Marguerites Place

Success Starts Here!

DSC03774At  Marguerite’s Place, Inc., we are more than a shelter.  We are a transitional housing program with an emphasis on program, which is an important distinction to make.  Women that are accepted into the program come from a unique set of circumstances that have led them to our doorstep.  Yet, they all share the desire to better their lives and the lives of their children.

While at Marguerite’s Place, moms are provided with a turn-key apartment, highly customized case management, 24/7 security, as well as many other tools and classes to restore their self-confidence and economic independence.   However, it takes a great deal of effort  and humility for these moms to enter and work our program.

We require women to work for a minimum of 30 hours per week or be enrolled in school or a training program.  Currently, 90% of our women are employed and 10% are in school.  One mom is moving to our second step, MP Housing, Inc., where she will receive an affordable condominium for up to five years with continued case management and childcare services for the duration of her stay.

Most recently, we accepted a young mother with two sons who was staying at a Motel after living in her car with her children.  Prior to her homelessness, she had a job offer with a Boston area hospital. By being enrolled in Marguerite’s Place and utilizing our case management, this mom has a second chance to pursue that opportunity.  Her children have a chance to adjust and begin a routine which will reduce their anxiety and open up the possibilities of a healthy childhood.  She too will be able to focus on her career and begin to restore herself and her family to health and independence.

Second chances start here at Marguerite’s Place through the continued generosity of donors, volunteers, and our community.


–By Barbara A. Alves, President & CEO




A Note of Thanks

Dear Friends,

On behalf of Marguerite’s Place, Inc., I would like to thank those who supported FIRE & ICE, our annual fall fundraiser and 20th anniversary celebration at the Crowne Plaza on October 17th.  You made it possible for us to surpass our goal of $100,000!

Our utmost appreciation is extended to our generous sponsors, without whom this event would not have been possible. The event sponsors included:  The Sisters of Charity of Ottawa, BAE, Finlay Foundation, Newport Construction, St. Joseph Hospital, Comcast, The Exchange Club of Nashua, Merrimack County Savings Bank, MI-BOX, Corriveau Insurance, Enterprise Bank, Gate City Electric, Lockheed Martin, Stanley Elevator, the Grey Nuns Charities, Inc., and The Hersh, Tabacsko & McCarthy Families.

We would like to thank the local merchants, businesses and individuals who kindly donated to our silent auction, all of which were well received and generously bid on.

Thank you to the staff and management of the Crowne Plaza for their attention to detail and assistance with our event and for the excellent service and food throughout the evening.  A very special thank you is offered to Mike Morin, for once again acting as our dedicated master of ceremonies for this event and The Telegraph for their promotional support.

Special thanks to Mayor Donnalee Lozeau and Sister Elaine Fahey, GNSH for their words of wisdom.   Our sincerest gratitude to the florists who participated in our very first People’s Choice competition and they included: Ikebana, Jacques, Blossoms, Flowers by Val, The Flower Outlet, and Fortin and Gage.

Our thanks go out to the Bishop Guertin High School students for their assistance with Fund-a-Need and clean up; as well as to the student volunteers from Nashua Catholic Regional Junior High School for their assistance with the silent auction.  Many thanks to Steve Gamlin for keeping us entertained, Karen Bill and Mark Leo for their expertise in sales, and Deb Leo for her photography skills.  We appreciate Nancy Lehto for coordinating the volunteers, Kate Merrill and Lori Apercino for their work on the silent auction, and décor.  We proudly thank Meagan Prior, our pre-school teacher for her jewelry boutique, and Fran Hendrickson from Merrimack County Savings Bank and Andrew Cirrone from TD Bank for their assistance at cash out.  We would also like to thank Jane Apple for her video production and Emma Healey for her FIRE & ICE logo design and St. Joseph Hospital for their printing of the event book.  To the Conway Arena for permitting us to use their ice for our promotional photos and to Mercedes and Presley for allowing us to take their photos, thank you!

We would like to thank one of our residents, Tiffany, for sharing her personal journey with us.  Her willingness to relate her struggles and the successes she has achieved since coming to Marguerite’s Place certainly reinforced the reason why we put so much effort into our fundraising events each year. Without these vital fundraisers, our services would lessen considerably. Thank you to Jenny Jiang a 2006 graduate of Marguerite’s Place, Inc. for allowing us to share her success story.  Jenny is now a business owner of Sun Shui Asian Cuisine, 410 North River Road in Bedford, NH.

