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BCAF Grant Recipients

(October 1, 2022 – September 30, 2023)

1269 Café Ministries, located and serves in Manchester

1269 Café Ministries has been a Christian Street outreach for the homeless and those on the edge in Manchester for the last twelve years. In 2021, the City of Manchester asked them to be an overflow space for the winter season. New Horizons shelter is full daily. With their winter Warming Station, they can provide 55 people with a warm space. A BCAF grant will help to cover operating expenses, such as staffing the shelter, utility costs to keep the building warm, and the cost of supplies for drinks and refreshments.

Annie’s Angels Memorial Funds, located in Stratham, serves local families

Annie’s Angels was established in 2007 as a memorial to all who have lost friends and family to devastating diseases. Support is given to families and individuals via grants, fiscal sponsorship, and innovative programs. One-time grants are awarded, such as medical equipment purchases, rent/mortgage assistance, utilities expenses, groceries and more. A BCAF grant was provided to help with one-time assistance grants for household expenses, medical expenses and indirect medical costs otherwise not covered by insurance.

Boys & Girls Club of Manchester, located in Manchester, serves Greater Manchester

The Boys & Girls Club of Manchester helps to reach out to all youth, especially those who need them the most, inspiring them to realize their full potential, as productive, responsible, caring individuals. A BCAF grant will help their Scholarship Assistance Fund. The Fund helps economically and socially challenged youth by honoring all financially qualified requests to waive the $25 annual membership fee, waive transportation fees, and provide multiple week scholarships to summer camp.

The Bridge Project, located in Lincoln, serves North Country region

The Bridge Project was established six years ago from people in the community needing a “life coach.” They serve, an average of 170 people with different services. A BCAF grant will provide basic needs for the community through their yearly backpack and coat drive.

Bridges: Domestic & Sexual Violence Support, located in Nashua, serves Greater Nashua

Bridges was founded in 1977 and serves survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, and stalking so their clients can gain economic stability and achieve their personal goals. A BCAF grant was provided to help with several repairs, which include completing renovation of their backyard, so it is safe and child friendly.

Brigid’s House of Hope, located in Concord, serves Greater Concord

Brigid’s House of Hope provides the only long-term safe house in NH for victims and survivors of Human Trafficking. As of June 1st, Brigid’s House is now open, currently providing services to 3 residents and still accepting referrals. The house has the capacity to house and provide services to up to 8 women. A BCAF grant will help them with operational expenses.

Caleb Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers, located in Lancaster, serves the North Country

Caleb Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers has served Seniors in the North Country since 1995. Caleb offers free transportation, housework, yardwork, visits, and pickup and delivery of food and prescriptions to support the independence of the elderly. A BCAF grant will support their Assisted Senior Program, which helps homebound seniors so they can stay within their homes. The funds would also be used to reimburse the volunteers for their gas.

Camp Bernadette and Camp Fatima, located in Gilmanton, serves Statewide

The Camps were founded by the Diocese of Manchester back in 1949 and 1953. Their mission is to create a community where all are welcome and guided by the Catholic faith, provide a fun, outdoor camping experience where campers and staff learn new skills and grow in faith, confidence, and friendship. An integral part of their mission is to award scholarships, or financial aid, to those in need. A BCAF grant will help more families attend the Special Needs Week camp for the summer of 2023.

Care Net Pregnancy Center, dba Care Women’s Center, located in Concord, serves Greater Concord

Care Net Pregnancy Center has been serving women, men, and families in the Concord area since 1985. They offer services to those facing unplanned pregnancies through their free services, which include pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, parenting education, food, clothing, diapers, baby furniture, etc. A BCAF grant will cover the cost for an online resource called, “BrightCourse.” This resource provides video classes and worksheets on various topics including pregnancy, parenting, and relationships. Through these classes, each client is prepared for their next steps and empowered to create a healthy environment for their family.

