The mission of Family Promise of Southern Chester Count is to provide a sustainable, self-sufficient livelihood consisting of emergency food, shelter and counseling for all families and their children experiencing homelessness in Southern Chester County, Pennsylvania.

Support congregations do not provide their congregational facilities to house Family Promise families, and are not necessarily involved in setting up temporary bedrooms and rearranging after families have moved to the next Network congregation. Support congregations work with host congregations by providing crucial volunteer support.  Duties are divided between or among host congregations and support congregations. Typically each will provide an evening meal prepared by volunteers from the congregation for 4 evenings during the week, volunteers to provide fellowship with guests during dinner and evening hours for 4 evenings during the week, two volunteers to stay overnight with guests for 4 nights during the week, and assistance with gathering continental breakfast and packed lunch supplies for the families.

Each host and support congregation has a Volunteer Coordinator to communicate with the Executive Director and to schedule volunteers. The host congregation’s Volunteer Coordinator communicates directly with the support congregation’s Volunteer Coordinator to work out a schedule for each hosting week, agree on procedures, and familiarize support volunteers with the building.

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.

Network 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 host or support congregation, email Susan Minarchi at