Marguerite’s Place is a nonprofit transitional housing and supportive services program for homeless women in crisis and their children. We invite you to visit our website to learn more about how you can help us continue the mission of St. Marguerite D’Youville ( or visit us in person at 87 Palm Street, Nashua.


Barbara A. Alves


Marguerite’s Place, Inc.



Dear Friends,

On behalf of Marguerite’s Place, Inc., I would like to extend my sincerest thanks to the many donors and sponsors who helped to make this year’s Jazz & Juice a success. As many of you know, nonprofits exist to fill a need within a community and since 1994; Marguerite’s Place, Inc. has been providing transitional housing services to hundreds of homeless women with children.

At Marguerite’s Place, Inc., we are committed to not only providing our mothers with housing; we are devoted to helping women return to self sufficiency. Our goal is to support these women in their journey by providing them with intensive case management, parenting programs and high quality child care so that they are able to move on to permanent housing and to maintain full-time employment thus breaking the cycle of homelessness that in many cases is generational. You know as well as I do that everything costs more money today than in years past. I can assure you that we appreciate our donors and use our monies wisely.

As a community, greater Nashua has always been most generous. We thank the community, the Nashua Country Club and our event sponsors: Corriveau Insurance, Lockheed Martin Missiles & Fire Control, Merrimack County Savings Bank, Nashua Exchange Club, Newport Construction, St. Joseph Hospital and Wolfson & Bernazzani, PLLC for the support of Jazz & Juice. Additionally, I would like to thank Prunier & Prolman, Continental Paving and T.J. McCartney, Inc. for their sponsorship of the ever popular martini luge; as well as Kalil & Kress, Eaton & Berube for the hors d’oeuvres and Gate City Electric and Sherry & Phil Surra for desserts. Thanks to the merchants who donated items for our silent auction, and to our volunteers who helped us throughout the event. Special thanks to our in-kind sponsors: New Hampshire Art Institute, Bellavance Beverage, and Horizon Beverage and sincerest thanks to Jenny for providing us with jazz music for the evening.

Thank you all for your continued support of Marguerite’s Place, Inc.

My humble appreciation,

Barbara A. Alves President & CEO



Springing into summer has become an annual tradition at Marguerite’s Place, Inc. On Friday, April 4, the Nashua Country Club will once again be home to Jazz & Juice.  This “fun” fundraiser is an opportunity to do good while enjoying delicious food, beer, wine and specialty martinis all to the sounds of jazz music provided by Jenny, a former resident of Marguerite’s Place, Inc.  Jenny is a trained musician and music teacher originally from China that immigrated to the United States. “It means so much to us when graduates volunteer to assist us. You know your mission works when these young ladies give back in whatever way they can,” explained Barbara A. Alves, President and CEO.

The proceeds of Jazz & Juice will benefit several of the programs at Marguerite’s Place, Inc. One such program is its child care services. “When Sr. Sharon Walsh and Sr. Elaine Fahey first came to Nashua, they identified that affordable childcare was an unmet need for mothers who needed to work,” said Alves.

Child care has been an integral part of Marguerite’s Place, Inc. since 1994.  ”We not only care for our clients’ children; we’re open to the public and are doing some really important work with these children,” continued Alves.

Each year, the child care center cares for 40 to 60 children and partners with the Cynthia Day Family Center of Keystone Hall to provide child care for their clients.  “We offer compassionate child care in a safe and loving environment where children have the opportunity to blossom and interact with others so they can be ready for public kindergarten,” said Celeste Horan, Director of Child Care.

Area businesses and organizations supporting Marguerite’s Place, Inc.’s Jazz & Juice as event sponsors at the $1,000 level are:  St. Joseph Hospital, Newport Construction, Merrimack County Savings Bank, Stanley Elevator, Lockheed Martin Missiles & Fire Control, Corriveau Insurance, Nashua Exchange Club and Wolfson & Bernazzani, PLLC.  Sponsoring at the $500 level are:  Prunier & Prolman, Continental Paving, and TJ McCartney.

The event will feature great food, wine, beer and a Stoli Vodka martini luge.  Guests will have an opportunity to try their luck with raffles as well as a silent auction.  All proceeds will benefit the programs and services at Marguerite’s Place, Inc.

Tickets are $50 per person and can be purchased by calling (603) 598-1582, by emailing or

Telling Your Story Earns Donations for Marguerite’s Place, Inc.

