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Celebrate NH Gives with Us!

General-News-Picture220x124.jpgThe second annual NH Gives Day is Tuesday, June 6, and we hope you will consider supporting Ascentria Community Services! NH Gives Day is a 24-hour online campaign sponsored by the NH Center for Nonprofits. It is designed to raise awareness about NH nonprofits and highlight the generous spirit of the citizens of our state. The goal is to unite people around causes they care about and help nonprofits connect to the larger community. To learn more, visit nhgives.org.

Between 6PM on June 6 and 6PM on June 7, visit our NH Gives profile here and consider giving to Ascentria Community Services' Services for New Americans (SNA) program. Our SNA program offers client centered, wrap-around assistance to help new Americans with their initial transition into their new homeland and culture, including case management, employment assistance, and English language classes. Our goal for each refugee is to provide them with the support needed to address basic health needs, establish an independent family unit, obtain employment, and attain economic stability so they can contribute to their new community and country.

Your generous support during NH Gives will assist newly resettled refugees get established in their New Hampshire communities by helping to cover the costs of household goods, food upon arrival, clothing, housing costs such as rent and utilities, bus tickets, and other basic items and services. Throughout the 24-hour giving period, NH Center for Nonprofits will be awarding special donations to the nonprofit organizations that:

  • Receive the first donation, starting at 6PM on June 6
  • Receive the highest amount of donations----overall and during various 3-hr giving periods
  • Have the highest number of donors----overall and during various 3-hr giving periods
Please help us reach these goals on NH Gives Day and make a difference in the lives of refugees!

Inaugural "Fashioning the Future Event" was a Resounding Success!                                                 

WRD-dancing-girls-3-(4).jpgThe Ruth House’s inaugural Fashioning the Future Luncheon & Fashion Show, held on Sunday, April 30, 2017 at Lombardo’s in Randolph, MA, was a smashing success and helped to raise more than $105,000 to establish the Fashioning the Future Fund! This special fund will provide assistance to Ruth House mothers as they transition to independent living. Because of the kindness and the generosity of our sponsors, committee members, donors, fashion models, participating boutiques, and over 320 guests, the promising young women of Ruth House—a teen parenting program of Ascentria Care Alliance—will now be better equipped to respond to the “real world” challenges they are bound to face once they leave the program. Help paying for post-secondary education, job training, transportation and even childcare will now be available to them. 

Guests were greeted by live piano music before exploring wonderful silent auction packages, a wine wall, diamonds galore from King Jewelers, and pop-up boutiques. Pastor Heidi Johnston of Faith Lutheran Church in Quincy, Master of Ceremonies, welcomed event attendees and introduced the inspirational program that featured Bill Mayo, Chair of Ascentria's Board of Directors; Angela Bovill, President and CEO of Ascentria Care Alliance; Jean-Ellen Ouellette-Kenney, daughter of Ruth Ouellette for whom the Ruth House is named; Bri Nichols, former Ruth House resident and successful community advocate; and Donna Mayo, Event Chair.

The energy in the room was astounding and continued throughout the "Raise the Paddle" Auction which gave attendees the chance to match a $6,000 challenge gift from Gail and Ed Bucher. Our guests took the challenge to heart and donated nearly $15,000 on the spot! This was a perfect transition to our fashion show featuring the hottest spring trends from South Shore specialty boutiques: Pink Tulip Clothes & Accessories, Outside In, BO LINE, ZodiacFly, and Olivia Rose Children’s Boutique, with hair and makeup by Charles David Salons and Spas.                                                                                                         
Special thank you to Donna Mayo, our Fashioning the Future Committee Chair, and all the committee members for their hard work and dedication: Karen Anfield; Janice Brown; Gail Bucher; Virginia Dunkley; Jean Jackson; Suzanne Kavanagh; Valerie King; Juliana Langille; Deborah Mastro; Stephanie McCarthy; Shelby Mytyk; Bri Nichols; Jean-Ellen Ouellette-Kenney; Lauren Payne; Theresa Ricciardi; Claudia Rocha; Sandra Schipul; Janet Schmitz and Phyllis Wenzel. 

Thank you, too, to our event sponsors including Gail and Ed Bucher; Hays Insurance; Rockland Trust Foundation; TJ Maxx; Wells Fargo Bank; Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation; Eaton Vance; Fallon Community Health Plan; King Jewelers; Lombardo’s; Lauren Payne and William Swanson; Rockland Federal Credit Union; Charles David Salons and Spas; CliftonLarsonAllen, LLP; Curry Printing; Faith Lutheran Church, Quincy; First Evangelical Lutheran Church of Brockton; Image Resolutions; Donna and Bill Mayo; and Donna and Robert Pineau. We are also grateful to all of our attendees including members from the following churches: Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, Woburn, MA; Lutheran Church of the Cross, Hanover, MA; Lutheran Church of the Way, Raynham, MA; Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Norwood, MA; Christ Lutheran Church, Scituate, MA; and Christ the King Lutheran Church, Holliston, MA.

“This sold-out event was truly an amazing afternoon of comradery and community support," noted Candace Cramer, Ascentria’s Chief Development Officer. “We witnessed the profound impact that the Ruth House and its staff has on its clients. It also showed us what a powerful difference it can make to give promising young people a “hand up” as they transition to real life situations in the community. By empowering and encouraging these teen mothers to succeed, we all win.”

New England Synod Assembly: June 9-10 in Springfield, MA

familiesThe Synod Assembly offers an opportunity for the Evangelical Lutheran Churches in America (ELCA) throughout New England to gather and we look forward to being there to share with attendees about all of Ascentria’s impactful work throughout New England. This year we will be celebrating foster children and foster families.

Ascentria provides highly personalized supports for foster families who can parent a child in need. Our program provides the highest level of support and services to foster families, including 24/7 emergency on call support as well as generous financial reimbursement, training, networking and respite opportunities. In accordance with our mission of empowering people and strengthening communities, we work with foster children and families of all backgrounds and beliefs.

Attendees will have an opportunity to talk with employees from our Therapeutic Family Connections program in New Hampshire, and our Intensive Foster Care program and Unaccompanied Refugee Minors program in Massachusetts. Employees look forward to sharing heartwarming success stories and celebrating the birthdays of our foster children with cake for all! To read more about the impact you could have as a foster parent, click here.

Thank you in advance to all of the churches that have responded to our appeal for donations of toiletry and bedding items for the individuals and families that we serve.

Corporate Volunteers in Maine and Massachusetts Make a Difference!

We were so pleased to participate in the United Way of Greater Portland’s Annual Day of Caring on May 18. Enthusiastic volunteers from ON Semiconductor and Anthem spent the day painting the walls of our Westbrook, Maine office. It was an ambitious project but we are happy to report that the work of many hands got the job done! Our employees and clients think that the office looks amazing and send sincere thanks to the United Way of Greater Portland and to the volunteers that generously shared their time and talents with us.

Bank of America volunteers are empowering youth in our Unaccompanied Refugee Minors program in Worcester, Massachusetts by teaching them to make smart financial choices. The financial literacy curriculum includes lessons on money management, budgeting, banking, savings, and checking credit. We all agree that the future is bright for those that have been taught the skills needed to manage their finances. Perhaps the Bank of America volunteers will also inspire the youth to consider a career in banking!

For more information on ways you or your business could volunteer, please visit our website here.