NEWS ARCHIVE - March 2013

Harbor Homes helps Homeless NH Veteran Gain Employment and Housing
POSTED ON March 25th BY
After serving our country as a proud combat Army soldier in the Desert Storm Gulf war for almost a year, Tommy Kelly returned home to start several successful electronics businesses. Needing access to an experienced workforce in the Nashua area, in 2009 he met with Andrea Reed, Program Manager of the Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Program (HVRP) program at Harbor Homes. It was a perfect match — the purpose of the HVRP program is to provide services to assist in reintegrating homeless veterans into meaningful employment. Tommy was eager to help his fellow Vets and hired several workers at his business, Seacoast Electronics, in jobs such as repair, shipping, inspection, and customer service. The Vets were always grateful to Tommy and considered him a patient and understanding boss. Little did he know that Andrea would later be the keys to helping him years later. Unfortunately, in 2012, MORE >
William Martin is the Partnership for Successful Living’s Volunteer of the Month
POSTED ON March 22nd BY PartnershipTeam
March 2013 Partnership for Successful Living’s Volunteer of the Month Congratulations William Martin! William Martin is unassuming, friendly – and an accounting guru.   Volunteering directly for the Vice President of Finance, he takes on projects spanning the accounting spectrum.  From developing reports for the federal government, to designing financial statements, Bill has done it all. Where he really shines though is in his knowledge of accounting software.   He has mastered the art of Microsoft Excel, tackled our new accounting software, and even navigated the horrors of the government reporting website, HUD REAC.   Bill understands the technology of his trade and implements it to the great benefit of the Finance Department, and the whole Partnership And all the while, Bill has worked with an inquisitive disposition and an easy smile.  His supervisor and co-workers all appreciate his attitude and work-ethic – so much so that Bill was MORE >
Huntington at Nashua hosts fundraiser for Harbor Homes’ Veterans FIRST Program
POSTED ON March 21st BY
In addition to the Veterans FIRST Auction, other community organizations are chipping in to help the veterans program of Harbor Homes.  On Saturday, March 16 the Hunt Senior Living center organized a St. Patrick’s Day fundraiser to support our Veterans FIRST Program. They had a great turnout for the event, featuring the band, Madra Rua. They performed a lively selection of Irish music featuring ballads, jigs, reels and fiddle tunes. Through the generosity of those who attended the concert, combined with matching donations from The Huntington at Nashua, $1000 was raised for Veterans FIRST! According to Laurie Goodman, communications coordinator at The Huntington, “It was a wonderful event, enjoyed by everyone in attendance, and it was nearly a full house!” Harbor Homes wishes to extend a heartfelt thanks to everyone who attended the concert and supported the veterans! About Veterans FIRST Harbor Homes designs many of MORE >
Keystone Hall’s Transitional Living Center is Thriving
POSTED ON March 21st BY PartnershipTeam
At Keystone Hall, we take a lot of pride in offering many different services  to help those struggling with addiction. One of those services is the Transitional Living Center, a 6-month residential program for homeless individuals in early recovery from substance use disorders.  Clients in this program receive substance use disorder treatment, case management, counseling, group support, education and help to achieve self-sufficiency. All residents of the Transitional Living Program receive employment assistance and job skills training to include resume writing, interviewing skills, and job search strategies.  Many obtain their GED, while others go on to achieve more advanced education, such as a Certified Nursing Assistant license.   A primary goal of the program is to ensure that graduates exit with stable housing and meaningful income, while maintaining sobriety.  All residents of the Transitional Living Center program complete a minimum of twenty hours community service. Many continue MORE >
Fidelity Investments Donates Truck Loads to Harbor Homes
POSTED ON March 21st BY PartnershipTeam
On February 21, CEO Peter Kelleher made an announcement over the PA at 45 High Street to all staff and volunteers:  “We need help bringing in the all of the donations.”  Outside, there were six truck-loads of household items for Harbor Homes’ Veterans FIRST program donated by the Merrimack branch of Fidelity Investments.   It took nearly twenty employees, volunteers, and donors to bring all of the much-needed toiletries, kitchenware, linens and other household items into the building. In total, over 1,700 items were donated to the homeless veterans at Dalianis House, a Harbor Homes’ transitional housing program.  Fidelity and its employees have a history of giving to local agencies in need of their assistance, and this time it was Brent Osborn, a Fixed Income Trader for Fidelity and a veteran himself, who contacted Harbor Homes looking for a project that he and his co-workers might be MORE >
