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The Friends Program is pleased to welcome Glenda Leon as the new Director of Emergency Housing. With a deep mission driven commitment to support vulnerable individuals and families find stable housing solutions, Glenda brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the team. They have a proven track record of success in crisis management, mental health care, and housing advocacy, and are eager to apply their vast array of skills to help advance our mission. Glenda resides in Epsom, NH with their dog Magnus. On their free time, they enjoy creating art and spending time with loved ones. Glenda is excited to see the positive impact that they will bring to the organization and community we serve. You can reach Glenda at

We are very excited to announce that the Friends Program will be launching a pilot group mentoring program in March, 2023.  Two sessions will run concurrently starting on March 29th and run through the end of May.  To register or for more information, please email

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This project is thanks in part to a grant from the Dobles Foundation.  If you would like to volunteer, please reach out for more information.



Please join us to celebrate National Mentoring Month at a free family fun event on January 28th at the City-Wide Community Center in Concord.  We will have fun activities, snacks and stories for current, past and future volunteers!


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 eastern bank donation

Eastern Bank Foundation delivered an early holiday gift of a $10,000 donation to support the operation of the Friends Emergency Housing program on December 21, 2023.  Pictured are (right to left) Mark Lester, Vice President and Local Branch Manager of Eastern Bank located on Main Street in Downtown Concord, EH Director Lorrie Patterson, Development Director Laura Miller and Nancy McKeon, Executive Director of the Friends Program.

Eastern Bank has a strong tradition of supporting local non-profits both through grants and sponsorships.  "We recognize we are only as strong as the communities we serve and Eastern Bank Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Eastern Bank, is central to our purpose to help people prosper. The needs challenging our communities require us to be both practical in our giving and tireless in our quest for impact. Combining our philanthropy, volunteerism, advocacy, and often in collaboration with other businesses and community partners, we invest in our communities with the singular aim of helping all our neighbors prosper across Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island." (Eastern Bank Foundation Website)

Please click here to learn more about the Eastern Bank Foundation

Thank you to Mark and the entire team at Eastern Bank!