Mark Anderson receives $11,000 from an online GoFundMe and begins plans to open up a community center with the funds.
Est. Brentwood NH
Mark finds a local, vacant gymnasium in Brentwood NH and establishes Austin17House
Austin17House hosts its first Open House with OVER 200 community members in attendance!
Certified 501C3 Non Profit
Austin17House becomes a certified Non-Profit, 501c3, with the State of NH on March 8, 2018!
WHO IS AUSTIN?
Austin grew up in Fremont, NH and attended the Ellis School in Fremont, Sanborn High School in Kingston and was currently in his senior year at Great Bay Charter School in Exeter. In his younger years, Austin enjoyed building things with Lego's, playing computer and video games, and he played football several years with the Nor-Rock Vikings. Austin was a very social and loving person. He had the kindest heart and was always willing to help anyone. Austin enjoyed being neat and having things in order.
Austin Joseph Anderson, 17, died December 3, 2016 at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, MA. from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. While Austin did not die from drug addiction, he did struggle like many other teens today. Through this great tragedy there has been much beauty created because of a beautiful person.
A painting by Austin when he attended the Great Bay Charter School.
THROUGH THIS GREAT TRAGEDY, THERE HAS BEEN MUCH BEAUTY CREATED BECAUSE OF A BEAUTIFUL PERSON.
Mark Anderson, a Fremont, New Hampshire resident from Belfast, Northern Ireland, had dreamed of opening a community center for years. His plan was set into motion when his 17-year-old son, Austin, died in a car crash on December 3, 2016.
Three months after the tragic loss, Austin17House became a reality organically and was funded by the help of 170 people on GoFundMe who raised $11,000.
"Community center born from grief" - Eagle Tribune 2017
Austin17House then earned its status as a non-profit organization in 2018 with the goal of creating a place where youth and adults - from anywhere - can strengthen their identity and develop leadership skills.
My vision was to create a place where youth and adults can be strengthened in their identity, become strong leaders and where they can build and find their dreams. And we've done this through community, building support systems and hope.
- Mark Anderson