Interfaith Hospitality Network History
Family Promise, formally National Interfaith Hospitality Network, was founded in Summit New Jersey in 1986 by Karen Olsen.
Summer of 2001, A group of concerned citizens came together to organize the Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN) as a result of the growing homeless issues in Gaston County.
December 2001, Gaston County Interfaith Hospitality Network (GCIHN) was incorporated.
March 2002, The following congregations had verbally committed to hosting GCIHN: Redeemer Lutheran, Southminster Presbyterian, First ARP, First United Methodist, All Saints Episcopal, Crowders Creek ARP.
July 2002, GCIHN received 501c3 tax exempt status.
September 2002, West Avenue Presbyterian agreed to be the Day Center facility and host congregation.
April 2003, first board meeting held at Bethlehem Baptist. Founding board members present were: B.F. Beasley, Leon Bynum, Yvette Carey, Carole Delia, Dan Hughes, Barry Lineberger, Lillian Link, Mary McCreight, Jim Ratchford, Dee Dee Rhinehart, Lisa Sido, John Watts, Angela Dreher Barnette, Ana Taylor. Other board members included: Royce Robinson, Jerry Simpson, Houston Matthews, Kelly Morris, Barbara Moskowitz, Jim Ratchford, Donna Heaton, Reeves McGlohon.
April 2003, Network van donated by Natalie Tindol and Earl Tindol Ford.
July 2003, GCIHN hired it’s first Director.
August 2003, GCIHN held it’s Financial Development Banquet at Bethlehem Baptist.
September 2003, GCIHN opened it’s doors providing shelter to 3 families.
October 2005, First Volunteer Appreciation Picnic, Martha Rivers Park.
April 2006, GCIHN received Gaston Together’s Community Leadership Award.
June 2006, First Pastor’s Appreciation Luncheon held.
January 2007, GCIHN Board of Director’s agreed to change the corporate name to Family Promise of Gaston County and the Day Center capital campaign began.
September 2008, 109 East Third Avenue, became the new offices of Family Promise of Gaston County.
Fifteen years after inception Family Promise of Gaston County now works with over 14 host congregations of all denominations and serves an average of 12 families a year.
Family Promise now also offers additional services through a Rapid Rehousing Program, helping our clients achieve housing.