PO Box 1145
Gardner, MA 01440
(978) 868-5458

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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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.
$1700/month, 6-9 families per year

Donate Items

New or gently used furniture and household items for the apartment or families moving into their own home.

For donation inquiries, contact Mary Tourigny: 617-347-8878 or

Thank You!

GEHM relies on the donations and support of the community

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GEHM wishes to extend a special thank you to:

The First Congregational Church of Gardner for their support !

Fidelity Bank for selecting GEHM as their non-profit donation of the month!

Heart of a HERO FOUNDATION INC. for choosing GEHM to be the recipients of money in memory of Ryan Patrick Jones. 

GEHM was the proud recipient of the generous donation from the Women’s Circle of Giving!

The Woman’s Circle of Giving’s thoughtfulness and donation was greatly appreciated. With this donation, GEHM will aid and guide homeless families towards a fresh start on life!



In 2023, GEHM has helped five families become self sufficient and independent after being in a GEHM transitional apartment after 3-6 months.

GEHM has helped three families that didn’t need transitional apartments secure their own apartment by helping with first and last months rent.

GEHM was also able to fully furnish three apartments when asked to help needy families by other organizations! Gently used donations of furniture and household items from the community made this possible.

 “Thank you so much for everything I can’t tell you how much you have helped in so many ways!”

Lt governor Kim Driscoll and mayor Michael Nicholson

Thank you to the City of Gardner for awarding GEHM Block Grant money! Your support helps GEHM to carry out our mission of ending homelessness, one family at a time.


May Yard Sale

May Yard Sale 2023

Thank you to all who supported the GEHM Yard Sale!

Thank you to the financial supporters of GEHM!

Annunciation Parish
Anthony Liquor Mart
Aubuchon Hardware

Bjurling Charitable Foundation

Burns Locksmith
Butler’s Garage CFNCM Endowed Fund

Chair City Oil
Chairtown Lumber

Circle of Women
Citgo Lube & Repair Center, Winchendon

Data Guide

Community Foundation of North Central MA
Edward Jones
Fallon Community

Fidelity Bank
First Baptist Church Gardner
First Congregational
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
inConcert Web Solutions

John’s Sport Shop
Leger’s Saw Sharpening

Mayor Michael Nicholson
Mack Funeral Homes
Methodist Church
Parker Glass
Parker House of Pizza
Patriot Riders


Rep. Jon Zlotnik

Roland’s Tire

Royal Steam

Seaman Paper

St. Paul’s Episcopal

Stasukelis Superior Kitchen

Sweet Retreat

The Velvet Goose


*Many silent contributors


There are many different ways you can volunteer with GEHM. If you are interested in volunteering, please call us at

(978) 868-5458 or email us at