Invierno 2019

No one should be hungry or homeless in our community.

The Nashua Soup Kitchen and Shelter, Inc. is a private, non-profit organization providing meals, emergency shelter, transitional housing, food baskets and advocacy to homeless and low-income men, women and families with children. The soup kitchen, at 2 Quincy Street, serves dinner seven days a week and breakfast five days a week.

Bread & Board

NSKS Newsletter:
Invierno 2019

Bread
& Board

NSKS Newsletter:
Invierno
2019

¡Feliz invierno!

Sharing Stories by Juana & Donna

  • Juana provided sneakers to a man that had bags over his sneakers because his soles were broken, it was raining outside & his feet were getting wet.
  • Juana assisted a woman with financial aid for an eviction after she got laid off and was waiting for benefits to begin.
  • On a Tuesday night after frigid temperatures for several days, Juana provided hats, socks and gloves to clients and they were so thankful. One stated he would freeze if it was not for us. Juana had a 4-year-old little girl ask her for a hug and a kiss after she gave her a kids blanket that had been donated to us for children. The happiness on the face of this little girl after getting the blanket was priceless.
  • Juana was able to prepare a client for a housing hearing, with all documentation needed so he could obtain housing, after he had gotten denied. He was able to get housing after the meeting.
  • Jason, (not his real name), a desperately homeless person (living in the camps, in his storage unit) came to Donna last summer with ambitions to study at the Maverick Institute. He was turning thirty years old; he had not been in school since high school.

Donna tried to get various funding from sources around New Hampshire for the tuition to no avail. Finally, Maverick found some money from an employer sponsored program. Jason was hesitant when he started the program in September. Donna told him to overstudy, to read the material at least 8 times so that it was imprinted into his brain. He spent all his spare time on his work and was very successful. He graduated second in his class.

He saw Donna right after Christmas to tell her he had found a great job, with a great company, at a wage he would not have seen if he had not completed this leg of his education. Donna encouraged him to continue his education and enroll at Nashua Community College to get his associate degree and more technical education.


 

Join Us At “Empty Bowls”

You are invited to our 24th annual Empty Bowls event! February 20th (snow day is 2/21) at Nashua High School South. This is a wonderful community event showcasing many of the talents of our youth including their handmade pottery bowls & the student jazz band. The National Art Honor Society student members organize the event & a silent auction in the foyer. Nearly 700 clay bowls are made by students and faculty of both Nashua High Schools along with community volunteers. A bowl is then chosen by those who attend the event and is filled with donated soups. Our wonderful volunteers for the evening include NAHS members from our North and South High Schools, the South Jazz Band, along with teachers, staff & community members who pick up the soup, bread, and numerous donations. Promised donations already from Bagel Alley, Burton’s Grill, Country Tavern, The Cozy Tea Cart, Fairview Healthcare, Fratello’s, The Hill’s at Hampshire Hills, MT Locals, North Star Café, Panera at Spit Brook Road and Amherst Street,
Riverside BBQ, T-Bones and Speakers Corner.
Get your tickets before they sell out! https://secure.givelively.org/event/nashua-soup-kitchen-and-shelter-inc/24th-annual-empty-bowls or https://nsks.org/empty-bowls/


 

2019 NSKS Board of Directors

The NSKS is fortunate to have a wonderfully dedicated group of individuals who serve on our Board of Directors. A good Board is key to a healthy non-profit organization and these are the folks who deal with the nitty gritty issues of non- profit governance. Our 2019 Board members include: Mary Slocum, President; Michael J. “Jerry” Ryan, Vice President; June Lemen, Vice President; John Fisher Treasurer; Karin Duchesne, Clerk; Keith Bagley, Brian Cullen, Kathie Feltus, Dave Grebowski, Shoshana Kelly, Linda Kipnes, Lori Lambert, Krishna Mangipudi and Rick Ruo.

Please Give Generously

WISH LIST

  • Financial contributions – one dollar will help us purchase nearly six pounds of food
  • Sponsors and participants for our 26th Annual NSKS Run/Walk for Food & Shelter
  • Volunteers

Our Top Ten Most Needed Items:

  • Canned Protein – Tuna, Chicken, Turkey, Ham
  • Jars of Peanut Butter
  • Macaroni & Cheese (Kid friendly favorite!)
  • Pasta- any type, any brand
  • Rice
  • Cereal – any type, brand or size, hot or cold
  • Body Wash or Bars of Soap
  • Toothbrush & toothpaste (ask your dentist for samples)
  • Feminine Products – both pads and tampons needed
  • Diapers – size 5 and 6 – any brand

26th Annual NSKS Run/Walk for FOOD & SHELTER Fundraiser

Sunday, April 7th at 1PM will be our annual Run/Walk for Food & Shelter. There will be a 5K and 10K run, a 3K walk and a Kid’s sprint. This will be the 4th year of the NSKS Corporate Team Challenge: 1. A coveted rotating corporate cup for the company with the fastest 5K runners 2. An award for the company that raises the most pledge money and 3. An award for the company with the most participants across all events. Registration to Run or Walk is open. We welcome new sponsors at all levels. It is a great way to gain visibility for your business and make sure everyone has enough to eat. Check out
https://nsks.org/run-and-walk-for-food-and-shelter/ for more
details or contact Carol at carol@nsks.org or 603-889-7770 X 121.

