As a charter member of NeighborWorks America, AHEAD shares the common goal to create opportunities for people to live in affordable homes, improve their lives and strengthen our communities in Northern NH.
To celebrate NeighborWorks Week 2020, AHEAD is giving away free grow-your-own kits. Growing vegetables at home not only provides food for the family, but it is an enriching, sustainable activity for all generations to enjoy. We truly hope it inspires lots of people to get out & garden!
For your convenience, AHEAD has scheduled pickup times in the towns of Littleton, Bethlehem, Lisbon, Woodsville, Lancaster and Lincoln during the week of June 6-13th.
Quantities are limited- click HERE to reserve your free kit today!
AHEAD hosted October’s Littleton Chamber’s Business After Hours. These after hours events present a unique opportunity for organizations to network with key players in our area to cultivate partnerships and develop new business relationships.
Strengthening communities is something we feel very passionate about. AHEAD expanded this opportunity to involve over a dozen area agencies that have offices located at our home base, Mount Eustis Commons in Littleton. Mount Eustis Commons houses a wealth of community resources that truly enrich people’s lives and AHEAD is honored to be part of it all. Our well-attended event gave guests an interactive peek of all the services that available under this one roof. Many guests shared they had no idea about these organizations or knew very little prior to the event. The greatest success for AHEAD was having the ability to empower community members with vital knowledge, resources and relationships to help make a difference in our neck of the woods.
A huge shout out to everyone who volunteered, participated and attended! WE all made this awesome event possible. AHEAD would also like to give a very special thanks to Omni Mountain Washington and Mount View Grand Resorts for donating the amazing door prizes! It truly takes a village…
Every year, AHEAD staff members volunteer for Granite United Way’s Day of Caring. Through volunteerism, United Way recruits and engages hundreds of people from our communities to help local non-profits with their wish list projects. United Way Day of Caring is always an incredible opportunity for AHEAD and many other like minded organizations and individuals to come together to truly make difference in our North Country communities.
On September 17th, 2019, AHEAD staff, along with other community members, helped Sister Monique Couture at the Mount Sacred Heart Garden. This impressive garden operation is extremely special to Littleton, as it serves as an invaluable resource for local food pantries and dinner bells to help feed our community.
In 2019, AHEAD celebrated NeighborWorks Week by revitalizing the outside grounds of multi-family properties at 5 different locations in Littleton. With the hard work from dozens of community volunteers, grounds were cleaned up, garden beds were revived, hundreds of flowers were planted, picnic tables were painted and a brand new sandbox was built. Some of the tenants even came along and helped out! Not only did our teams beautify our beloved community, but we had a blast meeting new faces, networking and building lasting friendships. A huge THANK YOU to our generous sponsors, donors, volunteers and staff- they are truly what made NeighborWorks Week 2019 a great success!
May 10th, 2019
AHEAD staff working with Wetland Scientist Ray Lobdell and Ammonoosuc Conservation Trust this morning to complete shrub plantings along the Ammonoosuc River in Lisbon, NH. The plantings are part of AHEAD's Bethlehem Workforce Housing project wetland mitigation.
Friendship House Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
We are very excited about the completion of the Friendship House in Bethlehem, NH! The new drug and alcohol treatment facility has been operating smoothly since its doors opened late Summer 2018. To commemorate this incredible accomplishment, there was a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on October 19th, 2018. This celebratory event was well-attended with numerous politicians, community leaders and businesses, collaborative partners, appreciative facility clients and locals. Guests enjoyed an informative reception with delicious foods and refreshments prepared by local volunteers and Friendship House clients. Visitors also had the unique opportunity to tour the new facility and have candid conversations with some of the clients. This whole project, start to finish, has shed so much light and hope in North Country and served as the perfect reminder… together, WE change lives!
2018 NeighborWorks Week
Our 2018 NeighborWorks Week took place from June 4th through June 8th, where dozens of volunteers showed up to help AHEAD install a patio garden area, entitled “Olivia’s Garden” at the new Friendship House in Bethlehem, NH. This state-of-the-art treatment facility will have a medical unit and an increased capacity to accommodate the increasing rehabilitation demands in North Country. As the project comes to fruition, the enhancement of a beautiful, serene outdoor garden area for residents to relax and enjoy will certainly enrich their recovery journey.
