Please see below a letter from the president of FPGRC’s board of directors, regarding the closing of the IHN on June 30, 2017. The board will take the next 60-90 days to examine Family Promise’s options for continuing to serve the homeless.

May 4, 2017

Family Promise of Greater Rockingham County (FPGRC) was launched in 2013 to assist homeless families in our area to achieve permanent housing utilizing the “Interfaith Hospitality Network” (IHN) model.

The backbone of the IHN model is 17 congregations providing 11 host sites that house families on a weekly rotating basis utilizing volunteer help.

The IHN model has been a success in reducing the homeless population in our area based on the intake criteria of a volunteer organization. Over the last 18 months we have seen a steady decline in families fitting our program guidelines. For this reason the Board of Directors has voted to close this IHN model as of June 30, 2017.

The Board of Directors is assessing how to meet the needs of homelessness in our area utilizing other scenarios. FPGRC will be in a state of hiatus for the next 60-90 days as the Board examines the options available.

The success of FPGRC these last four years is due to the collaborative efforts of the:

  • Ecumenical support of hosting congregations
  • Tireless efforts of our Host Coordinators
  • Over 500 dedicated volunteers
  • Past and present members of the Board of Directors
  • Executive Directors and case managers

Success is also due to the financial support from:

  • Local government grants
  • 676 unique individual contributors
  • Private and nonprofit organization donations
  • Business donations
  • Congregational donations

Thank you all for your support over the past years and pray for the Board as we discuss the future of FPGRC.


Wayne Trombly

Board President

Family Promise of Greater Rockingham County


In 2014, over 500 volunteers gave 17,176.75 tracked hours. Similar effort took place in 2015 and 2016. See below what else bloomed in the homelessness desert in the past four years…