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New Family Promise in Delaware County, Ohio

The efforts in Delaware County, OH, began in the fall of 2007, when a seminary student at Methodist Theological School and a professor there both felt that the program they had seen in Cleveland could help address family homelessness in this leafy suburban county due north of Columbus. There were no services in the county that provided shelter for families. The solution was to send families to Columbus. The local helpline tracked this and found that last year 109 requests for shelter for Delaware residents had been denied; existing Columbus shelters turn away an average of 3-5 families a day, including many Delaware residents.

Irene Baird accepts a $1500 donation from Powell United Methodist Church for the Network to purchase beds.
The Delaware County Affiliate opened with 11 host congregations and a day center at an old parsonage for First Presbyterian Church. Its director is Irene Baird, a woman with a long background in non-profits and a passion for the mission.