Carroll County Retired & Senior Volunteer Program – CCRSVP, located in North Conway, serves Carroll County

Established in 1971, CCRSVP was created to engage persons 55 and older in volunteer service to meet the critical community needs. CCRSVP enhances the community by matching their volunteer’s experiences, talents, and interests to meaningful service. A BCAF grant was provided to help with their many programs, which include, CCRSVP’s Non-Emergency Medical Transportation Program, Meals on Wheels Driver Program, Volunteer Support of Food Pantries, Volunteers at Congregate Meal Sites, Bone Building Program, etc.

CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children), located in Manchester, serves Statewide

CASA of NH protects the right for our state’s most vulnerable children to live, learn, and grow in the embrace of a loving family. Their purpose is to provide well-trained and caring Guardians ad Litem for abused and neglected children that come to the attention of NH’s courts. A BCAF grant will help recruit, train, and support critically needed new volunteers.

CATCH Neighborhood Housing, located in Concord, serves Merrimack County

Founded in 1989, CATCH offers a full spectrum of housing and education services. A BCAF grant was provided to help expand access to quality food and nutrition resources through their Food Access Program.

Catholic Medical Center/Poisson Dental Facility, located in Manchester, serves Statewide

Catholic Medical Center (CMC) has been at the heart of the West Side of Manchester – growing and changing with the times and leading into the future. CMC has grown over the years to be one of NH’s largest medical centers, dramatically expanding its services with a continual focus on delivering the highest quality healthcare for nearly 500,000 patients annually. A BCAF grant will support the Poisson Dental Facility, which has provided dental care to vulnerable populations since 1983. The patient population at the Poisson Dental Facility is composed entirely of people who live at or below 300% of the federal poverty level. The funds would be used to provide specialty care for low income, uninsured and/or homeless children and adults.

Children’s Scholarship Fund NH, located in Concord, serves Statewide

Children’s Scholarship Fund NH provides K-12 tuition assistance to low-income NH families, empowering them to choose the education that best fits their children’s needs, regardless of their income or zip code. A BCAF grant was provided to support their Education Freedom Ambassador Training. This program will seek and identify parents to participate, equip them to spread the message of educational freedom, and activate a built-in education freedom advocacy network.

The Community Kitchen, located in Keene, serves the Monadnock Region

The Community Kitchen provides healthy and nutritious hot meals, take home food boxes, and advocacy to low and moderate income residents of Cheshire County. This organization was formed in 1983 and has grown and matured into a well-respected, food insecurity agency. A BCAF grant was provided to help with a temporary surge in demand due to the elimination of emergency SNAP allotments. There has been a 32% increase in the cost of food since 2019. In February of 2023, the USDA ended the pandemic “emergency allotments” to the SNAP (also known as “food stamps”) program. This equates to an additional $58K of additional food supplies needed for their pantry and hot meal programs. They are seeking funding to offset the surge in need.

Corpus Christi Food Pantry & Assistance, Inc., located and serves in Nashua

Since 1998, this food pantry has been providing outreach to many disadvantaged individuals. All services are offered to offset hunger, homelessness and to help clients in achieving self-sufficiency. The food pantry is unique because they provide daily produce and meat to all clients. In addition, their clients are able to select the food they want. They do not give out generic boxed groceries. All clients are able to fill out what they would like to have from a shopping list. A BCAF grant will assist the food pantry in the purchase of dairy items. Each week they purchase butter, eggs, and milk from the local grocery store and make them available to their clients.

Crisis Center of Central New Hampshire (CCCNH), located in Concord, serves Merrimack County

CCCNH has been operating since 1978 and focuses on serving the needs of victims of domestic and sexual violence. Their services include an emergency shelter, 24-hour crisis hotline, legal advocacy and referral, support groups, etc. One specific program that has grown in the past few years is their housing support program. This program consists of an emergency shelter for those in imminent danger, as well as Housing First and Rapid Rehousing to financially support those needing or maintaining an apartment. A BCAF grant was provided to help with operational needs.

Cross Roads House, located in Portsmouth, serves Seacoast area

Cross Roads House was established in 1982 and provides emergency shelter and supportive services to families and individuals in the NH Seacoast area who are experiencing homelessness. A BCAF grant was provided to support the delivery of their emergency and transitional shelter programs.

