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BCAF Grant Recipients

(October 1, 2020 – September 30, 2021)

1269 Café Ministries, located and serves in 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. They are open 7 days a week and serve approximately 700 needy people per week. Throughout the pandemic, they have been providing emergency and temporary shelter for the homeless in their recently purchased building at 456 Union Street in Manchester. A BCAF grant was provided to help with operational expenses for this new shelter.

Belknap House, located in Laconia, serves Belknap County

Belknap House had been a cold weather, emergency shelter for homeless families that serve residents of Belknap County. They also provide parents a way to connect with a variety of services and other resources. However, according to the NH Coalition to End Homelessness, homeless families in 2019 in Belknap County increased by 42.9%. A BCAF grant will help them improve the accessibility of shelter programs, and education to parents through technology, specifically, the purchase of laptops and supportive software.

Birthright of Manchester, Inc., located in Bedford, serves Manchester Region

Birthright offers an interdenominational, non-judgmental alternative to abortion. They have a 24/7 emergency help line. Recently the Diocese of Manchester was able to provide them with a new space at 448 Donald Street in Bedford. However, their rental fee has increased. A BCAF grant was provided to help with the rental increase and to make up for lost revenue due to COVID-19.

Bridges: Domestic & Sexual Violence Support, located in Nashua, serves Southern NH

Bridges was founded in 1977 and serves survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, and stalking so their clients can gain economic stability and achieve their personal goals. Many of their new cases are due to loss of jobs and money from the COVID-19 crisis. A BCAF grant will help women and children who are in very difficult circumstances to regain their freedom and independence.

Families in Transition-New Horizons for New Hampshire, Inc./27th Thanksgiving Breakfast, located in Manchester, serves Statewide

New Horizons operates a soup kitchen, food pantry, an emergency homeless shelter at 199 Manchester Street and Angie’s Shelter for Women on Union Street. The organization was founded in 1979. A BCAF grant will help fund to-go meals at their facility. In exchange for our support, they will provide us a “Stable Housing” Sponsorship at their annual Thanksgiving Breakfast. The breakfast is a signature event and tradition for people and business leaders in Greater Manchester, which support their programs.

Family Promise of Southern New Hampshire, located in Hudson, serves Southern NH

Family Promise of Southern NH is trying to end homelessness, one family at a time, because every child deserves a home. Through safe housing and education, Family Promise guides families as they break the cycle, and rise from homelessness to sustainable independence. A BCAF grant will help their Diversion Program, which serves families and individuals who are in crisis. The goal of the program is to prevent homelessness for families and individuals seeking shelter by helping them identify immediate alternative housing arrangements, connecting them with services and financial assistance and help them return to permanent housing.

Friends of New Hampshire Drug Courts, located in Concord, serves Statewide

The Friends of NH Drug Court seek to reduce recidivism and enhance community safety by providing treatment and community supervision for participants with chemical dependence that has resulted in criminal behavior. The Friends of NH Drug Courts support all established and developing Drug Courts in the State of New Hampshire. A BCAF grant will go toward grants and assistance for their participants and the operational costs. Many of the Drug Court participants have unmet basic needs, which can negatively impact their ability to succeed. Drug Court participants often lack resources due to unemployment and lack of a strong social and family network. Small grants would be provided to participants for urgent, unmet needs in the areas of housing, education, health, and work.

Gert’s Pantry, located in Swanzey, serves Swanzey and surrounding communities

Gert’s Pantry was founded in the 1990s by Gertrude Berthiaume as a ministry of the Community Church of West Swanzey to provide food to needy people in the community. After she died in 1993, the pantry was named after her and expanded, becoming a joint effort with four other churches in town, including St. Anthony’s Catholic Church (now closed). They provide food for 42 households, mostly elderly and single, as well as 6 families. A BCAF grant will help them purchase a vehicle for picking up deliveries and to deliver food to individuals and expand their mobile food pantry for residents of the Town of Swanzey and neighboring communities in Cheshire County.

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 and dental care to those in the Upper Valley who are without care. 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 will help to partially fund the salary of a full-time dentist at Red Logan Dental Clinic, who will be responsible for directly seeing patients as well as supervising dental externs. If they were unable to secure all of the funding to hire a new dentist, we would recommend they put this grant toward dental supplies.

Greater Nashua Habitat for Humanity (GNHFH), located in Nashua, serves Greater Nashua

Founded in 1994, GNHFH is an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International and shares its mission to put God’s love into action by providing homeownership opportunities for low to moderate-income families. A BCAF grant was provided to help a new initiative that will provide desks for students to work remotely at home. The grant will help to offset the cost of materials.

Interlakes Community Caregivers, Inc., located in Center Harbor, serves Lakes Region

Since 1998, Interlakes Community Caregivers is a volunteer nonprofit that provides nonmedical supportive services for residents of Meredith, Moultonborough, Center Harbor and Sandwich. A BCAF grant will support and enhance the work of their volunteers who provide rides, run errands, and conduct friendly visits and check-in phone calls with local seniors who must rely on others to fulfill their basic needs to access healthcare, nutrition, and mental wellbeing.

