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BCAF Grant Recipients

(October 1, 2021 – September 30, 2022)

Behavioral Health & Development Services of Strafford County / Community Partners, located in 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 Strafford 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 will help their Respite Program so they can assist 15 families in 2022. The Respite Program ensures that caregivers and families remain strong and receive the support they need while caring for the 24/7 needs of a disabled family member.

The 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 2016-2018 in Belknap County increased by 42.9%. A BCAF grant will help them with the critical need to increase paid staff. Staffing has been a challenge and is critical to meet the needs of the families.

Blueberry Express Day Care, located and serves in 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 37 children, ages 3 months to 10 years of age and over half of the families receive tuition assistance to make childcare affordable. A BCAF grant will help them replace and update their malfunctioning heating system.

Boys & Girls Club of the North Country, located in Littleton, serves 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 had served more than 250 members of the community in 2019 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. Because of COVID they were temporarily closed and forced to lay off most of their direct childcare support staff. They have reopened their doors as of March 2021. They are now serving 88 members from 10 surrounding towns and accommodating 5 schools. A BCAF grant will directly support their increased operating expenses so they can build back for their community.

Brain Injury Association of New Hampshire, located in Concord, serves Statewide

The Brain Injury Association of New Hampshire supports individuals living with a brain injury or stroke, their family members and professionals working within the field of brain injury. A BCAF grant will help with providing short-term financial assistance to individuals with a brain injury or neurodegenerative disorders under the age of 22 and over the age of 60.

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. A BCAF grant will help women and children who are in very difficult circumstances to regain their freedom and independence. The grant will help to pay for mattresses, basic furniture and supplies for an apartment.

Carroll County Retired & Senior Volunteer Program – CCRSVP, located in North Conway, serves Carroll County

Established in 1971, CCRSVP 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 will help with their operating expenses including staff salary support, training costs, volunteer recruitment and recognition costs, volunteer mileage reimbursement, and supplementary insurance for volunteers.

CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children), located in Manchester, serves Statewide

CASA of NH protects the right for of state’s most vulnerable children to live, learn, and grow in the embrace of a loving family. Their purpose is to provide well-trained and caring Guardians ad Litem for abused and neglected children that come to the attention of NH’s courts. A BCAF grant will help recruit, train and supervise one additional volunteer advocate in 2022 that will support victimized children in the Manchester area.

Claremont Soup Kitchen, located in Claremont, serves Sullivan County

Claremont Soup Kitchen was established in 1983 as a nonprofit food assistance program operating seven days a week. Their programs include the Soup Kitchen, the Food Pantry, Meals To-Go, Free Medical Clinic, Women’s Primary Health Clinic, Children’s Community Lunch. A BCAF grant will help with their Children’s Summer Feeding Program. The program offers free lunch to any child and accompanying adults in the City of Claremont during the summer months. The program is partially funded by the Department of Education Summer Food Service Program, but they need to raise additional funds to operate.

Community Action Partnership of Strafford County, located in Dover, serves Strafford County

Community Action Partnership of Strafford County (CAPSC) 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 will help their nutrition programming, which aims to reduce food insecurity. CAPSC’s nutrition programs help their clients stretch their food dollars. These programs help families ensure they can feed their children after school or during the summer when school food programs are not available.

Community Action Program Belknap-Merrimack Counties, located in Concord, serves Belknap & Merrimack Counties

Community Action Program Belknap-Merrimack Counties (CAPBMI) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing assistance for the reduction of poverty, the revitalization of low-income communities, and the empowerment of low-income families and individuals to become fully self-sufficient. Community Action Program, Belknap-Merrimack Counties, Inc. (CAPBMI), through its local offices, senior centers, Head Start centers and low-income and elderly housing units is a trusted source of support for over 6,000 families annually. A BCAF grant will help with purchasing winter clothing to be given to their most needy clients from the following programs: WIC, Head Start, Early Head Start, Foster Grandparents, Homeless Outreach, along with Senior Centers and five area centers.

