Celebrating 25 Years of Service in the Greater Nashua Area
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.
NEW HAMPSHIRE CITIES AND TOWNS WE SERVE:
Windham (Rockingham County)
How GNHFH began….
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.
Recognizing the need for financial sustainability and consistency, in April, 2013 a Habitat ReStore opened on Amherst Street in Nashua. At the Restore, donations of new and used building materials, gently used furniture and home decor are gratefully accepted. These items are sold back to the public at prices discounted between 30% and &0% below retail. One-hundred percent of the profit we make at the ReStore is used to build more Habitat homes.
Today, GNHFH is the only nonprofit in Southern New Hampshire that provides affordable housing solutions built almost entirely with volunteer labor. GNHFH has provided home ownership for 13 families as well as a multitude of organizations and provided at least 56 families with much-needed critical home repairs. In addition, GNHFH has provided community improvement projects for local nonprofits such as the Nashua Soup Kitchen, United Way, Milford SHARE and the Nashua School District.
25 Years Later…..
In November 2019, GNHFH celebrated its 25th anniversary with a gala and fundraising event at the Nashua Country Club. This event highlighted how much GNHFH has grown in 25 years as it positions itself to become an even greater presence in Southern New Hampshire. In fact, the need for the services of GNHFH continues to grow as evidenced by the number of requests and inquiries that are received on a weekly basis.
In April 2020, the 14th family will assume ownership of a new home in Wilton, NH, built on donated land with thousands of volunteer hours, in-kind donations and sponsorships from local businesses. GNHFH is an example of a committed group of individuals who saw a need and worked tirelessly to make that vision a reality. This is how change happens.
19 Pleasant Street Wilton, NH
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
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.
Today, Habitat now works in more than 1,400 communities across the U.S. and in approximately 70 countries throughout the world and has helped nearly 10 million people achieve strength, stability and independence through safe, decent and affordable shelter.
For more information about the history of Habitat for Humanity International, visit https://www.habitat.org/about/history