Openings for 1 or 2 Good People

The Lukas Community has openings for 1 or 2 live-in houseparents/coworkers to start immediately. The work includes helping our capable developmentally-challenged residents carry out their daily activities, including outings such as swimming and hiking, concerts, community suppers, going to hardware and grocery stores, cooking, music, dance, painting and crafts, maintenance and cleaning, growing our food, longer field trips, day to day caring for the house and land, and assisting with daily needs. You must have at least a high school education, and we will train you; a willingness to learn and a good heart are all that you need.

Benefits include private suite, health, dental, 8 wks. vacation, retirement, two days off per week, monthly stipend, and communal meals and activities. If you are interested, please send a cover letter and resume to or fill out the application at and send it back to us. Our residents need you!

Thank you to the Oleonda Jameson Trust!

The Lukas Community has received a grant from the Oleonda Jameson Trust to help assemble a low-cost system to insulate and cool our produce storage room, repair our garden shed, and acquire a portable handicapped ramp to make our old buildings more accessible.

We are very grateful for their assistance. Our fees support daily life at Lukas but don’t stretch enough to cover repairs or renovations to our aging buildings.

Newsletter 2019

Dear Friends,
It has been a challenging year for the Lukas Community, and this is in no small way unrelated to the challenges facing the world community. Unrest pervades the world. People are being actively and publicly segregated by our government, and our sense of global security is shaken as a result of the
changes taking place around us, seemingly beyond our control.
At Lukas, one thing remains certain, the needs of our residents with developmental disabilities. Our residents need a great deal of support in their everyday lives, and they will need even more in the future
as they grow older. All need the support of a warm and caring environment at the best of times, but even more so during times of unrest. The Lukas Community provides this and fosters much more: a sense of accomplishment, purpose, and self-esteem, so important for all human beings. You can help us make a truly positive difference to the health and well-being of the Lukas Community, and all who live and work here.
Your donations support our lifetime work of serving the developmentally disabled adults in our care as well as being investments in society and the way it treats its less advantaged members: as equals, with
freedom, dignity, and purpose.Here are some of the ways you can help:

Make a secure online donation through one of our secure portals at

– Mail a check to: The Lukas Community, PO Box 137, Temple, NH 03084
– Your donation is tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. The Lukas Community is a 501 (c )3 nonprofit, Tax ID number 02-0358724
– Set up a legacy gift in your will
– Set up recurring donations through one of our online portals
– Make a donation of appreciated stock and/or donor advised funds through DAF Direct (the link is on our donation page)

Thank you in advance for your contribution, and we hope you enjoy this newsletter highlighting Lukas residents enjoying and engaging in the larger community we call home.
Kristen Stanton,
Executive Director

Thanks to Cogswell Benevolent Trust and Arthur Getz Trust

We are very grateful to the Cogswell Benevolent Trust and the Arthur Getz Trust for their grants to help us transform a narrow old bathroom on the first floor of Crossroads into one that is accessible for wheelchairs and walkers, as our residents age in place, and for visitors to Crossroads and the Weavery on open studio and visiting days.

Move this wall to expand the space
View of the old narrow bathroom

Wish List

We’d love to have help with a few things:

  • 25-30 bales of good hay for the animals (every year)
  • 1 load of composted manure and 1 load organic mulch (annual)
  • Plastic laundry sink for washing and processing wool and woven goods (the one we have is badly cracked)
  • Renovate Echo Farm bathroom counters and sinks
  • Replace kitchen countertops at Crossroads
  • Grab bars in bathrooms and hallways to help with aging in place
  • ADA compliant bathroom next to Weavery (almost done!)
  • Replace old windows in Ledgewood, Birch, and Echo
  • Heavy duty wet/dry vacuum cleaner with filters, etc.
  • Snowshoes, various sizes
  • Adult tricycles for our exercise program
  • Decking to replace rotten boards
  • Gift Certificates to Harrisville Designs for weaving yarn
  • Craft supplies (could be gift certificates)

Please contact us at 603-878-4796 or lukas(at) if you’d like to assist with any of these. Donations in-kind are also tax deductible!

Thank you!

Cogswell Benevolent Trust – Thank you!!

Big thanks to Cogswell Benevolent Trust for their generous donation toward much-needed bathroom renovations! The bath is the only one on the first floor of Crossroads House, next to the Weavery where we hold many programs (in addition to weaving), near the kitchen where residents help with cooking, and serves visitors during open studio events. It is unusable by anyone who has mobility issues or needs assistance. The new bathroom will be reshaped to be fully ADA compliant, and will help our residents age in place and take full advantage of our materials, tools, and programs. Great start!

Volunteer Openings

We’re seeing a change in the way our volunteers come to us, with more people choosing to come for only six months. For most of our existence, we have had a cohort of wonderful new high school graduates arrive together at the beginning of August, and depart at the beginning of the following August. However, for a variety of reasons, this is changing. We have recently had people coming at all times of year, to stay for six or nine or twelve months. This greatly increases the time we spend on training, interviewing, inviting, and preparing for prospective volunteers, and filling the gaps between the comings and goings, which is time we’re not spending on enriching the lives and daily routines of our residents. So we have decided to change our acceptance windows to volunteers coming for six to twelve months, to start in February or August only. We do have a few more openings for February, 2020. Interested? Please fill out the application at “Join Us”!

Welcome New Houseparents!

We welcome Vikrant and Sony Shivdasani as our new houseparents/coworkers as of May 1, 2019! They have lots of experience and enthusiasm, and we are so happy to have them! At the moment, our need is filled. If you would like to be considered for a future opening, please let us know.

We do have openings for a few more volunteers to start in February, 2020, as more volunteers come for six months instead of twelve. We’re happy to have people come for at least six months, and those who are US citizens may stay for longer than one year if they choose.

