Front Door Agency High 5 Give 5 - Penny Picker Drive

For: Front Door Agency
Nashua, NH
Organizer: Front Door Agency
of $20,000 goal
35% Complete
Raised by 17 donors

The Story

EXCITING NEWS:  The Finlay Foundation of Nashua will match all gifts up to $5,000! With their generous support, your gift will have a greater impact on families in need.

Join our High 5 Give 5 Campaign to make a difference in a child's life. Every donation (no matter how small) brings us closer to our goal of raising a minimum of $5 from 4,000 donors. The funds we raise directly support women and children in Greater Nashua whose families are facing homelessness.

Jane’s story
“I am worried about how daddy treats you”…. Hearing those painful words solemnly spoken by her 8-year-old daughter gave Jane the courage she needed to take control of her life and seek out a nurturing and safe environment for her and her family. After 12 years in a horribly abusive marriage, Jane left her husband and moved her family from Florida to New Hampshire. Things were not easy – they stayed in a 12 x 12 room. She slept on the floor while her two children shared thrift shop purchased bunkbeds. Clothes, blankets and toys were scarce.

Eventually she learned of the Front Door Agency and reached out for assistance. She and her children moved into the Norwell Home, a transitional housing program, and although Jane was scared and uncertain about what the future held, her family was safe and they began to thrive! Her counselors and case manager believed in her, saw her potential and Jane started to realize that she was going to make it!

The Front Door Agency gave Jane hope and allowed her to accept herself. She and her children are currently living in one of the Agency’s affordable apartments. As Jane continues to works towards self-sufficiency, she attends regular therapy sessions and support group meetings. She has earned her LNA license and is currently employed. “So many times, I thought about giving up because I didn’t think I could make it on my own, but it’s pretty amazing what can be accomplished when you know that you are safe. I am so grateful to be back on my feet and to have the ability to provide a secure and comfortable home life for my children.”

What Are Penny Pickers?
Each fall, our Agency sends teams of volunteers out to canvass neighborhoods in the community, asking for spare change to support our programs. We call them "Penny Pickers" and ask them to wear yellow bibs so residents can easily identify them. Year after year, we've been fortunate to have strong support from student athletes at both the high school and college level, as well as church groups, retirees and others.

This year -- in honor of our 26th Penny Picker campaign -- we've set a more ambitious goal to reach 4,000 households and we can only do that through online sharing and giving. That's how the High 5 Give 5 part of the campaign was born. You can help by giving generously if one of our Penny Picker volunteers visits your home or by giving here on YouCaring. Please help us spread the word so every child in our community will have a home.

About the Front Door Agency
Since 1987, the Front Door Agency has assisted single mothers and others in crisis to transition to self-sufficiency. Our far-reaching Transitional Housing Program for homeless single mothers focuses on education and employment so motivated young Moms can build a brighter future for themselves and their families. Learn more about our other programs and services on

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