Thousands of children here in New Hampshire lack adequate access to basic life needs, such as food, clothing and housing – and no matter how hard they try, their families struggle to create the safe and nurturing environments these children deserve.
At the same time, hundreds of other children are subject to adverse childhood experiences or behavioral challenges that negatively impact their physical, emotional and cognitive development, as well as their overall health and well-being.
Our goal is to set children and families up for success through three key areas – emergency shelter and transitional housing, parenting and life skills education, and special education services for students with severe emotional and behavioral impairments.
Why This Matters
More than 20,000 children statewide live at or near the poverty line, and 24,000 children reside in food-insecure households. Without access to basic essentials like food, clothing and housing, children face increased risks of physical illness, developmental delays, learning gaps, emotional challenges and shortened life expectancies.
Recent estimates identify more than 4,000 children here in New Hampshire lack permanent housing and have no true place to call home. Those children carry a higher rate of emotional and behavioral issues, as well as a stronger likelihood of developing serious health problems.
Nearly 30,000 NH school-aged children have a significant disability that can interfere to some extent with their educational progress. Over 2,000 of these students have a specific diagnosis of emotional or behavioral disturbances that make functioning and thriving in traditional classroom settings very difficult, or in many cases, not possible.
Emergency shelter, transitional apartment housing and aftercare support services that help move mothers and children from homelessness to permanent housing with stable, secure and nurturing living environments.
Pregnancy, parenting and life skills education, as well as access to basic essentials, for families of children at risk of growing up in unsafe and unhealthy environments.
Academic, social, emotional and behavioral special education in a therapeutic setting for children who display severe behavioral issues and are generally unable to succeed in traditional classroom settings.
Results & Impact
Through our work, major barriers are removed from NH children, creating better opportunities for them to grow, reach their potential and experience successful futures. In the past year: