Recently a small group
of potential contributors to the Safe Spaces Campaignheard Governor Lynch and Mayor Bouley speak about CCEH's important role in ending homelessness in Concord. Even with unforeseeable expenses we're within $50,000 of creating a solid foundation for the future of our homeless services in Concord.
Governor Lynch speaks.
THANK YOU to all the people and businesses that have donated dollars, skills, and/or time. Together, we will end homelessness in Concord!
Safe Spaces Campaign Chair Lew Feldsteinspoke about CCEH's
important work ending homelessness in Concord, and the phenomenal job Executive Director Ellen Groh is doing in bringing all the moving parts together!
Shelter up and Running!
The Winter Shelter has been running smoothly for over 6 weeks now at St. Peter's Activity Center on N. State Street. The number of guests served averaged 22 per night in December, but has risen to an average of 34 per night in January, with a high of 44 people. Three families have stayed at the shelter so far. CCEH has contracted with Thrive Outdoors to manage the shelter. Jake King, founding partner and CEO of Thrive, is the former Resource Center Manager and has been an overnight manager at the shelter for the past 2 years.
The foundation is poured and set, the fill is filled and compacted. Next - the walls! Stay posted!
Our beautiful conference room!
Burst pipe! During the recent wicked cold spell, a water pipe in the heating system upstairs at the CCEH building burst. It caused extensive damage to the floor, as well as to the first floor's ceiling and walls below. After lots of ripping out and drying, and incredible noise and dust for staff trying to work just across the plastic divider, things are ready for repair. The rooms that were damaged can be made much more useful and attractive while we're at it...
SAVE THE DATE!
SouperFest 2018 is right around the corner! Saturday, March 10th, join hundreds of your neighbors and friends to have fun and support CCEH. A FunFest for kids from 2-4 pm will be followed by mouth-watering soups, breads and desserts until 7 pm. Our Honorary Chair, Mayor Jim Bouley hosts the event, and Mike Bilodeau with Strings & Things Music will play live. Don't miss it!
Learn more and view some great photos from last year at our website - go to the
SouperFest tab and check out all the drop downs!
Executive Director Ellen Groh is keeping an eye on legislation in the State House.
SB 392 aims to establish a study commission to measure the impact of the State Prisons on Concord and the surrounding communities. This is important as people are often released with nowhere to go and will visit the Resource Center as their first stop. It received unanimous approval from the Senate Judiciary Committee and has moved on to the House for a hearing. The bill recommends that the study committee be comprised of experts from many sectors including mental health and homeless services.
HB 1485 This would allow landlords to require a security deposit equal to two months rent, in addition to the first month of rent, all paid in advance. As you can imagine this would have a huge impact on people with low income.