5K event supports Anne Marie House

NASHUA – On Sept. 11, a national day of service and remembrance, hundreds of people from throughout southern New Hampshire joined together to make a difference in the lives of homeless families.

By participating in the Home Stretch 5K and Kids Fun Run at Nashua Community College, individuals and families raised funds to provide services for families in crisis who are
working toward a sustainable future with the assistance of Family Promise of Greater Nashua at Anne Marie House.

Now in its ninth year, the event included a free concert by Steve Blunt, award-winning children’s musician and storyteller; a free Kids Obstacle Course Fun Run; games and activities for children; and a 5K Walk/Run for adults and children.

At the start of the race, the Alvirne High School JROTC program presented the colors, a minute of silence was observed for those who were lost on Sept. 11, Al St.Louis sang the national anthem, and all recognized the dedication and service of the military, police, firefighters, first responders, air traffic controllers and everyone who keep people safe every day.

Among the supporters were the Nashua High School South girls volleyball team and Toyota of Nashua, sponsor of the Gate City Series, of which the Home Stretch 5K is a partner.

The 2016 point-in-time count, which records the homeless population across New Hampshire, shows that 53 percent of the state’s homeless population is comproed of families. Family Promise of Greater Nashua at Anne Marie House saves families by providing a path from homelessness to self-sufficiency. Uniquely, Family Promise serves families of all types, including single fathers and traditional families, without age restriction on adults or children.

While staying at Anne Marie House, families learn parenting and financial literacy skills, save 70 percent of their income, and are employed or seeking employment. When they graduate, families have gained the tools they need to lead sustainable lives, and more than 85 percent of graduates never experience another housing crisis.

For more information about Family Promise of Greater Nashua and how you can help homeless families, visit www.annemariehouse.org or email info@annemariehouse.org.

Submitted by
Family Promise
of Greater Nashua