Marguerites Place

The overall goal of Marguerite’s Place, Inc. is to empower homeless women with children to move on to better lives.

We offer furnished apartments (up to 24 months residence), on-site licensed child care for the children, programs in life skills, one-on-one parenting and intensive case management on a daily or weekly basis, assistance in acquiring skills necessary for independence through educational and/or training and employment programs, and a five year Aftercare Program for families who have moved on to independent living.

Since 1994, Marguerite’s Place has been providing the physical, emotional, educational, and social supports for homeless women with children to achieve and sustain self sufficiency. Our holistic approach allows families to grow in all areas as they gain the skills and income necessary for long term success. Learn more about our programs.

NEWS…Before we heat up the night with Miami Nights, Eric Sopper (one of our board members) is headlining in a recreational boxing match against Justin “Big Daddy” Robinson on Saturday, March 28th, 6PM at Fist Fitness Gym, in Westford, MA. Proceeds raised during Sopper’s training and from the match will benefit Marguerite’s Place.   You can follow Eric on his blog, Going the Distance for MP at and support Marguerite’s Place, Inc. by making a donation in support of Sopper’s efforts by visiting

UPDATE:  Eric’s efforts raised $1,442!  Thank you!


Join Us April 17th for Miami Nights

What were you doing in the 1980s? Do you remember the Reagan  Revolution, Michael Jackson’s Thriller video, Madonna’s style or the swagger Don Johnson brought to his character Sonny Crockett on the hit television series, Miami Vice? At Marguerite’s Place, Inc., we’re thinking of warm sun, blue surf and golden sands and jazzing up our annual Spring Fundraiser with a new theme:  MIAMI NIGHTS.

Join us as we heat up the night with Miami Vice martinis, Cuban foods, and eighties themed music on Friday, April 17th, 6 pm at the Sky Meadow Country Club.  The event will feature a Tubbs and Crockett look alike contest, our way of recognizing the leading men of Miami Vice, as well as a salsa dancing demonstration and a just-for-fun salsa dancing competition!  Tickets are $50 per person and can be purchased by calling us at (603) 598-1582, emailing or online at  You can also sign up for the dance competition by calling or emailing the same number!  Please, join us!


New Year’s Message

Dear Friends,

Thank you for your support of Marguerite’s Place, Inc. in 2014.  It has been another year of milestones. Two moms graduated from Dental Assistant Training; one mom earned the NH Unsung Hero Award from the NH Children’s Trust; one mom changed employment from an entry level fast food position to a professional marketing position; and another mom received a promotion to a supervisory role within the NH Department of Health and Human Services.  Our unique intensive support services have positioned many of our graduates for success over this last year.  Ninety percent of our graduates moved into permanent housing, with two graduating into MP Housing, Inc., our sister organizations’ permanent housing condominiums this last year.

Thank you to all of our Christmas Program sponsors; you provided a Merry Christmas to 27 families (66 individuals) currently at Marguerite’s Place, Inc. as well as the moms at MP Housing, and those moms that continue to participate in our After Care Program.

We extend our sincere thanks to all our diaper angels and invite you to continue to think of our little ones with your diaper donations.  With your continued support throughout the New Year, we will continue to empower homeless women with children to self-sufficiency.

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

With gratitude,

Barbara A. Alves


Diaper Drive Sponsors needed!  We have a critical need for disposable diapers in sizes 4, 5, and 6.  Click on our wish list to learn more!


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  Meet Tiffany…

Tiffany (centered) is pictured with 4 or her 5 children at Marguerite's Place, Inc.

Tiffany (centered) is pictured with 4 or her 5 children at Marguerite’s Place, Inc.

After her husband abandoned the family of three, they were homeless.  The Welfare Dept. had housed them temporarily at Motel 6 where they were living out of a cooler.

“When we came to Marguerite’s Place, great things started happening.   My volunteer position enabled me to get a part-time job with the State in the client services division.  I was chosen for the work experience programs’ position at the Department of Health and Human Services.  I aced the GED with special acknowledgement, and my part-time job turned into a full-time position with state benefits.  I continued to work hard and was promoted to a supervisory position, and that’s where I’m at today.  Now, my family has expanded.  My two nephews were living in the woods when my sister fell back into addiction.  I asked the staff at Marguerite’s Place, Inc. if it would be acceptable to them if I petitioned for guardianship. Marguerite’s Place gave me their full support.  They saved my family.

This program has been the biggest blessing that I will ever know.  I have learned how strong I truly am, and I would not be in the position I am in today without them. My heart is so filled with gratitude for Marguerite’s Place and I would like to thank everyone for supporting us.  You make it possible for people like me and my five children to have a second chance at life.”


