New Hampshire Congressional Delegation Announces $4.8 Million to Protect NH Nonprofits, Including Houses of Worship
(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) alongside Representatives Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Chris Pappas (NH-01) today announced more than $4.8 million for the State Homeland Security Program awarded to New Hampshire by the Department of Homeland Security. New Hampshire nonprofits, including houses of worship, will also receive $927,608 under the Nonprofit Security Grant Program.
“I’m glad to see this funding from the Department of Homeland Security headed to New Hampshire nonprofits and houses of worship to better protect Granite State communities from senseless violence. These federal dollars will help implement security measures for communities throughout the state to ensure families practicing their faith can do so in peace and free from threats,” said Senator Shaheen. “I’ll keep working to provide additional federal assistance that invests in security measures to keep all Granite Staters safe.”
“Houses of worship are meant to be peaceful spaces where religious communities can come together, which makes violent threats and attacks on these spaces all the more upsetting,” said Senator Hassan. “After hearing directly from Granite State nonprofit and religious leaders about the importance of these grants, I have worked to increase funding for this program – and I am glad that now even more New Hampshire nonprofits and houses of worship will benefit from this program. I will continue to work across the aisle to protect our homeland security.”
“This federal funding for New Hampshire non-profits and houses of worship to improve and upgrade their security measures is an important investment in public safety,” said Representative Kuster. “Granite Staters have the right to worship wherever and however they choose without facing threats of violence, and I’m glad to see this federal funding headed to our state to make our communities safer.”
“Everyone in New Hampshire should be able to freely worship as they choose without fearing for their own safety,” said Representative Pappas. “These funds will protect non-profits and houses of worship in New Hampshire and ensure people are safe when they come together and practice their faith.”
The following New Hampshire nonprofits and houses of worship will receive federal grant funding to help combat foreign and domestic terrorist threats:
Brookside Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, Manchester -- $60,300
Main Street United Methodist Church, Nashua -- $20,645
Saint Joseph Cathedral, Manchester -- $150,000
Temple Adath Yeshurun, Manchester -- $150,000
Temple Beth Abraham of Nashua -- $117,350
Temple Beth Jacob, Concord -- $50,050
Temple Israel, Manchester -- $150,000
Temple of Israel Portsmouth -- $79,263
The Crossing Life Church, Windham -- $150,000
"Temple Adath Yeshurun is greatly appreciative to FEMA, for a Nonprofit Security Grant, and to the State of New Hampshire for disbursing these funds. Feeling safer in our synagogue is a blessing. We are also thankful to Senator Hassan, who is always responsive to our concerns,” said Rabbi Beth D. Davidson, Temple Adath Yeshurun, Manchester, NH.
"The congregation of Main Street United Methodist Church is so grateful for the assistance given to us through this program!” said Reverend Kristy Besada, Pastor at the Main Street United Methodist Church. “With the security improvements that this grant will finance, we will be better able to serve our community and also protect the vulnerable among us from the rise of white supremacy and other violent movements, which continue to act out in this community. Thank you for your generosity as we continue to serve the Greater Nashua region."
“Temple Beth Jacob is thankful for receiving this grant, as we are a small community and the grant allows us to continually reassess and develop the security needs of our facility,” said Rabbi Robin Nafshi of Temple Beth Jacob. “By doing so, we can take additional steps to help protect our community in an ever challenging environment where antisemitism is on the rise.”
“Brookside Congregational Church sincerely appreciates the grant award. It will enable us to replace doors that are not security rated, update the physical access system to the church, and install surveillance cameras. The enhanced security will protect the community we serve,” said Dale Trombley, moderator, Brookside Congregational Church.