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Become a Host or Support Congregation


Family Promise’s shelter program relies on a partnership of interfaith congregations and other volunteer groups to help local families facing homelessness. Our host sites provide lodging, meals and hospitality to families in need. For families in the program, each day begins with breakfast at a host site with volunteers, followed by a van ride to our Family Promise  Day Center in Brookhaven. In the evening, guests return to the host site, where volunteers provide dinner and spend some quality time. The evening hours are for homework, relaxing and family fun time, as they would be with any family. Each day ends with the family all together, under one roof.


Local houses of worship provide temporary overnight lodging in   their buildings. A host congregation team of volunteers may be involved with the following:


  • Cooking and hosting dinner

  • Spending the evening with families, talking, tutoring kids or playing games

  • Sleeping overnight in the congregation

  • Coordinating children’s crafts & activities

  • Donating necessary supplies for the hosting week

  • Setting up and breaking down guest families’ rooms


  • Families stay overnight, not 24 hours a day

  • Every 6 weeks a  congregation hosts families for just one week (four times a year)

  • Guests consist of only two to four families   (14 children & adults max)

  • Family Promise runs criminal background checks and drug screenings on all program participants


  • A Family Promise driver transports the families to and from the host facility.  Families are responsible for  their bedding and luggage.

  • Shower facilities on-site are not required to become a host congregation!  Shower facilities are available at our Family Promise Day Center.

We need your help! Can your faith group become a host or support congregation?

Become A Host Congregation

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Committed Host Congregations

  • St. Daniel's United Methodist Church, Chester

  • St. Luke Community Christian Church,  Chester

  • St. Mary Magdalen Church, Media

  • Swarthmore Presbyterian Church

  • Trinity Episcopal Church, Swarthmore

  • Union United Methodist Church,  Havertown

  • Universalist Unitarian Church of Delaware County, Media

Committed Support Congregations

  • First Presbyterian Church of Glenholden

  • Armenian Martyrs' Congregational Church,  Havertown

  • Our Lady of Charity Roman Catholic Church, Brookhaven

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