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Volunteer Spotlight

Unionville Presbyterian Church
Wednesday, November 20, 2019

In November 2013, Annalie Korengel, Pastor at Unionville Presbyterian Church, attended a community meeting that discussed the need for change in our community.  In 2012, 422 students in the area 4 school districts experience homelessness.  The attendees were challenged to make a change.   

Annalie and 7 other community members committed to making a change.  They learned about the Family Promise model that was in place in Northern New Castle.  Family Promise supports families experiencing homelessness.  Family Promise was not a shelter, but a partnership with the organization and area churches to help provide shelter and food for families while equipping them with the tools they need to get back on their feet.  Those tools include support with transportation, education, employment and meals.

Unionville Presbyterian Church was the first church to sign up to be a host church for Family Promise of Southern Chester County.  Host churches commit to providing shelter to families 4 weeks per year from 6 pm to 6:30 am.  In addition to shelter, the church provides dinner daily along with necessary provisions to make lunches and breakfast daily.

What is needed?  Currently we are in need of more host churches in our area.  We also have room for support churches.  Support churches are partnered with a host church and they work together to meet the needs of the families in the week assigned.  If your church would like to learn more about how they can be involved, please contact us to learn more.

There is something for everyone to do to be involved.