BCAF Grant Recipients
(October 1, 2018 – September 30, 2019)
American Red Cross, Concord, Serves Statewide
American Red Cross is often one of the first agencies on the scene to assist those affected with immediate needs, such as food, shelter, and other essentials. In the days, weeks and months following a disaster, the Red Cross helps those affected get back on their feet by guiding them through a long-term recovery plan. From January to June of 2019, the Red Cross of NH responded to over 61 disasters throughout the state and provided over $56,000 in financial support. A BCAF grant was provided to help replenish their disaster response funds so they can continue to respond to those in need.
Behavioral Health & Developmental Services of Strafford County, dba Community Partners, Dover, Serves Strafford County
Community Partners is designated by the State of NH as a Community Mental Health Center and Area Agency for Developmental Services in Stafford County. Their mission is to promote respect, wellness, full inclusion, and empowerment of individuals and their families who experience mental illness, emotional distress, developmental disability, chronic health need or acquired brain disorder. A BCAF grant was provided to help their Developmental Services and Behavioral Health clients with preventative and necessary dental care.
Birthright of Manchester, Inc., Manchester
Birthright offers an interdenominational, non-judgmental alternative to abortion. They have a 24/7 emergency help line. A BCAF grant was provided to help pay rent to Sacred Heart Parish on the West Side of Manchester. The organization’s location is crucial because many clients can walk to Birthright from surrounding neighborhoods.
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.
The CareGivers, Inc., located in Manchester, serves Greater Manchester
The CareGivers, Inc. has been operating since 1984. With more than 600 volunteers, they provide transportation, companionship, and grocery delivery to more than 400 homebound elderly neighbors. This organization has recently been in the news because the authorities are investigating the unexplained sudden death of their executive director. As a result, Catholic Charities New Hampshire has recently assumed responsibility for governance and operations, and serves as fiscal agent. A BCAF grant was provided for current operational expenses so they can continue to serve their clients.
Carroll County Retired & Senior Volunteer Program - RSVP, North Conway, Serves Carroll County
Established in 1971, RSVP was created to engage persons 55 and older in volunteer service to meet the critical community needs. RSVP enhances the community by matching their volunteer’s experiences, talents and interests to meaningful service. A BCAF grant was provided to help with their Non-Emergency Medical Transportation Program and their Meals-On-Wheels Program.
Community Action Partnership of Strafford County, Dover, Serves Strafford County
Community Action Partnership of Strafford County helps to educate, advocate and assist people to help meet their basic needs and promote self-sufficiency. One of their primary areas of focus is to help low-income individuals and families who are food insecure. A BCAF grant was provided to help them purchase supplemental food and/or gift cards, which go directly to their clients.
The Community Kitchen, Inc., located in Keene, serves Monadnock Region
The Community Kitchen provides healthy and nutritional hot meals, take home food boxes, and advocacy to low and moderate income men, women, and families with children. A BCAF grant was provided to help their Pantry Program and their Hot Meals Program.
Community Volunteer Transportation Company (CVTC), located in Peterborough, serves Monadnock Region
CVTC has been providing "no fee" transportation since 2008 for people who do not have access to transportation because of their age, ability, economic situation and other limiting circumstances. This organization services 34 towns in the Monadnock region. A BCAF grant was provided to help with their operational expenses.
Corpus Christi Food Pantry Assistance, Inc., Nashua
Since 1998, the Corpus Christi Food Pantry has been providing outreach to many disadvantaged individuals. All services are offered to offset hunger, homelessness and to help clients in achieving self-sufficiency. A BCAF grant was provided to assist in purchasing dairy products for their clients.
Crisis Center of Central New Hampshire (CCCNH), located in Concord, serves Merrimack County
CCCNH has been operating since 1978 and focuses on serving the needs of victims of domestic and sexual violence. Their services include an emergency shelter, 24-hour crisis hotline, legal advocacy and referral, support groups, etc. A BCAF grant was provided for operational support for their newly expanded emergency shelter in Concord, NH.
