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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Gift Distribution, Human Service Organizations, Human Services, Single Parent Agencies

Mission: To assist families in Kent and Sussex Counties of Delaware who have experienced a financial crisis beyond the control of the head-of-household with focus on households that have not received help from the program in the past.

Results: We have served the families in Kent and Sussex Counties for 13 years now. Our typical year includes serving at least 1,000 households at various levels.

Target demographics: Families with children and or seniors and disabled living in poverty with a crisis beyond their control that caused undue hardship that can be lessened with help of household items, school supplies, and/or holiday gift assistance.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Over 1,000 individuals

Geographic areas served: Kent and Sussex Counties of Delaware

Programs: Household - kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, laundry room, and general needs such as trash cans, vacuums, brooms, etc.; baby and baby room supplies; hygiene supplies for all ages, cleaning & paper supplies for household; school supplies for 1st through 12th, and holiday gift assistance.

Community Stories

11 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I referred a family for much needed services. They were treated efficiently and kindly. The family was most appreciative in their time of need and has since given back by volunteering and helping others.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

Helped a family that just recently gained custody of there grand children because the mother was in jail.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

This program has assisted our organization with provided needed items to families. If there was a fire, lose of some type, move, Christmas, etc. this organization assists the families as much as possible. There is a need for this program in Sussex County.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I called Adopt A Family and they were able to assist a client of mine who was new mother with no income enough baby items to get the baby set up in a new home. Prior to receiving a crib the infant was sleeping in a single bed with the mother.
In addition to that particular client they have assisted many children with Christmas gifts and gift cards. Those children would not have received any gifts if it had not been for their Christmas program.
They also assist many, many children wth school supplies.
It always amazes me how through the years they are able to keep track of families they have assisted so they do not assist the same familes year after year.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hello, I would like to take this opportunity to comment on the Adopt A Family programs. My sister moved to Delaware last year. she had 2 daughters Sarah and Savanna. She also had My 2 brothers Micheal and Cody. Their ages ranged from 3 to 16. She had had my brother sense 2004. My parents had both died. They passed 8 months and 2 days apart. My sister only received social security for the boys. Her husband, at the time would not help her. I help as much as possible, but with the economy could not do it alone. I took her to adopt a family. The staff especially Ms. Banning was so helpful and understandable. They help her with both the boys school supplies. The boys got everything needed to start school her. They felt good when they went to school. No one knew the help received from adopt a family. Adopt a family also helped my sister with items for her home. The support from adopt a family was and is outstanding. I am so thankful for this program and support it 100%. I also volunteered one year at Christmas. It was December 24 and a young man came in, he was so upset because he had no income, had lost his job, and had no money to get his daughter anything. Ms. Banning quickly got to work and assisted the young man with some toys for his daughter. The young man was so grateful to her. Adopt a family helps parents and children all over Delaware who would not be able to buy gift for their children or even have a Christmas dinner. Christmas is a time for caring and sharing. I hope to see this program continue to support our neighbor hood and other areas of the state. Thank you so very much for all you have done and continue to do. Barbara Lister (302) 424-0568

Donor

Rating: 4

I donated some funtiture to adopt-a-family several years ago. I was extra furniture no loner needed and it was a great feeling to help others who had needs but limited funds.

Donor

Rating: 4

I donate every Christmas to a nursing home patient in memory of my parents...who loved Christmas. I have also done a family with one child with help from my daughter. At my request my church has put tags on our Crismon tree for people to make donations to AAF. I have been a volunteer there as well as worked there. What a blessing to see the clients receive the gifts!!!

I also donate to the back to School program and household items. This all some receive.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Client was homeless and needed money to rent a room. AAF was able to give client 390.00 for 30 days of rent. Client was able to get back on her feet and get a job and maintain a place to live.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a Supervisor for the Division of Social Service, a referral source for Adopt a Family in Sussex County. I have seen first hand the difference Adopt a Family makes in the lives of our clients. Adopt a family gives school assistance to needy children who would not have any supplies to start school with. The also provide assistance during the holidays to children and families who would hav NO gifts for their children and some who can't afford to buy much for their families at Christmas. I deeply appreciate all of the great work they do, the are a worthy organization and they deserve any and all help that can be provided to them.

Client Served

Rating: 4

Adopt A Family is a wonderful program which has helped several of my clients throughout the past 9 years. They have served some of my clients with Christmas items, household items and school supplies which have been a blessing to all involved.
Adopt A Family is very careful to match families with donors/vendors who do the best they can to meet the families personal needs.
With the school supply program they make sure that they have the list from the schools and teachers personal classroom request so once a child knows which class they are assigned to will get the appropriate materials and no be given a bunch of supplies that they will not use or need. This avoids waste of materials It has been a definate plus having this agency to deal with through the years.