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

Our Focus

The focus of the Gardner Emergency Housing Mission is providing short-term (3 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

Gardner Emergency Housing Mission will be hosting their annual Bowl-a-Thon on May 3rd from 6 PM – 8 PM! Register online and save $5 per person by scanning the QR code on the flyer.

$25 Pre-Register
$30 at the door
Shoes Included

Friday, May 3
6 PM – 8 PM

Gardner Ten Pins
560 W Broadway, Gardner, MA 01440

Thank you to the Gardner Ale House, Williams Restaurant, and the spectacular community supporting Garnder Emergency Housing Mission during our Dining to Donate Events. Thanks to your support, GEHM was able to have a successful turnout and greatly exceed our fundraising goal supporting our mission to end homelessness one family at a time!

GEHM was honored that the community came out to support the Dine and Donate event not just once, but twice! We thank you from the bottom of our hearts. YOUR support is the reason we are able to help so many families.

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 six families become self-sufficient and independent after being in a GEHM transitional apartment after 3 months.

GEHM has helped three families that didn’t need transitional apartments secure their own apartment by helping with the first and last month’s 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!

This month, GEHM would like to thank Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School (Monty Tech) in Fitchburg for their generous donation and support! We couldn’t do what we do without the astounding community support we receive.

Annunciation Parish
Anthony Liquor Mart
Aubuchon Hardware
Bjurling Charitable Foundation
Chair City Oil
Chairtown Lumber
Circle of Women
Community Foundation of North Central MA
Data Guide
Edward Jones
Fallon Community
GFA Bank

Fidelity Bank
First Baptist Church Gardner
First Congregational
Gardner Firefighters
Gardner First Baptist Church
Gardner Police Relief Association
Gardner Rotary Club
Heart of a Hero Foundation

Holy Family Academy
inConcert Web Solutions
John’s Sport Shop
Mayor Michael Nicholson
Mack Funeral Homes
Methodist Church
Parker Glass
Parker House of Pizza
Patriot Riders
Priscilla Candy Shop

Rep. Jon Zlotnik
Roland’s Tire
Royal Steam
Seaman Paper
St. Paul’s Episcopal
Stasukelis Superior Kitchen
Sweet Repeat
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