Woody Bigos's childhood experiences taught him, “Where you have a fertile or productive field, you’re either going to have waste or opportunity.” In the tangled messes of metal and fluid in machine shops, he saw waste and opportunity.
ROC-NH's Community Leadership training, says Audra Anderson, “made me understand the ways I needed to change to become a more-effective leader and a more-effective person.”
Owning a home was unthinkable 10 years ago, when Mandy Bartley was a 20-year-old single mom living in public housing. She needed someone to believe in her, and the Welcome Home Loan team did.
The care and services she received at Keystone Hall's Transitional Living Center turned Laurie Goguen's life around. A loan from the Community Loan Fund helped the center expand to treat thousands more people, add a medical clinic and open N.H.’s only residential program for pregnant and parenting women.
April Levin wanted life insurance. Not the kind that cashed out when she died. The kind that would improve her life and those of her sons while she was still very much alive. She wanted a college degree.
Jane and Peter McLaughlin of Lyme first invested in the New Hampshire Community Loan Fund in 2009. Their investment earns interest along with an "intangible dividend"--the knowledge that their money “is being used for all the right purposes.”
Ben's Maple Products and Abigail's Bakery are just two of the businesses that have benefited from working with consultants through the Farm Food Initiative.
Child care and early-education programs operate on paper-thin profit margins, yet must remain affordable to working families. The Business of Child Care Initiative helps directors sharpen their business skills.
Image 4 has been at the cutting edge of perfecting customer experience since the 1980s. When the company's orders spiked and it needed additional equipment, a loan from the Community Loan Fund helped it meet the growing demand.
Pine Grove’s MHP Cooperative's board of directors is all about on-the-job training and education. That self-sufficient attitude has strengthened the finances and the camaraderie of the West Swanzey resident-owned community.