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Sat April 7, 2012
Nashua Soup Kitchen and Shelter
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.