Van Oot named Exec. Dir. of Family Promise of So. Chester County

Renna Van Oot

KENNETT SQUARE — Renna Van Oot, has been named the Executive Director of Family Promise of Southern Chester County as the agency expands support services for families in Southern Chester County. COVID-19 has caused the program to shift its housing model, provide more direct funding to help families remain stably housed and engage volunteers in new ways.

“Our new reality is that more families are at risk of spiraling into homelessness”  said Kim Zuleba, Board President. “Family Promise is responding by offering prevention and stabilization services. Renna’s combination of nonprofit leadership experience, operational expertise and strategic planning is welcomed as the demand for our shelter, services and programs are at an all-time high and we are evolving our long-term support strategy to meet community needs.”

Van Oot has served as an interim executive director with Family Promise since March. Her previous nonprofit leadership includes Big Brothers and Sisters Independence Region, Friends Home, Tressler Center of Delaware, Family Services Association of Holcomb Behavioral Health and AIDS DE. Van Oot received her BA from the University of Delaware, a J.D. from Delaware Law School and a Master of Social Service and a Master of Law and Social Policy from Bryn Mawr College. Van Oot resides in Kennett Square.

About Family Promise of Southern Chester County:  FPSCC is committed to helping children and their families experiencing homelessness in the Avondale, Kennett Consolidated, Octorara, Oxford, and Unionville-Chadds Ford school districts.  Its goal is to help families achieve lasting self-sufficiency and stability by providing comprehensive case management services, as well as shelter and meals through a network of congregations and volunteers until they find sustainable housing.  Family Promise of Southern Chester County is part of a national, nonprofit initiative founded in 1988 with over 200 affiliates across the US changing the lives of families.  To volunteer, make a donation, or provide services, please contact Family Promise of Southern Chester County at or

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