Crotched Mountain Foundation, located in Manchester, serves Statewide

Crotched Mountain Foundation has served as an essential resource for children and adults with multiple complex disabilities and medical conditions in communities across the region who seek comprehensive programs and services. A BCAF grant was provided to establish an emergency and critical human service needs fund for their clients. This would allow them to make a cash infusion where needed – to purchase a piece of durable medical equipment, a medical service, a home repair or accessibility feature, that will allow clients to remain in their homes.

Dismas Home of NH, Inc., located in Manchester, serves Statewide

Dismas Home of New Hampshire is empowering previously incarcerated women transitioning or re-entering into the community from the correctional facilities of NH and who are currently diagnosed with substance use disorder (SUD) or co-occurring mental illnesses associated with SUD, trauma and repeated incarcerations. A BCAF grant will help them provide dental care for the Dismas residents.

Easter Seals NH, located in Manchester, serves Greater Manchester

For more than 87 years, Easter Seals NH’s mission has been to change the way the world defines and views disability by making a profound, positive difference in people’s lives every day. A BCAF grant was provided to help support their Child Development Centers. They have two centers in Manchester that have the lowest incomes and currently serve 130 children on a daily basis with more than 200 throughout attendance in the course of the year. They provide formula, diapers, wipes, nutritional meals, and snacks. A federal program provides some reimbursements, but does not cover the full costs.

Families in Transition, located in Manchester, serves Statewide

New Horizons operates a soup kitchen, food pantry, an emergency homeless shelter at 199 Manchester Street and Angie’s Shelter for Women on Union Street. The organization was founded in 1979. A BCAF grant was provided to help fund many programs, especially their food program.

Family Promise of Southern New Hampshire, located in Nashua, serves Hillsborough and Rockingham Counties

Family Promise of Southern New Hampshire is trying to end homelessness, one family at a time, because every child deserves a home. Through safe housing and education, Family Promise guides families as they break the cycle, and rise from homelessness to sustainable independence. A BCAF grant will help their Residential and Diversion Programs for families who are temporarily displaced. The funds will be used to purchase supplies for their incoming families and to purchase food and basic needs, such as toiletries, baby supplies, etc.

First Baptist Church Community Food Pantry, located in Derry, serves Greater Derry

The First Baptist Community Food Pantry is the largest in Derry. Founded in 1988, they serve 125-150 families a month, or over 400 individuals. They are currently seeking additional help due to an increase in food prices. A BCAF grant will help with purchasing food and personal care products.

Friends of Aine, located in Manchester, serves Statewide

Friends of Aine is a grief and bereavement program for NH children and teens who have experienced the loss of a loved one. They provide a Good Grief Program at no cost to families, ensuring that income is never a barrier to supporting grieving children. A BCAF grant will assist with their grief and bereavement programs for children and youth who have experienced the death of a loved one.

Friends of Forgotten Children (FOFC), located in Concord, serves Greater Concord

FOFC has been providing assistance with food, clothing, self-help classes and holiday gifts for low income and at-risk families and individuals, including teens and seniors since 1972. A BCAF grant was provided to help purchase food for their food programs.

Friends of NH Drug Courts, located in Concord, serves Statewide

The Friends of NH Drug Courts seeks to reduce recidivism and enhance community safety by providing treatment and community supervision for participants with chemical dependence that has resulted in criminal behavior. The Friends of NH Drug Courts supports all established and developing Drug Courts in the State of New Hampshire. A BCAF grant was provided as many of the Drug Court participants have unmet basic needs, which can negatively impact their ability to succeed. Drug Courts participants often lack resources due to unemployment and lack of a strong social and family network. Small grants would be provided to participants for urgent, unmet needs in the areas of housing, transportation, health, dental, childcare, and other needed services.

The Friends Program, Inc., located in Concord, serves Greater Concord

The Friends Program is a non-profit agency that recruits, trains, and manages volunteers to meet community needs. All of their programs are offered free of charge to benefit vulnerable populations in New Hampshire, especially youth and the elderly. A BCAF grant will help their operation funding so they may provide families with critical, temporary emergency housing, support, education, training, and skills that help position them to access critical resources and obtain and maintain permanent housing.

