Message From the Director
I just came back from a NeighborWorks America Symposium in Washington, DC focused on how non-profit community developers are starting social enterprises that contribute to their mission and help them diversify their revenue streams. One organization started their own construction company to rehab houses for low-income families. Another turned an abandoned textile mill into an event and conference center with a food incubator attached, and in just three years was able to start generating a profit on the facility, 100% of which is used to support the operations of the organization.
As we start a new year, Lakes Region Community Developers is eager to work with local partners to figure out what types of social enterprises could be started here to meet the needs of working families in the Lakes Region. We are excited to expand our work beyond developing and managing affordable rental housing because we see so many opportunities to help the Lakes Region thrive. We want to build affordable starter homes for young families and develop vibrant community facilities that can house affordable childcare, health and wellness programming, workforce initiatives, and other services that we need here in the Lakes Region.
Thank you for your support as we find new ways to serve the Lakes Region. We wish you all the best this holiday season!
Carmen R. Lorentz
PS – You can contribute to our work by making an online donation here. Thank you!
Our New Look
Early this fall we began working with the local marketing firm, JMG Marketing, to create a new look to go with our new name and expanded mission. We will start to use our new name and logo on all our marketing materials in 2018.
Save the Date!
We are turning 25! A celebration marking this milestone will be held at the Belknap Mill on Thursday, April 12th from 5pm to 7pm.
2018 will mark the 25th year since developing our first affordable housing project in Laconia. In that 25 years we have provided affordable housing to over 2,000 neighbors of modest means, had 73 families graduate from our Transitional Housing program, and built a $46 million real estate portfolio comprising of 341 apartments.
We hope you mark your calendars to come celebrate and look ahead to the next 25 years with us.
Gilford Village Knolls III Update
Winter is here! Consider using non-toxic de-icing substances when those stairs are icy. Clean clay cat litter, sand, or fireplace/stove ash are options to prevent hazardous chemicals from leaching into the ground. Chemical de-icers can be hazardous to your pets, your trees and shrubs, and the environment. They polluting surface waters and groundwater through the soil. Other alternative options can be found on the EPA's Safer Choice page https://www.epa.gov/saferchoice/products.
Renew Before the New Year!
So many of you have already sent in your renewals - thank you so much! With the help of our membership, we’ve built housing and created life changing opportunities for 24 years.
If you have not renewed please consider helping us again to provide wonderful, affordable places to live to those who so urgently need it. We hope you’ll take some time today and renew.
You should have received your renewal reminder in the mail. You can also click here to renew your membership and make your payment online. If you have any questions about membership or giving to LACLT, please contact Resource Development Director Caitlin Meaney at firstname.lastname@example.org or 603.524.0747 ext. 108.