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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.

American Red Cross of New Hampshire, located in Concord, serves NH/VT

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. In NH, the American Red Cross responds to a disaster every 17 hours, delivering safe shelter, hot meals, emotional support and recovery resources to people in need. A BCAF grant was provided to help their ongoing work providing Home Fire Education, Disaster Relief, and care to those affected by a home fire.

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.

Boys & Girls Club of Greater Nashua, located in 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. During normal operations, they are open before school for per diem childcare, after school until 9:00 pm, and daily during summer and school vacations. The Club provides safe transportation from school to the Club and back home, nutritious meals, and individual services to support Club members. To adapt to the community’s needs during the pandemic, they have shifted hours and provide virtual classes. A BCAF grant was provided to help their Youth Development Professionals and support staff who run their distance learning service and Academic Success Initiative activities.

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.

Care Net Pregnancy Center of Greater Concord, located in Concord, serves Greater Concord

Care Net Pregnancy Center has served women, men and families in the Concord area since 1985. They offer services to those facing unplanned pregnancies through their free services, which include pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, parenting education, food, clothing, diapers, baby furniture, and community referrals. A BCAF grant was provided to help pay for underwriting a training project related to sexual and relational health with an emphasis on abstinence. The funds will help with the expense of the initial training and then underwrite their expenses to host and provide workshops to others in the community.

Carroll County Retired & Senior Volunteer Program – RSVP, Fiscal Agent, North Conway Community Center, located in North Conway, serves Coos, Grafton & Carroll Counties

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 Driver Program.

Catholic Charities New Hampshire, located in Manchester, serves Statewide

Catholic Charities New Hampshire is a human services organization, established in 1945, with a mission to provide quality services that heal, comfort, and empower the poor and vulnerable. They requested a grant to help support their Mental Health Counseling Services. A BCAF grant was provided to cover the cost that is not collected from their sliding scale fee structure. The current COVID-19 pandemic atmosphere of economic instability and insecurity has resulted in greater demand for counseling services as people struggle with the stress of meeting basic needs for their families, finding/keeping gainful employment, and meeting other financial obligations.

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

The Community Caregivers of Greater Derry was formed in 1988 to help enrich lives and support individuals to remain independent through a compassionate volunteer community. One of their programs is to loan donated equipment to anyone who needs the item for as long as they need it, without a fee, through their Loaners Closet of Durable Medical Equipment. The equipment includes wheelchairs, walkers, commodes, bath seats, etc. A BCAF grant will go toward their operational expenses.

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 needs or acquired brain disorder. A BCAF grant was provided to help their Respite Program so they can assist more families in 2021. The Respite Program ensures that caregivers and families remain strong and receive the support they need while caring for the needs of a disabled family member.

Exeter Area Charitable Foundation, located in Exeter, serves Greater Exeter

The Exeter Charitable Foundation was created by the Exeter Area Chamber of Commerce in 1989 to raise money to provide warm winter clothing and bedding to children in need. Since then, the fund has grown to include eleven area towns and help over 700 local children. The funds are distributed to children in need in the form of a voucher to purchase clothing and bedding at local retail stores. A BCAF grant was provided to help fund their Voucher Program, which runs annually each fall.

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 Greater Concord, located in Concord, serves 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 and meals for homeless families in the community.

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.

Home Healthcare, Hospice & Community Services, VNA at HCS, located in Keene, serves Cheshire County

Home Healthcare, Hospice & Community Services (HCS) began as the Visiting Nurses in Peterborough in 1907. Over the years, their programs expanded to include Meals on Wheels, transportation, Healthy Starts for pregnant women, children and families, hospice end-of-life care and palliative care, and adult day care. They have grown and responded to local needs for residents throughout southwestern NH. A BCAF grant will help to support the increased need for Meals on Wheels and the expansion to serve three rural communities (Marlow, Stoddard and Richmond).

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.

Isaiah 61 Café, located in Laconia, serves Greater Laconia

Isaiah 61 Café provides a place for less fortunate and homeless families in Laconia to have access to bathroom and laundry facilities, showers, and lockers on a daily basis. They offer a continental breakfast and hot lunch 5 days a week and serve approximately 5-60 people daily. They also offer clothing, supplies, transportation and work as advocates with social services and state assistance. A BCAF grant was provided for basic needs, such as food, shelter, heat, clothing, etc., for the homeless in Laconia.

Kearsarge Area Council on Aging, located in New London, serves nine Kearsarge-area communities

Founded in 1992, 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. They have a transportation program, which offers free services to seniors in the Upper Valley, a geographic part of NH critically underserved by public, private and charitable transportation. A BCAF grant will help with their transportation program, which is now including transportation to vaccination sites.

LISTEN (Lebanon in Service to Each Neighbor) Community Services, located in Lebanon, serves Upper Valley

LISTEN Community Services was founded almost fifty years ago. They provide services and support to meet the critical needs of Upper Valley individuals and families. They connect clients with a variety of resources and make sure that those who are the most vulnerable – seniors, families, people working two or even three jobs – can stay in their homes, have heat and electricity, keep food in their cupboards, and more. A BCAF grant was provided to help LISTEN’s Food Pantry. The grant will help them continue to offer emergency bags of food and personal care items to those in the community that are in need.

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

Nashua PAL (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 was provided to assist with the PAL Youth Safe Haven, which provides quality afterschool/summer care to youth at no cost. The program serves over 350 at-risk youth between 7-18 years of age.

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. Augustin Preschool and Kindergarten, located and serves in Manchester

St. Augustin Preschool and Kindergarten was founded in 1974 and is one of the only nonprofit center-based preschool providers who accept children starting at age 3 years old. They serve 57 families of all different cultures, religions and income levels. The school is located in the basement of St. Anne-St. Augustin Parish. A BCAF grant was provided to help pay for renovations for lead paint so they can keep the children safe.

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.

Second Start, located in Concord, serves 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 was provided to help underwrite the tuition for the participants.

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.

Society of 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 was provided to help their Summer Family Food Program to bridge the gap over the summer vacation. The objective of the program is to relieve the financial burden families can feel when the kids are home and the grocery bills are higher.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Transportation Assistance for Seacoast Citizens (TASC), located in 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 expand their volunteer drivers to the town of East Kingston.

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.

West Central Behavioral Health (WCBH), located in Lebanon, serves Sullivan County & Upper Valley

WCBH provides community mental and behavioral health services for Sullivan County and the Upper Valley, including residents in and around the City of Lebanon. Founded in 1977, WCBH ensures access to advance counseling, treatment, and support for people of all ages, regardless of their ability to pay. Approximately 85% of their clients are Medicaid-eligible. A BCAF grant was provided for their programs that assist 24/7 to those experiencing a mental health crisis in the region.