End 68 Hours of Hunger ConVal, Peterborough, Serves Nine Surrounding Towns
ConVal End 68 Hours of Hunger distributes nutritious foods to 200 food insecure children in the community. The program started in 2011 and is powered by community support and has more than 140 volunteers who collect, shop for, inventory, plan, pack and distribute nutritious food each week to children in the Conval School District. A BCAF grant was provided to help purchase food for hungry children in their program.
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 is a new and growing coalition of faith communities dedicated to sheltering and providing hospitality for temporarily homeless families. A BCAF grant was provided to help them continue to build a strong organization to end homelessness among families with children.
Farmsteads of New England, Inc., located in Hillsborough, serves Hillsborough & Rockingham Counties
Farmsteads of New England helps individuals who have autism, developmental disabilities, and others with varying abilities live a meaningful and satisfying life by providing transitional and long-term support and services in a rural farm environment that fosters growth, interdependence and self-confidence. A BCAF grant was provided to help develop and prepare vegetable gardens at their new Redberry Farm in Epping, NH. The gardens will help the farmers grow food for themselves and for surrounding communities.
The Friends Program, Inc., Concord
The Friends Program is a non-profit agency that recruits, trains, and manages volunteers to meet community needs. All of their programs are offered free of charge to benefit vulnerable populations in New Hampshire, especially youth and the elderly. A BCAF grant was provided to support homeless families so they can continue to provide shelter, case management, and other supports through their Emergency Housing Program.
The Front Door Agency offers support and provides services to the disadvantaged and homeless. A BCAF grant was provided to help their Housing Stability Program so they can continue to provide rental assistance and financial assistance through help with rental application fees, utility deposits and payments, first month’s rent, moving costs, housing search and placement services, and comprehensive case management.
Future In Sight, located in Concord, serves statewide
Future In Sight is dedicated to transforming the lives of those who are blind, visually impaired, and their families. A BCAF grant was provided to help support their “Lives and Thrives Program” which primarily serves 70% of their clients who are seniors, over the age of 65, who are blind or visually impaired. The grant will help clients with social workers, low vision therapists, occupational therapists, and orientation and mobility specialists.
Gate City Bike Co-Op, fiscal agent, Nashua Soup Kitchen, Greater Nashua
Gate City Bike Co-Op provides quality recycled bicycles and safety accessories to individuals who have little or no income. A BCAF grant was provided to help expand their operations so they can fix more bikes and donate them to the needy who need to get around for work or care.
Gather, Inc., Portsmouth, Serves Seacoast
Gather (formerly known as the Seacoast Family Food Pantry) began in 1816 with a small group of women whose goal was to feed the families of fishermen in Portsmouth. Gather’s ultimate goal is to end hunger in the Seacoast. Their mission is to fulfill the needs of low-income individuals and families with food, personal care products, and education for healthy living. A BCAF grant was provided to help expand their Meals 4 Kids program into the Rochester, NH community through a pilot mobile market project designed to reach and feed at least 250 children.
Good Beginnings of the Upper Valley, located in West Lebanon, serves Upper Valley
Good Beginnings serves local families with new babies by providing hands-on support, education and community outreach. Many families engage in their In Home Volunteer Visitor Program which matches families with a trained volunteer (often in the same town) who visits once a week for 2-3 hours for three consecutive months to provide respite for exhausted parents at a vulnerable time in a family’s life. Some families engage in their Support and Education Program, which provides parent education materials, children’s books, emergency assistance, emotional support, and community connections. A BCAF grant was provided to support these programs that serve to mitigate isolation and postpartum depression and enhance family safety.
The Good Neighbor Health Clinics, Inc., dba Red Logan Dental Clinic, located in White River Junction, VT, serves Upper Valley
The Good Neighbor Health Clinic was formed in 1992 to provide medical care to those in the Upper Valley who are without care. The organization emerged from the Red Logan Dental Clinic in 1996. Residents of the Upper Valley are eligible for medical and dental services when they do not have access to health or dental insurance and have incomes at or below 250% of the federal poverty guidelines. Their services extend to approximately a 30-mile radius from the junction of the Connecticut and White Rivers. A BCAF grant was provided to assist with purchasing dental supplies and oral surgery hand pieces to help New Hampshire residents.