SAVE THE DATE

Saturday, November 2, 2019
is our 19th Annual Dinner Auction Fundraiser

The Next Step in Providing Emergency Shelter in Nashua

Just three and a half years ago, you helped us open our new facility on 2 Quincy Street, a state-of-the-art facility providing hot meals seven days a week and a food pantry serving 6,000 families a year.

Today, we are both proud and grateful to announce the opportunity for 35 Spring Street to serve as the new location for our emergency shelter program; the next step in providing comprehensive emergency services to the single adults and families experiencing poverty in our community.

History

The Nashua Soup Kitchen & Shelter (NSKS) has been providing emergency housing for over thirty years. In 1984, the Nashua Area Shelter for the Homeless was founded, operating a small emergency shelter for single adults on Temple Street with only eight beds.

  • In 1986 the Shelter Committee purchased a building on Ash Street which remains in use today. Here we are housing at least 14 single men and six single women though overflow cots increase the population in the cold winter months.
  • In 1994 we purchased the property on Kinsley and Chestnut Streets. This fulfilled a long-held dream of a separate shelter for women and families with children. Today, we provide shelter for at least five families with young children and the occasional teenage. We also opened our three units of transitional housing to allow homeless families a longer period to transition back into the mainstream.
  • In 2001 NSKS board and staff committed to ending homelessness and spearheading efforts in the community to develop a plan to end homelessness. This plan was adopted by the community in 2004 and has witnessed the development of multiple units of permanent supportive housing by different community partners.

Where We Stand Today

Today, NSKS continues to focus upon our core strength, providing emergency shelter to single adults and families with children in the facilities first purchased in the 1980s. With twenty to thirty people residing at any given time, we estimate that each facility has provided the equivalent of 100 years of use over this thirty year period. Normal wear and tear has occurred at an accelerated rate. Moreover, the fact that neither facility was originally designed as a shelter presents significant challenges. The second floor of both buildings is completely inaccessible to people with mobility issues. The first floor of Ash Street has multiple steps and levels presenting a significant challenge to someone using a walker. Children staying at Kinsley Street have no place to play. Support staff and partnering agencies have no place to meet, even in public, never mind for a confidential conversation. Laundry and dining facilities are limited in space and in access. Providing the uplifting and supportive environment needed to get back on one’s feet is challenging to say the least.

The Opportunity of 35 Spring Street

 
35 Spring Street NSKS Shelter
 
Until the mid-70s, many Nashuans would have known 35 Spring Street as the home of Sacred Heart Elementary. While it hasn’t served as an elementary school for over 40 years, the facility has excellent bones and provides an exciting opportunity to provide the environment and resources necessary to help single adults and families with children move into permanent housing as quickly as possible. The following is a partial list of the opportunities we see with this location:

  • Increased capacity for families. NSKS provides the only “emergency” shelter for families in the greater Nashua area. The new facility will allow us to at least double the number of emergency units for families and to serve families with more than three children.
  • Increased capacity for single women. NSKS provides the only dedicated space for single women experiencing homelessness. The new facility should allow us to double the number of beds available for single women experiencing homelessness.
  • Handicapped access for all with an elevator reaching every floor. Currently, we have to turn away many people using wheelchairs and walkers. Consistent access to emergency shelter for everyone is a critical need.
  • Places to meet with support staff. The new shelters will allow support staff to meet with residents in confidential and semi-confidential settings.
  • Places to partner with other agencies and support services. There are multiple organizations in Nashua doing excellent work, whether the Adult Learning Center, Greater Nashua Mental Health, or the Public Library. The new shelter will provide space for people to learn and grow.
  • Space and resources dedicated to assisting young children and toddlers. NSKS partners with PAL and the Boys and Girls Club to provide a place for children between the ages of eight to eighteen. The new facility will have space dedicated to infants and young children up to the age of seven and their families.
  • Partnering with downtown congregations. The new building is adjacent to St. Patrick’s Church, shares a parking lot with the Church of the Good Shepard and is a block from Main St. United Methodist Church. We anticipate developing a rich and mutually rewarding relationship with these congregations and renewing our partnership with communities of faith across greater Nashua.

Timeline

  • Over the next several months, we will be developing the schematics and design for the renovation, surveying key stakeholders for ideas and concerns.
  • After a full assessment of what we can do and how much it will cost, we will explore possible sources of funding with a goal of commitments being made over the next 18 – 24 months.
  • Between July and December of 2020, renovations would begin from the first to the fourth floor, adding an elevator, removing asbestos, and creating a warm and supportive living environment.
  • June 2021, we open the doors to a facility that can carry us through the next forty years of providing emergency services and housing to the individuals and families experiencing homelessness in the Greater Nashua Area.

How You Can Help

We’d love to hear from you! Please e-mail us your thoughts, your advice and your concerns to 35spring@nsks.org

  • We need you as partners for the new facilities
    • Helping to offer classes at the new facility
    • Helping families as they assemble the resources they need to move into permanent housing.
    • Adopting a room to make it warm and welcoming.
  • If you would like to know more about this project and how you can help, please call Michael Reinke (603) 889-7770 ext 111 or email michael@nsks.org. Together, we see a new day for the men, women, and children experiencing homelessness in our community.

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