#ItsMyStory Social Media Campaign

Marguerite’s Place, Inc. will receive donations from the “What’s Your Story?” outreach campaign created by Bedford Commons OB-GYN.  The campaign’s goal is to empower women and provide assistance for homeless women and children in New Hampshire.  The first appearance for #ItsMyStory will be at the WZID Women’s Expo on March 8th, 2014.

“What’s Your Story” will bring women together to make a difference by initiating a conversation by capturing all posts that use hashtag #ItsMyStory and stream the feed onto the website.  Those who participate will be entered into a raffle to win over $1,500 in valuable prizes featuring jewelry from Bellman’s and over $100 in gift cards from partners such as Nini Bambini that will be awarded at the end of the 2014 Women’s Expo.

Additionally, Bedford Commons, Bellman Jewelers and Nini Bambini are raising money and awareness for Marguerite’s Place, Inc. by posting a wish list of needed items on their Facebook page and website.  For each donation made, donors’ will be entered into the grand prize raffle and for every story that is shared via video at the Women’s Expo, Bedford Commons OB-GYN will donate $5 to Marguerite’s Place, Inc.

“We’re honored to have been selected as the beneficiary of this campaign and encourage all women to take advantage of this opportunity to share their unique stories, questions, comments and dreams with this team.  The hope is that the more we talk about healthcare, the more we can make a difference in its delivery that will improve the health for women today and tomorrow,” said Barbara A. Alves, President and CEO of Marguerite’s Place, Inc.

We’re looking for a New Media Intern to join our team!

New Media Internship at Marguerite’s Place, Inc.

Summer 2015, Apply NOW!

Marguerite’s Place, Inc. is seeking a part-time intern to assist with new media and communications.  The New Media Intern will report to the Director of Development/PR and the CEO and will assist in a variety of online marketing, social media, and communications projects.  Through hands-on training, the New Media Intern will learn strategy and tactics for social media and communication that can be broadly applied to the nonprofit sector and marketing in general.  The scope of the internship will be tailored to the intern’s strengths and experience, building on the individual’s skills.

  • Assisting in drafting and editing blogs, website content and newsletter copy
  • Monitoring influential social media sites, blogs and twitter to keep Marguerite’s Place up-to-date on media trends/news and other issues pertaining to transitional housing and nonprofits in New Hampshire
  • Assisting in developing collateral materials for special events as well as assisting in the orchestration of a special event


  • The candidate must be a student of an accredited college in the process of acquiring a bachelor’s and/or graduate degree in new media, communications, journalism, marketing or public relations
  • Experience with social media and browser-based email blast services are a plus
  • Photography/video and editing skills desired
  • Knowledge of AP style is a plus
  • Self starter, motivated, flexible and ability to work in busy environment
  • Be creative, compassionate and have fun

Unpaid Internship

Interested candidates should email a letter of intent, resume, and writing sample to   Please include the dates of availability and the hours that you can commit to, preferably less than 20 hours per week.  No phone calls please.  Please visit our website at to learn more about our organization.

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Jazz & Juice 2014

Swing Into Summer

Friday, April 4

6 p.m.

Nashua Country Club

Tickets: $50 per person

Christmas is Magical at Marguerite’s Place

Christmas WishesThank you to all of our sponsors, donors and volunteers for your generous gifts!  Your contributions to our Christmas Giving Program at Marguerite’s Place, Inc., has brought many smiles and tears of joy to the many women and children here, as well as at MP Housing, Inc. and our aftercare program.

Because of you, there are gifts, Christmas trees, holiday goodies and Christmas baskets complete with a turkey.

From all of us at Marguerite’s Place, Inc., we thank you, and wish you a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!



Thanksgiving at Marguerite’s Place

256px-Thanksgiving_Dinner_(3065145964)As we head toward Thanksgiving, we’re particularly thankful this week to the Deacon’s Board of the Congregational Church in Hollis for the turkeys, trimmings and pies for our residents–and to the folks at Dartmouth Hitchcock Surgery and GI for the food donations for our MP Housing and Aftercare families!



Thank you for supporting Bob Lavoie and Marguerite’s Place, Inc.!

BobThe votes are in, and though Bob Lavoie didn’t win an additional donation from Safeco Insurance in the “Vote for Your Favorite Safeco Insurance® Community Hero” event, we want to thank you for your support.

More importantly, however, we would like to congratulate Bob again for being selected for a Safeco Community Hero Award. With only 16 honors given nationwide, the award confirms something we already know: Bob is a winner for the work he does for Marguerite’s Place, Inc. We are incredibly proud of his accomplishments.

