Fall 2020 Newsletter

Covid-19 Statement

In order to best protect the boys and girls, and the staff, of Nashua Children’s Home, our response to the COVID-19 pandemic, for the time-being, is to limit the possible exposure of the children to potential carriers, and to continue sound practices (hand-washing, sanitizing surfaces) in-program.

With the suspension of school statewide until April 6 at this point, Nashua Children’s Home is attending to the academic needs of student by:

*Sending home packets of schoolwork, via US Mail, or by personal delivery by school districts, to students enrolled in the Nashua Children’s Home Educational Program.  These students are to begin work on their packets on Monday, March 23 and through April 3, NCH teachers will be available by phone and by e-mail during NCH School hours (9am-3pm).  The packets will contain contact information for teachers.

*Children placed in the Nashua Children’s Home Residential Program but attending public or other alternative schools will participate in educational programming as determined by the school or district in which they are enrolled.  At this point, we are awaiting the guidance of the respective schools and districts, but will be implementing a daily routine with mandatory educational time slots.

During the period of time during which schools are closed (through April 3 at this point), Nashua Children’s Home is limiting entrance to our facilities by others (i.e. conducting meetings telephonically, restricting visits within our facilities) and significantly limiting the interaction of children with the community-at-large.  Fortunately, Nashua Children’s Home has significant on-grounds recreational resources, has accrued storage of food, water, hygienic and sanitizing supplies, and once again is blessed with the continued commitment and diligence of a committed group of staff, who are always there for the children, particularly when needed most.

Thank you for your understanding of our need to “circle the wagons” during this challenging situation and for your continued support and advocacy of the century-long mission of Nashua Children’s Home and the children whom we serve.

Please continue to check this website for updates as the situation develops.

Holiday Gift

This letter and a donation of $500 was personally delivered to Nashua Children’s Home on Sunday, December 7.

Club National Supports NCH

The 19th Annual Club National Golf Tourney to benefit Nashua Hcildren’s Home was held on June 28 at Souhegan Woods in Amherst.  A check for $20,000 was presented at an October 11 ceremony at Club National, located on Pine Street in Nashua.  Supporters of Nashua Children’s Home spanning decades, Club National, through its Golf Tourney alone, has raised over $300,000 to support the efforts of Nashua Children’s Home to operate its Transitional Living Program (TLP).  The TLP provides housing, as well as ongoing staff support and guidance, to young people who age-out of the child-protective or juvenile justice system at the age of 18 and face challenges of adult living absent any financial support from their families of origin or from any public system.  The TLP’s ongoing operation is thus totally dependent on charitable contributions, such as the generous support of Club National.

STEM Grant

Nashua Children’s Home has been awarded a grant of $25,000 from the Shafmaster Charitable Foundation, located in Exeter NH, to support STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) initiatives.

The grant will support the STEM and 21st Century Learning initiatives of Nashua Children’s Home through the acquisition of educational technology, staff development and field trips.

These initiatives are primarily inclusive to the Educational Program of Nashua Children’s Home, providing special education services to identified area primary and middle school students, but also to youth served within the Residential Program.

We are excited, and eagerly anticipate the opportunities made available to Nashua Children’s Home students through the goodwill and generosity of the Shafmaster Charitable Foundation.

19th Annual Novemberfest Race

“The 19th Annual Novemberfest Trail Race benefiting Nashua Children’s Home will be held this Sunday, November 19, 2017.  This is a fun 5 mile trail race through beautiful Mines Falls Park, with pre-race and post race activities at the host location, Martha’s Exchange, Main Street in Nashua. This event is hosted by the Gate City Striders.

Participants will be in for a treat, as there are always Celebrity Guests, and a fun post race party!  Entry fees are $20.00 (plus processing fees) until October 1st and $25.00 through race day. Online registration will close on November 16th.”

See the link below for more information:

https://www.facebook.com/Novemberfest-Race-177406138984582/

Club National Annual Golf Tourney Benefits Nashua Children’s Home

The18th Annual Club National Golf Tourney to benefit Nashua Children’s Home was held on June 26 at Souhegan Woods in Amherst.   The tourney raised $20,000 to support the operation of the Transitional Living Program of the Children’s Home.

The Pine Street club has raised $285,000 over the course of their Golf Tourney to support young people that are exiting New Hampshire’s child-protective or juvenile justice system and entering adulthood as 18-year-olds absent the financial supports of their families of origin.  The young people are housed in apartments abutting the Amherst Street property of Nashua Children’s Home and offered continuing staff support and guidance.  Club National is the largest single benefactor of this endeavor.

Caption:

Presentation of $20,000 check to Nashua Children’s Home at Club National.  From left (front row):  Kevin Leger (Club National Golf Committee), Nashua Children’s Home Business Manager Lori Wilshire, Paul Belanger (Golf Committee), Paul Chasse (Golf Committee, Event Coordinator) Adam Gureckis (Golf Committee), Nashua Children’s Home Executive Director David Villiotti, Dave Dufoe (Club National Chairman House Committee).

Photo Credit:  Joanne Burdett Dion

DCU Steps up Again!!

Digital Federal Credit Union (DCU) has made yet another major contribution of Nashua Children’s Home, this time in the amount of $10,000.

Thank You, DCU, for your support of the boys and girls of Nashua Children’s Home during this holiday season.

Bank of America Continued Leadership

The Bank of America Charitable Foundation has continued its support of the Nashua Children’s Home Transitional Living Program.  This year’s Bank of America grant of $10,000 raises the total of Bank of America grant awards in support of this initiative to $165,000.

Jonathan Dowst and Ken Sheldon of Bank of America visited Nashua Children’s Home on Giving Tuesday, November 29, and presented the check to Nashua Children’s Home.

Thank you Bank of America Charitable Foundation!!

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TJX Companies Continues to Help

Representatives from TJX Companies visited Nashua Children’s Home on December 1, presenting a check for $1,500 and also committing to assist the boys and girls of Nashua Chidren’s Home with contributions of clothing, other goods…and employment opportunities!

Thank you TJX!

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