Our 30th Anniversary Celebration
Thank You for Your Support!
We had a great 30th Anniversary celebration
and a successful kick-off for a new scholarship.
If you were not able to join us at the celebration, but would still like to support the Odie Scholarship Fund — please read more about it below.
Thank You, Event Sponsors!
About the Rev. Dr. Robert “Odie” Odierna Scholarship Fund
We are pleased to honor the founder of our Agency, the Reverend Dr. Robert “Odie” Odierna on his retirement by establishing the Odie Scholarship Fund. This Fund will provide children served through our programs with opportunities for advanced learning and higher education. When you give to the Fund, you are investing in the future of a disadvantaged child in our community.
For the past 30 years, Pastor Odie has been deeply committed and involved with our mission. His dedication to serving needy families has never wavered. He served as President of the Agency’s Board of Directors for six years and then as Treasurer for 20 years. Among his many accomplishments on behalf of the Agency:
- In 1992, he introduced Penny Pickers as a grassroots fundraising event — which through the years has raised nearly $1 million to support our mission.
- Helped spearhead an Endowment Campaign for the Agency that is now at nearly $600,000
- Has recruited more than 45 board members to carry forth our mission
- Has been instrumental in the Agency’s Holiday Santa Program which began by serving four families in 1989 and last year served over 500 families.
30 Years of Serving the Community
In 2017, our Agency celebrates 30 years of helping families in southern New Hampshire stabilize, transform and flourish. Since our founding in 1987, we have grown from one employee with a budget of $50,000 to 14 employees today with a budget of $1.1 million. With strong community support, we have been able to touch the lives of more than 26,000 families over the last three decades. Our mission has remained the same: to offer support and provide services to assist individuals and families transition from crisis to self-sufficiency. We invite you to learn more about our history.