisis of family homelessness, Family Promise works on the principle that the elements to help children and their families—who make up nearly 40% of all people who are homeless—are already in the community. The program brings together congregations to provide temporary homes, facilities to provide space during the day for case management, and most importantly, thousands of volunteers who, by sharing a few hours of their time, enable families to turn their lives around. Because of the extent of in-kind contributions, FPSCC is able to help families despite a very low budget—while at the same time building community between its volunteers and the families served in the program.

About Family Promise of Southern Chester County:

FPSCC is committed to helping children and their families experiencing homelessness in the Avondale, Kennett Consolidated, Oxford, and Unionville-Chadds Ford school districts. Its goal is to help families achieve lasting self-sufficiency and stability by providing comprehensive case management services, as well as shelter and meals through a network of congregations and volunteers until they find sustainable housing. Family Promise of Southern Chester County is part of a national, nonprofit initiative founded in 1988 with over 200 affiliates across the US changing the lives of families. To volunteer, make a donation, or provide services, please contact Family Promise of Southern Chester County at www.familypromisescc.org or sminarchi@familypromisescc.org.