The Hippo


May 25, 2020








Community support organizations

• Animal Rescue League of New Hampshire (545 Route 101 Bedford, 472-3647, The animal shelter will take in new pets on a limited basis and offers pet adoption and pet education.

• Angie’s (434 Union St., Manchester, 668-8698, is an emergency shelter for homeless women run by New Horizons in addition to its shelter, food pantry and soup kitchen.

• Anne-Marie House (180 Lowell Road, Hudson, 883-7338, supports homeless families as they work to achieve a sustainable income, housing and transportation.

• Bridges: Domestic & Sexual Violence Support (33 E. Pearl St., Nashua, 889-0858; 16 Elm St., Milford, 672-9833; offers assistance (including emergency shelter, education and court advocacy) to survivors of domestic and sexual violence.

• Concord-Merrimack County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (130 Washington St. Penacook,, 753-6751) is a shelter offering adoption and other programs.

• Good News Garage (325 Merrill St., Manchester,, 877-488-3288) takes donated cars and repairs them so they can be provided to low-income families.

• Easter Seals (555 Auburn St., Manchester, 623-8863, serves people with disabilities and their families, so that they might have equal opportunity to live, learn, work and play within their communities.

• Families In Transition (122 Market St., Manchester, 641-944, aims to provide safe, affordable housing and comprehensive social services to individuals and families who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, further enabling them to gain self-sufficiency and respect.

• Friends of the Manchester Animal Shelter (490 Dunbarton Road, Manchester, 628-3544, uses volunteers to handle dog walking, kennel cleaning, cat cage cleaning, adoptions and special needs.

• Habitat for Humanity (250 Commercial St., Manchester, 626-3944,; Concord, 228-3001,; PO Box 159, Nashua, 883-0295,; ) builds and rehabilitates homes for low-income families.

• Harbor Homes (45 High St., 882-3616, Nashua, provides housing, employment and healthcare services for those who are homeless or living with disabilities.

• The Humane Society of Greater Nashua (24 Ferry Road, Nashua, 889-2275, operates a shelter and provides pet adoption services and other programs.

• Manchester Animal Shelter (90 Dunbarton Road, Manchester, 628-3544, operates a shelter and provides spay/neuter services, adoption services, a pet food pantry and more.

• Marguerite’s Place (87 Palm St., Nashua, 598-1582, ) aims to empower homeless women with children to move on to better lives. The transitional housing program offers furnished apartments for up to 24 months, on-site licensed child care for children, life skills programs, and assistance in acquiring skills necessary for independence.

• Nashua Pastoral Care (7 Concord St., Nashua, 886-2866, assists families at risk of becoming homeless with rent, utilities, food, transportation, medicine and education.

• New Hampshire Catholic Charities (215 Myrtle St., Manchester, 800-562-5249, runs the NH Food Bank and offers services for pregnant teens and teen parents, immigrant and refugee services, health and senior services and counseling services.

• New Horizons Emergency Shelter (199 Manchester St., Manchester 668-1877, provides food, shelter and supportive services to people in need.

• Salvation Army (121 Cedar St., Manchester, 627-7013; 58 Clinton St., Concord, 225-5586; 1 Montgomery Ave., Nashua, 883-7841; 18 Folsom Road, Derry, 434-7790; provides support, food, shelter, clothing and assistance to those in need. It accepts donations of clothing and furniture.

• United Way (228 Maple St., Manchester, 625-6939, works to raise money to invest in education, health, wellness and economic self-sufficiency in communities.

Giving the basics
For some groups it’s about the necessities

By Kelly Sennott

It’s the season of giving, and typically we give our loved ones items we think they will enjoy most. Girlfriends get jewelry, Dad gets a tool belt, and children get toys.

So why would someone want socks, or better yet, toilet paper for Christmas?

Many community support agencies say people are extremely generous when it comes to donating presents for the holiday season. Most agencies have enough resources to provide their clients’ children with gifts this year. What many are lacking are basic resources, such as warm clothes, food and toiletries.

“People are so generous when it comes to holiday support, but what we really need most is ongoing support for regular items, such as cleaning supplies, laundry detergent, soap, etc.,” said Beverly Doolan, the director of development and public relations at Marguerite’s Place, which houses homeless women and their children and helps them move on to better lives. The childcare program is currently one of the few in the agency where there are openings, and it will almost always take in new clients.

Marguerite’s Place welcomes donations of all sorts. People interested in volunteering should attend a monthly meeting, which occurs on the third Tuesday of every month — see the specific times on the agency’s website,

Recent state budget cuts have affected a number of nonprofits. Marguerite’s Place has noticed an increase in the number of help requests, and Harbor Homes in Nashua also noted a change.

“Across the board, there is an increase in need, especially in emergency shelter,” said Vanessa Sarlo, the director of grants development at Harbor Homes. “The state budget cuts have definitely affected the number of people we can serve, but we do the very best that we can with what we have,” Sarlo said.

Sarlo said that the partnership has also been able ensure that the children of the clients all receive Christmas gifts; however, Harbor Homes currently does not have the in-house capacity to ensure that all 700 adult clients receive the resources they need, which in most cases means adequate food and clothing. Gift card donations for the partnership at 45 High St. for clothes or groceries would therefore be enormously appreciated. People can also donate at

The agency has been at work helping its clients. The Welcoming Light Institute through Harbor Homes held “Project Homeless Connect” on Tuesday, Dec. 6, providing homeless individuals with access to medical, housing, social service, and employment resources. The agency’s Thanksgiving dinner drew in more people than it has in years past, with lines out the door.

Sarlo also noted that was a much younger population than the Partnership is accustomed to seeing at the Thanksgiving Day event; many of those who came in appeared to be under 30.

Nashua’s Harbor Homes isn’t the only agency that is seeing an increased need in help and a change in client population.

“The numbers are increasing. We have more families at FIT, as opposed to just singles, who are coming in for help,” said Pamela Punksy, the volunteer and VISTA manager at Families in Transition.

This year, Families in Transition is encouraging people to donate to its annual fund, which can be accessed on its website, FIT too is set with children’s gifts but has clients who are still lacking basic necessities, such as towels, pots, pans clothes and bedding. FIT also relies on donations for its OutFITters thrift store and its Concord women’s clothing boutique. All proceeds from this thrift store, which sells new and gently used items at low prices, go straight into the FIT program.

Those who don’t have the extra change to spare can volunteer their time instead, said Michel Talwani, the head of FIT’s marketing department. The OutFITters thrift store has a small staff and is always in need of volunteers. The Youth Department is also looking for helpers in preschool classes and after-school programs in Manchester schools, and a new FIT program, the Lower Street Dinner program, that helps FIT provide hot meals to participants five nights a week. E-mail or call 935-7900 x 1719 to make a difference.

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