Who we are…
Building on Hope is a community organization of volunteers who work with builders, architects and designers to provide physical improvements to facilities associated with non-profit service groups.
We are not a non-profit group. Instead we ally with existing non-profits providing human services to New Hampshire citizens and help them better succeed in their own missions.
The structures and facilities of service groups are more than just buildings. They are like homes where lives are changed and hearts are mended or strengthened. By enhancing those “homes” we help these vital organizations in their work and bring renewed hope to their efforts. The benefits are far-ranging, helping not only the people being served by the non-profit, but also empowering and inspiring workers, volunteers of the groups and the communities around them.
Building on Hope sees “hope” as more than just a feeling. It is the most essential tool or building supply we have to make our communities, our state and our world into a better, stronger, happier place.
Rallying the Community
Each project also serves the purpose to raising the good work and the needs of a crucial local program to greater visibility. To remind residents who might not currently require non-profit services of the work that is taking place around them and inspire them to get involved in the kind of outreach and support that keeps New Hampshire strong, safe and hopeful.
These are the most tangible things that have been done by Building on Hope, but perhaps the most enduring accomplishment to date has been the rallying of the community of builders, suppliers, architects and designers around a simple mission. There has always been tremendous charity and good will in these groups and Building on Hope has been able to assist them in directing their efforts toward a common good where the whole is greater than its parts. It’s a reminder that Hope works both ways. It brings strength to both those being served and to those who are serving.
What we’ve done…
2010: The remodeling, landscaping, redesign and refurnishing of the White House Boys Intensive Residential Treatment Facility for Easter Seals New Hampshire.
2012: The major rebuilding of the Manchester Girls Inc. headquarters that involved a new roof, an air conditioning system, playground, extensive program enhancements and a complete new kitchen and dining area for the hundreds of girls and family members served there each year.
2014: A complete renovation of Opportunity Networks in Amherst that meant building everything from the ground up and provide their clients with a theatre, movement room, art room, computer lab, commercial kitchen, library, renovated office space and a snoozelen room.
2016: A renovation of the MPAL – Michael Briggs Community Center located at 409 Beech Street in Manchester. The basement level includes the weight room and the boxing gym. The main level includes locker rooms and the largest open mat area in the state for Judo and wrestling. The building is in the heart of the center city of Manchester making it accessible to all youth, no matter where they live.
2018: A gut/renovation of the Crisis Center of Central New Hampshire’s (CCCNH) emergency shelter in Concord. CCCNH, the only agency exclusively dedicated to working with survivors of domestic and sexual violence in Merrimack County, supports individuals to make positive changes in their lives and become independent members of their community.
For a complete look at the work that Building on Hope has accomplished with our community and non-profit partners, please visit our Past Work.
Photo credits: John Benford Photographer