Keene Sentinel;, April 5, 2021.
As people of faith the Guiding Council of the Monadnock Interfaith Project supports the Hundred Nights Shelter application for a zoning variance at 32-34 Washington Street, Keene.
Monadnock Interfaith Project (MIP) is a coalition of local citizens organized to foster community, understanding, and social justice. The MIP Guiding Council is committed to addressing root causes of homelessness in the Monadnock Region and to supporting the efforts of organizations, such as Hundred Nights, that provide services to our homeless population.
Our support of this application is rooted in our faith-based belief in the inherent worth and dignity of every person, in the stories of homeless people in our community, and in the research related to homelessness in New Hampshire.
For the last 6 months MIP members have conducted regular listening sessions at The Community Kitchen and volunteered at the local churches’ breakfast program. We have gathered and analyzed the stories of the homeless among us. Those stories make evident the need to have a central location where there are adequate facilities and dependable services for our homeless citizens.
Research data from the 2016 State of Homelessness in NH report shows that communities working together to provide safety nets for the homeless population see reductions in the number of homeless people. The Hundred Nights’ application is an excellent example of putting this research to practical use by community organizations working together. The planned facility and the commitment of Monadnock Family Services to maintain offices and staff on site will expedite mental health services to the homeless and combat the causes of chronic homelessness.
Our faiths call us to action. MIP Guiding Council members will attend the Keene Zoning Board of Adjustment meeting, Monday, May 1, 6:30pm at Keene City Hall. We will bear witness to the stories of homeless people in our region and advocate for a decision that leads to a healthy, just, sustainable, and loving community. Please join us in support of the Hundred Nights’ variance application.
Rev. Sandra Whippie
Chairperson, Guiding Council
Monadnock Interfaith Project