Apartments ~ Bathrooms ~ Congratulations

At the Friends Emergency Housing Program shelter for homeless families we cleaned up the water damage from an upstairs bathroom and rebuilt the rooms affected which interrupted our ability to operate at capacity for a short period of time. We are back to full occupancy however several families are at the stage in the process where they are able to search for affordable apartments; big congratulations to them on such a life-changing accomplishment!

The primary bathroom project, that started before the other bathroom overflowed, continues and we are actively seeking volunteers to help us complete this beneficial and much needed project. Shelter residents benefited from back-to-school donations of back packs, lunch boxes, and school supplies for the children and cooking/nutrition classes for the adults.

To all the businesses and individuals who help make this possible ~ through grants, donated time and materials, Wish List items, food, and more from Lincoln Financial, People’s United, SMP Architecture, Grace Capital Church to name a few ~ we thank you for your support!

If you are interested in volunteering, would like to drop off donated items, or to inquire about availability at our shelter, call us at 603-228-1462.

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Academics ~ Books ~ Cat in the Hat

Many of the Friends Foster Grandparent Program volunteers kept busy this summer volunteering at libraries, childcare centers, and other summer programs. All are looking forward to starting a new school year! They are ready to meet this year’s students and help them grow emotionally and achieve academically.

The children, educators, and staff where our volunteers serve affectionately refer to them as Grammy and Grampy as they read together, participate in projects, and so much more!

We would like to thank Hypertherm HOPE Foundation for their financial support received this month toward expenses related to the Friends Foster Grandparent Program.

If you, or someone you know, wants to help local children reach their full potential, we hope to hear from you. Give us a call at 603-228-0141 to learn more about becoming a foster grandparent. Join us and make a difference!

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Art ~ Backpacks & Bikes ~ Culture

Thanks to a grant from the Rite Aid Foundation KidCents, the Friends Youth Mentoring Program hosted two professional NH teaching artists for our mentors and mentees. The masterpieces – a Mosaic and a Tapestry - now hang proudly on the walls at the Friends Program office for all to enjoy! The children designed the pieces and added a cultural component which we are honored to experience and witness as the positive impact was profound.

We are deeply grateful for our village who donated backpacks and the school supplies to stuff them, along with goodies, so the children in our mentoring program can start this new school year off right. And check out this story about the donated bikes we received.  

Our mentoring program is geared toward helping children develop characteristics and capabilities that lead to positive life choices and personal growth. Please consider becoming a mentor and call us at 603-228-0108 to register to attend one of our upcoming orientations.

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Apples Ÿ~ Backpacks & Bone Builders ~Ÿ Caregivers

The Friends Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) is making strides on many fronts.

As part of the RSVP Food Insecurity Project, volunteers are busy with gleaning and more gleaning which is contributing thousands of pounds in fresh fruit and vegetables to local food pantries, soup kitchens, and schools. The gleaning year is not over yet; apple season is fast approaching! Also - due to amazing support including grants from Benjamin Couch Trust, Capital City Sunrise Rotary - The Backpack Program is expanding into Boscawen Elementary School in addition to where it originated at Penacook Elementary School.

RSVP Bone Builders is a free strength training and balance exercise program for seniors. We currently offer 31 classes in Belknap, Merrimack and Rockingham counties. The classes are free thanks to participant donations and community financial support such as the grant received from the Franklin Savings Bank Fund through New Hampshire Charitable Foundation to train RSVP volunteers to serve as class leaders in Franklin. We also have nutrition offerings to encompass overall health and well-being.

The RSVP Caregivers Program is in need of volunteer drivers in Concord and surrounding areas. You can help homebound seniors and disabled adults live independently, reduce isolation, loneliness, and depression by providing companionship and transportation to medical appointments and grocery shopping.

We welcome you to join our Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) in any number of capacities: companionship, exercising, gleaning, supporting nonprofits, transportation, and so much more! Give us a call at 603-228-0139.

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Lincoln Financial Foundation has awarded a most generous grant in support of the Friends Program on several fronts. Grant funds will provide much needed financial assistance as follows:

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For families experiencing homelessness to receive supportive guidance and resources to promote self-sufficiency in a dignified environment that allows families to remain together while they work to find and maintain housing of their own.

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Caregiver volunteers help reduce isolation for homebound seniors with friendly visits for companionship, transportation for grocery shopping or medical appointments, and more.

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Retired & Senior Volunteer Program volunteers work with partner agencies in support of community gardens and gleaning programs; staffing soup kitchens and assisting with emergency meal offerings for families in need; and collection, packaging and distribution of food and other needed items to children and families.

Thank You, Lincoln Financial Foundation, for helping us help so many vulnerable populations in our community is so many ways!

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