Family Promise of Greater Rockingham County has partnered with TD Bank to support homeless children initiatives and recently received a cash contribution through the bank’s Affinity Membership Program. Family Promise also received a refurbished car from the National Auto Body Council in conjunction with Auto Fair/Collision Center of Manchester. The vehicle was then given to Yvonne Comeau, a Family Promise graduate.
Family Promise is a nonprofit charity based in Derry and serves homeless families in Atkinson, Auburn, Chester, Danville, Derry, Hampstead, Kingston, Londonderry, Newton, Pelham, Plaistow, Salem, Sandown, and Windham. Participating churches take turns hosting families for a week at a time. While the families stay overnight at the host church, church volunteers cook and serve meals as well as provide entertainment and support to the families. During the day the families are transported to the Day Center at Calvary Baptist Bible Church in Derry, where the families have access to resources intended to get them employment, a home and support services.
The affinity funds help support the families while they are at the Day Center. TD Bank’s Affinity Membership Program helps non-profit organizations raise money through an annual cash contribution from the bank, based upon the participation of qualified member accounts.
Comeau received one of three vehicles that were damaged and totaled by their insurance companies but were made road worthy by car dealerships, auto body shops and parts stores. The project providing the vehicle to Comeau is Recycled Rides and is run by the National Auto Body Council.
Day Center Coordinator Victoria Vareschi said Family Promise has thus far returned seven families to permanent housing. The agency does not receive federal or state funding.
To learn more about Family Promise, visit http://familypromisegrc.org/Family_Promise_GRC/Home.html or find Family Promise of Greater Rockingham County on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/FPGRC.