The Reach & Impact
of Catholic Charities NH

Moving Lives Forward

In Times of Crisis – We Are Here to Respond

For the past 75 years, Catholic Charities NH has provided a wide range of programs and services for individuals and families facing unplanned obstacles, unprecedented life challenges and chronic hardship.

While we’re being tested like never before with the COVID-19 pandemic, our mission of serving the dynamic needs of individuals and families – and protecting the vulnerable and marginalized – is unbreakable. In fact, it’s stronger than ever.

Your support of Catholic Charities NH has provided healing and hope for those who especially need it most during this difficult time. Since the crisis began:

  • 2,784 New Hampshire residents have received assistance around food, transportation, housing and other essential needs. Overall requests for emergency assistance are up 33% in the past month, as we’re now seeing the greatest need since the pandemic began.
  • 1,629 teletherapy sessions have been conducted by our Mental Health Counseling Services program for individuals facing increased stress, anxiety and difficulties adjusting to the pandemic or everyday life. Last month, we saw the highest demand for these services since the crisis began, with a 68% increase over the previous month.
  • 85,665 pounds of food have been distributed to 403 homebound seniors across Greater Manchester and Greater Nashua through The CareGivers program, ensuring they maintain adequate access to food and nourishment during these trying times. This is 38% more than last year.
  • 227 homebound and isolated seniors have received regular emotional support reassurance and check-in calls through The CareGivers program, helping them maintain valuable social connections and realize they truly aren’t alone.
  • 1,293 rides to medical appointments, the grocery store and other vital errands have been given to homebound seniors, also through The CareGivers.
  • 1,803 educational sessions have been provided for families across New Hampshire through the Our Place program. We provide pregnancy and parenting education and share key information and resources for them to help navigate the current pandemic.
  • 72 senior households across the Monadnock region have received groceries, 70 received in-home services and 61 received check-in calls through our Monadnock at Home program. Additionally, 1,500 surgical masks were distributed to local seniors through the program.
  • $95,399 in critical emergency assistance funds has been distributed to New Hampshire residents facing intense hardship through our Community Services programs. This assistance benefited 400 total clients and 931 household members.
  • 17.7 million pounds of food has been distributed to agencies statewide through the New Hampshire Food Bank. Additionally, 2.3 million pounds of food has been distributed to high-need communities through weekly mobile food pantries. Total distribution is up 25% this year.
  • 10 online support groups have been conducted to help NH residents cope with the loss of a loved one or difficulties navigating daily life amid the COVID crisis.

The Growing Demand for Services: Since the Crisis Began


Increase in requests for emergency assistance


Increase in requests for Mental Health Counseling Services


Increase in food distribution for homebound seniors (CareGivers)


Increase in total food distribution (New Hampshire Food Bank)


Increase in rides to medical appointments (CareGivers)

Figures above as of December 16

How You Are Moving Lives Forward

Creating Pathways Out of Poverty – Community Services

  • 64% of Life Plan clients report improved life situations and achieve major goals they never imagined possible, from creating a budget and enhancing their financial skills to pursing education and job training.

Strengthening Mental Health – Counseling Services

  • 83% of clients report a reduction of symptoms.
  • 82% indicate positive behavior change.
  • 81% report improvements in their overall quality of life.

Building Secure Families – Our Place

  • 100% of parents in our pregnancy & parenting education program note improvements in their parenting knowledge.

Helping Homebound Seniors Avoid Isolation – The CareGivers

  • 97% of homebound seniors say their quality of life improved because of our services.
  • 96% of clients indicated that we helped preserve their wishes to live independently.

By the Numbers: 2019

Over the past year, you provided a better life for more than 121,700 New Hampshire residents. This includes:

  • 2,208 individuals and families who moved from poverty – and for many, a lack of food, shelter and clothing – to futures of self-sufficiency and successes on the road ahead. (Community Services)
  • 2,005 struggling and homeless veterans, many who carry invisible wounds and intense trauma, who are waking up to a better tomorrow through substance-free transitional housing, recovery services and other forms of assistance. (Liberty House)
  • 700 seniors who are living their lives to the fullest through high-quality, compassionate short-term rehabilitation, long-term care, memory care and other services. (Healthcare Services)
  • 503 homebound and disabled seniors who are avoiding lives of isolation and preserving their wishes to remain independent, through the groceries, rides to medical appointments and emotional support they receive. (The CareGivers)
  • 338 immigrants and newcomers who received high-quality legal consultation and representation on their path to citizenship and a better life. (Immigration Legal Services)
  • 352 individuals who are finding healing and a greater sense of peace through struggles with grief, addiction, depression and changing environments. (Mental Health Counseling Services)
  • 87 young mothers and parents, many living amid poverty, who gained the invaluable knowledge and skills to not only welcome their children into the world – but to do so within loving, stable and nurturing homes. (Our Place)
  • 77 birth parents, adoptive couples and adopted individuals who worked with us to build, strengthen and unify families through adoption placement and post-adoption services. (Adoption & Maternity Services)
  • 22 children who received the emotional, academic, therapeutic and social support to help them build meaningful connections, heal, and over time, develop the positive behaviors to successfully reintegrate into traditional school environments. (St. Charles School)

Our work isn’t done. Help us reshape more lives!

Our mission is to respond to those in need with programs that heal, comfort and empower. This carries a different meaning for every child, teen, adult, family and senior with whom we work with.

It means doing all we can to help a two-year-old child and his family keep a roof over their heads. It means instilling confidence in a mother who grew up in a broken home that – yes – she can raise her children in a loving and secure environment. And it means bringing a smile to the face of a young adult – for the first time in many years – as he finally breaks free from a lifelong struggle with trauma and depression.

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