Bancroft House – Providing Hope and Shelter for Women, Children, & Families
The Bancroft House is a shelter for women, children, and families experiencing homelessness in New Hampshire. We are dedicated to providing a supportive home-like atmosphere for those in need; no matter the challenges individuals may be facing. We are more than just a shelter; we are a beacon of hope and a safe place to turn while residents begin to get back on their feet.
Our mission is simple but profound: To provide a secure, temporary home for women, children, and families in need with compassion and respect for those we serve.
The Bancroft House has provided a four-unit family-centered sanctuary to individuals and families since 1982. Residents enjoy modestly furnished bedrooms with private bathrooms, community living and dining areas, a fully stocked pantry and kitchen, and laundry.
Safe and Comfortable Shelter: The residents of The Bancroft House are provided a safe, comfortable, clean, and quiet atmosphere.
Nutritious Meals: Our well-stocked larder gives our residents the necessary ingredients to create nutritious meals.
All of the people who stay with us are most often referred by one of the many social service agencies that work with those in need of assistance:
- Department of Children & Youth Services
- Community Action Programs
- Homeless Outreach Programs
- Town Welfare Departments
- Regional Churches
- Area Police Departments
- The Bancroft House also welcomes self-referrals
The shelter is located within convenient walking distance to shops and to the post office. All guest rooms are on the ground level and are easily accessible. Amenities include full bathrooms for each room, a living room, a laundry room, a private backyard, a fully stocked pantry, and a communal kitchen. We operate seven days a week, 24 hours a day.
The Bancroft House does not provide professional counseling, case management or therapy services. Our staff are trained to facilitate referrals to appropriate community resources and as a condition of continued occupancy, residents are expected to be actively involved in planning to transition to permanent or alternative housing. Alcoholic beverages, drugs, and weapons of any kind are not permitted on the premises.Our History
The Bancroft House originally affiliated with the Franconia Community Church of Christ, was incorporated in 1982 as “The Sanctuary.” As members of the broader community participated in the project, The Sanctuary became independent of the church and with the approval of the church, the Board was re-organized to reflect its more diverse leadership.
In 1985, more spacious facilities were acquired. The Sanctuary ended its formal affiliation with the church and changed its name to The Bancroft House.
The Bancroft House was named for the late Mrs. Evelyn Bancroft of Franconia, one of its original benefactors. It was founded by local people and has been sustained by the generosity of community volunteers and private donors who have sustained the program throughout the years. The Bancroft House retains its nonprofit tax-exempt status and depends on donations for all operations.
If you or someone you know is in need of shelter or assistance, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. At Bancroft House, we are dedicated to making a positive impact in the lives of homeless women, children, and families offering hope, dignity, and a chance for a brighter future.
No amount is too small
If you are interested in donating or volunteering, please contact us for more information.
We firmly believe that ending homelessness for women and children requires the collective effort of our community. Here are some ways you can get involved:
Your contributions make a significant impact. Your generous donations help us provide shelter, food, and services to the women we serve.
Join our dedicated team of volunteers who provide vital support to our residents. Your time and skills can make a real difference in the lives of these women.
Help us raise awareness about homelessness and the unique challenges faced by women. Advocate for policies and programs that address the root causes of homelessness.
Follow us on social media, share our stories, and help us build a compassionate and supportive community that cares about the welfare of homeless women.
The issue of homelessness in the North Country continues and is growing worse.
Affordable housing in the North Country has become an increasingly difficult commodity as rents increase and properties are purchased and transformed into short-term and extended-stay rentals through online rental agents like AirBnB and VRBO.
Individuals living on the edge, on fixed incomes, and earning modest wages are struggling to remain in their homes, as are service industry workers and single parents. A recent individual receiving government-sponsored rent assistance reported that his landlord was increasing his rent from $381/month to $841/month, effectively forcing him to find more affordable housing within thirty days.
The Bancroft House continues to respond to the growing needs of the region by providing a sanctuary for those most in need. Our funding depends almost completely on the generosity of those individuals, organizations, and businesses in our community who recognize the need and respond with donations of all kinds.
Local churches, food pantries, and farms provide much-needed supplies to our kitchen’s pantry. Our well-stocked pantry provides the ingredients for preparing nutritious, family-focused meals at no cost to our residents.
Local residents downsizing their homes, relocating out of the area, or upgrading their homes donate housewares, small appliances, furniture, bedding, and other essential household items our residents need but cannot afford when setting up a new household. We store these donations in our newly reconstructed barn and make them available without charge to people when they secure housing. We have an annual yard sale of excess donated items, with the proceeds helping to cover our operating expenses.
The core of our support comes from individual, corporate, and organizational donors who financially support the Bancroft House through our spring and autumn appeals. The amazing generousit of our community sustains the work of the Bancroft House in its service to those most in need.
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If you or someone you know is in need of shelter or assistance, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. At Bancroft House, we are dedicated to making a positive impact in the lives of homeless women and children, offering them hope, dignity, and a chance for a brighter future.
Join us in our mission to create a world where every family has a place to call home. Together, we can make a difference.