CELEBRATING 25 YEARS OF SERVICE IN THE GREATER NASHUA AREA
“HABITAT GIVES US AN OPPORTUNITY WHICH IS VERY DIFFICULT TO FIND: TO REACH OUT AND WORK SIDE BY SIDE WITH THOSE WHO NEVER HAVE HAD A DECENT HOME—
BUT WORK WITH THEM ON A COMPLETELY EQUAL BASIS. IT’S NOT A BIG-SHOT, LITTLE-SHOT RELATIONSHIP. IT’S A SENSE OF EQUALITY.”— JIMMY CARTER
The purpose of Greater Nashua Habitat for Humanity is to provide safe, decent and affordable housing in the southern New Hampshire towns we serve. We are a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that works to strengthen families and communities through affordable homeownership opportunities. We work in partnership with corporations, like-minded community groups, faith-based organizations, and individual volunteers to develop communities by building and renovating simple, decent, affordable homes with hard-working people who are in need. We partner with families whose income is above public housing guidelines and who are unable to qualify for conventional mortgages. Qualified families are given a hand up (not a hand out), and they pay a monthly no-interest mortgage to Habitat. These monies, in turn, go back into building more, simple, decent, affordable homes. Habitat is committed to developing and uplifting families and communities in addition to constructing houses. In 2014, we celebrated our 20th anniversary. In 2015, we will have built and/or renovated nine homes in Hudson, Milford, Nashua and Wilton.
About Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI) is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry that seeks to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the world, and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action. HFHI has built more than 300,000 houses around the world, providing more than 1.5 million people in more than 3,000 communities with safe, decent, affordable shelter. HFHI was founded in 1976 by the late Millard Fuller and his wife, Linda.
Towns We Serve
Amherst Brookline Greenville Hollis Hudson Lyndeborough Mason Merrimack Milford Mont Vernon Nashua Pelham Wilton Windham
Affiliate Staff Scott Slattery, Executive Director Linda Milliken, Finance Louise Smith, Development Coordinator
Board of Directors Deb Chisholm, President Denise Closson, Vice-President Sara Salvi, Treasurer Tom Osgood, Secretary/Family Selection Mary Jarril, Director/ Build Crew Cindi Owning, Director/ Fundraising Committee/ Nominating Committee Nora Boyle, Director/Family Selection Ken Recke, Director Deborah J. Stoodley, Director/Family Selection Stephanie Kane, Director
A world where everyone has a decent place to live
Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.
GNHFH focuses its mission on the Greater Nashua Area by partnering with like-minded community groups, faith-based organizations, corporations and individual volunteers to build and renovate homes.
Demonstrate the love of Jesus Christ. We undertake our work to demonstrate the love and teachings of Jesus, acting in all ways in accord with the belief that God’s love and grace abound for all, and that we must be “hands and feet” of that love and grace in our world. We believe that, through faith, the miniscule can be multiplied to accomplish the magnificent, and that, in faith, respectful relationships can grow among all people.
Focus on shelter
We have chosen, as our means of manifesting God’s love, to create opportunities for all people to live in decent, durable shelter. We put faith into action by helping to build, renovate or preserve homes, and by partnering with others to accelerate and broaden access to affordable housing as a foundation for breaking the cycle of poverty.
Advocate for affordable housing
In response to the prophet Micah’s call to do justice, to love mercy and to walk humbly with God, we promote decent, affordable housing for all, and we support the global community’s commitment to housing as a basic human right. We will advocate for just and fair housing policy to eliminate the constraints that contribute to poverty housing. And, in all of our work, we will seek to put shelter on hearts and minds in such powerful ways that poverty housing becomes socially, politically and religiously unacceptable.
Promote dignity and hope
We believe that no one lives in dignity until everyone can live in dignity. We believe that every person has something to contribute and something to gain from creating communities in which all people have decent, affordable places to live. We believe that dignity and hope are best achieved through equitable, accountable partnerships.
Support sustainable and transformational development
We view our work as successful when it transforms lives and promotes positive and lasting social, economic and spiritual change within a community; when it is based on mutual trust and fully shared accomplishment; and when it demonstrates responsible stewardship of all resources entrusted to us.
Habitat for Humanity International and its affiliated organizations (HFH) will not proselytize. Nor will HFH work with entities or individuals who insist on proselytizing as part of their work with HFH. This means that HFH will not offer assistance on the expressed or implied condition that people must (i) adhere or convert to a particular faith, or (ii) listen and respond to messaging designed to induce conversion to a particular faith.
Sponsors & Supporters
Greater Nashua Habitat for Humanity would like to recognize the following businesses and corporations for their continued support. Please support these groups when you can and help us recognize the good they enable in our communities. Want to make a tangible and lasting difference in your community?
HUD HOME Grant DREAM BUILDER SPONSOR – $25,000+
Lowes CHAMPION BUILDER SPONSOR – $5,000+
Anheuser Busch DREAM BUILDER SPONSOR – $25,000+
CHAMPION BUILDER SPONSOR – $5,000+
ups DREAM BUILDER SPONSOR – $25,000+
COMMUNITY BUILDER SPONSOR – $2,500+
Habitat homes are not given away for free; instead they are sold to partner families at no profit and financed with no-interest loans. The homeowner’s monthly payments are used by the affiliate to finance future projects. Each family must provide 350 volunteer hours towards the building of their home, attend financial literacy classes and provide a modest down payment.
In 1994, a small group of dedicated volunteers decided that the Greater Nashua area needed Habitat for Humanity. Officially established as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit on November 9, 1994, these dedicated volunteers looked around and saw that many families were struggling to find affordable housing. Determined to help meet the need, these committed volunteers knew that the services of Habitat for Humanity would benefit local families by building safe, decent, affordable housing to help break the cycle of poverty and provide a stable home for years to come. In the very beginning, the affiliate was able to provide a small number of critical home repairs and community improvement projects with limited funding and a modest group of volunteers.
The first Habitat for Humanity home was built 25 years ago in 1994, by partnering with Monadnock Habitat For Humanity to complete a home in Amherst, NH. In 1997, GNHFH became owners of their first property, a duplex, in the French Hill Neighborhood. that provided decent housing for two deserving families. This project, along with ongoing critical home repairs, started the momentum that has made GNHFH an integral part of the Greater Nashua Area.
Habitat for Humanity International
GNHFH is an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI) which is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian Housing ministry. HFHI is founded on the conviction that everyone should have a decent, safe, and affordable place to live. Through volunteer labor and donations of money and materials, Habitat for Humanity International and its homeowner families have built or rehabilitated more than 900,000 homes in the United States and abroad. HFHI seeks to eliminate poverty and homelessness around the world and invites people from all backgrounds, races and religions to build homes together in partnership with families in need.