Who We Are

The Coalition began in 1985 as a result of a group of concerned citizens responding to families living in their cars and the state forest.  The group raised support and opened the first shelter in a rented farmhouse in Halifax.

In 1994 generous donations of land and building materials enabled the Coalition to custom build a facility to accommodate ten families.  This facility also houses our main offices, food pantry, Children’s Holiday Fund program, F.A.I.R. program, and learning center*.

* For more information on our programs, click here.

Board Officers

  • Greg Deems  Chairman
  • John Ryan, Vice Chairman
  • Christie Nelson  Treasurer
  • Linda Heenan, Clerk

Board Trustees

  • Linda Heenan
  • Joe Macuch
  • James Murphy
  • Jeremy Devaney


  • Helen MacLean  Executive Director
  • Moira Coffey  Business Manager
  • Tara McCarthy Re-housing Case Manager
  • Melissa Ferreira, Rehousing Case Worker
  • Ariel Martinez  Volunteer Program Coordinator
  • Newton Sahn Residential Staff
  • Candace Cook, Residential Staff
  • Dianne Cushing, Residential Staff
  • Michelle Loughmiller, Residential Staff
  • Dominic Paradiso, Residential Staff
  • Kimm Rash, Residential Staff
  • Michelle Alexander, Residential Staff


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