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. We provide shelter to approximately 110 people (36 families) per year. Staff assist families with finding permanent housing and provide case management services ensuring appropriate supports and resources for stronger futures.We are currently renovating our shelter to house an addition family, serving another 10-15 individuals each year. Click here to learn more!
- Foster Grandparents – Foster Grandparents are caring volunteers who serve in public schools, non profit daycares and preschools. The Foster Grandparent Program is funded through AmeriCorps Seniors creating the opportunity for Foster Grandparents to receive a tax free stipend, mileage and meal reimbursements for their service. Foster Grandparents volunteer 5-40 hours per week in support of children and youth who need extra support academically or socially. This program serves all of New Hampshire.
- Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) – RSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program) serves the community by recruiting and supporting senior (55+) volunteers to meet critical community needs. Funded through AmeriCorps Seniors this program operates free senior exercise classes, volunteer drivers for homebound seniors, free grocery delivery and supports 500 volunteers serving at non-profits and public organizations building capacity and strengthening vital community supports.RSVP volunteers serve in Rockingham, Merrimack, Strafford, and Belknap Counties.
- Youth Mentoring – Friends Youth Mentoring matches caring adults and teens with Merrimack County children in need of positive role models. Staff assist mentors and mentees in developing caring relationships that improve self-esteem and increase social supports resulting in youth who are resilient and prepared for life's challenges. Each year more than 100 matches establish or build relationships that change outcomes for at-risk youth.
Mobilize 700 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
Our four programs are staffed by 16 full-time and 10 part-time dedicated employees.