Amherst Jr. Women’s Club donation helps kids prepare for school

Courtesy photo Children in the Front Door Agency’s Transformational Housing Program check out their new shoes, made possible thanks to a $500 grant from the Amherst Junior Women’s Club.

NASHUA – Children in the Front Door Agency’s Transformational Housing Program are starting the school year with new, well-fitting shoes, thanks to a recent $500 grant from the Amherst Junior Women’s Club.

Each child received a professional shoe-fitting and made their choices from the selection at Alec’s Shoe store in Nashua.

“It sounds like a little thing, but having new shoes helps them to fit in with their peers and, of course, properly fitted footwear is important while they’re growing,” program Director of Transformational Housing Rebecca Gagne said.

The program serves approximately 60 mothers and children annually, assisting homeless and disadvantaged families through a three-phase

residential program. A strong emphasis is placed on continued education for single mothers as they work towards stabilization and financial security.

Some of the women are victims of domestic violence, while others have had past drug addiction or other serious challenges.

“Many of the women make remarkable progress when they are given the tools and case management support to make positive changes in their lives. The end result is when the moms flourish, their children thrive, as well,” CEO Maryse Wirbal added.

Members of the club, founded in 1965, volunteer their time, energy and talent to give back to the community. This is the second consecutive year the club has provided new shoes for children at the Front Door Agency. Learn more at

Last year, the agency assisted more than 2,500 people in Greater Nashua through its core programs. To learn more, visit