- Two Graduations! July 27, 2017 We are very happy to share that two more families have graduated from the program in recent weeks. These families, one led by a single father with two boys and one led by a single mother with a boy and a girl, have agreed to share a bit about their stories and how they came to be at Family Promise of Greater Nashua at Anne Marie House, what they have learned, and where they are headed. Their names have been changed to respect their privacy.
John entered FPGN with his two sons following a divorce. During his tenure, he secured stable employment, established a custody arrangement with his ex-wife, and created a strong savings program. He feels that without FPGN he would have lost his children. While here, he learned a lot of tricks and creative ways to both curb spending and increase savings. Parenting classes helped him to learn to manage the boys’ schedules and to know when to approach and when not to approach a teenager! John has rented his own apartment and he and the boys are settling into their new sustainable, independent life.
Laura came to FPGN following an abusive relationship. She was able to find full-time employment and her mother helps her with childcare. While there were many times that she wanted to give up, she credits Melissa, our Family Services Director, with always pushing her forward. Her efforts in the program have paid off. She now is financially stable and has money left over each week for emergencies as well as some “wants” for her children. In parenting class, she learned how to present choices to her children. Laura is going to continue to work and save money, and she plans on returning to school to expand her education.
- First Church Nashua Helps Heat Our Home June 27, 2017
We are delighted to share the news that, through the generosity of First Church Nashua, we will be more fuel efficient in the years to come! Because Presentation of Mary Academy is undergoing a major construction project, we were offered the opportunity to work with Liberty Utilities to tie into a new natural gas line being run on campus. Using funds raised through their Capital Campaign, First Church Nashua is covering the cost of this connection as well as new boilers and a new hot water heater! This incredible donation will reduce our annual heating costs far into the future and we could not be more grateful! Shown here (L-R) are Family Promise of Greater Nashua staff members Melissa Johnstone, Julie Esp and Sarah Cronin, along with First Church Marketing Manager, Dianne Smigliani, and Rev. Dr. Jeffery Evans, First Church Associate Minister and member of our Board of Trustees.
- Visit from Chef Nicole of Great NH Restaurants June 27, 2017
Here are some fun photos of Chef Nicole’s recent visit to Family Promise of Greater Nashua at Anne Marie House, courtesy of FeedNH. FeedNH is the charitable foundation of Great NH Restaurants – T-Bones, Cactus Jack’s and Copper Door – and sends $250 of fresh fruits and vegetables to FPGN Anne Marie House each month at their wholesale cost. This allows us to provide our families with fresh, seasonal treats like strawberries, corn, blueberries, and tomatoes. Chef Nicole dropped by this month to teach a quick cooking class to our kids! Thank you Chef Nicole!
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- Giving Days mean Big Changes May 25, 2017 We are fortunate that a number of businesses came out this spring to participate in Community Giving Days here at Family Promise of Greater Nashua. These fun days involve a lot of work, a lot of laughter, and a lot of big changes for our house and our families. Teams from Liberty Mutual and Morneau Law were two of our most recent visitors. They painted and did garden work to spruce up the house for the spring. Thank you for spending your time with us!
- Mother’s Day Gifts May 16, 2017
Members of First Church of Nashua recently dropped off lovely gift bags, complete with chocolate and gift cards, for our mothers for Mother’s Day. What a lovely idea! The gifts were received by our Director of Family Services, Melissa Johnstone (far left) and Board of Trustees member, Scott Wellman (far right). Thank you for your thoughtfulness!