June 2009 – Dare Mighty Things (DMT) is playing an important role in the Capital Campaign of Portsmouth, NH homeless shelter, Cross Roads House. David Van Patten, president of Dare Mighty Things, sits on the Board of Directors, and is helping guide the organization in its endeavor to raise $5 million to rebuild the deteriorating local shelter. DMT has contributed $26,000 in 2009 to help the cause. While Dare Mighty Things’ main mission helps Federal agencies build programs that help disadvantaged youth across the country, Van Patten feels it is also very important to make a real difference close to home. DMT is very proud of its role in reducing local homelessness by helping CRH get closer to its financial goal. In May, CRH hosted their annual Benefit by the Sea, which raised $200,000, and helped secure a Kresge Foundation grant of $300,000. David Van Patten was in attendance (see article and picture from Seacoast Online), along with family members and DMT employees.
Cross Roads House has been open since 1982, and is the largest emergency and transitional shelter in New Hampshire. They house up to eighty-eight people per night, and their emergency shelter is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. They offer food, shelter, and a proven program that helps residents achieve their goal of independent and sustainable housing.