Marguerite’s Place, Inc will use the $5,000 Community Hero donation from Safeco Insurance to continue our work improving the lives of others. And if you’d like to learn how to volunteer or support us, please e-mail us at

Check out what voters had to say about Bob Lavoie and Marguerite’s Place, Inc. by clicking on the Safeco Community Hero ad on the home page of, clicking on the Community Hero tab on the Safeco Insurance Facebook or going directly to the voting site:

And be sure to check out the stories of the other Community Heroes, too. We hope you’re as inspired by their work as we are!



In Appreciation for Your Support of FIRE & ICE

fire and ice photoOn behalf of the board of directors, our development committee, staff and residents of Marguerite’s Place, Inc. and MP Housing, Inc., I would like to thank all those who supported FIRE & ICE, our 19th annual fall fundraiser at the Crowne Plaza in Nashua on Friday, October 18th.

This extraordinary event would not have been possible without the generous support of our sponsors. They include: Newport Construction, St. Joseph Hospital (Red Hot Sponsors); Merrimack County Savings Bank, Comcast and the Exchange Club of Nashua (Scorching Sponsors); The Hunt Community, Gate City Electric, Corriveau Insurance Company, Hersh/Tabaskso/McCarthy Families, Lockheed Martin, Villa Augustina School, BAE Systems and Stanley Elevator Company (Scalding Sponsors); and Continental Paving, Piccola Italia Restaurant, Eaton & Berube Insurance, Ameriprise Financial Services, State Farm Insurance, Seelye & Schulz, WHDH Channel 7, Zubuk IT Worx, Gwen Murray, Prunier & Prolman, P.A. and Coca Cola (Searing Sponsors).

We would like to extend our appreciation to the local merchants, businesses and individuals who  kindly donated to our silent auction, all of which were well received and generously bid on—your contributions added to the excitement of the FIRE & ICE in a big way. (more…)

Your Vote for Our Community Hero Could Mean $10,000 for Marguerite’s Place, Inc. from Safeco Insurance!

BobJust one click from you could help Marguerite’s Place, Inc. win up to $10,000 from Safeco Insurance. That’s right — just one click.

You see, Bob Lavoie from Nashua has earned a Safeco Insurance Community Hero Award and a $5,000 donation for Marguerite’s Place, Inc. But with your votes in the “Vote for your favorite Safeco Community Hero” online contest, Bob Lavoie can win an additional $5,000 or even $10,000 for Marguerite’s Place, Inc.

To vote, go to or the Safeco Insurance Facebook and click the “Community Hero” link. If you’re 13 or older, you can vote once every 24 hours until 10 a.m. PST Nov. 4. Just one small click each day can make a big difference toward building a stronger community.

Bob has put in more than 1,000 hours working for the women and children of Marguerite’s Place and works a minimum of five hours a week doing the grocery shopping, soliciting donations and helping with maintenance.

While the Safeco Community Hero Award celebrates Bob Lavoie for his vital work at Marguerite’s Place, Inc., it would not have been possible without Philip J Bouchard at Corriveau Insurance Agency, Inc., who submitted the nomination. Philippe J. Bouchard has worked with Marguerites Place, Inc. for number of years, and currently is a board member of both Marguerite’s Place, Inc. and MP Housing and serves as the Development Chair.

Each of the 16 Community Hero Award winners deserve to be celebrated, so when you visit the voting site, take a little time to read about the great work they do. We hope you’ll come away inspired to make a difference. You can start by getting involved with Marguerites Place, Inc. Visit our volunteer page  to find out how.

And remember get those votes in before Nov. 4! Together, we can win for Bob Lavoie, Marguerite’s Place, Inc. and our community.

The Meaning Behind the Theme of FIRE & ICE


Barbara Alves, CEO/president of Marguerite’s Place enjoys the ice at our FIRE & ICE photo shoot with one of our youngest residents. PHOTO COURTESY OF SHARON WARD PHOTOGRAPHY

As we prepare for our main fundraiser, which underwrites our annual operating costs, we would like to share the meaning behind this year’s theme. So, why FIRE & ICE, and how does it tie into the mission of Marguerite’s Place, Inc.?

Fire.  Often viewed as a destructive element in nature and yet, from ashes springs new life. Dean Shalhoup from The Telegraph reminded us of our humble origins by in his tribute to Sister Mary Sharon Walsh, GNSH, on July 30, 2013. Marguerite’s Place, as it stands today on 85-89 Palm Street, arose out of the crumbling buildings surrounded by the ashes of burned out buildings. Sister Sharon and Sister Elaine Fahey restored these ruins into 10 apartments that our residents call home. These apartments offer our moms and children a new life, a new start, a second chance. Doesn’t everyone need a second chance in life?

