Since 1973, New Horizons has worked to assist low income persons to address the social issues facing them. Today we’re an adult homeless shelter, a soup kitchen, a food pantry, and Angie's Shelter for Women.
Our Combined Mission with FIT
To provide hunger relief, emergency shelter, safe affordable housing, and supportive services to individuals and families who are homeless or in need enabling them to gain self-sufficiency and respect.
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.
The soup kitchen serves breakfast for shelter guests daily. It also serves a complete dinner to seniors (over 50) 3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. (weekdays) and for individuals, children and their families from 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. daily. The soup kitchen serves over 200 meals a day. In 2016 a partnership was formed with Families in Transition’s Family Place Resource Center and Shelter. New Horizons staffs and runs their kitchen which provides dinner seven days per week.
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 area Hannafords as well as Whole Foods, The Fruit Center, Trader Joes, Utz, and Manchester School of Technology. Generous individuals and groups routinely conduct food drives on New Horizons behalf as well. The pantry provides food to over 900 households each month.
A Look At How Far We’ve Come
New Horizons for New Hampshire, Inc., formed to assist low income persons to address social issues facing them.
Inspired by a visit to a Connecticut soup kitchen, Dick Shannon of NH Catholic Charities and Sister Angie Whidden, a Religious Sister of Mercy, along with Msgr. Phil Kenney and the leadership of New Horizons investigate the feasibility of establishing a soup kitchen in Manchester. The Manchester Soup Kitchen begins serving sandwiches and soup from a borrowed Winnebago camper in the parking lot of the Carpenter Center.
Seeing a need for shelter for many soup kitchen patrons, a 12-bed shelter opens at 73 Manchester Street above the St. Vincent de Paul Store.
New Horizons addresses needs of low income families by starting a food pantry at St. Anne’s Parish Center on Merrimack Street, providing groceries to qualified families on a monthly basis.
Local businessman Gerald Allard donates the former Girls Club building at 199 Manchester Street to New Horizons which had outgrown its Nutfield Street location. Henrietta Charest is hired as the first executive director.
The soup kitchen and food pantry move operations to 199 Manchester Street and renovations are completed, which included a 72-bed shelter upstairs.
With donations from various churches, New Horizons begins to offer basic health care services to its patrons with assistance from the Mobile Community Health Team. The project is sponsored by the Visiting Nurses Association.
The Day Program gets a boost with the hiring of three full-time case managers.
Seeing a need for seniors to eat at a quieter time, the Senior Hour is created. 510 meals are served to seniors in the first month. With a grant from the Bean Foundation, New Horizons’ building undergoes a major face lift.
With a grant from the Greater Manchester Area Charitable Trust, New Horizons purchased property at 434 Union Street from the Sisters of Mercy for a women’s shelter. Board of Directors named the property Angie’s after Sister Angie Whidden, one of the founders of New Horizons.
Angie’s opens its doors to 26 homeless women.
With funding from the Citizens Bank Foundation and the Bean Foundation, the Tier Program was implemented to motivate clients to work toward self-sufficiency. Case managers, the Greater Manchester Mental Health Center, and the Mobile Community Health Team work with clients to aggressively address issues that may be contributing to chronic homelessness through program referrals and goal setting.
New Horizons Alumni Program developed, giving former clients who have achieved self-sufficiency an opportunity to remain connected with services and providing them opportunities to mentor those who are still homeless.
Expanded medical clinic, office and exam room space to accommodate increased hours of mental health care, nursing, outreach and health education. Added showers for street homeless. Upgraded windows and improved bathroom facilities.
Expanded soup kitchen dinner offering to children and their families. Evening case management begins to offer shelter clients immediate one-on-one service.
HVAC system conversion from oil to natural gas and solar completed.
Installed a full-size greenhouse, generously donated by Rimol Greenhouse Systems, with the goal of increasing self-sufficiency by growing our own produce for the soup kitchen and food pantry. The Bean Foundation funded a complete kitchen remodel at Angie’s Shelter for Women.
Ribbon cutting held for our food pantry renovation and indoor waiting area project. Indoor waiting area and entryway was constructed. Pantry set up was reconfigured complete with new shelving, seating, HVAC system and new loading dock.
Ribbon cutting held for our hydraulic loading dock in the food pantry and began partnership with Families in Transition’s Family Place Shelter in which we prepare meals and staff their kitchen.
Ribbon cutting held for soup kitchen remodeling project.