Giving Assistant Gives Percentage of Online Sales for Free!

Go to ( send a portion of your purchase to the Lukas Community. After-Christmas sales? A renovation project? Home Depot to Eileen Fisher, Houzz to Personalization, there are lots of online retailers who do this. Take a look – 8-9% cash back to special deals. Make a donation to Lukas at no cost to you, every time you shop online! Thank you for everything you do to help us meet our expenses!

Fall Newsletter 2018

Read our latest newsletter here:

Lukas brochure October 2018 1

The Lukas Community

Every successful individual knows that his or
her achievement depends on a community of
persons working together. Rudolf Steiner
This past year, The Lukas Community has celebrated many wonderful changes, all while supporting
our residents to realize their full potential and pursue their dreams. We are a community that remains true
to our core values of respect and dignity for each human being. As we move through the seasons, I am more
thankful for the love, dedication and commitment our residents have to each other and to all of us. It is for
them we are together; and with them our lives are fuller and richer.
But we cannot meet the challenges of the future without your help. To those who have contributed
in the past, your support has made a positive difference to the health and well being of The Lukas
Community, and all who live and work here. Your donations not only support our heartfelt work serving the
adults with developmental challenges in our care, but are also investments in everyone who touches Lukas
and have their lives changed forever. We hope that you will continue your support this year. To those of
you who have yet to offer your help, please join our circle of support by making a contribution today.
Thank you in advance for joining with us in making the Lukas Community a special place for special
people. Your tax-exempt gift will be used solely for their benefit.
Enjoy the photos and musings on these pages; and I invite you to visit The Lukas Community to
experience our day to day celebrations.
Kristen Stanton, Executive Director
Fall 2018
The Lukas world is a little slower and
more predictable. It’s full of kind
people who have time – well – who
make time for John. At Lukas, John is
accepted as he is, and he is at peace.
When we talk about our brother, we
find ourselves telling people that he
is in the perfect environment.
Rather than asking him to change to
fit to the world we live in, it’s
Lukas who has changed the world
just a little for John.
Sarah and Becket, sisters of John
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The care for our
residents, which is the
center of our work, is
deeply rewarding, as
each of them brings such
a wide range of beautiful
qualities, challenges and
gifts to our community.
To learn to work as a
team with the other nine
highly gifted, deeply
caring and dedicated
coworkers and leaders is
an honor and a great joy.
Mathias, houseparent at
Echo Farm
Daniel has grown and thrived at Lukas. This is his
home, and he is always looking forward to
When you visit one of the residences, you are
struck immediately by the “family” feeling that the
residents share. House parents, volunteers and
residents forge strong bonds and their affection
and concern for one another is abundantly evident,
as is the sense of comradery throughout the
Herb and Arleen, parents of Dan
Wool is an amazing substance.
Uniquely warm, water-repellent,
and even anti-bacterial. When
formed by human labor into fabric it
creates a protective layer that
nurtures and sustains us, as it has
done for millennia.
As we work with wool in the
weavery at The Lukas Community,
transforming it into garments and
objects both useful and beautiful, I
think of these qualities and to me
they provide a picture of how a
group of individuals can be
transformed into a community.
Single strands of wool are thin and
easily broken; when spun into yarn
or worked into felt, tiny scales of
their surface enable them to lock
together into a web that is
impressively strong, yet still flexible
and malleable. Different fibers
contribute their own character to
the whole, beautifully
complementing and
completing each other. Our
weaving is symbolic to the
philosophy of Lukas, and portrays
how our residents, co-workers
and volunteers mesh together.
How appropriate it is, then, that
wool is the one material in our
weavery that we can experience
from its very beginnings, from
growing it on the sheep that graze
our meadows, through shearing,
sorting, washing, picking, carding,
spinning and finally weaving it
into the final products that we are
so proud to display. So if anyone
wonders why we still work with
such old-fashioned substances
and tools, I invite them to come
into our weavery and learn from
the residents. To have joy in
one’s work and do it in the service
of others, is the secret of life. The
products we create belong to all
of us, and we gladly share them
with the world.
Lory Widmer Hess, The Lukas
Weaving Together at The Lukas Community
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The Lukas Community is a wonderful place for Rima. Happiness is a
task with a reachable goal when you find the right place and the right
I think my daughter Rima has found both. The co-workers are kind,
they understand Rima and they constantly encourage her in doing
and completing the many activities offered there. This is helped Rima
to develop and mature into a stronger person.
Joseph, father of Rima
Phone: 603-878-4796
I plan to work in a social profession in the future, and I
wanted to gain practical experience before beginning
my studies. The reason why I am came here is simple
to explain, but the experience that I have every day is
indescribable. There are challenges that ask for
solutions, but people can find these solutions
together. That fascinates me a lot. Here at Lukas we
share each other’s needs and special qualities. This
community is very warm and lovely, and I think that
there is no one who wouldn’t feel well here.
I experienced a wholeness of life.
Myriam (former volunteer)
Volunteers come to Lukas to provide a year of community service. Our striving is for them to receive, in
return, life lessons that will stay with them for a lifetime.
Online donations can be made by going to our
and then click on the online donation site of your
choice. Donor advised funds, appreciated stock,
ongoing gifts and Legacy gifts are also appreciated.
Donations can be made by
sending a check to:
The Lukas Community
PO Box 137
Temple, NH 03084
A special thank you to the Lukas Board of Trustees:
Lloyd “Butch” Walker (President) James Potter Herb Zuckerman
John Kieley (Treasurer) Becket McNab Kristen Stanton (Vice President)
Arleen Zuckerman (secretary) Lincoln Geiger