The day that Carrie received her car, Margeaux shared the good news via email along with the photo shown here. She wrote, “An emotional and joyous morning for Carrie! She is one of those true gems in this world, with beautiful perspective and the will to keep on going. Here she is, with her new ride. So so happy for her!”
What continues to surprise and delight us is how people who want to contribute find unique and meaningful ways of doing so. Laura Jean Whitcomb, editor of Kid Stuff and Kearsarge Magazine and owner of Howling Beagle Communications in Grantham, has found a distinct niche by delivering fun goodie bags to the children in the Haven’s After-School Program.
We are watching New Hampshire Senate Bill 7, touted by some lawmakers as a way to curb abuse of the state’s food stamp program. The proposed change in the food stamp program has the potential to eliminate many low-income households from being eligible to receive the aid.
Keeping the Food Shelf stocked so that any family or individual who needs to access it can bring food to their table is an on-going, critically important part of the Haven’s mission. We are grateful for the donations to the Food Shelf that come in from individuals and businesses all year round.
The Haven recently received a $30,000 grant from Northeast Delta Dental to help provide everything from routine dental care to surgical procedures for people with whom we work. This funding is not just helping individuals with critical oral health issues, it is giving the Haven leverage to acquire additional funding and negotiate discounts with providers.
Terri was married for ten years. She and her husband had slipped into a pattern of drinking each day before and after work, and on weekends. Alcohol became their top priority. They got paid on Thursdays, and by Monday, they had spent most of their paychecks on their addiction. Then they would borrow from friends or family, pay the money back when they received their next checks, then spend it all, and start the cycle all over again.
Throughout the year, Haven garden volunteers work behind the scenes to support the Haven grounds and gardens as well as our Food Shelf customers. Right now, a volunteer group led by master gardener Jane Metcalf is busy preparing Garden Grow Kits with seed packets that were donated to the gardening program.
A little help goes a long way. That’s the underlying belief and message of the Tipping Points Grants program run by Partners for Community Wellness at Dartmouth-Hitchcock.
A group of graduate students from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth is helping to strengthen programs and services at the Haven. Led by Tuck Adjunct Professor Nan Stone as part of her class on managing for social impact, students have been reviewing the Children’s Services program at the Haven.
Take a few moments to consider this: what would your life be like without a car?
Imagine your weekday and weekend routines, and how your life would be different if you did not have a vehicle. People in poverty face these questions on a daily basis.
Thank you. As a community, you have continued to step up again and again, year after year, to help people living in poverty in the Upper Valley. We’re grateful for your food and cash donations, volunteer hours, attendance at events, responses to special drives like for winter coats and blankets, and throughout it all, the energy and caring you demonstrate.