About Us



Board of Trustees



Kindness Crosses All Barriers

It takes the effort of hundreds of dedicated people to change our community. Our staff, Board members, congregations, and volunteers all provide valuable service that impacts the lives of the families we serve. These donations of time, talent, and treasure mean the world to us and we are incredibly grateful for their support.

Our Staff

Pamela Wellman, Executive Director

Pam has been Executive Director for Family Promise since 2014. Pam has a 28 year history in non-profit management and strategic development, and succesfully leads our mission along with her dedicated staff, volunteers, and congregations.

Melissa Johnstone, Director of Family Services

Melissa has several years of experience in human services. She become Assistant Family Services Director in 2015;  then rose to Family Services Director in 2016. She leads case management, and coordinates the financial literacy and family education programs. Melissa’s resources and guidance ensure our families’ success and their future self-sufficient independence.

Matthew Hodgkiss, Director of Volunteerism & Operations

Matt began volunteering with Family Promise as a teenager. He continued his volunteer service while pursing a degree concentrating in sociology and psychology. Because of his long-time commitment to Family Promise’s mission, Matt joined the staff putting his own volunteer experience to work engaging with our volunteer community and coordinating household operations.

Karen Berniche, Director of Grant Development

Karen joined Family Promise in September 2019 after completing a curriculum in grant writing. She coordinates all aspects of grant procurement, from researching new grant opportunities, preparing grant proposals, and managing grant reporting.

Amy Freise, Director of Development & Marketing

Following a career in scientific program management, Amy started at Family Promise in 2012 as a weekly volunteer and then became engaged in our events. She started on staff in 2015 to manage Development & Marketing. She works with the Executive Director to broaden our donor community, creates new initiatives, and leads double-digit growth in event proceeds.

Our Board of Trustees

Douglas Klauber, Chair


Randy Brown, Vice-Chair


Marleen Paquette, Secretary

Senior Loan Officer, Residential Mortgage Services, Inc.

Melanie Nesheim, Treasurer


Brian Crawford


Kathleen Lambert

Broker/Realtor, Kathleen Lambert Realty

Rev. Ken McGarry

Associate Minister, First Church of Nashua

Christine Pattison




Daniel Perez


Scott Wellman

Housing Director, New Hampshire Healthy Families

Our Congregations

Amherst Congregational Church

Christ the King Lutheran Church

First Baptist Church of Nashua

First Church of Nashua, UCC

First Parish Congregational Church

Immaculate Conception Catholic Church

Londonderry United Methodist Church

Main Street United Methodist Church

Messiah Lutheran Church

Milford United Methodist Chruch

Nashua Presbyterian Church

New Life Christian Church

Our Lady of Mercy Parish

St. Mark’s Catholic Church

St. Kathryn’s Catholic Church

St. Patrick’s Church

Temple Beth Abraham

Triumphant Cross Lutheran Church

Unitarian Universalist Congregation Milford

Windham Presbyterian Church

Our History

In 2000, 7 local congregations came together to address the issue of family homelessness in the Greater Nashua community and created the Greater Nashua Interfaith Hospitality Network (GNIHN). In 2001, they began hosting families overnight at their facilities on a rotational basis while providing support and case management to help them achieve financial independence. In 2002, the Sisters of the Presentation of Mary approached the United Way of Greater Nashua seeking a dynamic, new ministry for their under-utilized noviate building. The United Way put them in touch with the GNIHN and in 2002, families began to stay at their Home for Now at Anne Marie House.

Over the next 10 years, dozens of local families achieved permanent stability and a path out of homelessness. In 2012, GNIHN joined as an affiliate of the national non-profit Family Promise, which leveraged national resources for the local community. The name of the program was formally changed to Family Promise of Greater Nashua (FPGN), but families continued to reside at Anne Marie House. In 2018, FPGN started to serve families in western Rockingham county after the Family Promise affiliate there ceased operations. In 2019, to reflect this expanded service area, the name was again changed to Family Promise of Southern New Hampshire (FPSNH).

Today, Family Promise of Southern New Hampshire is seeking a new home(s) to serve families experiencing homelessness from both Hillsborough and western Rockingham counties. The need for our program, which emphasizes keeping families together in a time of crisis, is urgent. We will continue to serve families throughout this transition.

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