The newly constructed Hundred Nights shelter on Water Street in Keene, New Hampshire, is officially open! To mark this significant milestone, the local community gathered for a celebration featuring a ribbon-cutting ceremony and an open house event on Saturday, September 23.
This 15,000-square-foot, wood-framed, three-story homeless shelter is a symbol of hope and dedication, providing a safe haven for those in need.
DEW Construction managed the construction of this building, which will replace the Hundred Nights Lamson Street facility and double its capacity with 48 beds and eight rooms, each equipped with bathrooms, showers, and dressers. Additionally, four private rooms were designed for families in a separate wing of the building on the second floor. The shelter also includes communal spaces, donation rooms, an industrial kitchen, laundry rooms on each floor, ample storage, and separate bedrooms and office space for staff members. The building, designed by Market Square Architects, fosters a warm and welcoming atmosphere, providing a sense of comfort and security to those seeking shelter.
The event began with speeches from local officials and representatives from Hundred Nights, expressing their gratitude and excitement for the completion of this vital project. The ribbon-cutting ceremony was then followed by an open house, during which community members could explore and tour the entire building.
The shelter aims to continue addressing the increasing homelessness issue in southwestern New Hampshire, offering services and support to individuals and families in need.
The ribbon-cutting ceremony itself was a moment filled with anticipation and joy. With the scissors poised, community leaders and members of Hundred Nights joined together to officially open the doors of the shelter. As the ribbon was ceremoniously cut, applause and cheers filled the air, signifying the beginning of a new chapter in the fight against homelessness.
Photo Credit: S and B Connections