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Story: Family who lost home in hurricane find kindness, help in Monadnock region

In the fall of 2017, one out-of-state family found several helping hands in Keene, including from MUW partner agencies. David Thorhaug, a millwright welder, was living with his brother in Keene while doing contract projects. He was sending money to his pregnant partner, Elizabeth Edwards, and their two children, who were living in Florida with Elizabeth’s mother. 
When Hurricane Irma hit and they lost everything, they relocated to Keene. However, David found himself out of work, and his brother’s lease did not allow for the family to continue living in the home. David and his family found themselves homeless, a prospect they had never imagined. 
Southwestern Community Services, Hundred Nights, Inc. and The Community Kitchen then stepped in, providing food, shelter and connections to other services. Eventually, Hundred Nights found a home for the family. 
David, Elizabeth and their children are now happily settled in Keene. David has found work again, and the couple are able to give back to the community that showed them kindness in their time of need. 
Pictured above: From left, David, Aubrey and Kolton Thorhaug in their family's new home.