Thanks to the Samuel P Hunt Foundation!

We are so grateful to the Samuel P Hunt Foundation for their recent grant! It means we can repair the roof of our Birch House so it doesn’t leak when it rains. The work will start soon, and the residents of this house will be so much happier to have this problem over and done with! Thanks!

We are pursuing grants to repair other roofs and windows, including most of the newer windows in the newer houses, which were inappropriate for our climate and are falling apart. We are accepting donations in every amount to help with the costs of this big project, including crowdfunding of various sorts, and other creative fundraisers. If you’d like to help us, we would be grateful to you and everyone who helps you achieve your goal!

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!