Fueled by Kids, located in Bedford, serves Manchester Schools

Fueled by Kids is an organization dedicated to ending childhood food insecurity. They provide weekend food bags for children in the Manchester schools. They started in 2016 and provide over 950 bags each week to 20 of the 21 schools in Manchester. A BCAF grant will help purchase food for the children.

Good Beginnings, located in West Lebanon, serves Upper Valley

Good Beginnings began in 1986 and serves local families with new babies by providing hands-on and virtual support, education, and community outreach. They serve any family of a new baby free of charge, during the first six months after birth, who live within a 40-mile radius of their West Lebanon office. A BCAF grant was provided for their In-Home Volunteer Visitor and Education/Support Programs. The In-Home Volunteer Visitor Program matches families with a trained volunteer who visits and provides respite for new parents. The Education/Support Program provides new parents with educational materials, children’s books, emergency assistance, emotional support, and community connections.

Good Neighbor Health Clinic, located in Lebanon, serves Upper Valley

The Good Neighbor Health Clinic was formed in 1992 to provide medical and dental care to those in the Upper Valley who are without care. Residents of the Upper Valley are eligible for medical and dental services when they do not have access to health or dental insurance and have incomes at or below 250% of the federal poverty guidelines. Their services include two locations in White River Junction, VT, and Lebanon, NH, and provide care to approximately 3,000 community neighbors annually. A BCAF grant was provided to help patients in New Hampshire with eyeglasses, interpreter services, prescriptions, and diagnostic testing.

Grafton County Senior Citizens Council (GCSCC), located in Lebanon, serves Grafton County

GCSCC has served older adults and adults with disabilities for more than 50 years. This organization seeks to develop, strengthen, and provide programs and services which support the health, dignity and independence of older adults and adults with disabilities. A BCAF was provided to help pay for one year of books for their book discussion group.

The Granite YMCA, located in Manchester, serves Greater Manchester

The Granite YMCA is the largest Y in northern New England with seven branches. A BCAF grant was provided to help with their many programs that serve the children in the community.

The Greater Nashua Dental Connection, located in Nashua, serves Greater Nashua

Since 1998, the Greater Nashua Dental Connection serves an increasingly diverse population of low-income and uninsured persons including children, veterans, elderly, disabled persons, drug/alcohol addicted, mentally ill, HIV/AIDS patients, and refugees. A BCAF grant was provided to help pay for a digital intraoral sensor, a small device that is used to capture X-ray images. This unit are used to detect cavities at an early stage. If they are unable to raise enough money to purchase a new device, we asked that the grant be put toward helping children with dental care.

Harbor Homes, Inc., dba Harbor Care, located in Nashua, serves Greater Nashua

Harbor Homes, Inc., dba Harbor Care, was founded in 1982 as a health and human service organization. They provide quality residential, health care, and supportive services to individuals and families who are homeless or living with mental illness. A BCAF grant will help with pediatric behavioral healthcare. The funds will be used to subsidize unreimbursed care for youth, such as co-pays and the care of children in the Cynthia Day Family Center.

Home Healthcare, Hospice & Community Services, located in Keene, serves Cheshire County

Home Healthcare Hospice and Community Services (HCS) began as the Visiting Nurses in Peterborough in 1907. Over the years, their programs expanded to include Meals on Wheels, transportation, Healthy Starts for pregnant women, children and families, hospice end of life care and palliative care, and adult day care. They have grown and responded to needs for residents throughout southwestern NH. A BCAF grant was provided to support their programs and not their hospice program, as we didn’t know if it conflicts with Catholic teachings.

Lakes Region Pregnancy Care Center, dba Aspire Women's Center, located in Laconia, serves Lakes Region

Lakes Region Pregnancy Care Center was established in 1984 when a group of concerned Christians from the area met together to decide how they could help with the issue of abortion. They wanted to have a positive outreach to women, men, and families facing crisis pregnancy situations. Their new name – Aspire Women’s Center, reflects the growing changes in the pro-life movement. A BCAF grant was provided to help in the education of their new Registered Nurse in limited obstetrical ultrasound.

Marguerite’s Place, located in Nashua, serves Statewide

Marguerite’s Place has a 29-year history and provides homeless families with a private, secure, furnished apartment for up to 24 months. Their objective is to provide basic needs for their families so that they can prioritize their professional goals, healing, financial stability, and confidence. A BCAF grant was provided to support their Transitional Housing Program. The funds will be used to support the initial welcoming and stabilization of three families moving into their program after experiencing homelessness.

Mayhew Program, located in Bristol, serves Statewide

The Mayhew Program challenges and helps at-risk NH boys to believe in themselves, work well with others, and find their best by combining a challenging and supportive residential summer experience with individual and small group mentoring throughout the school year. Mayhew helps boys ages 10-18 develop essential life skills, prepare for and achieve their goals, and learn to be part of a community. A BCAF grant will provide tuition assistance to make Mayhew’s unique, time-tested program available to at-risk NH boys.

The Moore Center Services., located in Manchester, serves Greater Manchester

Since 1955, The Moore Center has evolved with the needs of the community. They remain dedicated to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and acquired brain disorder and they have added services for children and senior citizens, and training and development for the human services workforce. A BCAF grant was provided to help purchase therapeutic equipment needed for an indoor sensory space for their Community Based Services Program.

St. Joseph Community Services, c/o Meals on Wheels of Hillsborough County, located in Merrimack, serves Hillsborough County Region

Since 1977, St. Joseph Community Services runs the Meals on Wheels Program, Community Dining Programs, Transportation and Support Services for Hillsborough County. A BCAF grant was provided to help their full scope of nutritional and social services for older adults in the thirty-one cities and towns of Hillsborough County.

St. Vincent de Paul Manchester, located in Manchester, serves West Manchester

Since its founding in 1830 in Paris, France, the mission of the St. Vincent de Paul society continues today though global members to help the poor and destitute through direct outreach. The St. Vincent de Paul Manchester Conference has been operating out of the Ste. Marie Parish since 1954. A BCAF grant was provided to help pay for winter coats, hats, and mittens, focusing on helping the children in West Manchester.

Nashua PAL, located in Nashua, serves Southern NH

Nashua PAL (Nashua Police Athletic League) was incorporated in 1989 and provides inner-city youth programming and a number of exclusive youth sports programs throughout Greater Nashua. Today, Nashua PAL serves over 2,000 youth in Southern New Hampshire. A BCAF grant was provided to assist with their food pantry for families.

Nashua Soup Kitchen & Shelter (NSK&S), located in Nashua, serves Greater Nashua

The NSK&S goal is to make nutritious food accessible to all, regardless of financial standing. Their target population for services includes the poor and homeless individuals and families. Founded in 1981, NSKS&S offers the only emergency shelter in the region for single women and families experiencing crisis. A BCAF grant will help their food programs.

NH Association for the Blind, dba Future In Sight, located in Concord, serves Statewide

Since 1912, Future In Sight has been dedicated to transforming the lives of those who are blind, visually impaired, and their families. A BCAF grant was provided to support their holistic continuum of care. Their programs address the needs of their clients by producing individualized and person-centered services that yield lasting outcomes.

New Life Ministries of NE, located in Manchester, serves NE

New Life Ministries of NE assists women, along with their children, to break free from the cycle of poverty and abuse so they may lead self-sufficient and drug/alcohol free lives. This is accomplished by training and developing job readiness in the mother, while meeting all the basic needs for the mother and children at no cost to them. A BCAF grant was provided to be used for program expenses for their residents.

Opportunity Networks, located in Amherst, serves Southern NH & Monadnock region

Founded in 1984, Opportunity Networks supports adults with disabilities. They offer adult day programming and paid employment services to individuals living with acquired and developmental disabilities in Southern NH. A BCAF grant was provided to support their community Integration Services programs and activities. These programs/activities would include cooking classes, bowling, music classes, yoga, dance, boxing, and Cross Fit, to name a few. These activities are not covered by Medicaid funding.

