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Host Site


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 Day Center. 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 otherwise unused spaces 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

  • Each 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

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

  • First Baptist Church

  • Grace United Methodist Church

  • First Presbyterian Church

  • St. Paul's Lutheran Church

  • Wrightsville United Methodist Church

  • Winter Park Baptist 

  • Windermere Presbyterian Church

  • First Christian Church

  • St. Matthew's Lutheran Church

  • Harbor United Methodist

  • St. Andrew's Presbyterian Covenant 

Committed Support Congregations

  • Pine Valley United Methodist

  • Macedonia Baptist

  • Pearsall Presbyterian

  • Unitarian Universalist Church of Wilmington

  • Lifepoint Church

  • Wesley United Methodist

  • Shiloh Missionary Baptist

  • Oleander United Methodist

  • Devon Park United Methodist

  • Venture Church

  • Little Chapel on the Boardwalk

  • St. Paul's Episcopal 

  • St.. James Episcopal

  • Trinity United Methodist Church

  • Messiah Lutheran Church

  • Christ Our Hope Anglican Church 

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