Family Promise of Lycoming County empowers families to become and remain self sufficient
by breaking the cycle of homelessness, provides community awareness and advocacy,
and creates mission opportunities for individuals and faith based communities.
A society in which every family has a safe home, a sustainable livelihood,
and the opportunity to build a better future for themselves and their community.
How it all began!
In 2008, a few good people got together to discuss the homeless issues in Lycoming County. After talking to Family Promise National and former Williamsport native Tom Cioffi, the group began the process of starting Family Promise of Lycoming County. After several years of fundraising and recruiting local congregations, it was time to find a day center and hire a Director. Redeemer Lutheran Church graciously donated their parsonage to be used for the day center. Renovations began to add second full bathroom and new flooring, all generously donated by Turn Key Construction and New Life Flooring. In April of 2010, Melissa Magargle was hired as the Executive Director. The doors opened on May 19, 2010 and within a week, we had our first family.
Our first year we served 14 families, consisting of 44 individuals. We saw a lot of successful graduates and found that when our graduates left our program, they often needed additional assistance. In 2011 we helped 17 families, consisting of 59 individuals. Again we saw the need for aftercare. In August 2011, we hired a part time employee to assist with case management and aftercare for our graduates. As we continued to grow and help more children and their families, we decided to make case manager Jenny Hull a full time employee.
With 2 full time employees, 14 host congregations, more than 10 support congregations and over 1000 volunteers, we continued to successfully help homeless families. In 2013, we began a mentor program to partner graduates with members of the community to assist them for up to one year following their graduation from the program. We trained several mentors and a few graduates received mentors.
On December 31st 2013, we received word that we were no longer going to be able to use our current day center. After a short search, lots of negotiation and a zoning variance, we moved into the old Mater Dolorosa Rectory at 635 Hepburn St. This is the beginning of a great new start for Family Promise.