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ALONG the WAY Newsletter

Updated: May 19

May 5, 2022


So, to you catch up with the “What’s Happening at the Way Station.”

We have been exploring and implementing new processes in the functions of the Way Station, over the previous few months. We would like to give a huge shout out to all of our volunteers, who have walked along side us in this journey, to continue to try new things to better meet the needs of those of whom we serve. You all ROCK!!! We sincerely want to say “Thank You” for your patience during all of these changes!

It can be tempting to send out a newsletter every time a new idea, event or plan hits or every time we have a minor announcement, but our weekly newsletter will be changing, and it will be going out on a monthly basis. Of course, each audience group will respond best to a slightly different newsletter frequency, it has been decided, to prevent weekly redundancy and to be more informative that our newsletter goes out monthly. As of today’s newsletter, the newsletter will be going out on the first week of every month.

Our new newsletter will reflect weekly statistics for each week, and donations as we get them. We would also like to showcase some of our donators this month.

We have received several donations of tents, blankets and Pillows, as well as laundry pods, and miscellaneous camping supplies, for our clients to use and have.

Our Mission statement is – We Provide safe, welcoming, non-judgmental space and supportive services for homeless & housing insecure residents of the Mt Washington Valley.


What’s Happening:


We are grateful to have had an amazing community response to our “ask” for food, camping and clothing donations. Several households that we serve receive food stuffs from the Vaughn food pantry, but many do not. For the folk who do not receive food from the pantries, we provided much of what they need. We had a few community members step up to our request. Thank you all so much for helping us, help our community and clients that we serve.

We always appreciate warm blankets, sleeping bags and the donation of pillows, blankets, tents, food, and camping supplies. We have entered spring, and the bug and mud season, which means the demand on laundry will increase for our homeless populations.

There are several ways to help us provide laundry opportunities to our clients;

  1. You could donate financially to the Way Station to support our efforts.

  2. You could purchase a $15 dollar laundry card/’s from the Seavey Street Laundromat and donate it/them directly to use to provide for our folks.

  3. You can donate the bags of Laundry Pods so we can help to provide them to our clientele.


Please, remember to contact Dan at (603)452-7113 or by e-mail waystationnh@gmail.com - prior to bringing any kind of donations over to the Way Station. Once again, we are very thankful for all the donations we have received over the last few weeks, and the ability to give them to the people who really need them!


Hours:

Way Station is open – By Appointment only:

  • Monday 10am - 2pm

  • Thursdays 10am - 1pm

Pick-ups or walk in’s - Thursdays 5-6pm


Who we served and how:


The Way Station served:

  • 35 individuals and families on 05/05/2022

  • 8 of the 35 people served lacked housing, living in tents, cars, and doing couch surfing

  • 7 are housed in hotels

  • 12 are housed in homes or trailers

  • 4 had an unknown living situation

  • 5 were new to the Way Station

We provided:

  • 11 Way Station food bags

  • 12 Vaughn food bags delivered

  • We did 17 Phone cards – Straight Talk and Us Cellular ($40 Value each)

  • 13 Laundry cards and pods to each ($15+ value each)

  • We did 4 $20 Gas cards

  • 12 Rolls of toilet paper

  • 3 Tents

  • 3 Sleeping bags

  • Countless warm and smiling faces to greet our guests as we delivered or meet them at the door.

DONATIONS:

Please, remember to contact Dan at (603)-452-7113 or by e-mail waystationnh@gmail.com - prior to bringing any kind of donations over to the Way Station. There are items we are currently accepting. Because we are in constant need of your help and support. We cannot do this without you.

What we generally need, on a weekly basis,

  • Full sized bottles of shampoo and/or conditioner

  • Pull-top canned foods, canned veggies, ravioli's, soups, tuna, etc.

  • Shelf Stable Milk

  • Peanutbutter

  • Warm socks of all sizes and new underwear.

  • Toilet paper

  • Razors and shaving cream

  • Rain gear and mud boots.

  • Straight Talk and US Cellular Phone cards

  • Laundry Pods

  • Crackers and Granola Bars

  • Dog Food

If you can make a donation, Please donate only new and packaged undergarments. We cannot accept used undergarments. And , please only donate unopened and or unused food and toiletry items. Though we appreciate all donations, outdated, homemade or opened items cannot be used and are disposed of.

As always, the Way Station would like to thank you all for your continued support as we battle homelessness and housing insecurity in the Mount Washington Valley and surrounding towns.

If you, or someone you know, would like to learn more about volunteering opportunities here at the Way Station, Please, remember to contact Dan at (603)452-7113 or by e-mail waystationnh@gmail.com to learn about how you can make a difference in someone’s life by being a volunteer.

Also, in closing, you are more than welcome to “Share this newsletter with a friend”


December 9, 2021 As I write this portion of the newsletter, I am awash with gratitude and love for all of the volunteers that help us meet the needs of those we serve. I would like to ask that we hold all of the volunteers responding to the crisis in Kentucky and surrounding areas in our hearts and prayers.

Weekly news and highlights We here at the Way Station are keeping all of the victims of Kentucky and surrounding areas in our thoughts, our prayers, and in our hearts. May they all find comfort, warmth, and shelter in the weeks to come.

Way Station Openings Appointment only: Monday 10am - 2pm & Thursdays 10am - 1pm Drop-In & Pick-ups: Thursdays 5-6pm Who we served and how

  • The Way Station served 33 individuals and families this week

  • 15 of the 33 people served lacked housing, living in tents, cars, and couches

  • 6 are housed in hotels

  • 8 are housed in homes or trailers

  • 4 has an unknown living situations

  • 2 was new to the Way Station

We provided:

  • 9 Way Station food bags

  • 8 Vaughn food bags delivered

  • 7 Phone cards ($40 Value each)

  • 14 Laundry cards and pods to each ($15+ value each)

  • 18 Gas cards (15 $20 and 3 $30 each)

  • 9 Rolls of toilet paper

Countless warm and smiling faces to greet our guests as we delivered or met them at the door We are in constant need of your help. We need, on a weekly basis,

  • Pull-top canned foods; canned veggies, ravioli's, soups, tuna, etc.

  • Sleeping bags

  • Complete tents

Please only donate unopened and or unused food and toiletry items. Though we appreciate all donations, homemade or opened items cannot be used and are disposed of. As always, the Way Station would like to thank you all for your continued support as we battle homelessness and housing insecurity. If you, or someone you know, would like to learn more about volunteer work, please contact Dan Lavigne (603) 452-7113 waystationnh@gmail.com

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