Front Door Agency Receives Generous Bequest “Lifelong Nashua Resident “Pays It Forward”
For Immediate Release:
Nashua, NH –The Front Door Agency has been honored by a substantial bequest from Nashuan Katherine E. Kiratsos. The bequest will allow the Agency to expand its affordable housing opportunities and invest in infrastructure to better support families in need. Since its founding in 1987, the Front Door Agency has provided support and resources for individuals and families in the region who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.
“We are inspired and truly grateful for this extraordinary gift from a very generous donor,” says CEO Maryse Wirbal. “Katherine’s remarkable gift will ensure that the Front Door will continue its work to stabilize families in crisis, help them transform their lives and ultimately flourish and become independent again.” She adds that planned gifts in any amount – large or small—can have a big impact on families in the community.
Board President Jessica Ackerman noted that while staff at the Agency had never met Kiratsos, “Clearly she was touched by our mission and invested in helping us to continue our support for future generations. It was an exceptional act of generosity that supports our Agency’s financial security.”
Kiratsos, a lifelong resident of Nashua, worked as an executive secretary for the former Sanders Associates. She was a parishioner of St. Philip Greek Orthodox Church, where she was a member of Elpis Ladies Society and the AGAPE Society. She passed away at the Hunt Community in August 2017 at age 97.
The Front Door Agency offers a Transformational Housing Program for single mothers and their children; a Housing Stability Program providing security deposit loans, assistance with back rent and utilities and Rapid Re-housing; a Financial Literacy Program free to the community and a Holiday Santa Program which provides toys and clothing for as many as 800 children annually. For more information about the Agency’s programs, visit www.frontdooragency.org.
“Not many among us think about our personal legacy, but with a little advanced planning, it is possible to make a gift now that will have a profound impact far into the future,” says Wirbal. More information on options for legacy giving can be found on the Agency website at www.frontdooragency.org/give/planned-giving/.