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Bishop’s Charitable Assistance Fund Donates $5,000 to Emergency Homeless Shelter

On 03/19/2013

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 workannually 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 whole range of comprehensive services to assist them in getting back on their feet.

“Because of difficult times, we are seeing a surge in the numbers of clients utilizing our Maple Arms Emergency Shelter, and the generous grant from the Bishop’s Charitable Assistance Fund will assist us in serving many more homeless community members in the greater Nashua area”, said Peter Kelleher, President and Chief Executive Officer of Harbor Homes. “We truly appreciate the support of the Fund in helping us house more of our neighbors in need.”

The Bishop’s Charitable Assistance Fund makes grants to tax-exempt organizations without regard to religious affiliation for projects that help people in New Hampshire meet their basic needs. The Fund is operated by volunteer lay men and women who serve as Directors and who make recommendations to the Bishop of Manchester for grants to any organization in New Hampshire whose mission is consistent with the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church. The Fund raises money through solicitation of individuals, businesses and philanthropic organizations. An annual accounting of funds raised and disbursements is available at www.catholicnh.org/BCAF.

Harbor Homes, Inc. is a leader in ending homelessness within New Hampshire. The non-profit organization provides affordable housing, supportive services, and health care to New Hampshire’s most vulnerable residents, including the homeless, veterans, elderly, developmentally disabled, as well as families struggling with mental illness, substance use disorders, and HIV/AIDS. The agency is the largest provider of veteran-specific housing in NH.

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