The freezing temperature did not discourage locals from dropping off clothes, blankets and toiletries to the home of Derry’s Councilor-at-Large, Joshua Bourdon. For the third year in a row, he and his wife have opened up their garage to collecting materials for the Liberty House, a non-profit that offers services and substance-free housing to homeless veterans in the Manchester area.
Bourdon and fellow councilor, Richard Tripp were out early last Sunday morning helping to move boxes and bag out of cars and sorting them with the assistance of family and neighbors. Tripp said he usually buys toilet paper for the Liberty House, as well as peanut butter, jelly and most importantly, coffee. Tripp is a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1617 in Derry, who got involved in helping to fund and support the Liberty House. The house only has room for 12 veterans at a time and offers services to both men and women. The post gives Tripp “$50 a month to spend on stuff for Liberty House.” Tripp said post members also go to the hospitals to talk to the vets.