The nonprofit agency Harbor Homes, and member of the affiliated organizations that make up the Partnership for Successful Living, was honored to receive a charitable gift of $20,000 from Bedford, NH resident, Demetria Anagnost, in support of two of the agency’s programs. With great affection and deep empathy for her hometown of Nashua and the issues that confront its most vulnerable community members, Demetria wished for her donation of $10,000 be given to the Peggy and David Gilmour Medical Respite Center through a naming campaign and alongside her husband Dick Anagnost, President of Anagnost Investments, Inc., $10,000 to the Ending Homelessness Fund as Presenting Sponsor and Honorary Chair at a recent fundraising event.
The Gilmour Medical Respite Center in the Harbor Homes federally qualified Harbor Care Health and Wellness Center in downtown Nashua is a short term, acute and post-acute medical facility for the community’s homeless and at risk population who are too sick or frail from surgery, illness, substance misuse, or behavioral health crisis to recover when discharged from the hospital. The only respite center of its kind in the state, the Gilmour Medical Respite Center serves to bridge the gap and allow the patient to recuperate in a protected, healing environment so they can transition safely to self-care. Since the inception of the Nashua Safe Station program, the Gilmour Medical Respite Center has become an integral link in the recovery process, as a key location to which those suffering from addiction or in need of medical detox are brought from any Nashua fire station.
In January, 2013, a group of concerned citizens who were gripped by their feelings of distress about people facing homelessness, approached Harbor Homes to join forces and aggressively worked toward eradicating chronic homelessness in Greater Nashua. The Ending Homelessness Fund was created which leverages matching funds to provide and maintain permanent, affordable housing and vital supportive services for chronically homeless individuals and families including our veterans.
Demetria Anagnost has a long and impressive history of civic engagement, and supporting many organizations that assist our underserved populations. A former owner of a Manchester based interior design company, Designs By Demetria, she is also a licensed real estate agent and has been a senior member of the management team at the Anagnost Companies in Manchester for 28 years. In her role, she directs the company’s philanthropic efforts that benefit a wide range of charitable organizations and nonprofits in the state. Demetria has served on the advisory board for Elliot Hospital with a concentration in pediatric fundraising and the local chapter of the nationwide Taste of the Nation which strives to ensure no child grows up hungry. She is currently a volunteer with the nonprofit agency, Families In Transition working to end homelessness and her most recent volunteer leading role with Nashua based Harbor Homes’ Black and White Masquerade Gala to benefit the Ending Homelessness Fund. Demetria is a communicant at St. George’s Greek Orthodox Church in Manchester where she and her husband Dick help orchestrate the annual Glendi Festival, and has been inducted into the international organization, The Daughters of Penelope.
“On behalf of our board of directors, volunteers and staff, and above all those we serve, I wish to extend my sincere gratitude to Demetria and Dick Anagnost for these generous gifts and their countless hours of volunteer participation. It is because of the support from our community fellowship that allows Harbor Homes and its affiliated agencies to provide these critical services within this integrated model of care, to assist those in need, and influence change in our communities,” stated Peter Kelleher, President and CEO of Harbor Homes and the Partnership for Successful Living.
The Partnership for Successful Living is a collaboration of six nonprofit organizations which provide access to affordable housing, health care, education, employment, and supportive services to help individuals and families achieve sustainable independence and fulfilled lives. Partnership agencies include Harbor Homes, Inc., Keystone Hall, Healthy at Home, Milford Regional Counseling Services, Southern NH HIV/AIDS Task Force, and Welcoming Light Inc.