Our Focus

The focus of the Gardner Emergency Housing Mission is providing short-term (3-6 months), transitional housing for families with children in the Gardner schools system. The structure is unique because it eliminates families being relocated or split up to receive shelter. This keeps families in their established, local community and near schools, while maintaining work-life consistency in their time of need.

Our goal is to provide temporary shelter while educating families on how to navigate and utilize programs and services in place to help obtain affordable housing within Gardner and/or surrounding areas.

Who do we serve?

“My experience with GEHM was very good. They gave me help for my children and for me when I needed it most. I will never forget this help they gave me. Thank you so much.”

Families experiencing homelessness who have children in the Gardner Public Schools

Parent(s) must be working and have regular income

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As of December 2021

GEHM has secured a second apartment to house guest families. Soft referrals come via the Gardner Public Schools. Families identified within school district as being housing insecure, receive an intro letter about GEHM.

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Get Involved

We are seeking letters of commitment to ensure we have 1 month’s rent covered for each new family that we provide temporary shelter in our current apartment.
$925/month, 2-3 families per year

Donate Items

New or gently used furniture and household items for the apartment or families moving into their own home, canned goods and other non-perishable food items, toiletries.

For donation inquiries, contact Eileen O’Shea: (978)502-4559 or eoshea328@gmail.com

Thank You

to our generous financial supporters!

Annunciation Parish
Anthony Liquor Mart
Blue Moon Diner
Boucher Funeral Home
Burns Locksmith
Butler’s Garage CFNCM Endowed Fund

Circle of Women
Citgo Lube & Repair Center, Winchendon
Community Foundation of North Central MA
CM Chartier Contracting
East Coast Brotherhood 532
Edward Jones
Elizabeth Swenson
Fallon Community

Chair City Oil
Chairtown Lumber
Fidelity Bank
First Baptist Church Gardner
First Congregational
Fitchburg East Rotary Club
Fitchburg State University
Flood, Mr & Mrs Fred
Gardner Firefighters
Gardner First Baptist Church
Gardner Five Star Auto Sales
Gardner Police Relief Association
Gardner Rotary Club
Gardner Tool & Stamping
Heart of a Hero Foundation


Holy Family Academy
JBM Services
Jonathan Dudley
Leger’s Saw Sharpening
Mack Funeral Homes
Marion Rogers
Methodist Church
Montachusett Home Care
Northeast Allergy, Asthma & Immunology
Parker Glass
Parker House of Pizza
Patriot Riders
Pera Land Surveying
Planet Fitness Gardner

Rep. Jon Zlotnik
Roland’s Tire
Royal Steam
Seaman Paper
South Gardner Hotel
St. Paul’s Episcopal
Standard Chair
Superior Kitchen
Sweet Retreat
Szoc Surveyors
TLC Pet Salon
Wheelen Supply
Yankee Piano
*Many silent contributors


bowling night

Bowling Night

Benefiting GEHM

Date: 5/1/2022
Time: 11:30am – 1:30pm
Location: Gardner Ten Pins

dinner and comedy show

Dinner & Comedy

Benefiting GEHM

Date: 11/12/2021
Time: 5:30 pm
Location: Holy Rosary Hall


Annual Walk-A-Thon

Annual Walk-A-Thon


Date: 9-19-2021
Time: 12pm – 3pm
Location: North Central Bike Path



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There are many different ways you can volunteer with GEHM. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Eileen O’Shea: (978)502-4559 or eoshea328@gmail.com