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.

Support Congregations provide crucial volunteer support for Host Congregations. Host Congregations and Support Congregations divide duties up between themselves. Support Congregations may provide volunteers to spend time and provide fellowship with guests during dinner and evening hours as well as volunteers to stay overnight. Support Congregations may also provide assistance with breakfast and lunch supplies for the families.

Each Support 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 for each hosting week, 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 Support Congregregation, contact Susan Minarchi at, call us at 610-444-0400, or visit our Contact page