Renna Van Oot, has been named the Executive Director as the agency expands support services for families in Southern Chester County. COVID-19 has caused the program to shift its housing model, provide more direct funding to help families remain stably housed and engage volunteers in new ways.
“Our new reality is that more families are at risk of spiraling into homelessness” said Kim Zuleba, Board President. “Family Promise is responding by offering prevention and stabilization services. Renna’s combination of nonprofit leadership experience, operational expertise and strategic planning is welcomed as the demand for our shelter, services and programs are at an all-time high and we are evolving our long-term support strategy to meet community needs.”
Van Oot has served as an interim executive director with Family Promise since March. Her previous nonprofit leadership includes Big Brothers and Sisters Independence Region, Friends Home, Tressler Center of Delaware, Family Services Association of Holcomb Behavioral Health and AIDS DE. Van Oot received her BA from the University of Delaware, a J.D. from Delaware Law School and a Master of Social Service and a Master of Law and Social Policy from Bryn Mawr College. Van Oot resides in Kennett Square.