  • On October 7, 2014, Marguerite’s Place , Inc. turned 20 years old!
  • 90% of our clients graduated to permanent housing
  • Two moms and children moved into MP Housing’s condominiums
  • 70% of our clients are working
  • 20% are in school
  • 10% are currently seeking employment
  • 100% of our childcare children received free diapers in school
  • 90% of our Moms attended parenting classes in 2014
  • One of our Mom’s was accepted into a Nursing Program
  • Two Moms graduated with dental assistant degrees
  • One Mom received a promotion into Management
  • One Mom changed jobs from a fast food restaurant to a professional marketing position
  • One Mom received the Unsung Hero Award from the NH  Children’s Trust

Please consider donating to our annual appeal! Click here.

As you may know, we believe in giving a hand up in service and not a hand out. This philosophy has enabled us to make a real difference in the lives of the women and children we serve.  As a supporter, you understand firsthand the impact our mission has in changing lives.

Your support helps women like Tiffany. Please, consider donating to our Annual Appeal.  As Tiffany has shared with us, it is your support that changes lives.


Barbara A. Alves



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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.



Marguerite’s Place, Inc. Turns 20

IMG_3831Each fall, Marguerite’s Place, Inc. conducts its annual fundraiser, FIRE & ICE: A Hot Night for A Cool Cause, which raises much-needed operational funds for the non-profit.  This year, the goal is to raise $100,000.

“We are so very thankful to the sponsors that have committed to the event.  We are well on our way to reaching our goal and have raised just a little over half to date,” said Melissa Ballard Sullivan, Director of Development & PR.

FIRE & ICE:  A Hot Night for A Cool Cause is a sizzling evening scheduled to heat up the city on Friday, October 17th at the Crowne Plaza.  Guests will enjoy a variety of spicy and icy foods and drinks created by Chef Lytle.   They will vote for their favorite floral arrangements, vie to win auction items, take a chance on a signed NFL jersey and be inspired by a very special guest.  Mike Morin, author and radio show host will provide laughs, and Steve Gamlin will set the evening tone with some sassy sounds.

More donations are needed to achieve their goal, and there are several opportunities to show your support: join as an event sponsor or business listing in the event book, donate an item for the silent auction or purchase a ticket to the hottest night in October.  Tickets are available by calling Marguerite’s Place, Inc. at (603) 598-1582 or or online at

Current event sponsors include: The Sisters of Charity as presenting sponsors and at the Red Hot Sponsor Level ($5,000:   BAE, the Finlay Foundation, Newport Construction and St. Joseph Hospital.  Scorching Sponsors ($2,500): Comcast, the Exchange Club of Nashua, Merrimack Savings Bank and MI-BOX.  Scalding Sponsors ($1,000) include: Corriveau Insurance, Enterprise Bank, Gate City Electric, Lockheed Martin, Stanley Elevator and The Hersh, Tabacsko & McCarthy Families.

Marguerite’s Place, Inc., a faith-based organization, continues to restore hundreds of women to self-sufficiency by taking them from the cold streets and giving them a warm apartment and that’s not all.  Located in the heart of the tree streets, this quiet and unassuming place for homeless women with children is a refuge, a place to heal and to start over.

According to the National Center on Family Homelessness, poverty and the lack of affordable housing have made it nearly impossible for struggling families to prevent and overcome homelessness.  The recent recession coupled with high foreclosure rates have pushed those who were on the edge into poverty and homelessness.

“With almost 20 years of research, the center has documented that over 90 percent of homeless mothers report lifetime histories of trauma, including childhood physical and sexual abuse and domestic violence,” explained Barbara A. Alves, CEO and President.

“When Sisters Sharon Walsh and Elaine Fahey founded Marguerite’s Place, Inc. 20 years ago, they designed a program to give women a hand up, which means a fully furnished apartment, rigorous, supportive services and embedded child care services,” said Alves.  “Marguerite’s Place has empowered many abused women, as well as women in recovery, to get back on track so that they can return to being self-sufficient,” added Alves.

Over the years, Marguerite’s Place, Inc. has earned many awards and accolades such as the St. Marguerite D’Youville Award for Humanitarianism, the Patriot Award for Volunteerism and Citizen’s Bank Champions in Action designation just to name a few.  But for the staff and volunteers at Marguerite’s Place, success is found in the simple things.  It may be in preparing to welcome a new family, celebrating the completion of a GED, acceptance into Nursing School, and graduating to the MP Housing permanent housing program; success is an individual measure.  Every day or every week, two case managers work one-on-one with moms currently enrolled in the program, as well as clients that have graduated and participate in their Aftercare program.  Presently, this small staff provides intensive support services for 28 women and their families.

