About Us



Our Mission: 

The Friends Program strengthens communities by building relationships that empower people, encourage community service, and restore faith in the human spirit – “Building Relationships…Restoring Hope.”

Our Programs: 

The Friends Program manages four separate programs that serve a number of New Hampshire communities:

  • Emergency Housing – Our family shelter, located in the south end of Concord, can house 8 homeless families daily.
  • Foster Grandparents – Foster Grandparent volunteers (seniors) perform their service to children in Belknap, Carroll, Cheshire, Grafton, Hillsborough, Merrimack, Rockingham, Strafford, and Sullivan Counties
  • Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) – RSVP volunteers provide a wide range of community services in Rockingham, Merrimack, Strafford, and Belknap Counties
  • Youth Mentoring – Our volunteer mentors are making new friends and in doing so, provide hope and inspiration to at-risk youth in Merrimack County.

Distinctive Facts:

Mobilize 800 New Hampshire volunteers annually

Annually serve 4,500 children and families, seniors and people living with disabilities

Volunteers provide nearly 250,000 annual volunteer hours

Program outcomes constantly exceed national performance standards

Recent Recognitions/Awards:

Volunteer New Hampshire "Spirit of NH" Awards given to RSVP volunteers Jeff Colcord, Elaine Marie Connors, Estelle O'Donnell, Lorraine Hernandez, Arlene Bassett, Sue Depouy, Louise Chartier and Betty Corriea, November 2016

New Hampshire Partners in Education "2016 Volunteer of the Year" Award given to Foster Grandparent Frances Anderson, October 2016

Concord Rotary Club "Service Above Self" Award  given to Foster Granparent Diane Wells, June 2016

Campus Compact for New Hampshire "Presidents' Community Partner" Award given to the Emergency Housing Program, April 2016

New England Patriots Foundation "Difference Maker of the Week Award ~ December 28, 2014" bestowed upon RSVP volunteer Caren Bonisteel

State of New Hampshire "Youth Mentoring Month" Governor Proclamation, Janaury 2014

State of New Hampshire "Friends Program 40 Years of Service" Governor Commendation, June 22, 2015

Volunteer NH’s “Champion Award 2012” in the nonprofit category for providing structure and support for volunteer efforts

Volunteer NH’s “Outstanding Service Award 2012” presented to Mable Van Patten, a volunteer in the Foster Grandparent Program for exemplifying the power of volunteers in New Hampshire

New Hampshire Partners in Education “Board of Directors Award of Honor” for the Foster Grandparent Program, October 25, 2010

Boys & Girls Club of Concord “Community Partner 2010” given “In Appreciation of Extraordinary Support of Club Members and Club Staff, a Significant Service to Our Organization”, June 2010

Business NH Magazine’s “2006 Business of the Year” award for Excellence in Non Profit Management.

New Hampshire Business Review’s “2003 Business Excellence Award”, for Outstanding Achievement in the Nonprofit sector.

Volunteer NH’s “Champion Award 2003” in the nonprofit category for providing structure and support for volunteer efforts

Walter J. Dunfey Award 2003, for Excellence in Nonprofit Management.


Our four programs are staffed by 15 full-time and 13 part-time dedicated employees. 


FY 2016 and 2015 Audited Financial Report

        FY 2016 IRS 990 Form

        2016 Annual Report