Isaiah 58 NH

Is not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of injustice, to undo the thongs of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke? Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, and bring the homeless poor into your house…

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Review of Food Stamps and TANF

The fact that “Trump orders top-to-bottom review of welfare programs” is not necessarily a bad thing.  If reviewed with the intent to make things better then I agree with the review.  If the review is to help the poor, help move them from poverty to a better way of life then I agree with reviewing the programs.  However, I am skeptical that that is the motivation.  

Isaiah 58 NH has built its program on improved procedures and programs related to moving people from poverty to a better way of life.  I support review with the intent to improve care for those in need but not just to reduce cost.  

We at Isaiah have seen food stamps and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families as a real life line for those in extreme poverty.  They have been stepping stones for others to move from poverty to that of a productive member of a community.

A recent Politico article states that “The federal government spent more than $700 billion on welfare to low-income households in 2017. Food stamps, which are used by about 43 million Americans, and a cash benefit known as Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, which helps about 3.5 million people, are among the programs Trump wants to target.”

The full article can be seen at

I am concerned that this review is not for the benefit of delivering better services to the poor but delivering better tax refunds to the rich.  This is not in line with anyone’s religious or ethical values, let alone the values that have make America the land of opportunity.

I welcome review to improve the lot of the poor but review to improve the lot of the rich at the expense of the poor goes against all in which I believe.  Food stamps and TANF have help many move from poverty to a life of which they can be proud.

Friday, August 4, 2017

4th Annual Charity Benefit

There are three ways in which you can support Isaiah 58 NH's 4th Annual Charity Benefit.  

1-You can purchase tickets for our 4th Annual Charity Benefit.
2-You can donate a Silent Auction Item
3-You can be Sponsor

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Homeless in Hampstead

Temps were in the low teens and wind chill near 0 in Southern NH last night.  A young Hampstead women would have been sleeping in her car if Isaiah 58 NH wasn't housing her.  She is one of 10+ individuals and families in our area who have a roof over the heads because Isaiah exists.  Funding is becoming a "Huge" problem given high local cost of rents, local welfare requirements and cutbacks in state and federal assistance.  To date Isaiah does not receive state or federal funding however to continue to exist in the near future we are looking to receive their help. But competition for those funds is very strong. Federal and state official are trying to cut budgets on the back of the poor and provide tax cuts to the rich.  Their feeling is nonprofits and religious organization should do this work. But that is not the history of NH.  It has been our history for over 200 years that communities and towns must shelter their homeless and care for their poor.  Town budgets will not be able to afford to do that if state and federal funds are cut.  So what happens to people like this young Hampstead women? We in Hampstead, and others in Rockingham County, must tell our local welfare to do their jobs and care for the homeless and poor.  We must help them do their jobs by telling our legislators to stop cutting funds for the homeless and housing insecure.  We as citizens of this country must change the question from "What's in it for me?"to "How best can we create a society that works for all of us?"  Young women sleeping in their cars in Hamptead is not acceptable.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Local families still homeless this Thanksgiving.

Since 2010, overall veteran homelessness has fallen by 47 percent, while unsheltered veteran homelessness has fallen by 56 percent. That’s great progress.  Many states have virtually needed veteran homelessness.  How?  It was set as a national priority.  

Family homelessness has not gained that same traction.  Why???  

Now more than ever we need a national priority to end family homelessness.  Shifts in national priorities will put a greater burden on nonprofits to help end this serious problem.  Nonprofits will have to: raise more money for affordable housing subsidies, work for justice in our national polices, defend the dignity of the homeless and housing insecure, initiate and reform programs that deal with behavioral changes which move families from dependence to responsible life choices which lead to secure life styles, and work with government agencies, faith groups, local law makers, businesses and concerned citizens to set a compassionate way of living as the norm for a civil society.

A simple beginning step is to give to Isaiah's Thanksgiving Appeal for Gift Cards or our Holiday Appeal

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Amos, Micah and Isaiah

Took the message of Isaiah 58 NH to Hampstead Congregational Church today.  This 270+ years old church is working to make the message of Jesus and the prophets their driving message today.

It's closing hymn sums up their mission emphasis. Please note verse 3's words:
    " patterns for Christ's mission,
    In a small or global sense,
    Help us bear each other's burdens,
    Breaking down each wall or fence.
    Words of comfort, words of vision,
    Words of challenge, said with care,"

Please read the complete hymn.

1.  Called as partners in Christ's service,
    Called to ministries of grace,
    We respond with deep commitment
    Fresh new lines of faith to trace.
    May we learn the art of sharing,
    Side by side and friend with friend,
    Equal partners in our caring
    To fulfill God's chosen end.

2.  Christ's example, Christ's inspiring,
    Christ's clear call to work and worth,
    Let us follow, never faltering,
    Reconciling folk on earth.
    Men and women, richer, poorer,
    All God's people, young and old,
    Blending human skills together
    Gracious gifts from God unfold.

3.  Thus new patterns for Christ's mission,
    In a small or global sense,
    Help us bear each other's burdens,
    Breaking down each wall or fence.
    Words of comfort, words of vision,
    Words of challenge, said with care,
    Bring new power and strength for action,
    Make us colleagues, free and fair.

4.  So God grant us for tomorrow
    Ways to order human life
    That surround each person's sorrow
    With a calm that conquers strife.
    Make us partners in our living,
    Our compassion to increase,
    Messengers of faith, thus giving
    Hope and confidence and peace.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Friday's Week in Review
Thanks to you, our supporters, Isaiah 58 NH was able this week to:
  • Provide a bed (mattress, box spring and frame), a small refrigerator and food for a man of meager means who lives in a small room and is fighting cancer 
  • Provide rental assistance for a single mom and her two children who had an unexpected auto expense.
  • Help another single mom with gas and related expenses attend her son's graduation from college.
  • Assist a homeless family find temporary shelter.
  • Help a homeless man move into his new home.
  • Assist a disabled women with basic living expenses not covered by Medicaid or food stamps.
  • Treat a disabled, x-homeless, Marine veteran to a birthday lunch.
  • This is in addition to our main mission of creating at least one new affordable housing unit in western Rockingham County and maintaining our existing units along with providing supportive services for our clients.
We do all of this through donations and private grants.  So as you can see our comprehensive approach to feeding, clothing, sheltering and doing justice is a very cost effective approach to helping those in need. 

Sunday, May 15, 2016

We are so grateful to The Rotary Club of Greater Salem.

"Service Above Self" are the words the Rotary live by. In celebration of the 15th Anniversary of the Rotary Club of Greater Salem they demonstrated this when they award Isaiah 58 NH $5000 for our mission of service to homeless families and individuals. Thank you for that and all you do in service to others.