GOT LUNCH! Laconia, fiscal agent, Congregational Church of Laconia, Laconia
GOT LUNCH! delivers healthy groceries to the children of Laconia during the summer months of school vacation. A BCAF grant was provided to purchase fresh fruits so each child will receive at least five pieces of fresh fruit a week.
Grafton County Senior Citizens Council, Inc. (GCSCC), Lebanon, Serves Grafton County
GCSCC has served older adults and adults with disabilities for 46 years. This organization seeks to develop, strengthen and provide programs and services, which support the health, dignity and independence of old and disabled adults. A BCAF grant was provided to help their volunteers of the Chore Corps program purchase materials for the clients' home repair projects so the clients can live safely and securely in their homes and communities.
The Greater Nashua Council on Alcoholism provides comprehensive substance use disorder treatment and recovery services to individuals and families in a supportive environment, while providing a strategic framework for substance use prevention in New Hampshire. A BCAF grant was provided to assist their clients who are homeless and experiencing multiple mental health illnesses in addition to substance use disorder, with support for housing, food, and other living expenses.
The Greater Nashua Dental Connection serves an increasingly diverse population of low-income and uninsured persons that includes children, veterans, elderly, disabled persons, drug/alcohol addicted, mentally ill, HIV/AIDS patients, and refugees. A BCAF grant was provided to help pay for dental supplies for their School Based Oral Health Program. This program helps children covered by Medicaid or those who do not have dental insurance at all.
Greater Seacoast Community Health was created in January 2018 through the merger of two community health centers, Families First Health & Support Center and Goodwin Community Health. A BCAF grant was provided to their prenatal program so women with risk factors will deliver healthy babies.
Helping Hands Outreach Ministries, Inc., Manchester
Helping Hands Outreach Center provides a safe, sober living environment for men who are motivated to recover from substance misuse and help to discover and employ the tools necessary to live responsible and productive lives. A BCAF grant was provided to help pay to finish renovating a kitchen at 140-142 Central Street. This new kitchen will allow 15 residents to make their food daily instead of being dependent on the kitchen at 50 Lowell Street.
HCFLC was founded in 2010 and educates nearly 150 immigrants and refugee adult students a year using an integrated English literacy and civics education approach. A BCAF grant was provided to support two staff positions: Nepali translator and a technology teacher.
Home, Health & Hospice, Merrimack, Serves Southern NH
Since 1883, HHHC serves patients as a community-based, free standing, non-profit visiting nurse association and hospice program. In 2000, they were able to build the Community Hospice House in Merrimack, NH. HHHC provides trusted, patient-centered services that embrace each individual’s independence and quality throughout life. A BCAF grant was provided to help provide end of life care at the Community Hospice House for dying patients who are without insurance or resources to pay for their care.
Horizon Outreach Ministry, dba 1269 Café, Manchester
The 1269 Café is an outreach ministry to the homeless and people living on the edge in Manchester. The objective of 1269 Café is to remove suffering by showing God’s love in action and by loving people as they are and leading them to a better life in Christ. A BCAF grant was provided to help with upgrading their freezer, refrigeration, and serving kitchen equipment at 1269 Café.
International Institute of New England (IINE), Manchester, Serves Statewide
IINE helps immigrants and refugees through their Welcome and Early Stabilization services at their Manchester site office, which provides newly arrived families with critical transitional and case management support during their first year in NH. A BCAF grant was provided so they are able to welcome refugee women, men and children and provide essential case management services and basic supplies.
The Kearsarge Area Council on Aging helps to promote, develop and reinforce programs that support and enhance the health, well-being dignity, and independence of older people. A BCAF grant was provided to help their transportation program which offers free services to seniors in the Upper Valley. With 59 volunteer drivers and 118 clients they serve a challenging geographic part of New Hampshire.