Community Caregivers of Greater Derry, located in Derry, serves Greater Derry

Community Caregivers of Greater Derry was formed in 1988 to help enrich lives and support individuals to remain independent through a compassionate volunteer community. A BCAF grant will help fund their Loaners Closet of Durable Medical Equipment. They loan donated equipment to anyone who needs it for as long as they need it, free of charge. This includes wheelchairs, walkers, commodes, bath seats, etc. The money would be used for operational expenses.

Corpus Christi Food Pantry and Assistance, Inc., located and serves 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. Because there is approximately 100,000 residents in need of substance abuse treatment, only four percent of these residents actually receive assistance from the State for treatment. Thousands of individuals are left to find alternate ways to fund treatment programs. A BCAF grant will assist in keeping individuals in Sober Living or Transitional Living Facilities.

Dover Friendly Kitchen, located in Dover, serves Greater Dover

The Dover Friendly Kitchen (DFK) provides nutritionally balanced meals to marginalized neighbors from the Greater Dover area in a restaurant type setting. The focus is to not only serve a supper, but to also offer hospitality and community. Since the pandemic, their guests have increased by 25%. A BCAF grant will help with budget increases.

Family Promise of Southern New Hampshire, located in Nashua, serves Hillsborough and Rockingham Counties

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 Recovery NH dba HOPE for New Hampshire Recovery, located in Manchester, serves Statewide

HOPE for New Hampshire Recovery is a grassroots alliance of people in recovery, their family and friends, and concerned members of the community whose goal is to advocate for and decrease the stigma about those in addiction recovery. A BCAF grant will help pay for a hired Homeless Outreach worker who will be out at various camps, shelters and parks to offer support services in an effort to engage people with services to improve their quality of living.

Gateways Community Services, located in Nashua, serves Greater Nashua

Gateways Community Services believes that all people are of great value and strives to be innovative when providing quality support needed for individuals to lead meaningful lives in their community. Gateways has championed this mission for 40 years, presently serving over 3,000 individuals with disabilities and their families and seniors in need of care. A BCAF grant will help offset the lunch costs from a local catering company so their program participants can continue receiving nutritious quality of food.

Good Beginnings of the Upper Valley, located in West Lebanon, serves Upper Valley

Good Beginnings began in 1986 and serves local families with new babies by providing hands on and virtual support, education, and community outreach. They serve any family of a new baby free of charge, during the first six months after birth, who live within a 40-mile radius of their West Lebanon office. A BCAF grant will help their In-Home Volunteer Visitor and Education/Support Programs. The In-Home Volunteer Visitor Program matches families with a trained volunteer who visits and provides respite for new parents. The Education/Support Program provides new parents with educational materials, children’s books, emergency assistance, emotional support, and community connections.

Greater Nashua Dental Connection, located in Nashua, serves Greater Nashua

The Greater Nashua Dental Connection serves an increasingly diverse population of low-income and uninsured persons including children, veterans, elderly, disabled persons, drug/alcohol addicted, mentally ill, HIV/AIDS patients, and refugees. A BCAF grant will help pay for dental screening and treatment to children, age’s birth through five, through an oral health education program for parents affiliated with local non-profits.

Home, Health & Hospice Care (HHHC), located in Merrimack, serves Greater Nashua

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 of life. To help with the COVID-19 crisis, a BCAF grant will help fund the purchase of surgical masks so they can continue to provide end of life care safely at the Community Hospice House.

Home Tomorrow, located in Manchester, serves Greater Manchester

Home Tomorrow (formally Greater Manchester Habitat for Humanity) has been building and repairing homes for those less fortunate in the Greater Manchester community for the past 28 years. However, they have changed their name and mission to help people with more affordable housing. A BCAF grant will help pay for the transportation of furniture, mattresses, and supplies for these families in need.

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

IINE is a social service organization for new Americans serving nearly 3000 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.

Marguerite’s Place, located in Nashua, serves Statewide

Marguerite’s Place has a 28-year history and provides homeless families a private, secure, furnished apartment for up to 24 months. Their objective is to provide basic needs for their families so that they can prioritize their professional goals, healing, financial stability, and confidence. A BCAF grant will support an intensive 3-month stabilization process for 4 families transitioning from homelessness.

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 by combining a challenging and supportive residential summer experience with individual and small group mentoring throughout the school year. Mayhew helps boys ages 10-18 develop essential life skills, prepare for, and achieve their goals, and learn to be part of a community. A BCAF grant will help to provide tuition assistance to make Mayhew’s unique, time-tested program available to at-risk NH boys.

