Welcome to the Friends Program Website.
Founded in 1975, the Friends Program is a non-profit, social service organization that strengthens communities by building relationships that empower people, encourage community service, and restore faith in the human spirit. A United Way agency, the organization strives to achieve this goal through the implementation of mentoring programs for at-risk youth, emergency housing for homeless families and medically challenged individuals, an intergenerational program that creates meaningful opportunities for seniors to work with children, and a senior volunteer program that links a volunteer’s skills to otherwise unmet needs within the communities that we serve.
My name is Jerry Madden and I have been Executive Director of the Friends Program since March 2007. Prior to that time, I was employed by the City of Concord, New Hampshire as a police officer. I had the privilege of working for the City of Concord for 27 years with the last 6 plus years as its Chief of Police. During my tenure with the Concord Police Department I witnessed first hand the variety of gaps that existed in our community. During my tenure with the Friends Program, I have become even more aware of the challenges such as: youth that are in need of positive mentoring, the true epidemic that is homelessness and in particular the plight of families who are homeless, and the needs and benefits of having our seniors remain active and involved while utilizing their lifetime of skills and experiences. It is rare to be associated with an organization that serves such a diverse group of people. I am humbled by the opportunity I have been given and look forward to an enjoyable and beneficial future with this organization.
In order to function at the highest level, each of our programs requires financial assistance through grants and donations, both cash and in-kind. We are most appreciative of those who continue to be strong supporters of our organization. If you are interested in making a donation, you can do so within this site or to obtain more information on becoming a donor, please contact our main office at 603-228-1193. Our Development Director or I would be happy to speak to you personally.
The Friends Program is an organization that manages volunteers who in turn provide a wide range of services to our clients. The need for volunteers remains very high and we welcome any and all inquiries that you may have about becoming a volunteer. Please do not hesitate to contact us at 603-228-1193 if you have questions or simply fill out the volunteer inquiry form located within this site and someone from our staff will follow-up with you.