Nights , Inc.

Location:

17 Lamson StreetKeeneNew Hampshire03431United States View Map

Employees:

35

Phone:

(603) 352-5197

Fax:

(603) 352-9601
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Description:

Hundred Nights, Inc. is dedicated to providing emergency shelter to anyone in need on the one hundred potentially coldest nights of the year-from December 21st through March 31st. We have become a resource to our neighbors who need a helping hand. Our guests are among the most vulnerable of the population. Some are people who are not eligible for shelter services provided by other organizations. Some are people who might be struggling with issues of addiction. Some are people trying to stay alive in tents during snowstorms and freezing temperatures. Some struggle with mental illness. Our shelter has evolved into a welcoming haven with clear rules and mutual respect between guests and volunteers. When an individual or family comes in the door, each is met by a trained staff member or volunteer who initiates a detailed intake interview and prepares the necessary documents in a non-threatening manner. All bags must be checked into the office,; they are retrievable in the morning. Other trained volunteers are awake and on duty throughout the night. During the past winter season an average of 17 people per night were able to sleep indoors on a clean bed, for a total of 1,686 "bed-nights". Services were provided for a diverse population, including 2 families with young children, 7 homeless veterans, people with alcohol and drug abuse problems or mental illness, and those affected by an emergency, such as flooding or fire. Anyone is welcome-regardless of race, religion, gender or disabilities (mental or physical)-as long as they are not a danger to themselves or others. Policies and protocols are in place to address emergencies, unacceptable behaviors, or unusual occurrences. Guests are allowed into the dormitory-style shelter with bunks for the night at 7 pm and must leave at 7 am. The Open Doors Resource Center opened in 2010 as a means to provide a hospitable space with some amenities during the day. It is open to everyone-not only the homeless-and in addition to a cup of coffee or water, people can access a phone or computer to check job postings or stay connected with family and friends. AIDS testing is regularly offered on site. There is a washing machine and dryer available for use on an advanced sign up basis. There is often food donated by The Community Kitchen to eat at lunchtime or take along. A "tailgate dinner" is served every Saturday night by several different church groups in a rotation, and an open mike with music, poetry and dance is held on Sunday evenings from 5pm to 8 pm.

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