Emergency Winter Shelter to Open!!
                                                              Ridgelight Studio
Monday December 17 
After a long wait the bunks are in and the winter shelter is ready to open.  It will be run by Thrive Outdoors and our usual amazing cadre of caring volunteers.
If you want to volunteer there are still some spaces - check it out HERE.

Thank you CONCORD!!!

Success Stories
MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!
 A family of three arrived at the Resource Center in July. Through a lot of work and Coalition connections, the child is thriving at school, both parents are employed, and the family achieved their goal of being HOUSED by Thanksgiving! Read the full story HERE

HOME!
A married couple expecting their first child came to the Resource Center this past September. IN NOVEMBER THEY HAD THE KEYS TO THEIR NEW APARTMENT HERE IN CONCORD!! They have worked with the CCEH caseworker on getting medical and OBGYN care, and other resources. They are so excited to be finally settling in to their home and soon welcoming their baby! Congratulations!

Homeless Memorial Vigil December 21, 4 p.m.
                                                  
In the past year 10 individuals who were homeless in Concord have died. We gather on the Solstice to  honor these lives, lift their stories, and elevate the voices of those with something to share about these lives lost. For some, this is the funeral and closure they never got for their loved one.

Please join us in front of the State House to honor the lives lost and the human cost of homelessness on our community.

The  Rise Again Outreach truck will be at the vigil to accept donations of  warm winter outerwear and boots, winter socks, blankets, hand and toe warmers and batteries, and 
The Friendly Kitchen will remain open late for anyone needing a meal after the vigil.
Our most sincere thanks to The Clean Take for donating 10% of one day's income to CCEH. This provided a day  of caseworker support in our 
Resource Center! This generosity from the Greater Concord community fuels our passion for our work.
 If you've never visited  The Clean Take , please do. It's food is fantastic! Show your appreciation by getting  a delicious, home-cooked, locally sourced meal to take home with you! And tell Jane how much you appreciate her dedication to this community.
Three Nights Before Christmas - A Lesson of Love

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This is a great story in more ways than one...Concord resident Stephanie Parkinson authored this beautifully illustrated children's book. It is the story of a cat who gives food and shelter to a homeless mouse.

  100% of the proceeds of books purchased at the Concord Food Co-op benefit the Concord Coalition to End Homelessness and the Friendly Kitchen! 

All books are signed.  A wonderful holiday gift in multiple ways!
So much caring....
8 year old Kameron, worrying about people in the cold and the snow, wanted to go shopping and donate to the Resource Center; he filled up the car with $100.00 worth of toe and hand warmers. We are so fortunate when we can help those with less. Kam is a gift to the world!
Pembroke Academy Key Club Kindness
Pembroke Academy Key Club members made 20 fleece blankets to keep Resource Center guests warm on these cold winter nights. What a wonderful gift of caring and time. Thank you Pembroke Academy Key Club!!! 

(Photo: Key Club officers with RC Case Manager Julie Green 3rd from Left.)