Girls Inc. hopes to establish a home of its own in Nashua
A crowd of kids spice up the Girls Inc. Fall Festival with some skilled dance moves. (Barbara Taormina)
Anna Stanton, 3, of Nashua decorates a pumpkin at the Girls Inc. Fall Festival on Saturday. barbara taormina
And while it can't beat the rent, Girls Inc. wants to make major repairs to the building, including updating the heating system and repairing a leaky roof. But to raise the money for those jobs, the organization thought it should first own the building.
Although it may take some time, Girls Inc. has a lot of friends in Nashua who value the services and support the organization provides for the city.Girls Inc. has traditionally followed the interest and needs of the girls in specific communities. In Nashua, girls can sign up for programs in fashion design, auto mechanics, cooking, sports and technology. And they can paint pumpkins and dance at special event like the fall festival.But programs and events are only one slice of Girls Inc.
"The most valuable gift Girls Inc. gives them is a sense of confidence," said Mary Mattson, vice president of Bank of New Hampshire and a member of the organization's board of directors.
"The focus is on spiritual growth and the ability to believe in themselves," she said.
"A girl will come through the door and she'll leave feeling like a million bucks," said Arel, who credits the staff for its passionate involvement with the girls.
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