Building Community in New Hampshire, BCNH, formerly Bhutanese Community of New Hampshire, is a community based non-profit corporation that serves New American population in central New Hampshire.
Bhutanese refugees began to resettle in New Hampshire from refugee camps in Nepal in 2008. Among the early arrivals, a few likeminded representatives from local cities, Concord, Manchester, Laconia, and Nashua started volunteering to assist the newer arrivals with language, culture, case management, and employment assistance. BCNH was formally established in 2009 as a self-help organization to support each other during the resettlement process. It was incorporated as a non-profit the same year. 501(c)3 status has been granted 2011. Until recently, members of the Board of Directors and staff have all been from the Bhutanese community.
Today BCNH helps not only Bhutanese refugees, but all New Americans in New Hampshire. BCNH clientele consists 17 nationalities from across the world. Stakeholders, partners, and consumers often complimented that the corporation nomenclature contradicts the broader range of services to the multiple communities being served.
In June 2017, the corporation ended up changing its name to Building Community in New Hampshire, BCNH. A new and inclusive mission statement has been adopted as “a multi-ethnic, Mutual Assistance Association that provides an array of services required by diverse refugee and immigrant communities to help newcomers understand and navigate the systems that are part of everyday life.”
Five Year Strategic Planning
BCNH introduced its 5-Year Strategic plan in 2014 with the purpose of assuring that BCNH remains relevant and responsive to its constituents, to ensure organizational stability and growth, to provide a basis for ongoing monitoring and evaluation, and to provide a clear focus for future program development and implementation.
During these five years, BCNH will embark on a systematic program to build the crucial elements of organizational capacity to position itself to become a leader and founding member of a new Mutual Assistance Association that builds on the strengths of multiple ethnic community organizations to provide the highest quality social services required by refugees and other recent immigrants as they strive to integrate fully into mainstream New Hampshire society.