To The Daily Sun,
After three years of envisioning, planning, purchasing a building and embarking on extensive renovations, Belknap House is poised to open our doors. Belknap House will create safe shelter for homeless families in Belknap County in cold weather months. With your help, the shelter will open in late this month.
Homelessness can happen to anyone in the blink of an eye. One of the true tragedies in this epidemic of homelessness is the innocent children. They are blameless, too young to have had the chance to make choices or decisions for themselves. All they know is they are hungry, they are cold, they are frightened.
We need to stop the cycle of circumstances that lead families to homelessness. The purpose of Belknap House is twofold: To house families in immediate need, and to strengthen these families by providing guidance and mentoring. The end goal is housed, healthier families leading more stable lives. Belknap House will provide warmth, shelter, food, counseling and consoling.
Our annual appeal for $25,000 ends this week and we are only halfway there. Your donation will help us open our doors. If you can spare $5, $10 or $25 each month, consider enrolling in our monthly giving program. Knowing your donation can be counted on will help to sustain Belknap House each month. Alternately, a check may be mailed to Belknap House, 291 Union Ave., Laconia, NH 0326. Please visit our website at www.belknaphouse.org to donate today.
We thank you for the generosity and compassion for those in need that has been shown in the past by the Lakes Region communities. Please consider a special gift as we open our doors.
Executive Director, Belknap House
President, Belknap House Board of Directors
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