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.
Blueberry Express Day Care, Pittsfield
Blueberry Express Day Care is the only childcare facility in Pittsfield. Since the 1980s, they have produced safe, high quality childcare and family support regardless of family income. They currently are caring for 70 children, ages 11 months to 10 years of age and over half of the families receive tuition assistance to make child care affordable. A BCAF grant will help them purchase six cribs for their new infant room.
Boys & Girls Club of Manchester, Manchester
The Boys & Girls Club of Manchester helps to reach out to all youth, especially those who need them the most, inspiring them to realize their full potential, as productive, responsible, caring individuals. The Club’s teen food pantry started in 2016 to address the fact that many of their teen members were leaving the Club for the weekend without knowing where their next meal would come from until they returned to school on Monday morning. A grant from the BCAF will help to expand their teen food pantry with critically needed food inventory.
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.
Boys & Girls Club of the North Country, Greater Littleton
The Boys & Girls Club of the North Country was founded in 2005 in response to the pressing need for affordable, high quality after school programming in the Littleton area. The Club serves more than 250 members of the community with three main programs: a daily after school program, vacation day camps, and in partnership with a local school, an opportunity where children can spend time at the Club as part of their winter activity program selection. Throughout the school year, members are transported to and from two main schools. In addition, during the summer, the kids enjoy a weekly field trip to various area attractions, hiking venues and museums. A BCAF grant will help with operational expenses so they may continue to provide supervised after school care and vacation camp for children in the North Country.
Cedarcrest Center for Children with Disabilities, located in Keene, serves statewide
Cedarcrest Center serves medically fragile children with significant disabilities from across NH, Vermont and starting this past year, Maine. They are the only nursing facility in New Hampshire that serves children exclusively. They are the state’s primary resource for post-acute care for children with complex medical and developmental needs, and the only one licensed to provide post-acute care for children under the age of three. A grant from the BCAF will help to purchase a youth bed. This special type of equipment is not funded by Medicaid and is needed to serve the children.
Community Volunteer Transportation Company, located in Peterborough, serves Monadnock region
Since 2008, CVTC has provided “no fee” transportation for people who do not have access to transportation because of their age, ability, economic situation or other limiting circumstances. The organization services 34 towns in the Monadnock region. A BCAF grant will assist with essential working capital so they can continue to service their community.
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.
Family Promise of Greater Concord, Greater Concord
Family Promise of Greater Concord strives to end homelessness for families with children in the capital region by providing overnight hospitality and support to achieve sustainable financial independence with support from their community. A BCAF grant will assist with funding their “Pathway Towards Independence” Program. This program is designed to provide stable housing for 56 people over the next year.
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.
The Granite YMCA, Greater Manchester
The Granite YMCA is the largest Y in northern New England with six branches. The Y-START Afterschool Program, located at Beech Street and Henry Wilson elementary schools is in its 30th year and serves center city students in Manchester. Both schools have populations in which over 89% of students are eligible for free/reduced lunch programs. A BCAF grant will help youngsters in grades K-5, who are disadvantaged, and who without Y-START, would face an uncertain afterschool environment.
The Hope For Homeless Foundation, Greater Manchester
The Hope For Homeless Foundation acquired a 42 room shelter at 286 Concord Street in Manchester about three years ago. A year ago, the BCAF provided them with a grant to help build a community kitchen. However, through the process, the Manchester Fire Department asked for further modifications on the project and to build a firewall to divide the cooking area from the rest of the common area. An emergency BCAF grant will help build a firewall and all the necessary modifications that go along with the project.
Marguerite’s Place, Inc., Nashua
Marguerite’s Place provides homeless families a private, secure, furnished apartment for up to 24 months. Their objective is to provide basic needs for their families so they can prioritize their professional goals, healing, financial stability and confidence. A BCAF grant will help with basic needs and reducing the barriers to success for their families. Some of these needs include food in their childcare program, diapers, gas cards, scrubs for LNA careers, and more.
MCVP: Crisis and Prevention Center, located in Keene, serves Monadnock region
MCVP was founded in 1978 and is the only organization in the Monadnock Region dedicated solely to serve survivors of domestic and sexual violence. They provide emergency shelter to women and children who are fleeing domestic and sexual violence. A BCAF grant will assist the emergency shelter in replenishing everyday necessities, such as, bed linens, hygiene products, paper products, and to provide needed grocery and gas cards to their Housing First clients.
Nashua Soup Kitchen & Shelter (NSK&S), Greater Nashua
The NSK&S goal is to make nutritious foods accessible to all, regardless of financial standing. Their target population for services includes the poor and homeless individuals and families. A BCAF grant will help expand their Mobile Pantry. Funds will be used to pay their truck driver and to purchase any additional foods that will be needed to support their future distribution sites.
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.
St. Joseph Community Services, Inc., located in Merrimack, serves Hillsborough County region
Since 1977, St. Joseph Community Services operates the Meals on Wheels Program, Community Dining Programs, Transportation and Support Services for Hillsborough County. The federal and state funding for the Meals on Wheels Program does not cover the full cost of the meals served. A BCAF grant will help with the “funding gap” of the rapidly increasing cost of uncompensated care for their Meals on Wheels Program.
Second Start, Greater Concord
Second Start was founded in 1971 and is committed to improving the economic and educational well-being of New Hampshire residents. Their goal is to help people become more productive workers, family members, and community citizens. They provide supportive, affordable and effective educational programs. The organization started the New American Driving School, in September of 2018. This program teaches driving skills to New Americans. A BCAF grant will help underwrite the tuition for the participants.
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.
Spaulding Youth Center, located in Northfield, serves statewide
Spaulding Youth Center helps young people with autism or other developmental and/or behavioral challenges learn the academic and life skills needed to be successful in their homes, schools and communities. They provide residential services for young people who can no longer successfully live at home. The Department of Children, Youth and Families commonly refer children to the center. A grant from the BCAF will assist with clothing and necessities for the children who have so little when they arrive.
Tri-County Community Action Program, Inc. / Tyler Blain House, located in Berlin, serves Coos County
TCCAP is dedicated to improving the lives and well-being of northern New Hampshire's people and communities. Incorporated in 1965 as a multi-purpose, social service and advocacy agency with a mission to end poverty in northern NH, TCCAP provides opportunities and support for people to learn and grow in self-sufficiency and to get involved in helping their neighbors and improving the conditions of their communities. The Tyler Blain House is located in Lancaster and serves the most vulnerable residents providing essential emergency shelter and food services to individuals and families with no permanent or habitable residence. The house is the ONLY emergency shelter in Coos, Carroll, and Grafton Counties. A grant from the BCAF will assist with operating expenses and include utility, telephone, and internet costs and to purchase consumable supplies, such as, food, hygiene items, cleaning and paper products, etc.
Waypoint, formerly Child and Family Services, is a nonprofit agency that provides a lifeline across the lifespan. Their mission is empowering people of all ages though an array of human services and advocacy. The agency provides a full spectrum of social services to nearly 9,000 individuals, children and families annually through 24 unique programs at 10 regional offices. A BCAF grant will help subsidize up to 1,000 hours of charitable care.
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.