The Nashua Soup Kitchen and Shelter provides about 1,700 meals each week and operates two homeless shelters. But it also helps people address the root causes of hunger and homelessness -- and to offer the proverbial ounce of prevention. The shelter helped Jackie, who is in recovery from alcoholism, get back to work.
Jackie: The people at the transitional housing program where I live referred me to the Nashua Soup Kitchen and Shelter for assistance with education and vocational goals that I had.
I’m a registered nurse. The Nashua Soup Kitchen and Shelter paid for my continuing education units that were required for me to renew my nursing license, so that I could return to my practice in nursing. They helped me to get the uniforms I needed for work and the equipment. I’m a visiting nurse and I needed a blood pressure monitor, and bandage equipment and a stethoscope. Things like that, they paid all that to help me get started.
I have to have a car where I go from client to client. They paid for my car to be registered and they’ll also assist me with repairs. I’ve been back to work since early September. It’s wonderful, I love what I do.
My goal is to complete the transitional living program, continue employment, get independent housing, and continue my recovery. When you’re in a situation where you can’t get back onto your feet to get back in to your line of work or to get education, then you couldn’t get started without their services.