About Family Promise

Family Promise of Carbon County is a public charity whose mission is to provide temporary shelter, meals, and fellowship in order to meet the basic needs of families without permanent housing in Carbon County and the surrounding communities.

Families are educated, encouraged and empowered to become self-sufficient by support from the faith community and other local community resources.

Family Promise of Carbon County forms a network of host locations who agree to house homeless guests for one-week intervals. Support organizations (churches, community groups, scouts, etc.) provide additional volunteers and financial donations to the mission.  The concept was originated in 1986 by Karen Olson, a business woman from New Jersey. Today, there are more than 180 Family Promise networks across the country, each serving homeless families in their communities.

Locally, Family Promise of Carbon County was formed in 2009 by a core group of passionate citizens, led by Larissa Kimmel. Larissa discovered the program when she visited the affiliate in nearby Monroe County. She held community meetings and served as the organization’s first President.


The small staff of Family Promise of Carbon County provides the glue at the center of the hub.  In addition to providing direct services and counseling to our guests, our director has a full plate of responsibilities.  Our director organizes the schedule for 12-13 host locations and organizes and trains volunteers from the host locations, support organizations and the community.  He coordinates donations and keeps the community aware of any specific family needs through newsletters and social media. He provides structure and oversees the policies and procedures for operating an efficient shelter program.

We also employ a full-time case manager and part-time van drivers who transport homeless guests from our office/day center to the sleeping location each night.

Executive Director
Jonathan M. Blackwell-Rodgers, LSW

Case Manager
Tammy Coyle

Van Drivers
David Holmes
Kevin Smith
Doug Bowman
Jaimie Phelps

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Fall is upon us! The temperature has begun to drop and winter is just around the corner. Check out some of the local events and fundraising endeavors going on in our communities to help family promise:

October 27th and 28th at Galen Glenn Winery: Fill the Ford for Family Promise. 11-5 sat. and 12 to 5 Sunday. They are collecting: Blankets, pillows, towels, hats, gloves, cleaning products, paper towels, Toilet paper, diapers, and other basic necessities to help local families.

November 3rd: Mahoning Valley Ambulance- Celebrity Masquerade Benefit for Family Promise. 7 to 10pm. $20.00 per person or $32.00 for a duo (any type of couple), featuring the band "Rude Groove" and treats from local bakeries, other snacks and refreshments included.

December 14 (7pm), 15 (2pm and 7pm), 16 (2pm) The Carbon Schuylkill Community Theater Presents "The Christmas Choir." This comedy is geared toward a family audience and reminds us all to find the true meaning of Christmas. Tickets are $12.00 for general admission, $10.00 for seniors and students under 12.

Please see the separate events attached to our page. Join us to help the homeless families here in our community.
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Where can volunteers go to sign up

Feel free to stop by the office 167 s 3rd street lehighton. We can help get you in contact with the group's running the benefit events.

Board of Trustees

Family Promise of Carbon County is governed by a board of trustees. The board elects officers for one-year terms and meets regularly to insure the operation is responsible to its mission. The board is also responsible for insuring the financial stability of the organization.
Sky Fogel
Skirmish & Pocono Whitewater

Denise Miller
Vice President
Sundance Vacations

James H. Markley

Viki DeMarco

Tina Dowd
Sundance Vacations

Mike Jesky
Dekka Studios

Gary Matson
Pampered Chef

Jean Papay
PA Representative Doyle Heffley

Laura Thomas

Anita Wescoe

Mike Witherow

Host Congregations

All Faiths Tabernacle, Weisport
All Saints Episcopal, Lehighton
Ben Salem UCC, Lehighton
CCC, Weisport
Christ ELCA, Jim Thorpe
Dinkey Memorial ELCA
First UCC, Palmerton
Jerusalem ELCA, Trachsville
Peoples EC, Lehighton
Scared Heart, Palmerton
Trinity ELCA, Bowmanstown
Zion UCC, Lehighton

Support Congregations

First Presbyterian, Lehighton
Church of LDS
Christ UCC, Jim Thorpe
Discovery Fellowship
Emmanuel UCC
Grace ELCA
Grace/St. Paul UMC
Holy Trinity ELCA
Jerusalem UCC
Salem United Methodist
St. John Lutheran
St. John ELCA Heights
St. Johns Episcopal
St. Mark/John Episcopal
St. Johns Mahoning
St. Matthew ELCA
Trinity ELCA

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Contact Us

Family Promise of Carbon County
167 South 3rd Street
Lehighton, PA 18235
Phone: 610-379-4757
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