BCAF Grant Recipients
(October 1, 2019 – September 30, 2020)
Belknap House, located in Laconia, serves Belknap County
Belknap House began with a coalition of five community members and their concern for homeless families who had nowhere to turn for safe shelter. Families would often sleep in their cars, if they owned one, couch surfing if they were able or spend money intended for food on a cheap hotel room. In 2014, the coalition created Belknap House and acquired a building and after a complete renovation, they provided families with emergency shelter for an eleven-week period. Belknap House is now open year-round because there has been an increase in family homelessness. A grant from the BCAF will help with the added expenses of running a shelter year-round.
Boys & Girls Club of Greater Nashua, serves Greater Nashua
The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Nashua has been working with young people from disadvantaged economic, social and family circumstances for more than 40 years. The Club serves more than 3,000 boys and girls ages 5 to 18, 53% of whom are minorities and 70% of whom live in households with extremely low incomes. Many of these children live in single-parent homes and are at risk of using drugs and alcohol, joining gangs, failing in school, and becoming victims of neglect and abuse. The Club is a safe haven, open from after school until 9:00 pm and all day in the summer. The Club provides safe transportation from school to the Club and back home, nutritious meals, and individual services to support Club members. A grant from the BCAF helped to provide food for the children.
Families in Transition-New Horizons for New Hampshire, located in Manchester, serves statewide
Families in Transition-New Horizons became one organization in January of 2018. They are working together to integrate services, identify specialty services, scale programs, and eliminate gaps to help serve more people in need. Their mission is to provide hunger relief, emergency shelter, safe and affordable housing, and supportive services to individuals and families who are homeless or in need, enabling them to gain self-sufficiency and respect. The BCAF provided a grant, which will help fund meals at their soup kitchen, which averages 250 diners each evening.
Monadnock Family Services, Inc., located in Keene, serves Greater Keene
Monadnock Family Services seeks to foster mental and emotional wellness for individuals of all ages, and to create services that heal, education that transforms, and advocacy that brings about a just society. The Monadnock Adult Care Center (MACC) is managing an adult outreach-training program called Gatekeeper Program. The Monadnock Family Services will train community members to identify and refer isolated, at-risk older adults for services. These are older adults who have little or no support system to act on their behalf as they experience serious difficulties that compromise their ability to live independently. The BCAF provided a grant to help support the Gatekeeper Program and help them get implemented in the Monadnock Region.
NH Union Leader Santa Fund, located in Manchester, serves Southern NH
The Union Leader holds an annual fundraiser to assist the Salvation Army in responding to those needing food, shelter, and clothing. The BCAF provided a grant to help all the families the Salvation Army serves.
Southern New Hampshire Services, Inc., serves Southern NH
This agency provides heating assistance services for families in Hillsborough and Rockingham Counties. They work with city officials and other community partners to ensure that heating assistance is available to people who are in emergency situations and are not eligible for fuel assistance. Often a family may earn slightly more than the Federal guideline and thus not be eligible for Federal fuel assistance. The BCAF provides a grant to help individuals and families to receive a fuel delivery if Southern NH Services determines that they qualify for help.
Webster House, located in Manchester, serves Statewide
Webster House provides a safe, supportive home for children who are unable to live at home primarily for reasons of abuse, neglect or difficulties in the community. Over the past 135 years, thousands of children have benefited from their stay. The BCAF grant will assist with providing those children with basic needs.