IN THIS NEWSLETTER:
#SouperFest Update
CCEH Provides Services During COVID-19
Exciting News: Support for SAFE SPACES II Fundraising Campaign
How to Volunteer During COVID-19
Our virtual SouperFest was a huge success!!
This year's SouperFest became #SouperFest and brought in over $55,000!!!

So many thanks to all our sponsors for sticking with us!!
See our sponsors HERE or check out the great video below!
  • Thanks to the SouperFest TEAM who planned and readied for this year's event.
  • Thanks to all the CHEFS (click here for a list) and BAKERS who were ready to share their delicious soups and baked goods.
  • Thanks to the POTTERS who crafted beautiful bowls, mugs and spoon rests which will be available for purchase at our next event!
  • Thanks to all the VOLUNTEERS who stood ready to run the show.
  • Thanks to the BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB who were preparing long and hard to host FunFest.
  • Thanks to the RUNDLETT MIDDLE SCHOOL ART classes and teachers for making amazing centerpieces.
  • Thanks to the CONCORD HISTORICAL SOCIETY and HISTORIANS for preparing wonderful info on "Concord, a City of Villages"

THANKS TO SO MANY OF YOU FOR POSTING YOUR #SOUPERFEST PICTURES ON FACEBOOK AND INSTAGRAM TO JOIN IN THE FUN, AND FOR BUYING #SOUPERFEST "TICKETS" TO SUPPORT US THROUGH THESE CHALLENGING TIMES

Even though COVID-19 prevented us from gathering together in person, our virtual #SouperFest event allowed us to still celebrate the spirit of SouperFest and raise awareness about the importance of CCEH’s work.
Watching all of the many Facebook and Instagram posts by our supporters and their friends - sharing photos of soup from across the country - was heart-warming and inspiring. 

For a visual of #SouperFest, check out a sampling of the photos that were shared via social media on our website by clicking HERE  

Watch this video (below) that captures the spirit of SouperFest with photos from SouperFest 2019. Photos and video courtesy of Mullberry Creek Imagery /Aaron Baker
WHAT CCEH IS DOING IN THIS TIME OF CRISIS
During these unprecedented times of COVID-19 challenges, we are adjusting our services to help slow the spread of the disease while continuing to provide vital support to people who are struggling with homelessness. As the situation changes daily, CCEH is working closely with all the homeless services providers in Concord, as well as with City and State government, and homeless service providers across the state and country to find the best solutions possible to get through this crisis and make sure people who are struggling with homelessness are not left behind.

We will keep you posted as things develop, and you can always visit our website and Facebook page for updates.
Our daytime Resource Center , which typically serves an average of 55 people each day from 9AM-1PM Mondays through Fridays, is currently open on Mondays and Wednesdays, from 9 to 11AM. Guests can retrieve mail, get supplies, use the restroom (with proper sanitation protocols), work with staff to fill out paperwork or online applications, find out about COVID-19 news, and see some CCEH friendly faces. Our case worker is also available by cell phone to all our guests for extended hours -   9AM - 5PM Mondays through Fridays.

On April 1 st , 38 guests stopped by for supplies, mail, case management & mental health check-ins with Julie. To ensure proper social distancing, we added smiley face graffiti to our driveway where guests waited their turn while staying 6 ft. apart. Our homemade warm-water hand-washing station was the first stop before venturing up to speak with Julie.

With the Spring weather, meeting guests outside is working out well. The air flow is good and a distance of 6 ft. can be maintained.
Our  Housing First Concord program continues to provide permanent housing and ongoing caseworker support to 15 individuals, though we are limiting face-to-face contact. 

The Emergency Winter Shelter closed on March 29 th   for the season (as scheduled), and was able to provide a warm place to sleep for over 140 individuals, averaging 32 people per night. The final two weeks included very rigorous sanitation protocols and health screening at check-in; our guests were understanding and patient with these changes in an effort to keep them, and our staff, safe. We were fortunate that no one in our one-room shelter was diagnosed with COVID-19.  

We are continuing to move forward on our newest initiative, the  Green Street Apartments , which will create four one-bedroom apartments for individuals who were formerly homeless. We hope to have the apartments ready and occupied by the end of the summer. 

On Monday, CCEH staff continued outreach by meeting guests at  The Friendly Kitchen  where we handed out blankets, Dunkin' Donuts gift cards, socks and goodie bags. CCEH joined  Community Action Program Homeless Street Outreach B M-CAP Inc.  who were handing out tents and sleeping bags.

Photo:
Julie Green (Assistant Clinical Director of Programs) and Michael Caswell (Winter Shelter and Data Manager) at the Friendly Kitchen.
FANTASTIC NEWS! AMAZING DONATIONS TO SAFE SPACES II
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Merrimack County Savings Bank (The Merrimack)  has long been supporting the Concord Coalition to End Homelessness, and once again, are behind us and our work! THANK YOU for your pledge of $75,000 over 3 years to our Safe Spaces II Campaign!!!! These funds keep ALL of our programs up and running, help with our new initiative to create MORE housing for those most in need, and prepare us for new projects.

The Rotary Club of Concord, NH,   another long time supporter, has donated $25,000 to the Safe Spaces II Campaign! This will be focused on the Green Street Apartments - the project where CCEH is purchasing and renovating four apartments to house long-term homeless individuals. Warren Emley, President of the Rotary Club says: "Rotary is proud to be a real partner in this next step towards ending homelessness. It is through the foresight and tenacity of organizations such as CCEH that our greater Concord community is realizing some effective steps in addressing this challenge”.
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
For individuals who would like to VOLUNTEER during the COVID-19 crisis, we are collecting names and contact information so that when we have opportunities for volunteers we can reach out immediately. Please email office@concordhomeless.org to let us know that you are available to help as needed, and the best way to contact you. Even better, let us know HOW you may be willing to help. THANKS TO ONE AND ALL!

Also, the state is collecting names of medical and non-medical volunteers who are willing to help at NH Responds: nhresponds.org

 The Concord Homeless Resource Center continues to serve guests with dignity and respect daily.

Housing First Concord has housed 15 individuals.

The Emergency Winter Shelter serves 40 individuals a night.
CCEH could do nothing without YOU, as well as major support from the entities below, and so many others. Thank you!

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Concord Coalition to End Homelessness | 238 N. Main Street, Concord, NH 03301
603-290-3375