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Our Fall e-newsletter features Sept, Oct, and Nov happenings at the Friends Program

plus a sneak peak at a few upcoming events and activities!

Fall e-newsletter

2018 12 07 Fall 2018 Newsletter

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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.

 2018 12 07 Flyer Concords Homeless Memorial Day 2018 New 2

The Friends Program relies on many community and business supporters to operate successfully.  

Friends Program Support

Billings Trust FBO NH Charities

Celebrate With Friends Gala supporters

Concord Female Charitable Society

Dartmouth Hitchcock

Golf Tournament supporters

Law Offices of Shawn J. Sullivan, PLLC

Red River Theatre

Runner's Alley

Emergency Housing Program Support

Bead It!

Checkmate Pizza

Concord Food Coop

Crossroads Chirporatic - Pembroke

First Congregational Church of Hopkinton

Lee's Tree Service

NHTI

Orange Leaf - Concord

Servpro

The Parker Nelson Foundation

Young's Paving

Foster Grandparent Program Support

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

Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) Support

Bone Builders sites - locations throughout NH

Benjamin Couch Trust

Capital City Sunrise Rotary

Carter Hill Orchard

Franklin Savings Bank Fund @ New Hampshire Charitable Foundation

Lincoln Financial

Merrimack County Conservation District

Unitarian Universalist Association

Youth Mentoring Program Support

Arnie's Place

Capitol Center for the Arts

Checkmate Pizza

Dartmouth-Hitchcock

DCU for Kids

GOBI Library Solutions from EBSCO

Hanover High Athletics

Heritage Harley Davidson

Lone Wolf Cruisers Car Club

McLane Middleton

UNH Cooperative Extension

 

2018 11

2018 12 27 ArtOpening min

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.” 

[Published in The Concord Monitor]

 2018 11 27 Art Opening min

 

2018 10 28 Concord TV Award Cert 2

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.