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The Friends Program

Apr 01, 2013 03:39PM ● Published by Ryan Frisch

Gallery: The 13th Annual Friends Charity Auction [8 Images] Click any image to expand.

The Friends Program works in several areas to assist people in the community. Their programs include Emergency Housing, Foster Grandparent Program, Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, and Youth Mentoring Program.

Emergency Housing

The Friends Emergency Housing Program is an emergency shelter for families, providing 24-hour, 7 days a week staffing. The program provides intensive, community-based case management and short-term housing, aftercare and outreach services for families at risk of future homelessnes; along with transitional housing units in Concord. Families are provided with the support, education and training to assist them in acquiring long-term skills and accessing resources to find and maintain permanent housing. According to the Friends website, they provide housing for 11 homeless families each month.

Foster Grandparent Program

This unique program has brought together tens of thousands of needy children and loving retired adults who have all been deeply enriched by new relationships. We train and place senior volunteers in schools, non-profit childcare centers, and other youth service organizations to help set children on the path to a successful future. And this Federal program pays a tax-free stipend to income-eligible retirees to help them afford to volunteer and make ends meet.

Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP)

Friends RSVP provides 620 volunteers to 130 nonprofit and public organizations to help them serve their clients and meet their missions. RSVP volunteers give more than 63,000 hours each year to help meet community needs in Merrimack, Rockingham, Belknap, and Strafford Counties.

RSVP volunteers are engaged in more than 200 different assignments, based upon their own interests, talents and time availability. For example, they help older adults live more independently by providing transportation to medical appointments and the grocery store. They provide isolation-reducing companionship to the elderly and disabled. Others serve as tutors and mentors to children and youth. Volunteers assist with public safety, disaster preparedness and blood drives. Many volunteers organize or manage local thrift shops and food banks that make it easier for struggling individuals and families to make ends meet.

Youth Mentoring Program

The Friends Youth Mentoring Program was founded in 1975 to address juvenile delinquency. Since then it has evolved, using best practice knowledge and research, to address a number of issues, including juvenile delinquency, school performance, school dropout rates, substance abuse prevention, and in general, positive youth development.

For more information on how to support the Friends program by attending one of their events, click the links below:

The 14th Annual Friends Charity Auction 05/03/2013 - 06:00 PM

FRIENDS ART WALK 04/19/2013 - 04:00 PM

Tickets are available online or at any of these locations:

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