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Hope for NH Recovery Hires Keith Howard as Development Director

Former Liberty House Director to Focus on Sustainability

Manchester - Hope for New Hampshire Recovery (HOPE), a nonprofit that provides recovery services and community-based support to people living with substance use disorder, has hired Keith Howard, former executive director of Liberty House in Manchester, as its director of development. 

Howard, who is in long-term recovery, is an Army veteran and experienced leader, having directed alternative schools for 15 years in addition to his five years at the helm of Liberty House, a transitional program for formerly homeless veterans. During his tenure there, Liberty House more than doubled its revenue and Howard spearheaded Liberty House’s stunning and successful decision to step away from federal funds and remain a drug- and alcohol-free setting. After a newspaper column he’d written about the decision was circulated nationally, Liberty House’s financial support base grew extraordinarily.

In his new role, Howard’s goal is long-term financial sustainability for HOPE, which has sites in Berlin, Franklin and Manchester.

“We are thrilled to welcome Keith to our HOPE family,” said Melissa Crews, HOPE’s Executive Director. “Keith's lived experience in recovery, as well as his experience in helping organizations become sustainable makes him the perfect candidate to bring HOPE for NH Recovery to the next level.”

“HOPE is aptly named,” Howard said, “because hope is in pretty short supply for folks who struggle with drugs and alcohol. I look forward to spreading the message that in addition to counselors, therapists, rehabilitation programs and medical support, people in recovery need pockets of enthusiasm and buckets of encouragement. Humans are social creatures and HOPE centers help provide safe and supportive communities for people in recovery—or those who have a hankering to be so.”

Howard spent the last nine months living in Pittsburg, NH, in a small converted motorcycle trailer he dubbed the “Tiny White Box,” also the name of his web site. On that site, he has been open about his drug and alcohol past and his current recovery.

“A decade ago, I was stealing mouthwash from dollar stores to drink for the alcohol and living on the street,” Howard said. “Today, I’m sober and relatively sane. Time and gratitude and the support of hundreds of other people made this possible. I’m not ashamed of my past, and I don’t want to forget it. More important than the past, though, is the future: a big place brimming with hope.”

Hope for New Hampshire Recovery works with all sectors to build a chronic disease community model for alcohol and drug addiction. The goal is to remove barriers to care and create the community architecture to support long-term wellness around addiction.

Posted on: May 23, 2018
Topics: Staff Changes | Something New

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