No one should be hungry or homeless in our community.
The Nashua Soup Kitchen & Shelter, Inc. is a private, non-profit organization providingmeals, emergency shelter, food pantry 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.
“At the end of life we will not be judged by how many diplomas we have received, how much money we have made, how many great things we have done. We will be judged by ‘I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was naked and you clothed me, I was homeless and you took me in.’ Hungry not only for bread — but hungry for love. Naked not only for clothing — but naked for human dignity and respect.
Homeless not only for want of a room of bricks — but homeless because of rejection.”
A few years ago, Adam, a single parent (whose name we have changed to respect his privacy), owned a home in Nashua and worked 60-70 hours a week to support his family. One day he collapsed and received the devastating news that he had a brain tumor. With no warning, he lost his job, his health insurance, his home . . . and his hope. He and his daughter, Emma, had no one to turn to, nowhere to go.
You and many others in our community might have a network of support when you need help. You may stand ready to support a friend or family member if they get stuck—to help pay the rent or buy groceries in a tight month; to offer advice, encouragement, or even a temporary place to stay. But for people without this safety net, one big crisis—or even an accumulation of small setbacks—could leave them homeless.
We were able to support Adam and Emma in their time of need, eventually finding permanent housing—a place they call home. Although the after-effects of Adam’s illness prevent him from working as vigorously as he once did, he is happily engaged in the community through a part-time job.
The Nashua Soup Kitchen and Shelter has one goal, to be the safety net for those most vulnerable and most at risk. When a child is about to miss a birthday, we make sure there is a celebration. When a child will otherwise miss Christmas, we make sure there are presents. When a child is going to school, we make sure she or he has school supplies until they graduate. We help parents provide food for a week and we make sure children have at least a gallon of milk. We provide the only emergency shelter for families in our community. Over the course of this pandemic, we distributed fresh produce and frozen meals at more than 13 schools in Nashua and eight mobile pantries.
Thank you to all of you…You create the spirit of the holidays year round for those in need.
We remain here to help because of you!
The Nashua Soup Kitchen & Shelter sends its heartfelt thanks.
You know the joy and meaning of giving.
WE WISH YOU A VERY HAPPY HOLIDAY SEASON & THE BEST IN THE COMING YEAR!
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