The Mental Health Center of Greater Manchester, located in Manchester, serves Greater Manchester

For more than 60 years, The Mental Health Center of Greater Manchester has been a private nonprofit system of comprehensive mental health services that is available to area citizens who experience problems with mental illness, often with co-occurring substance abuse. They are the largest provider of outpatient behavioral health services in NH and provide a broad range of services to 11,000 individuals annually. A BCAF grant will help support their organization through these challenging times.

Nashua Police Athletic League (PAL), located in Nashua, serves Southern NH

Nashua PAL (Nashua Police Athletic League) was incorporated in 1989 and provides inner-city youth programming and a number of exclusive youth sports programs throughout Greater Nashua. Today, Nashua PAL serves over 2,000 youth in Southern New Hampshire. A BCAF grant will assist with the PAL Youth Safe Haven, which provides quality after school/summer care to youth at no cost. The program serves over 250+ at-risk youth between 7-18 years of age annually.

Nashua Soup Kitchen & Shelter (NSK&S), located in Nashua, serves 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. Founded in 1981, NSKS&S offers the only emergency shelter in the region for single women and families experiencing crisis. A BCAF grant will help with the completion of their new emergency shelter at 35 Spring Street in Nashua.

NH Breast Cancer Coalition, located in Hudson, serves Statewide

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.

New Life Ministries of N.E., Inc., located in Manchester, serves New England

New Life Ministries of NE assists women, along with their children, to break free from the cycle of poverty and abuse so they may lead self-sufficient and drug/alcohol free lives. This is accomplished by training and developing job readiness in the mother, while meeting all the basic needs for the mother and children at no cost to them. A BCAF grant will be used for program expenses for their residents.

St. Vincent de Paul Exeter, located in Exeter, serves Greater Exeter

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul Exeter has been established since 1989 with the mission to provide emergency food and assistance to those in need. They not only provide the communities they serve with food, but many other critical services such as dental and medical care, employment opportunities, emergency financial assistance, senior services, homeless assistance and much more. A BCAF grant will help their Fresh Dairy and Produce Program, which provides their clients with fresh milk, butter, eggs, orange juice, and fresh local produce.

The Salvation Army, located in Laconia, serves Greater Laconia

In 1994, the Laconia branch of The Salvation Army opened as an emergency homeless shelter. In 2001, The Salvation Army secured a large federal grant to purchase and renovate, “The Carey House.” This dry, emergency homeless shelter provides essential elements to clients, which include a warm bed, clean laundry and bathroom facilities, a kitchen to cook, peace of mind and safety. A BCAF grant will help with the purchase and installation of a new refrigeration unit for their Men’s Unit kitchen.

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 with their new SEEDS OF HOPE FUND. This fund will help residents pay their monthly $300 rent until they are able to get assistance from the state or be able to self-sustain. This grant will be used to provide the resident with a place to sleep, shelter, and warmth over a course of a year.

SHARE Outreach, Inc., located in Milford, serves 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 will assist with and the purchase of food, which will supplement donated food in 2022 and ensure that those less fortunate will have the sustenance and nutrition they need to lead healthy, productive and self-sufficient lives.

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 disorder. A BCAF grant will help at least 110 NH families in the coming year and to keep pace with the increased demand for their services. They are seeking funds to support program expansion

Union Leader Santa Fund, serves Statewide

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.

The Upper Room, located in Derry, serves Greater Derry

Since 1986, The Upper Room has been providing prevention and early intervention services to children, youth and families in Southern NH. They operate a weekly food pantry that is open to the public. On average it serves 350 unduplicated families per year. A BCAF grant will help stock their food pantry.

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.

Webster House, located in Manchester, serves Statewide

The 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. Webster House operations have been impacted by the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic by creating unexpected expenses. A BCAF grant will assist with these unexpected expenses and provide their residents with basic needs. In an effort to create a safe and stable environment, where their residents freely and openly participate in their counseling services. The ultimate goal of all their programs and services it to provide their residents with the tools they need to improve their behavioral and emotional responses so they can be reunited with their families or loving foster families.