Upcoming Events

Songs of Love and Life


Sunday, May 11


Stevens Memorial Hall

1 Chester St.

Chester, NH

Music by Robert Schumann, “Poet’s Love,” dedicated to women. Charles Lindsey, Tenor;

Karol Carroll, Soprano; and

Kathryn Southworth, Pianist

The duets are sung in German with English translations provided. Reception to follow. Free will offering with all proceeds to benefit Family Promise. Come for a lovely afternoon!

We are a Qualified Partner of Granite United Way. When you give to a United Way campaign at your place of work, you can specify your gift for Family Promise of Greater Rockingham County using code 867498. Please do!

Our Mission is to help children and their families experiencing homelessness in NH get back on their feet.

Our Vision is that every family has a home, a livelihood, and a chance to build a better future together.

Valentine Dessert Extravaganza Raised Over $4,000 - Thank You!

We Run a Program to Help Homeless Children

It’s called Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN) and serves Salem, Derry, and 14 surrounding towns in southern New Hampshire.

The Network, or IHN, provides a safe place for homeless families with children to turn for food, shelter, and social services. Participating congregations of any faith offer guidance, encouragement, overnight stays, and meals, while preserving the dignity of families as they take steps to regain independence.

Why? There is no homeless shelter of any kind in Salem or Derry. There are at least 158 homeless families in Salem, Derry, and 14 surrounding towns in western Rockingham County.

Watch an awesome 2-minute video from our Gala describing what we do.

Subscribe to our online monthly newsletter (Fill out form and click “Subscribe to the selected newsletters” at bottom).

Check Out our latest newsletters, February 2014 and January 2014.pdf.

Download our Brochure.pdf

Help supply our Wish List.pdf needs.

Examine our Annual Report 2013.pdf.

Hear about our work at Friends of Kevin WGHM Radio.mp3

Watch a 25th Anniversary Retrospective from Family Promise in NJ.

Watch a short Video Retrospective of 2012

Volunteer! Currently we have a variety of volunteer opportunities. Email Vicki McKinney-Vareschi at vicki.vareschi@familypromisegrc.org.

In autumn 2012, Salem Cable TV’s Susan McLoughlin recorded president Melanie Nesheim, the Reverend David Yasenka of Triumphant Cross Lutheran Church, and board member (at the time) Laura Scott of Windham discussing the need for this program at this link.

To Get Your Church Involved arrange for us to speak to your missions committee or pastor and start the conversation. Email us at familypromisegrc@gmail.com or call 432-0400.

Interesting that a recent NH Union Leader article shows the same number of homeless families in NH this year as last year.

Inspiring NY Times Article on homelessness and some solutions being implemented. Pertinent to our program is this quote, “Homelessness is an extremely adverse childhood experience. ‘If you factor in the reduction of childhood trauma, the savings to society in the long run from prevention is considerable,’ commented Stephen Metraux, associate professor of health policy and public health at University of the Sciences”

New Shelter Coming for Families It’s not local to us, but is still a step in the right direction...


Hot News

Welcome, St. Thomas Aquinas Church, to the Interfaith Hospitality Network! St. Thomas Aquinas recently joined the Network making our 11th host congregation. We are so glad to welcome this church!

Just 2 more host congregations of any faith are still needed to make a full complement of 13 host sites hosting 4 weeks per year.

Many Thanks

Granite United Way awarded $15,000 to FPGRC to pay for 1/2 time case management


Windham Turkey Trot raised over $3,000!

The Bishop’s Charitable Assistance Fund of the Catholic Diocese of Manchester awarded $5000 in July 2013 for Day Center operations.

Salem Community Benefit of Salem Co-Operative Bank awarded $2397.98 for the purchase of a laptop w/external speakers & projector.

Alexander Eastman Foundation awarded $12,197 to FPGRC, funding 1 full month of IHN operation in 2013.

In 2013 The Towns of Windham, Hampstead, Derry, and Salem funded FPGRC at $5000 each, Chester at $3000, and Sandown at $2000!

Founding Partners:

The Exchange Club of Salem

Knights of Columbus, Salem, Council 4442

Anonymous on Behalf of St. Christopher’s Church

The Salem Lion’s Club

Thomas & Pamela Perry, Londonderry

Susan & David Quaranta, Sandown

Melanie & Bill Nesheim, Windham

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