“Community Concerns” held its first “Adopt-A-Family” Christmas Program, with parishioners helping four families. This program is now run by The Front Door as its Holiday Program, bringing in gifts, clothes, and food to over 300 families in need. In 1996, The Telegraph officially designated The Front Door as a recipient of monies from the “Santa Fund Campaign” to help fund this program.
Under the leadership of Odie and Carl, CGS separately incorporated The Nashua Pastoral Care Center, Inc. as a non-profit, non-denominational agency with a 501(c)3 tax-exempt status. A small board of directors was formed, and Odie became the agency’s first President and remained in that role until 1994. Carl was hired as the agency’s first Executive Director. The agency had a budget of $50,000 and one employee Carl, running an Emergency Assistance Program.
A CGS parishioner began bringing in food to start a Food Pantry. Although no longer active, at its peak the Food Pantry fed some 3,000 people a year through donated goods.
The Board held its first annual fund raising event – The Gourmet Festival that raised $6,000. This annual event now brings in over $100,000.
There was a need for enhanced income and the Board started its annual Golf Tournament, raising $5,000. In subsequent years, this event generated more than $25,000 each year!
Due to its experience with security deposit loans, the agency became the agent for the State of New Hampshire to administer the Housing Security Guarantee Program for southern Hillsborough County. Over 100 security deposit loans are issued annually totaling nearly $100,000 in support. The agency also held its first “200” Raffle fundraiser.
The agency purchases and rehabilitates its second transitional housing project at a price tag of $550,000 providing 3-3 bedroom units and 2-2 bedroom units located at 65-69 ¾ Vine Street, known as “Victory House.”
The agency purchases the Norwell Home facility creating an 80 percent expansion in its transitional housing program. This property created Phase I of the program providing a group setting for up to eight families bringing our capacity to 18 families.
The “Securing the Future” Campaign comes to a close with the goal of $500,000 being reached, and the agency’s holiday program in conjunction with the Telegraph Santa Fund serves a record 472 families, 1013 children. A comprehensive Financial Literacy Program begins.
The agency embarks upon its next strategic plan identifying ways we can enhance what we already do well.
The agency purchased a 6-unit complex located on Shattuck Street in an effort to expand affordable housing opportunities for those we serve. This increased our housing capacity to 26 families.