Life is a journey. At times we are on fire, following our passions sailing smoothly on course. Then suddenly, someone throws that bucket of water on us, and our lives change—maybe it’s through job loss, illness or the ending of a relationship. Getting back on track may be easier for some of us than others. At Marguerite’s Place, Inc., we accept people as they are and help them move on to where they hope to be.

ICE represents the coldness of homelessness. It’s not only the freezing temperatures that our moms experience, it’s the coldness of being turned away from a job, the icy chill of an abusive relationship or being overwhelmed with responsibility and not knowing how to help yourself and your family.

We hope that you will join us and support our mission this fall. For tickets, contact 603.598.1582. Visit for details.

Melissa Ballard Sullivan Joins Marguerite’s Place Staff

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Marguerite’s Place, Inc. has welcomed Melissa Ballard Sullivan of Manchester as the director of development and public relations. In this role, Ballard Sullivan will oversee development, strategic planning, volunteer efforts and external communications.

A public relations and marketing professional for over 20 years, Ballard Sullivan’s nonprofit experience includes seven years in a communication role with Elliot Health System and five years as a spokesperson for the VT-NH Red Cross Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross. She is currently a Master’s of Science in Organization Leadership candidate with a concentration in nonprofit leadership at Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester, N.H.



Marguerite’s Place is Awarded $5K from People’s United Community Foundation

Marguerites Place-3People’s United Community Foundation, the philanthropic arm of People’s United Bank, has awarded $5,000 to Marguerite’s Place of Nashua, New Hampshire. The funding from People’s United Community Foundation will support its core services and operations and will assist families in achieving permanent and sustainable housing.

“With the generous support of People’s Community Foundation, Marguerite’s Place will continue its efforts to break the cycle of homelessness,” said Barbara Alves, president and CEO of Marguerite’s Place, Inc. and MP Housing, Inc. “This funding will bolster our housing, one-to-one case management and education efforts, as well as our security staffing services.”

“Marguerite’s Place has a high rate of success in transitioning its residents to stable housing and providing opportunities for long-term success,” said Dianne Mercier, officer of People’s United Community Foundation and New Hampshire president for People’s United Bank. “Supporting programs like this is important to People’s United Bank as we look for ways to help individuals and families achieve self-sufficiency.”


The Passing of Our Beloved Co-Founder, Sister Mary Sharon Walsh

Sisiter SharonIt is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved co-founder, Sister Mary Sharon Walsh, of the Grey Nuns of Sacred Heart. Sister Sharon passed away on July 27, 2013 at 10:30 p.m. surrounded by her sisters at the Grey Nuns of Sacred Heart Mother House.

Viewing is scheduled for Wednesday, July 31 at the Grey Nuns of Sacred Heart, Mother House, 1750 Quarry Rd., Yardley, PA and a Mass of Christian burial will follow on Thursday, August 1 at 10:30 a.m. also at the Mother House.  Arrangements are being handled inPennsylvania by Beck-Givnish, 7400 New Falls Rd., Levittown, PA. Memories can be shared at

Much like St. Marguerite d’Youville the foundress of the Grey Nuns, Sister Sharon took the path of love and traveled it fully.  She saw her life as a series of opportunities to respond with love and compassion to all.  She ministered to the poor but especially demonstrated her compassion to the homeless women and children of Southern New Hampshire who knew her through the ministries of Marguerite’s Place, Inc.  A mass in celebration of Sister Sharon’s life will be held in Nashua on Tuesday, August 6 at 6:00 PM at the Parish of the Resurrection, 449 Broad St. and a reception will follow.

A tribute to Sister Sharon by Dean Shalhoup of The Telegraph may be read here.

Full Moon Margarita Madness

The Friends of Marguerite’s Place organized a fun night out at Margarita’s in Nashua recently, allowing Marguerite’s Place to be the recipient of a percentage of the proceeds from the restaurant’s February Full Moon Margarita Madness event on February 21st. Friends from throughout the greater Nashua community supported this special event, which yielded a $250 donation to Marguerite’s Place just a week later. THANK YOU, Margarita’s and to each of you who came out to enjoy the evening with us. Next up at Margarita’s: Noche Mexicana on Sunday, March 24. Visit our events page to print out a handbill for this event.