Jer’s Story: Giving til it Hurts


Jerry Gutekunst – aka Jer – has been volunteering his time here at FPGN since before our first family ever moved in.  Jer came upon us through his work with Habitat for Humanity in 2004, working on initial cleanup and preparations for FPGN to move into Anne-Marie House.  Over the past 13 years, he has balanced volunteering his time with us, Habitat, and other local organizations.  When thanked for the gift of all that time, he simply says “I give til it hurts and am pain resistant.  Most of the time.” 

Not only does he feed our masses on a regular basis, he also spends time and thought on how things work here at the house.  He leaves his mark, always has, and most recently it can be found with the suggestion box in the Host Bedroom, the Penny Jar in Pam’s entryway, and little notes throughout the house that bring a chuckle and smile to the face of whoever reads them.


New Volunteers

Have time, talents and treasures to share?  Talk with us about how you can do so at our ‘Home for Now’ through Family Promise of Greater Nashua at Anne-Marie House.

Volunteerism is the foundation of our program at Anne-Marie House, and happens ‘around the clock’ – 24 hours a day/7 days a week/365 days a year. Come when you can, and leave when you must.

Approximately 75 volunteers bring their energy and enthusiasm to share hospitality with our resident families every week: spending time in conversation and play, making and serving the weekday 6pm meal, staying overnight, helping with homework, celebrating birthdays and holidays, assisting with office tasks, joining our maintenance team, choosing chores from our ‘to do list’, supporting fundraisers, coming to Work Days, serving on our committees, and so much more.  Your passion and skills are likely our need!

New volunteers are asked to attend an orientation to learn more about our program, explore volunteer opportunities, tour our facility, and complete necessary paperwork – application, confidentiality agreement and criminal record form.  Anyone under 18 years old is welcome to volunteer, but must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Please call our Director of Volunteerism at 883-7338 x3 to schedule your orientation.  You can also email us at volunteering@annemariehouse.org.  We look forward to hearing from you!

Current Volunteers

Thank You!!  You are a blessing, and truly do make a difference.

Peruse our online calendar at www.annemariehouse.org/calendar, talk with your volunteer group Coordinator, or contact our Director of Volunteerism 883-7338 X3 to choose your next volunteer time.  Remember, the calendar is read only.

Consider bringing a family member or friend with you to the next time you volunteer.  Talk with our Director of Volunteerism or your volunteer group Coordinator about scheduling that ‘Come and See’ shadowing experience.  There’s always room for one more on our Volunteer Team!

See you at the house!

In addition to volunteers, financial contributions in any amount are important in making sure our facility, program and families are taken care of. Here are just a few suggested levels and what your donation can do for the children and families living at AMH:

    • $25 buys one year of school supplies for one child
    • $50 provides milk for one week for our families
    • $100 provides meals for one day for all of our residents

Find more information about making a financial or in-kind contribution and alternative ways you can help with our fundraising efforts.