Quite an exciting day for another Isaiah 58 NH client. Amanda is moving into her own apartment after successfully completing our program. Today she is transitioning from our transitional housing with supportive services to permanent housing thanks to the cooperative work of Isaiah, Center for Life Management and Community Crossroads. Homeless for over a year she never gave up and worked hard to get back on her feet. We are happy to be able to assist in her journey. It is you the supporters of Isaiah who helped another person to move from homeless to housing. Amanda will continue to to receive casework and assistance from Isaiah. Thank you Michael and Rob for assisting in the move.
Isaiah 58 NH Board of Directors
David Yasenka, Founder and President, upon retiring from the Lutheran ministry in 2014, formed the secular nonprofit Isaiah 58 NH. His B.A. in sociology, M.Div. in theology, business background, extensive community work, and 31 year pastorate in Southern NH provide him with unique gifts for his current work with the homeless and housing insecure. Numerous awards given to him by civic, political and charitable organizations have recognized his community outreach work.
Robert McDonald, Treasurer, retired in 2015 after a career of 40+ years in banking, specializing in credit underwriting and management. He is still actively involved in many Londonderry area community organizations and brings financial management skills to the organization.
Kristin Yasenka, Board Secretary, is an attorney and the founder of Yasenka Law PLLC, of Hampstead, NH specializing in litigation, and of counsel to Sheehan, Schiavoni, Jutras and Magliocchetti, LLP, of Haverhill and Woburn, MA. She also serves on various local community and non-profit boards.
Michael J. Carney, Jr. is a principal at a consulting firm providing advisory services in the areas of asset liability management, strategic planning, budgeting, and capital management since 1983. He has been an active member of the greater Salem community for over 30 years, and has served on numerous non-profits, town boards and organizations.
Larry Disenhof has spent his career working in high-tech, with experience in corporate real estate and facilities management, trade regulations compliance, and logistics. He is in his 8th year as Logistics Chair of Salem's Relay for Life, and has been a community adviser to the Salem Superintendent of Schools to promote expansion, retrofit, and redistricting projects undertaken since 1997.
Geoffrey Dowd is Business Operations Coordinator at SAU #55. He is Chairperson of the Hampstead Zoning Board of Adjustment and is a member of the Hampstead Recreation Commission. Geoff has a B.S. in accounting from Bentley University and a J.D. for New England School of Law, Boston. Geoff and his wife, Erica have two boys and is frequently found on the sidelines of various youth sports.
Deanne Johnson is a Representative Payee and Employment Manger at Community Crossroads and an expert in the field of benefits. Community Crossroads is a private not-for-profit agency, which provides services and support to people who have developmental disabilities or acquired brain disorders. Deanne has been with Community Crossroads for 14 years. She is active in groups related to animal welfare, civil rights, social action and the environment.
Satish Maripuri serves as a Senior Vice President to a communications corporation. He and his family have been active in New England supporting charitable causes and organizations for over 15 years. He is interested in assisting children and families experiencing homelessness, educational challenges and heart related illnesses. Satish resides in Windham.
Carrie Wieland brings extensive business experience to her role as a board member. She serves on the boards of two non-profits in addition to Isaiah 58 NH. One is dedicated to preserving Arlington Pond water resources. Another assists families with housing and income while their children are hospitalized. Carrie is a long time resident of Salem.
Andrew Weir is a retired corporate executive who joined our board in February of 2015. He brings managerial and planning skills from over 30 years experience with such companies as Bausch & Lomb and Essilor of America. Andy has extensive community involvement in his town of Hampstead.
There are homeless families and individuals in western Rockingham County, NH. You won't see many of them living on the streets as in lager cities but they are here. They live in motels, couch surf, double up, some sleep in their vehicles or in campgrounds during the season. Most work but do not find housing affordable because they are not paid a living wage. Isaiah 58 NH is trying to help these families and individuals move from homelessness to housing by providing housing which rents for below market value. We also supplement rents, assisting with food, clothing, furnishing and utility bills.
Homeless prevention is also part of our mission. Those in need can apply for funds to prevent losing their current housing. Our clients agree to participate in a program tailored to their needs related to stabilizing their housing situation. Most who have participated in our programs are now in a stable living situation.
In honor of the late High Sheriff of Rockingham County and founding board member Michael Downing, Senate President Chuck Morse, board member Michael Carney and members of the Downing Family will presented the High Sheriff Michael Downing Humanitarian Award for Community Service to this year’s Award recipient Dr. Michael W. Delahanty Superintendent of Schools - Salem, NH
To view this year's event go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Bew08Huvkg
To view last year's award ceremony go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EMVEH6Y0gRg
...to care, to bring hope, to work for justice.
In honor of the late High Sheriff of Rockingham County and founding board member Michael Downing, we established a humanitarian community service award. Senate President Chuck Morse, current board member Michael Carney and members of the Downing Family presented the award to this year’s recipient Dr. Michael W. Delahanty, Salem Superintendent of Schools.
A panel of local educators was the information focus of the evening. Panel included Jen Marino, Principal Sandown Elementary School, Maura Palmer, Assistant Superintendent Salem Schools, and Ambassador James Smith, Dean of the College of Engineering, Technology, and Aeronautics.
The evening also included dinner, cash bar, music, speakers, raffles, silent auction, and time to mingle with guests and each other. Most of all it was an evening raise much needed funds for families in need.
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Dear Isaiah 58 Supporters:
Together with all of you, Isaiah 58 works throughout the year to ease the burden on our most vulnerable families and individuals. Your support has brought as a very long way since we housed our first family in 2015.
This year we provided housing and support to more than a dozen families! We owe you a huge thank you for the role you played. Nonetheless, as the holiday season approaches, we are mindful of the anxiety that many of our client families experience when they struggle to find the resources for a special meal at Thanksgiving or to give their young children a reason to smile on Christmas morning. The good news is that by once again working together, we plan to launch a new program this year to support these families in need. As you likely know we already provide Thanksgiving “baskets” each year and plan to again (last year these baskets were delivered to 20 local families and fed 119 people)! The needs around the Holidays are great, and we want to extend our support around Christmas as well for 2017.
The new program we are introduced was “Adopt a Family for the Holidays”. For this initiative, we matched supporters with a family in need, provided a “wish list” of appropriate gifts, and then worked with you to arrange delivery of the gifts that you purchase. We expected that your financial commitment for helping a family would be approximately $250. Thanks to our board member Carrie Wieland and those of you who were part of the program their were over 100 children who had smiles on their faces last Christmas.
We know this program required you to shop, wrap, and write personalized notes, but past participants in similar programs all tell us that they like the direct connection to a local family better than one where you know nothing of the recipients of your generosity. I know that the families we serve were touched and inspired by your generosity. Once again, thank you for all you do to support Isaiah 58 and families in need in the Rockingham County area!
Board Member Isaiah 58 NH
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