The special gift of a birthday wish & celebration has personal meaning for Linda Skaggs and immeasurable delight for ALL the children at our residence for families transitioning from homelessness. For over a decade, Linda brings a birthday cake personalized for EVERY child with their name, choice of theme and color (along with ice cream too).
Based on her own fond memories, Linda is passionate about how important birthdays are for children and makes sure that - regardless of the crisis that homelessness brings to a family - the recognition of a child’s special day should always be celebrated. This generosity is an invaluable step toward returning smiles, creating family moments, and making children feel special.
We deeply appreciate Linda for all her years of thoughtful giving to something so important … our children. And we would be remiss to close without expressing our gratitude for Linda's expanded relationship with the Friends Program to include volunteering in our Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP).
[This story was published in the Concord Monitor]
Mentors and mentees were thrilled to participate when the Friends Program was awarded a $5,000.00 grant from Wells Fargo. The grant check, presented during a Friends Program youth mentoring activity at Altitude Trampoline Park in Concord, will be put to immediate use serving at-risk children, homeless families, and low-income seniors by connecting those in need with volunteers, programs, and services in their communities to make a difference.
“Our grant from Wells Fargo will go right to work here in New Hampshire, allowing the Friends Program to recruit mentors and volunteers, shelter families, and provide rides for homebound seniors, plus so much more,” said Friends Program’s Executive Director Nancy Paul. “Our neighbors need vital services that this funding will help us support.”
The Friends Program fosters the power of human connection to address root causes of social challenges with individualized support, tools, and resources through youth mentoring programs, a shelter for homeless families, and volunteer programs that fulfill the needs of seniors to actively contribute in the community. The organization connects children, families, and seniors in need with a network of support as they create better lives for themselves thereby overcoming the effects of poverty and abuse, ending the cycle of homelessness, and breaking out of isolation and depression.
“Across our community, many residents are working hard to make ends meet. Here in Concord, we want to help support the diverse needs of our New Hampshire neighbors and facilitate access to mentoring, housing and other critical services,” said Dan O’Connor, Senior Vice President, Middle Market Banking, Wells Fargo in New Hampshire. “The Friends Program provides critical community development programs that revitalize and strengthen our local neighborhoods and make positive lasting impacts throughout the state.”
Thank you to Friends Youth Mentoring Program matches: Kevin & Jephthe, Melina & Kushang, and Michael & Thierry
The Wish List has been updated for our Friends Emergency Housing residence for families transitioning from homelessness.