Dream Catchers for National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
POSTED ON March 21st BY PartnershipTeam
To commemorate National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day the Southern New Hampshire HIV/AIDS Task Force collaborated with the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center HIV Program to host an educational program at the Boys and Girls Club of Nashua on March 12, 2013. Paid for through a grant from the Office for Women’s Health,  Dartmouth Hitchcock HIV Outreach Specialist, Jean Adie, and Task Force client and HIV + speaker, Beth Harrington, worked with ethnically and racially diverse teen girls to create Dream Catchers. Beth shared her life story and led the girls in a discussion about how it is easy to emotionally react to some situations, and make decision without thinking through the consequences. Beth spoke about some of the spur of the moment decisions she made when she was a teen that lead to her becoming infected with HIV.  The group discussed alternatives, such as making MORE >
Help for Suicidal War Veterans
POSTED ON March 19th BY PartnershipTeam
On March 13, Dr. Steven S. Coughlin, a former principal investigator at the VA’s Office of Public Health, testified before Congress that U.S. servicemen in danger of suicide are being neglected. When a local homeless veteran was found dead on the banks of the Nashua River staff at Harbor Homes took it upon themselves to find out how they could better serve the men and women who fought for our country. It is devastating to hear that once again our veterans are being neglected. READ MORE. In 2003 Harbor Homes founded a program called the Veterans FIRST in hopes of helping veterans who find themselves being neglected, homeless, or just needing help. Harbor Homes also has  programs such as the Homeless Veterans Reintegration Grant that assist homeless or about to become homeless honorably discharged veterans in getting back to work. They also have the SSVF grant- Support Services for Veterans and Families to MORE >
March’s Health Tip to Help You Stay Healthy at Home
POSTED ON March 19th BY
In an effort to educate the public and spread awareness, Healthy at Home distributes a monthly health tip flyer to surrounding organizations. March’s health tip focuses on the importance of sound nutrition and physical activity habits. Now is the time to start making informed food choices! Click below for a larger image. MORE >
Bishop’s Charitable Assistance Fund Donates $5,000 to Emergency Homeless Shelter
POSTED ON March 19th BY PartnershipTeam
March 2013 – Nashua, NH – Harbor Homes, Inc. was recently awarded a generous $5,000 grant from the Bishop’s Charitable Assistance Fund for support of its Maple Arms Emergency Shelter. The Maple Arms Emergency shelter houses more than 130 people each year, including families, and must raise over $70,000 annually in order to keep up with operations. Guests at Maple Arms a work with a case manager on strategies to help them overcome their homeless circumstances. Guests have access to health and behavioral health care, assistance with finding employment, and applying for entitlements they are eligible for. Clients pay only what they can afford at the shelter, and no one is turned away due to the inability to pay. Thanks to the many programs available at Harbor Homes and its affiliate agencies which make up the Partnership for Successful Living, shelter guests have access to a MORE >
Can You Help Us End Veteran Homelessness in NH?
POSTED ON March 19th BY PartnershipTeam
For the past few months, Harbor Homes worked closely with the Souhegan Valley Chamber of Commerce to prepare for the 6th annual auction and dinner which supports the Veterans FIRST Program in Nashua and Manchester. In June 2013, a third Veterans FIRST housing facility, BAE Systems Independence Hall, will open at 335 Somerville Street in Manchester. The transitional and permanent housing apartment complex will provide 1 and 2 bedroom apartments for 26 homeless veterans and their families. We need your help in making it a home! How You Can Help Our Veterans: Attend the James W. Healy Trust 6th Annual Veterans FIRST Auction – Saturday, April 13  To support our honorable veterans who have sacrificed so much for all of us, we need your help to give them a home! Please join us for an exciting evening of a silent auction, live auction, music, hors d’oeuvres, and a full MORE >
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