Concord crisis center receives $200,000 donation

  • Teresa Lombardi talks to a client over the phone at the Crisis Center of Central New Hampshire in Concord on April 19, 2017. Elizabeth Frantz / Monitor file

Monitor staff
Tuesday, February 06, 2018

The Crisis Center of Central New Hampshire has received a $200,000 donation to help double the size of its domestic violence shelter and create a support services hub for victims.

The gift from Robert and Marianne Fleischman of Concord is the largest single contribution the crisis center has ever received, Executive Director Paula Kelley-Wall said. The crisis center announced the donation Tuesday while also launching its “Campaign for the Crisis Center,” a $1 million initiative.

In spring 2017, the crisis center announced its partnership with Building on Hope, a organization of New Hampshire volunteers who have completed $3.6 million in community-supported, nonprofit renovation projects since 2009. Renovations to the crisis center will be Building on Hope’s first Concord-based project.

A top priority is the creation of a Center for Survivor Support, which will allow victims to access most of the services they need under one roof. Those services include counseling, as well as meetings with attorneys, members of law enforcement and social service agents.

“Rob and I love the Concord community,” Marianne Fleischman said in a statement. “This region is a wonderful place to live for countless reasons. But we also know that there are many in our community in crisis because of domestic or sexual abuse.”

Robert Fleischman said he hopes the $200,000 will help many in the community “achieve a life free of violence.”

The crisis center serves almost 1,200 individuals throughout Merrimack County each year.

(Alyssa Dandrea can be reached at 369-3319, adandrea@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @_ADandrea.)