1981 - Karen Olson, a marketing executive, was working in New York City.  She encountered the homeless regularly on her way to and from work.  She and her sons began taking sandwiches to homeless. As she came to know some of the Cities homeless she came to understand the profound loss and disconnection that homelessness causes. That understanding turned into an enduring commitment. 

October 27, 1986 - The first Interfaith Hospitality Network opened it's doors in Summit, New Jersey.

1988 - National Interfaith Hospitality Network was formed.

1997 - Pastor Jeff Lingle of Epiphany Lutheran Church was approached by the national Interfaith Hospitality Network to discuss opening a network in York County.

June 4, 2000 – The Interfaith Hospitality Network of York County (IHNYC) opened it's doors to the homeless community. The day center was located on South Jones Ave at the Rock Hill Girls Home.  IHNYC was the 76th network in the nation, the first in South Carolina, and the first to open in 2000. 

July 2002 - The World Changers came to Rock Hill to convert a former Social Security Office building into a new day center for our guests.  They added showers and a laundry facility to make the building "home" for our families.  This facility remains the current day center and offices. 

2003 - The National Organization changed its name to Family Promise to reflect a broader range of programs. 

November 2009 – The Interfaith Hospitality Network of York County changed it's name to Family Promise of York County.

Summer of 2010  - The City of Rock Hill  renovated and donated a duplex home for Family Promise to use to shelter families that could not be served by other area shelters. This home provides shelter for families in the Fresh Start Program.

July 2013 - Family Promise was awarded a HUD grant (The Emergency Solutions Grant) to provide Rapid Re-Housing services.

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