About Us

Who We Are

Family Promise of Berks County is in the heart of downtown Reading, Pennsylvania. Our organization is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and affiliate of Family Promise National. We partner with local communities and networks of volunteers to provide services to homeless families, youth and individuals facing a housing crisis. Our doors opened in July of 2006 and we have been graciously serving communities in need ever since. Current programs focus on rapid rehousing, homelessness prevention, mediation, advocacy and emergency assistance.

Our unique model recognizes that maintaining family units increases successful outcomes. The latter allows for couples and single parent households to remain with their children while being sheltered versus being separated by gender. An average week at Family Promise of Berks serves 3 families and 5 youth while providing families with 168 meals and 84 bed nights. The volunteers we work with typically spend 274 hours a week providing these services while case managers work with families to support them in gaining independence.

Our door is always open! Get to know us, follow our work and stop by to see how you can lend a helping hand.

Watch our video celebrating 10 years of Hope and Promise to hear what we are proud of!


Executive Director
Elise Chesson
610.373.3323 x 24

Community Resource Manager
Lee Wilder
610.373.3323 x 25

Hospitality Network Case Manager
Tracey Reichert x 23

Rental & Utility Assistance Case Manager
Tara Castro
610.373.3323 x 26

U-Turn Case Manager
Darrius Palmer x22

Transportation Specialist
Yvonne Harper
Jeffrey Bell

Board of Directors

The Family Promise of Berks County Board showing their colors!
Clowning Around

Peter Diebolt, Owner, Diebolt Landscape Co., Inc

Vice President
Kathleen “Kasey” Angstadt, Coordinator, Immanuel UCC, Shillington

Susan Gernert, Paralegal, Ebner, Nevins & McAllister  LLC

Dorothy DeLong, Retired, Computer Analyst, Navy Federal Credit Union

Board Members
Jamal Abodalo, Township Manager & Director of Engineering and Codes, Muhlenberg Township
Dawn Baxter, Executive Director, West Berks Mission District.
Roseann Finkel, Retired, Registered Nurse, Reading Hospital (Tower Health)
Carissa Johnson, Treatment Officer, Berks County Prison
Jason Jones, Community Development Relationship Divisional Manager, Woodforest National Bank
Devin Newsham, Director of Sales Technology, Customers Bank
Christina “Tina” Shenk, Owner, Tina’s Salon and Day Spa
Mitchell Shestok, Self-employed, former IT consultant (energy, government and confectionery)
Thomas Strause, Partner, Financial Outsourcing Solutions
David Yoch, Coordinator, St. John’s Reformed Church, Sinking Spring
Amicie “Missy” Zimmerman, Retired, Vice President-Human Resources & Facilities, Home Health Care Management

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