On April 16, 2016, Miss America contestants and volunteers will join forces with their friends and family participating in community service activities like cleaning a park, beach or neighborhood, assisting youth and senior organizations, visiting nursing homes and CMN Hospitals, or collecting clothes, stocking food pantries or feeding the homeless. Holly Blanchard, Miss New Hampshire 2015 and the Miss New Hampshire Class of 2016 will be working at New Horizons, an adult homeless shelter, soup kitchen, and food pantry that provides food to over 900 households each month.
In 2012, the NH Coalition to End Homelessness reported, “On any given day in New Hampshire, there are 2,438 people who are homeless.” New Horizons Executive Director Charlie Sherman and Program Director Kevin Kintner work hard to provide warm food and safe shelter in Manchester, NH. We had a very rewarding day of service at New Horizons in 2015 and look forward to serving again on April 16th for #MissAmericaServes.
To support the New Hampshire for New Horizons (NH2) Team with a donation, please visit http://www.helpmakemiracles.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.participant&participantID=334745
To learn more about New Horizons, please visit http://newhorizonsfornh.org/about-us
For shelter clients, many more services are available than simply a safe place to stay and have meals. On site, clients have access to case management services, referral services, medical and mental health services, substance abuse counseling, Alcoholics Anonymous meetings and Narcotics Anonymous meetings.
Angie’s Shelter for Women
Angie’s Shelter for Women provides a safe structured, home-like environment where clients have access to the support and services they need while working to rebuild their lives. This shelter is open to women 18 years and older, who come due to varied circumstances such as release from incarceration, substance abuse, domestic violence, and those ineligible at other agencies.
The soup kitchen serves breakfast for shelter guests daily. It also serves a complete dinner to seniors (over 50) at 3:00 p.m. (weekdays) and for individuals, children and their families beginning at 4:30 daily. The soup kitchen serves over 250 meals a day.
The food pantry provides groceries to impoverished families and individuals in Manchester. The amount provided to each household is dependent upon family size. Along with non perishable food items, there are also fruits, vegetables, meats and bakery items available. Most of these items are donated by local supermarkets such as Hannafords, Harvest Market and The Fruit Center. Generous individuals and groups routinely conduct food drives on New Horizons behalf as well.