About Us

Our History

Family Promise of Anderson County started as a project of the Leadership Anderson Class in 2009. By the spring of 2010, host congregations had been recruited and trained and the first guests selected for the Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN). The network operated with 13 host congregations and over 20 support congregations until September 2012 when the doors closed to the day center and families were moved into other programs. The board of directors determined that the organization needed financial stability and some structural reorganizing.

For several months, board members and volunteers worked to raise funds for the programs, to establish policies and to hire new staff. With a new staff and a dedicated board, Family Promise began planning for its reopening. New eligibility criteria and IHN policies were developed. New volunteers were trained from 10 host congregations. On Friday, October 
25, 2013, Family Promise hosted their grand re-opening of the day center and on Sunday hosted their first family at New Covenant Presbyterian Church.

How We Can Help

Family Promise coordinates local faith-based congregations in the IHN Program which provides congregational spaces for overnight stays, volunteers to prepare and share dinner and food and other items to get a family through the day. At the day center, staff delivers case management services, coordinate community services, and support guests as needed. Case management services include an assessment of the guests and their specific barriers to self-sufficiency, short-term milestones with tasks to accomplish and long-term goals to help plan for their future. Part of that plan includes financial education through New Beginnings which teaches guests to budget, spend frugally and plan for unexpected expenses.

Through a new partnership with Grace Episcopal Church, Family Promise offers The Grace to Succeed Transitional Housing Program for guests as they exit the IHN Program but still need case management support. The Grace Sunshine Houses will provide an affordable, safe and consistent home for guests as they start work, pay off debt and become fiscally stable. 

We are focused on providing ways to get families into more stable housing situations, therein breaking the cycle of homelessness. There are over 180 Family Promise Affiliates around the country. To visit the national Family Promise website, see 
www.familypromise.org.  Become a fan of Family Promise of Anderson County on Facebook to keep up with current events and exciting news from our network.

How You Can Help

You can help by assisting your congregation to become a  host congregation. Another way to help is to assist your congregation to become a Support Congregation.

Support Congregations partner to help host congregations during their host week. You can also help by becoming a sustaining financial supporter. Every annual, quarterly, or monthly gift from families or congregations help sustain our core services and programs.  Last, but not least, you can volunteer your time and labor in other ways.  We have myriad ways of volunteering to including working to help plan and carry out awareness and fundraising events to general office support.  We also appreciate professional expertise to serve on advisory and planning committees.


Kecia Walker, Program Director
Claflin University, BA Sociology

Cornell Richardson, Development Director

Angela Lockhart, Rapid ReHousing Case Manager

Limestone University, BS  Business Administration


2020 Board of Directors

Jim Boyer, Chairperson

Grace Episcopal Church, Outreach Committee

Guy Eichman, Vice-Chairperson
Retired Army, Self-Employed

Hannah Miller, Treasurer
Branch Manager, Woodforest National Bank

Meagan Baumgarner, Secretary
Branch Manager, Suntrust Bank

Lisa Butler

Homeless and Foster Care Liaison, Anderson School District 5

Nancy Creaney 

Suzanne Curlis


Kimberly Davis

Branch Manager, Woodforest National Bank

Jennifer Pearson

Development Officer, Shriners Hospitals for Children

Hannah Wilson

Social Worker, NHC Healthcare