Brittney (pictured above with her children) left Delaware to follow her former husband to Missouri with the hope he would fulfill his promise to change. She quickly found out that the violence only grew worse and her life and the lives of her children were in constant danger.
Like any other parent, Brittney did everything she could to keep her children safe. She filed a Protection From Abuse and for divorce. Her now ex-husband, in retaliation emptied their joint bank account, leaving Brittney penniless and nowhere to go in an unfamiliar state. Rather than return to her abuser, Brittney fought on for the safety of herself and her children.
Family Promise® NNCC offered Brittney a safe haven. She could keep her family together while receiving safe shelter, home-cooked meals, and warm hospitality. Just as her abuser was granted visitation in Missouri despite her PFA, Brittney returned to Delaware with her children and entered the Hospitality Network. Brittney received sole custody of her children, got her old job as a Paraprofessional back, and quickly moved into housing. Brittney says she is “forever grateful for all of the love, support and shelter that was provided to me”.
About Family Promise of Northern New Castle County
Mission: Our mission is to prevent and end homelessness for families by engaging volunteers, donors, and the faith community. We envision a community in which every family has a home, a livelihood, and the resources for lasting independence.
In Delaware, 1 in 30 kids experience homelessness each year. Yet when families become homeless, they can’t always access shelter — in many cases because of their size or composition, or simply because there aren’t enough shelter beds available. Family Promise NNCC has always been dedicated to serving families of all kinds. We are able to keep families together, then help them move back into housing faster, more successfully, and more cost-effectively than anywhere else in Delaware. This past year we served 171 families experiencing homelessness, empowering 84% of them to obtain permanent housing in an average of just under 38 days!
Homelessness & Housing, Human Services, Poverty & Hunger