Family Promise of Greater Nashua began as Anne-Marie House in 2002, as a program of the Greater Nashua Interfaith Hospitality Network. The program moved in 2004 and continues to operate out of a 17,000 square foot former novitiate, leased from the Sisters of the Presentation of Mary in Hudson, NH.
The facility has 26 bedrooms, a large kitchen, dining room, parlor, library, laundry room, family/play room, offices, conference rooms, fenced in backyard and playground. Entering our 14th year Family Promise has grown to engage a network of almost 300 trained volunteers, and a staff of 2 full-time and 3 part-time employees. With nearly 90 percent of our graduating families achieving sustainable housing, income and transportation, Family Promise is very successful in empowering families to get back on their feet and provide for themselves.
Family Promise provides a unique service to an often under-served population in the homeless
community – families. Keeping families together during a period of homelessness is often nearly
impossible to do as family members are often asked to divide into available spots at homeless shelters, women-only programs, men-only programs, or other family members, etc. At Family Promise, we believe that keeping families together is of utmost importance in ensuring successful and sustainable lifestyles. We accept two-parent families, single mothers or fathers with children, grandparents raising grandchildren, and veteran families. Children under the age of 18 represent approximately 70% of the residents at Family Promise.
Our families are referred to our program, through our congregations, network of social service providers, and school districts. Families entering the program must pass a criminal background check, have a source of income and transportation, be career searching or, be involved in a job training program; and sign an agreement that is renewed monthly based on progress toward individual goals. Each family works with our Family Services Director to identify and maintain their monthly plan for regaining independence and self-sufficiency. In addition, each family is required to attend classes on parenting, family empowerment and advocacy, financial management, housing and real estate, and career searching.
The Family Promise Program model is integral throughout the State of New Hampshire. Family Promise of Greater Nashua has always served Hillsborough County; however to truly provide for the needs of our community, we have expanded our services to western Rockingham County. Family Promise of Greater Nashua works collaboratively with Seacoast Family Promise and Family Promise of Greater Concord.
While is independently operated, Family Promise is an affiliate of the national organization of Family
Promise, Summit, Jersey — a four-star rated Charity Navigator organization.