Who are the children benefiting?

Girls and boys ages 6-17 who are referred by parents, educators and others from Merrimack County.

Why should I become a mentor?

At a time when services are being cut, the needs of the youth in our area are still very real. These children could truly benefit from creative, interesting and committed volunteers. Many children just need a little leg up. You might be the one to make the difference for that special, deserved child on our wait list.

As a parent, how do I refer my child to the program?

Please contact a Youth Mentoring Program Coordinator by calling 603-228-0108 to discuss referring a child.

Who are our volunteer mentors?

Mentors are caring, trusted volunteers who provide one-to-one support to the children in the program. Mentors, age 16 or older, help encourage the characteristics and capabilities of a young person in fun and meaningful ways, generally through a weekly commitment of time.

How much does it cost a parent/guardian for their child to participate?

There is a modest fee we ask of client families for mentor screening & training, case management services, and ongoing group activities. Call 228-0108 for details. No child will be turned away for an inability to pay.

How does the program match a child for me as a volunteer mentor and vice versa?

Our professional staff members assess each volunteer mentor candidate to identify skills, talents, and interests that could be complementary to those of a child on our waiting list. The children are interviewed to ascertain their strengths, needs, and interests to maximize successful outcomes.

How much time per week do I need to invest?

Between 1-3 hours minimum, depending on the program service option.

What kinds of activities can we do?

We encourage 1:1 volunteer mentors to start with interests they have in common with the child; such as music, sports, food, and animals without making it a costly undertaking. The program also has local resources for free and discounted activities and regularly hosts group activities for participants to enjoy.

As a mentor, can I include family/friends in mentoring time?

We encourage mentors to prioritize one-to-one time with the child, especially when the relationship is new. This offers the opportunity for the child you are mentoring to get to know and trust you before introducing others. It is appropriate for the child to interact with your family/friends once you know they are ready.

How do I apply to become a volunteer mentor and what kind of support will I receive?

If interested, please call 603-228-0108. It is notable that the mentoring relationship is monitored and supported by a youth mentoring professional throughout. In addition, the program offers opportunities for on-going training sessions for mentors.

Director of Emergency Housing position is available.  Deadline to submit is May 8th to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Executive Director.


Director of Development position is available.  Deadline to submit is May 22nd to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Executive Director.


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Speaking with the Senator (Senator Kevin Avard) - February 2018

Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) video developed in partnership with Concord TV - September 2017

Granite United Way 2017 Campaign video featuring the Friends Emergency Housing Program - September 2017

Emergency Housing Franklin Savings Bank Award Ceremony - October 11, 2016

Friends Program on WMUR- October 3, 2016

Youth Mentoring Program video developed in partnership with Concord TV- October 2016

Friends Foster Grandparent Program - June 2016

Youth Mentoring Program on Concord TV - April 2013

RSVP Bone Builders - 2003

On the Beat on Concord TV


Half Hour to Health 107.7 FM interview with Laura Scott of the Friends Program - December 2, 2017 

Girard at Large WLMW interview with Laura Scott of Friends Program- May 2, 2017

"Off the Record" WKXL invterview with Friends Emergency Housing Program - September 16, 2016




Wish List - Donations to Friends Emergency Housing

Please call the Emergency Housing Program at 603-228-1462 to schedule a time to drop off your donation.  Donations will be accepted by appoinment only on Monday-Friday between the hours of 8:30-4PM.  Unless listed below, no articles of clothing will be accepted until Spring.

We are also eager to have volunteers who can help out at our shelter.  Please call 603-228-1462 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view and we would love to speak with you.

Adult cold medicine


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Children’s and Infant’s Tylenol or Motrin

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    Coffee maker with carafes

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Hot Dogs


Kitchen trash bags


Mens shaving cream


Paper Towels

Pop-up Post-It Notes

    Pots and pans

Potty seats



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Shoes (children, men and women) - new or lightly used

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Spaghetti Sauce

Stamps - new


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Wheel Barrel

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