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Our Mission is to help childre n a nd 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.
Family Promise of Greater Rockingham County (FPGRC) runs a program called Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN) to serve 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 offer guidance and encouragement while preserving the dignity of families as they take steps to regain independence. Various faith communities demonstrate compassion and generosity as their volunteers put faith into action.
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.
FPGRC is a local affiliate of a national organization, Family Promise , based in New Jersey. Family Promise has over 180 affiliates in 41 states operating successful IHNs. Two of these IHNs exist elsewhere in New Hampshire. Nationally, 77% of IHN guests on average secure permanent housing. In 2012, an impressive 83% of Seacoast Family Promise (Portsmouth area) guests secured permanent housing upon their exit from the IHN.
FPGRC’s IHN serves Salem, Derry, and 14 surrounding towns: Atkinson, Auburn, Chester, Danville, Fremont, Hampstead, Kingston, Londonderry, Newton, Pelham, Plaistow, Raymond, Sandown, and Windham. This is a portion of Rockingham County roughly 20 miles across.
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