Help Us Reach for the Warmth of Home
Imagine being a single mother with four children, ages 1 to 8, and suddenly finding yourself with no home. Your part-time job wasn’t enough to pay the rent, and staying with friends wasn’t an option for long. The kids are due to start school, but you can’t even think about that when you have no place to live and no way to take care of your family. It’s hard to think about, isn’t it?
In this case, it’s a true story. Hundred Nights, Inc. housed this family for eight weeks late this summer. Because of the help Hundred Nights received from you, this family’s story had a happy ending. The year-round Hundred Nights Open Door Resource Center, which serves both the homeless and those in the community at high risk of becoming homeless, helped them apply for housing, linked them with an agency that was willing to work with them and provided shelter, clothing, food and other resources to get them through these past months. They are now in a new home!
Sadly, this family’s story is not unique. Hundreds of people in the Keene area find themselves in similar situations, trying hard to make ends meet while dealing with the various challenges life brings. In some cases, it’s working three jobs that still don’t add up to enough money to pay the rent, or struggling with mental illness or substance use issues. Sometimes you have to leave your home because of a flood or a fire. And as this family shows, it’s not just adults who become homeless. People of all ages, including children, lose their homes. The need for Hundred Nights’ services is not limited to the coldest hundred nights of the year – the need is year-round.
But with your help, families like this one, along with other men, women and children who have hit bottom, can find hope, and help, to climb back to a more stable life. By sharing generously today, you can help them reach for the warmth of home again.
Fortunately, we live in a community that cares. That’s one of the many things that make this region special. Your support to Hundred Nights will help scores of our friends and neighbors get the assistance they need, whether it is shelter from the cold, help finding a job or getting food, connecting with agencies that can help with more severe issues, or just giving people a safe place to go and respectful, friendly faces to brighten a dark day. For a person who has lost everything, that can be enough to keep them going and get back on their feet.
Every gift you share will make a huge difference.
- Donations of $1,000 can keep people from living on the streets in the coldest days and nights of the winter.
- Donations of $500 can provide resources to help men and women get identification cards and apply for housing and other supports.
- Donations of $100 can feed a family for days.
No matter what you can give, your gift will literally save lives. As these days get colder, please think about families and other men and women who need our help, and give as generously as you can. On behalf of people who have lost their homes or are on the edge of losing them – those whose voices are, many times, not heard – thank you for helping our friends and neighbors to reach for the warmth of home.
Join us on Tuesday, November 27 and help us make a difference.
Giving Tuesday is a global day of giving celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, Giving Tuesday kicks off the charitable season.
You Can Help
On November 27, Facebook and PayPal are matching donations a total of up to $7 million on Facebook. You can help – you can create your own Facebook fundraiser to help, and make your donation early on the 27th.
In addition, from November 27 through December 31, PayPal Giving Fund will add 1% to all donations made through paypal.com/fundraiser/charity/2341802.
When you donate you may post on social media with the hashtag #GivingTuesday and help spread the word.
About Hundred Nights, Inc.
Hundred Nights, Inc. is a cold weather shelter and resource center located in Keene, New Hampshire. Hundred Nights helps people year-round to regain the stability of a home, and to get the support they need for issues such as mental health challenges, substance use issues, abuse, unemployment, and basic health. It’s all about helping people to get back on their feet, and keeping people safe in the meantime. Visit HundredNightsInc.org to learn how you can help.