Orion House, located in Newport, serves Statewide

Orion House provides residential services to adolescents between the ages of 11-19 since 1974. Orion House is in Newport, NH and is certified by the State of NH Department for Children Youth and Families and licensed by the State of New Hampshire Department of Child Care Licensing. Their mission is to provide guidance, safety, and assurance to the youth in need. A BCAF grant will help to purchase bed bug protectors for the youth they serve.

Pennacook Pregnancy Center, located in Manchester, serves Southern NH

Founded in 2013, Pennacook Pregnancy offers hope, help, and understanding to women considering abortion. The office is staffed by women volunteers. A BCAF grant was provided to support their services and promote the sanctity of life.

The PLUS Company, located in Nashua, serves Southern NH & Greater Merrimack Valley, MA

The PLUS Company serves over 400 adults with disabilities. They empower adults with disabilities to maximize their independence through customized support and services. This includes educational classes, vocational training, daily living support, on-the-job supports, and full residential programming. A BCAF grant was provided to hold mental health classes for adults with disabilities in the Nashua area. The classes, created and led by a licensed mental health clinician, will alleviate isolation, model positive relationships and communication, and provide emotional coping strategies.

Project Home, located in Keene, serves Monadnock Region

Project Home is run by volunteers, that help asylum seekers move from detention centers into Monadnock Region communities and homes. As they await the outcome of their asylum cases, they receive free legal support. Their housing and food needs are met by Project Home until they receive permission to work and can begin to support themselves. A BCAF grant will help meet the needs of their guests over the next 12 month. These needs include the cost of housing, food, medications, clothing and telephone, legal expenses, summer camp and daycare for children, vocational training for adults, etc.

The Salvation Army, located in Manchester, serves Hillsborough County

Since 1891, the Manchester NH Corps of The Salvation Army has sought ways to care for the people of Hillsborough County and developed helpful programming and ministry models. A BCAF grant was provided to assist with food for the people they serve.

SHARE Fund, Inc., located in Rochester, serves Greater Rochester

For over 25 years, the SHARE Fund in Rochester has been providing services to meet the basic needs of their most vulnerable community members. Starting as an outreach ministry of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Church, the SHARE Fund grew and expanded over the years to become an indispensable emergency resource for individuals and families experiencing crisis or severe hardship. A BCAF grant will provide funds available to assist on a case-by-case basis for people looking for assistance to secure/maintain housing (including utilities).

Sonshine Soup Kitchen, located in Derry, serves Greater Derry

The organization is a community-based ministry with the purpose of feeding the hungry, clothing the cold and barefoot, and offering hope to the despairing. They serve meals Monday through Friday to anyone who comes to the building. They also offer a free clothing ministry two afternoons per week, and home delivery of meals to guests that are unable to come to their dining room. A BCAF grant will assist with purchasing food for their breakfast and dinner meal services.

Step Up Parents, located in Portsmouth, serves Statewide

Step Up Parents began operation in 2019 to help grandparents and other familial caregivers in NH who have stepped up to raise the children of parents struggling with substance use disorder. Due to a tremendous increase in demand for assistance, a BCAF grant was provided to help 165 NH families headed by kinship caregivers in the coming year. Their goal is to expand their outreach and assist 165 families next year. They could easily impact as many as 300-350 additional children.

Twin Rivers Food Pantry, located in Franklin, serves Franklin & Andover

Twin Rivers offers three service programs – an emergency food pantry, a weekend feeding program for children, and a pilot mobile pantry program. A BCAF grant will support “Feed the Need!”, the Pantry’s program to provide supplemental weekend food for children living in food insecure households.

Union Leader Santa Fund, serves Statewide

The Union Leader holds an annual fundraiser to assist the Salvation Army in responding to those needing food, shelter, and clothing. The BCAF provided a grant to help all the families the Salvation Army serves.

The Upper Room, a Family Resource Center, located in Derry, serves Greater Derry

Since 1986, The Upper Room has been providing prevention and early intervention services to children, youth, and families in Southern NH. They operate a weekly food pantry that is open to the public. A BCAF grant will provide additional items, such as deodorant, soap, toothpaste, and toothbrushes, shaving soap, paper products, cleaning supplies, etc.