Family Promise/WIHN (Wilmington Interfaith Hospitality Network) provides the only transitional housing for families who are victims of domestic violence with our Families Forward program. Our emergency shelter program, (WIHN) unites community partners in a collaborative effort to assist homeless families. On a rotating basis, 13 host congregations provide accommodations and meals for up to four families for one week, four times a year. An additional 25 congregations support the hosts, providing material, human, and financial resources to support the program. Volunteers from the community provide meals and support services. A Day Center is located at 4938 Oleander Drive, where staff works intensively with the families as they seek jobs, housing, health care, and other resources necessary for independent living.
Our mission is to provide case management and transitional housing for victims of domestic violence and emergency shelter to homeless families with children; while supplying them with the resources and skill vital to regaining and maintaining financial independence.
Karen Olson was rushing to a business meeting when she passed a homeless woman on the street. On impulse, Karen bought her a sandwich. The woman, Millie, accepted the sandwich but asked for something more — a chance to be heard. Karen stayed with Millie and listened.
Volunteers are the heart of Family Promise of the Lower Cape Fear. Our 600+ dedicated volunteers help us provide emergency shelter, meals and other assistance to families facing homelessness for about one-third the cost of traditional shelters. Our transitional housing program is always in need of gently used furniture and other household furnishings.