About us

Brigid’s House of Hope is New Hampshire’s first long-term restorative safe house for survivors of Human Trafficking in New Hampshire and surrounding areas. Brigid’s House of Hope is here to help support survivors who enter our program a safe space to heal and aid in their ultimate transition to safely reintegrate into their community.

Board of Directors

There are current board openings. Please contact us if you are interested, and share these opportunities with relevant friends and colleagues.

Carolyn Moran, President/Chair
Chief Nursing Officer, Stellar Health Group

Mike Bordes, Vice President/Chair
New Hampshire State Representative, Belknap County

Matthew Gardner, Treasurer
CFO, FLEXcon North America

Jennifer Durant, Secretary
Network Instructional Design Manager, Southern New Hampshire University

Nichole DaRosa, Trustee
Executive Director, Thrive New England

Alicia Gardner, Trustee
Educator, Parent, Homemaker

Cristina Oliver, Trustee
Amirah House

Jenny King, Trustee

Melissa LaRocque, Trustee
Director of Operations, Dover Children’s Home


Bethany Cottrell, Executive Director/Founder

Ashley, Resource Development Manager

Stephanie, Program Director

Belle, Case Manager

Kari, Case Manager

Our Name 

Brigid is a Gaelic/Irish name, meaning “power, strength, vigor, virtue”.

Saint Brigid of Kildare is one of Ireland’s patron saints. Brigid herself was born into slavery. Brigid is said to have performed miracles, including healing and feeding the poor. According to one tale, as a child, she once gave away her mother’s entire store of butter. The butter was then replenished in answer to Brigid’s prayers. Around the age of ten, she was returned as a household servant to her father where her habit of charity led her to donate his belongings to anyone who asked. Her father was so annoyed with her that he took her to the King to sell her. While her father was talking to the king, Brigid gave away his jeweled sword to a beggar to barter it for food to feed his family. The king recognized her holiness and convinced her father to grant his daughter her freedom. Brigid created many abbeys, monasteries, and schools. (Source: Wikipedia)