“Our goal is to build these women up and help them to gain self-esteem, employment and the skills they need to not only acquire permanent housing, but also to maintain it,” explained Lianne Bower, Director of Housing Operations and Case-Management.

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It Is Going to Be a Hot Night in the City! We are celebrating twenty years of service to the Nashua community at our annual fall fundraiser, Fire & Ice:  A Hot Night for a Cool Cause on Friday, October 17, 6 pm at the Crowne Plaza in Nashua. 

Mike Morin, author and former WZID radio host will emcee the event and returning from Yardley, PA for the festivities will be Sister Elaine Fahey, our founder as well as other past board members.  Chef Lytle from the Crowne Plaza will delight palettes with spicy and icy foods and gluten free options will be available.  Guests will play a few games and hear from a very special speaker.  This is a fun evening that promises event-goes will leave with a good feeling knowing they made a difference in someone’s life.  The music will be provided by Steve Gamblin of Ramblin’ Sounds and the attire is semi- formal.  Valet parking is available at the Ballroom/Conference entrance of the Crowne Plaza.

New this year, our silent auction will host a Floral Competition, where guests will vote on their favorite floral arrangement and have a chance to bring them home.  Participating florists include Blossoms, Collins Flowers, Flowers by Val, Fortin & Gage, Ikebana and Jacques.

Overall, our event goal is to raise $100,000 for the operational support needs of Marguerite’s Place, Inc. and thanks to the generosity of our sponsors we are well on our way!  The Sisters of Charity are our White Hot presenting sponsors with their benevolent donation of $12,000 and committed sponsors at the Red Hot Sponsor Level ($5,000) include BAE, the Finlay Foundation, Newport Construction and St. Joseph Hospital.  Scorching Sponsors ($2,500) are:  Comcast, the Exchange Club of Nashua, Merrimack County Savings Bank and MI-BOX.  Joining us at the Scalding Sponsor Level ($1,000) are: Corriveau Insurance, Enterprise Bank, Gate City Electric, Lockheed Martin, Stanley Elevator and The Hersh, Tabacsko & McCarthy Families.

Fire & Ice offers a variety of sponsorship levels that are still available.  If you would like to make a donation for the 20th Anniversary of Marguerite’s Place there are several options: (1) join as an event sponsor ($5,000, $2,500, $1,000, $500) or business listing in the event book for $250 (2) support our 20 ♥ 20 social media campaign by making an online donation at (3) or donate an item of for the silent auction.  For more information on how you can support the event, please call (603) 598-1582.

Tickets are $100 per person, available on a first come first serve basis by calling Marguerite’s Place, Inc. at (603) 598-1582, email or online at


The Power of $20

Celebrate our 20th Anniversary by donating $20 in support of our 2020 Campaign!  We need your support and the power of the internet to raise $40,000 in 150 days!  Visit our page at or make a donation by clicking on our donate now button on our website.  Consider sharing our campaign page with your friends and family on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Linked In. Together, we can make a difference in the lives of our homeless Moms and children.  Please support our efforts!  Thank you!

Noche MexicanNoche coupona Fundraiser Coming Soon!

Join us at Margaritas Mexican Restaurant,1 Nashua Drive in Nashua, NH on Thursday,  June 26 from 4 p.m. to close. Margaritas will host a Noche Mexicana Fundraiser and donate 15% of pre-taxed food and beverage sales from participating families, friends and supporters to Marguerite’s Place. You can choose items from any of the menus, takeout orders are included. The one thing to remember is to let your server know that you are participating in the fundraiser by presenting the handbill.

Please help us spread the word by sharing this invitation with friends, family and community members.  If you have questions about this event, please contact us at (603) 598-1582 extension 14.

 A Note of Thanks

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


Jazz & Juice 2014

Proceeds to Benefit Programs at Marguerite’s Place

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.IMG_3006

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.


Jazz & Juice 2014

Swing into Summer with us!  Break out that flowered shirt that’s in the back of your closet and dig out those sandals!  We have just the event that will chase away those winter blues and have you longing for the carefree days of summer!  Join us for our 4th Annual Jazz & Juice on Friday, April 4th, 6 pm at the Nashua Country Club. If you like fun, good food and great company than this event is for you!  Tickets are $50 per person and can be purchased by sending us an email at or you can make a secure credit card purchase online here and note J&J in the comment box!  We hope to see you there!



Thank you for supporting Bob Lavoie and Marguerite’s Place, Inc! Learn how Bob’s volunteer efforts with Marguerite’s Place allowed us to receive a $5,000 donation!