About Us

Organization members and supportive friends:

Carol Turner, Treasurer, retired Manchester school teacher
Cynthia Whitaker, Secretary, PsyD, educator
Terri Larnard, Vice President, small business owner
Margaret Persons, Board member, active church and disaster response volunteer
Rachel Chretien, paralegal and volunteer
Barbara Tabor, administrator and volunteer
Loren Caruso, Director, mental health counselor

Tribute to Rescue Workers: To every Fireman, EMT and first responder

It has been a pleasure to witness the increase of public awareness and appreciation for the valued attitudes and actions of our public servants. You have always been our nameless heroes as you sacrifice your life and future when you respond in your rescue roles. We thank each and everyone of you for giving of your life to a cause that takes bravery and character strength. You deserve to be honored in a special way. May we say thanks from the Manchester, New Hampshire, New England, Northeast and U.S. communities for laying your lives on the line for us; in the past to our fallen, departed loved brothers, in the present for your loyalty to your calling and in the future for your divine protection.

You all are one of the most valued resources this country has!!!!!

Information about Donations

Please call 603-799-1660, leave a message and a volunteer will call back within 24 hours to answer questions about furniture, household items or other kinds of donations and make arrangements to obtain them. Because we are a 501(c)3 organization, you are eligible to take the value of your donations as a tax deduction. Extra Space Storage on Candia Road, Manchester NH has been supporting Beauty 4 Ashes by allowing us to use a storage unit where the donated items are kept; arrangements must be made to meet volunteers to drop off or pick up items.

Helpful Hints for Disaster Survivors:

It is most important to remember that initially you should be concerned about a place to sleep, food and clothing; other things will fall into place gradually.

Important questions:


Do you have the necessary medications you need for the next few days/weeks?
Do you have insurance?
Do you have a place for your pets to stay temporarily if needed?
Do you have a relative or friend nearby who is willing to let you stay until you are relocated?
What services do you need to notify; ie phone, electric, cable, gas, newspaper?
Do you want your mail held at the post-office?
After you retrieve your useable belongings, do you have a place to keep or store them?

Prepare for possible disaster situations by gathering the following: IMPORTANT FAMILY DOCUMENTS

Keep copies of: Licenses (drivers or other), Passports, Will or other legal paperwork; list of prescriptions

Insurance Policies and company numbers, Bank and credit account numbers and contact info.
Family records ie. Birth, Marriage, Death
Inventory list (including pictures) of household goods and large purchase receipts

Resilience: What it is and how to increase it.
The definition of resilience is the ability to adapt over time to life-changing situations and stressful conditions. It is built with the presence of caring and supportive relationships within and outside the family that exhibit love, are trustworthy and offer encouragement and reassurance.

Here are 10 ways to build resilience:

  1. Make connections. It is important to form good relationships with caring persons who offer help and support and who will listen.
  2. Avoid experiencing crises as insurmountable problems. How you interpret and respond to negative events can be changed by looking to future circumstances that may be better than ever before.
  3. Accept change as part of living. New goals can direct your focus to favorable circumstances.
  4. Move toward new goals. Develop some realistic small accomplishments that move you in a positive direction.
  5. Take decisive actions, don't use wishful thinking to deal with problems.
  6. Look for opportunities for self-discovery. Learn something new about yourself in order to grow as a result of your struggle in order to increase your self worth and increase your appreciation for life.
  7. Nurture a positive self-view. Trust your instincts and develop confidence in your ability to solve problems.
  8. Keep things in perspective. Look at the broader context and long-term perspective, avoid blowing events out of proportion.
  9. Maintain a hopeful outlook. Expect good things to happen, visualize what you want. Do not worry or be afraid.
  10. Take care of yourself. Attend to your needs and feelings. Engage in enjoyable and relaxing activities. Exercise your mind and your body. Journal about your thoughts and feelings. Use meditation and practice spirituality in order to restore hope and build connections.
Taken from The Road to Resilience, a booklet published by The American Psychological Association and the Discovery Health Channel.