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National Homeless Persons' Memorial Day is recognized in communities across the country December 21st, the first night of winter and longest night of the year.
Join as we gather at the State House Plaza for a 4PM candlelight vigil to honor those whose lives were shortened by homelessness and passed in 2018, recognizing the loss of those who suffered poverty and homelessness in our own community.
Our vigil will include songs, a poem and reading, the names of those who have died this past year, and a moment of silence. We will also be collecting items for those in need.
All are welcome.
The Friends Program relies on many community and business supporters to operate successfully.
Billings Trust FBO NH Charities
Concord Female Charitable Society
Law Offices of Shawn J. Sullivan, PLLC
Red River Theatre
Concord Food Coop
Crossroads Chirporatic - Pembroke
First Congregational Church of Hopkinton
Lee's Tree Service
Orange Leaf - Concord
The Parker Nelson Foundation
First Parish Church - Somersworth
Future In Sight
GoodLife Programs & Activities
Hampstead Public Library
McClelland School - Rochester
New Hampshire Children's Trust
Penacook Elementary School
St. Andre Bessette Parish - Laconia
Southern New Hampshire Services
Wentworth-Douglass Hospital Learning Center @ The Works
Bone Builders sites - locations throughout NH
Benjamin Couch Trust
Capital City Sunrise Rotary
Carter Hill Orchard
Franklin Savings Bank Fund @ New Hampshire Charitable Foundation
Merrimack County Conservation District
Unitarian Universalist Association
Capitol Center for the Arts
DCU for Kids
GOBI Library Solutions from EBSCO
Hanover High Athletics
Heritage Harley Davidson
Lone Wolf Cruisers Car Club
UNH Cooperative Extension
The Friends Youth Mentoring Program celebrated the culmination of two artist residencies generously sponsored by the Rite Aid Foundation.
Enthusiastic children ages 6-17, dedicated volunteer mentors, and supportive staff members, created pieces of art under the tutelage and inspiration of two well-established, talented, professional New Hampshire artists: Lizz Van Saun and Marcy Schepker. An opening (pictured above) for participating artists was held on November 27th at the Friends Program office.
Lizz worked with the program to make a beautiful glass mosaic piece entitled Hope and Marcy worked with us to create a vibrant needle felted wool tapestry piece entitled The Human Spirit. Both pieces are now on display in the main lobby of the Friends Program office for all to see and enjoy. Both have received many compliments to date from visitors to the agency. A third piece (pictured below) created by the children will be gifted to the Friends Emergency Housing Program shelter residence for homeless families, entitled, Fun Day.
Youth Mentoring Program Director, Terri A. Smith, stated, “The children who exercised their creativity with these projects, thoroughly enjoyed the experience, as they built self-esteem, exercised teamwork, developed new hands-on skills, and gained cultural perspectives. These were great chances for constructive self-expression. These artists are superb teachers and the children were exceptionally responsive.”
The Friends Program is Concord Community TV’s 2018 Most Fascinating Nonprofit!
Concord TV spent time at the Friends Program filming this ‘fascinating’ video providing a glimpse behind the scenes through the eyes and hearts of volunteers and service recipients.
Executive Director, Nancy Paul, was presented with a certificate on behalf of the Friends Program for this special honor during the Concord On Air Live Telecast.