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, 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 

https://www.gofundme.com/2016-holliday-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:
    "...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,"

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.

Thank You Hampstead Congregational Church

The faith communities are integral to the mission of Isaiah 58 NH to feed the hungry, cloth those in need, shelter the homeless and do justice.  The recent donation from Hampstead Congressional Church enabled us to find housing for two homeless men, keep a family in their home by supplementing their rent and fund a car payment for a working family on the verge of losing their car because of medical bills. All of this since the beginning of May.  All this because churches care and Isaiah has a program that is working. Thank you.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Are there storm clouds of homelessness on the horizon?


I am working with a 58 year old Salem man who needs affordable housing.  He is working full-time at Walmart and has a second job also but does not earn enough to qualify for private housing in the area.  He is on two lists for affordable housing but that could take months.  About a month ago he sold his mobile home because he was getting behind on his park rent.  After paying all of his past bills he has about $8,000 in the bank.  Because of the lack of credit and a qualifying income as I first mentioned he is having a hard time finding housing so is living in a local motel for $325/week.  He will soon go through his savings if he is forced to stay in a motel. 

He Is one of many individuals and families who are on the verge of homelessness because of the lack of affordable housing in southern New Hampshire. He like many hard working low income individuals with and without children are becoming housing insecure and many are becoming homeless do to no fault of their own except living in an area lacking affordable housing and working jobs that do not pay enough.

This is the biggest contributing factor to homelessness in our area.  In just over a week we've begun working with two other individuals and three families that have similar situations with the man I first described.  These conditions, lack of affordable housing and low wages, makes the mission of Isaiah 58 NH even more important.  The success of Isaiah means more affordable housing in western Rockingham County, less housing insecurity and homelessness, and more lives changed for the better.