LIFE Ministries Food Pantry, Wolfeboro, Serves Twenty-five Surrounding Towns
LIFE Ministries Food Pantry is an outreach program of seven local area churches that was founded in 1985. They operate a food pantry, which provides food to eligible people in need, in quantities appropriate to family size and nutritional requirements. A BCAF grant was provided to help purchase food.
The Mayhew Program challenges and helps at-risk NH boys to believe in themselves, work well with others, and find their best through their residential summer program and school year mentoring program. The organization strives to close the opportunity gap for boys in low income, largely single parent families by providing an in-depth program, tuition free, by combining a challenging and supportive residential summer experience with individuals and small group mentoring throughout the school year. A BCAF grant was provided to support their 2019 school year mentoring program.
MCVP: Crisis & Prevention Center, located in Keene, serves the Monadnock Region
MCVP was founded in 1978 and is the only organization in the Monadnock Region dedicated solely to serving survivors of domestic and sexual violence. They also provide emergency shelter to women and children who are fleeing domestic and sexual violence. A grant was provided to assist the emergency shelter in replacing mattresses, a bed frame, and pillows and for support for food and transportation access for shelter guests.
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 RSVP Volunteer Center’s Neighbors-In-Deed program enables low-income seniors, adults with disabilities, veterans, and military families to maintain their independence in their homes and with quality of life with support from the RSVP volunteers. The Monadnock Adult Care Center (MACC) provides physical, social and cognitive services during the day to adults who require supervised care. The BCAF provided a grant to help support the Monadnock RSVP’s Neighbors-In-Deed program and the MACC.
New Generation, Inc., Greater Seacoast
Founded in 1987, New Generation was the first agency in NH to provide shelter to homeless pregnant women and to mothers with young children. A BCAF grant was provided to support their operating expenses related to serving homeless women and children in NH. Their services include food, shelter, transitional housing, intensive case management, parenting education, life-skills coaching, re-housing services, transportation, and aftercare to each client.
NH Children's Trust, located in Concord, serves statewide
Founded in 1986, as a quasi-governmental organization attached to the NH Attorney General's Office, the NH Children's Trust's mission is to eliminate child abuse and neglect in New Hampshire. A BCAF grant was provided to support their parent advocacy training.
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.
Opportunity Networks, Inc., located in Amherst, serves Southern NH
Opportunity Networks has been operating for 38 years and supports adults with disabilities. They offer adult day programming and paid employment services to individuals living with acquired and developmental disabilities in Southern NH. A BCAF grant was provided to help with operational expenses so they can continue to interact their clients with the community and foster relationships that are beneficial for all.
Queen City Bicycle Collective, fiscal agent, NeighborWorks Southern NH, Manchester
QC Bike Collective’s mission is to help Manchester area residents ride safe, affordable bikes and build the skills to fix them. A BCAF grant was provided to help with operational expenses for their “Open Shop” where the public is welcomed into their space to repair their bicycles using their tools, parts, and technical expertise.
St. Gianna’s Place, located in Londonderry, serves region
In the Spring of 2016, four founding board members of St. Gianna's Place, Inc., saw a need to establish a safe harbor for pregnant women who do not have the financial means or emotional support to raise their children. St. Gianna’s Place offers transitional housing for pregnant women in crisis and their babies. A grant from the BCAF was provided for operational expenses.
St. John Neumann Outreach and Food Pantry, fiscal agent, St. John Neumann Parish, Greater Merrimack
St. John Neumann Outreach and Food Pantry established in 1989 provides perishable and non-perishable food for clients that live in Merrimack, Hollis, Amherst, and Northwestern Nashua. All clients that come to the pantry are required to bring proof of income, residency, and identification. Outreach Coordinators also work closely with the clients to ensure they are receiving all state and government benefits for which they qualify. A BCAF grant was provided to help purchase food for their food pantry for their growing clients and families in need.
St. Joseph Hospital, Greater Nashua
St. Joseph Hospital is a Catholic health ministry, providing healing and care for the whole person, in service to all in their communities. They have a health and wellness outreach program called, Faith Community Nursing Program of their Mission Integration Department. A BCAF grant was provided to help in hiring a second Faith Community Nurse to minister medical and spiritual care to congregants and community members, expanding the current program to three Greater Nashua locations.
St. Vincent de Paul Conference of St. Luke the Evangelist, Plaistow, Serves Six Surrounding Towns
St. Vincent de Paul Society is an international organization of Catholic lay men and women who offer assistance to those in need and to offer spiritual support services through prayer and person to person contact. They work closely with the St. Luke Food Pantry which serves 100 to 125 families a month. A BCAF grant was provided to assist in continuing their clothing program for students as they return back to school from summer break.
The Salvation Army, Manchester
The Salvation Army has a weekly feeding program called, “Mobile Joe’s.” Through this program, a team goes to local parks with beverage dispenser backpacks, sandwiches, snacks, and hygiene kits. These are given freely to those who are encountered, targeting those experiencing homelessness. Prayer and further services are also offered. A BCAF grant was provided to help pay for food, hygiene kits, and volunteer identity hats and t-shirts.
Seacoast Family Promise, located in Exeter, serving Seacoast region
Seacoast Family Promise is committed to helping families with children experiencing homelessness to regain self-sufficiency. A BCAF grant was provided to help support their Case Management services of the Strengthening Outcomes Program (SOP) for families with children experiencing homelessness as they rebuild their lives and return to the community as consumers and engaged members.
Seeds of Faith, Inc., dba Lydia's House of Hope, located in Somersworth, serves region
Seeds of Faith provides community outreach programs which helps the homeless and impoverished. Lydia's House of Hope was opened in Somersworth to help train and equip women and children with the necessary mind-set and skills required to move out of chronic homelessness. A BCAF grant was provided to help with operational expenses and direct care costs.
SHARE Outreach, Inc., located in Milford, serving Southern NH
SHARE provides food, clothing, and emergency financial assistance to area families in need who do not qualify for government assistance or for whom that assistance is insufficient or delayed in coming. A BCAF grant was provided to assist with their Hunger Relief Program so they can continue to provide deserving economically disadvantaged families with life’s necessities until they become self-reliant again. The grant will be used to supplement the family’s food supply so students can take food home. The grant will also support a garden and pay for seed and starter plants. The garden would be maintained by volunteers and the fresh produce would go to needy families.
Sonshine Soup Kitchen, Greater Derry
The organization is a community-based ministry with the purpose of feeding the hungry. They began 28 years ago with a group of area churches working together. In March of 2017, they moved into their own facility and their expenses have increased. A BCAF grant was provided to help with the purchase of food.
Southeast NH Habitat for Humanity (SENH), Portsmouth, Serves Southeast NH
SENH Habitat for Humanity serves 19 towns/cities in Rockingham County since 1995. Their mission is to eliminate poverty housing in Southeast NH. To date, they have rehabilitated or built 30 homes and placed more than 120 people in quality, affordable and safe housing. A BCAF grant was provided to help them make homes more affordable for needy families.
Spaulding Youth Center, located in Northfield, serves statewide
Spaulding Youth Center helps young people with autism and 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. Children are referred by the Department of Children, Youth and Families. A BCAF grant was provided to assist with clothing and necessities for the children who have so little when they arrive.
Transportation Assistance for Seacoast Citizens (TASC), Hampton, Serves Greater Seacoast
Founded in 2006, TASC has been providing volunteer drivers for more than 45,000 rides to Seacoast residents in need of assistance. Eligible residents are age 55 or better or other adults with a disability or medical challenge that keeps them from driving. A BCAF grant was provided to help sustain and increase their efforts to coordinate TASC volunteer drivers and with assistance to pay for staff time, education, supplies and sponsored advertisements.
The Way Home, Manchester
Since 1988, The Way Home has been assisting lower income families and individuals so they can obtain safe and affordable housing. They have assisted over 21,000 homeless and at-risk families, individuals, veterans and special needs clients in taking steps to meet their housing needs. A BCAF grant was provided for their core housing counseling with enhanced services for high-risk vulnerable persons, facilitating access to safer, more affordable housing, and skills/resources to remain housed.