International Institute of New England (IINE), located in Manchester, serves Statewide

IINE is a social service organization for new Americans serving nearly 600 refugees and immigrants annually. IINE-Manchester is part of the IINE, whose mission is to create opportunities for refugees and immigrants to succeed through resettlement, education, career advancement, and pathways to citizenship. A BCAF grant will support their Lifting Refugee and Immigrant Families Together Program and contribute to IINE’s impact helping Manchester’s critical foreign-born population in resettling, securing jobs, integrating, and ultimately contributing to the state’s economy.

NH Breast Cancer Coalition, located in Hudson, serves NH residents

The NH Breast Cancer Coalition was founded in 1992 as a statewide grassroots organization dedicated to advocating for NH residents with breast cancer. They work on the federal level with the National Breast Cancer Coalition to support adequate federal funding for breast cancer research and public policy that will help end breast cancer for all, and locally to promote awareness and assist NH residents battling breast cancer. A BCAF grant will support their Support Services Fund. This Fund provides critical financial aid to NH residents with breast cancer who are struggling to meet their basic needs because of their diagnosis. They receive roughly 100 requests per year for an average of $727 in aid for expenses such as food, rent, mortgage, gas, oil, electricity and phone.

The Richie McFarland Children’s Center (RMCC), located in Stratham, serves Seacoast Region

The Richie McFarland Children’s Center is an early childhood program whose purpose is to help young children reach their full developmental potential and to support their families through that process. The Center was founded in 1971 and serves children from birth through five years of age who have been identified with a developmental concern, delay or disability. They support over 300 families per year. A BCAF grant will assist the Miriam R. Stahl Family Assistance Fund. This Fund provides short-term assistance for families facing a financial hardship. These needs include medical bills, special equipment and therapeutic devices, groceries, car repairs, heating costs, childcare and housing.

St. Gianna’s Place, located in Londonderry, serves Statewide

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 financial means or emotional support to raise their children. A BCAF grant will help with operational expenses to run the home.

The Salvation Army, located in Manchester, serves Statewide

Established in 1865, The Salvation Army is an international religious and charitable movement. The organization has been serving people both physically and spiritually. A BCAF grant will assist people in need throughout New Hampshire with rent, utility payments, unexpected medical expenses, prescriptions, and transportation.

Seeds of Faith, Inc., dba Lydia’s House of Hope, located in Somersworth, serves Greater Somersworth

Seeds of Faith provides community outreach programs, which help the homeless and impoverished in a variety of ways. 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 will help to restock their house pantry in advance of the holidays and the full house they anticipate having this winter.

Southwestern Community Services Fuel Assistance, located in Keene, serves Cheshire and Sullivan Counties

The Southwestern Community Services Fuel Assistance Program helps provide eligible low-income families with heating assistance during the critical winter months. A BCAF grant will help their Warm $ GAP funds to help families that do not fit within the parameters of the Fuel or Electrical Assistance programs.

Stepping Stones, fiscal agent, United Way of Greater Nashua, located in Nashua, serves Greater Nashua

Stepping Stones is a new organization that supports homeless youth by providing a drop-in center where they can get the things they need. They have a new location at 3 Pine Street Extension in Nashua. There is an estimated 400 homeless youths between the ages of 12-25, who are living on their own in the Greater Nashua area. On December 1, this new program and facility opened to provide independent living skills training, tutoring for adult basic education skills, parenting classes, and recovery support groups, along with basic services such as showers, laundry, meals, and a safe place to rest and relax. A BCAF grant was provided to help with operational expenses for this new organization.

Step Up Parents, located in Portsmouth, serves Statewide

Step Up Parents began operation in 2019 to help grandparents and other familial caregivers in NH who have stepped up to raise the children of parents struggling with substance use disorders. A BCAF grant was provided to help 100+ NH families in the coming year and to keep pace with the increased demand for their services. This BCAF grant will support the grandparents and children with direct services.

TLC Family Resource Center, located in Claremont, serves Sullivan & Lower Grafton Counties

TLC Family Resource Center provides prevention and intervention programs to help end child abuse and neglect and to support the best health outcomes for babies, children, and moms by giving parents the necessary tools to handle the challenge of parenting. A BCAF grant will assist their Peer Recovery Programs, focusing on youth and street outreach.

The Tolles Street Mission, Nashua

The Tolles Street Mission has been established since 1989. They serve the community by providing food for the hungry. During the week they have an average of 85 families visit their pantry. They had a flood in the building because a hot water tank failed. A BCAF grant will help cover their insurance deductible.

The Way Home, located in Manchester, serves Greater Manchester

Since 1988, The Way Home has been assisting lower income families and individuals 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.

Waypoint, located in Manchester, serves Statewide

Waypoint (formerly Child and Family Services) is a nonprofit agency that provides a lifeline across the lifespan and has been operational for 170 years. Their mission is to empower 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 500 hours of charitable care.