During this week, a 40’X40’ patio consisting of 700- 60 lb. pavers was installed, 7- raised garden beds were built, a wide variety of vegetables, herbs and flowers were planted and 4- picnic tables were stained. At the end of the week, Senator Jeff Woodburn celebrated its completion with us by issuing State Resolution at the site. Complimenting the new building and enhancing recovery through nature, this project will surely enrich many lives in years to come. A huge round of thanks to all our volunteers, donors & sponsors who made this week a great success!
In September 2017, AHEAD officially broke ground for the new Friendship House in Bethlehem, NH. The alcohol and drug treatment facility was at serious risk of closing entirely due to its deteriorating physical condition. Additionally, it lacked the capacity to accommodate the increasing rehabilitation demands in North Country.
Friendship House has been providing a variety of services to individuals and their significant others affected by substance misuse, dependency and/or negative consequences of alcohol and other drugs since it was established in 1981. Friendship House’s residential programs provide a safe, structured environment for an individual to relearn ways to live and cope with the stressors of their day to day life without the use of substances. The transitional living program is highly focused on identifying barriers and providing the tools needed for long-term sustainable self-sufficiency. Friendship House staff are focused on positive client outcomes, incorporating feedback from each client receiving services to continuously monitor quality of care. Owned by AHEAD, and operated by North Country Health Consortium, Friendship House is the only residential treatment facility that offers this full array of Substance Use Disorder treatment services in Northern New Hampshire.
Neighbor Works Week 2017
Working Together for Strong Communities®
For 2017, AHEAD’s NeighborWorks Week project was at the John L. Riley Community Garden in Lincoln! Some of the projects tackled included: clean up & property beautification, building a new pavilion, refurbishing existing raised garden beds, building additional compost bins. This garden serves bountiful purpose to the community of Lincoln and AHEAD is delighted to be a part of these improvements. A huge thank you to Senator Shaheen's Office, USDA Rural Development, Peabody & Smith Realty, Granite Unite Way, Loon Mountain Ministries, Littleton Coin Company, the dedicated staff at AHEAD and all the community members who came out (in the rain!), rolled up their sleeves & helped make this week a great success!
“We had a plot in the Community Garden for the first time last summer. We have always had our own garden and really enjoyed our home grown fresh vegetables. At our old house, our vegetable garden was 30 by 40 feet and always fully planted. Since moving to Lincoln, we have not been able to plant a vegetable garden at home. Fortunately, the Community Garden is available to allow continued gardening. We are very thankful that the community has stepped forward to provide this resource. Another great thing about making our home in Lincoln!”
EXCELLENCE IN GOVERNANCE
AHEAD's Leadership Team celebrated the completion of NeighborWorks America's 18 month-long Excellence in Governance program with a small ceremony and party . AHEAD received a $10,000 award for successful completion of the program and members of the EIG Team received hand-rendered, commemorative tiles.
You can read more about the Excellence in Governance program here:
AHEAD staffers and volunteers took our NeighborWorks Week project to Whitefield this year. See full feature from Littleton Courier Wednesday June 15, 2016 here.
We also received a nice letter from The Town of Whitefield Office of Selectmen.
Thank you to everyone who joined us for AHEAD's 2016 Annual Meeting!
AHEAD's new, community conference room is well underway and looking great at Mount Eustis Commons.
AHEAD Receives official "Green" Designation from NeighborWorks America. See full feature in October 21, 2015 Littleton Courier here.
AHEAD Launches Centsible Families at Groveton Elementary School
Another Great Day at Groveton Elementary with Centsible Families! And there's a new Facebook page too! Give it a Like here: https://www.facebook.com/Centsible-Families-416391035237116/?fref=ts
Children in grades 1-3 will receive a FREE College Savings account compliments of AHEAD partner Passumpsic Bank.
Better Homes AHEAD - U.S. Congresswoman Ann McLane Kuster, together with USDA Rural Development's Rural Housing Service Administrator Tony Hernandez, announced a first-of-its-kind low-interest mortgage loan program for energy-efficient manufactured and modular homes. Learn more here:
The Littleton Courier ran an article in the September 2, 2015 edition. You can view the article by clicking here.
AHEAD was pleased to host the Littleton VA's Community Based Outpatient Clinic Grand Opening. You can read more about the event here: