BCAF Grant Recipients
(October 1, 2018 – September 30, 2019)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Greater Seacoast Community Health, located in Portsmouth, serves Greater Seacoast
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.
Holy Cross Family Learning Center (HCFLC), Greater Manchester
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.
Kearsarge Area Council on Aging, located in New London, serves nine Kearsarge-area communities
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.
Mayhew Program, located in Bristol, serves statewide
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.