Blog : Local Business Pitching in to Help Shelter

By John | May 5, 2015 | in

By Mark Quirk

PORTSMOUTH – When the people at the Cross Roads House decided to hire Site Structures Landscape, Inc. during their renovations five years ago they probably had no idea what they were going to get for their money.

They paid Site Structures to do the original work, but since then the company based in Eliot, Maine, has been maintaining the grounds free of charge and this week they're there for an annual makeover.

“We're very, very appreciative of the support we receive from Site Structures,” said Martha Stone, executive director at Cross Roads House. “We've had the privilege of working with them ever since they did our renovations five years ago.”

Site Structures is donating 20 cubic yards of mulch on Wednesday and three workers there to help spread it. They will have two workers there on Thursday and volunteers from Liberty Mutual will be there both days.

Site Structures owner Charles Bourdages feels it's important to keep the grounds at the shelter maintained. It can help the residents feel better about themselves, and they are all members of our community.

“All of us are one accident or a mental illness away from a homeless shelter,” Bourdages said.

Stone said donated services are crucial to keep Cross Roads House operating. She said they need to raise three quarters of their operating budget through donations, so any kind of volunteer work helps keep costs down and allows them to keep their doors open.

Cross Roads House opened in 1982 to assist homeless individuals and families. It has since become the largest emergency and transitional shelter in New Hampshire, serving eastern New Hampshire and southern Maine.

The facilities can house up to 96 people on any given night, and the emergency shelter is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Cross Roads House offers food, shelter, and a proven program that helps residents achieve the goals of independent and sustainable housing.

Something as simple as a little mulch and a trimmed lawn can help “add a sense of dignity” to the residents and contribute to their overall sense of well-being.

Site Structures Landscape, Inc. has been providing southern Maine and the New Hampshire Seacoast with professional landscape installation, design, maintenance, and snow removal since 1996.

Some of the maintenance services the company provides are: spring and fall clean up, bed edging, weekly turf maintenance, weeding and bed maintenance, trimming, pruning, lawn care program,
vegetation control, irrigation service and seasonal flower installation.

Some of the installation services the company offers are: stone walls and patios, paver patios, walks and driveways, water features, ponds, waterfalls, fountains, low-voltage landscape lighting, wetland restoration, lawn installation and renovation.

Site Structures Landscape is committed to sustainability by using native plant materials and locally sourced materials. And one of the more trendy things they do, according to maintenance supervisor Curt Rose, is install rain gardens with some of their projects. The goal is to balance aesthetic beauty with the health of the environment.

In addition to Site Structure's sustainable methods and practices they've also partnered with the Green Alliance, a union of local, sustainable businesses and members working to unite the green community.

For more information about Site Structures visit www.sitestructureslandscape.com.

For more information about the Green Alliance visit www.greenalliance.biz.

Learn more about Crossroads at www.crossroadshouse.org.