Community Crossroads, a private not-for-profit agency, provides services and support to people who have developmental disabilities or acquired brain disorders. We work with local businesses to find employment opportunities, provide homes and other living arrangements, and we partner with local school systems to ensure each person receives the highest quality educational experience.

Medicaid Managed Care

 

New Hampshire Medicaid Managed Care Health Plans: Your Right To Appeal Or File A Grievance. http://www.drcnh.org/MMCappealsgrievances.html.

 

The DRC is New Hampshire’s Protection and Advocacy system for people with disabilities. The DRC provides information, referral, advice, and legal representation and advocacy to individuals with disabilities on a wide range of disability-related problems, including access to, and quality of, Medicaid services. An intake appointment with an attorney can be scheduled by calling 1-800-834-1721 or online at http://www.drcnh.org/A2J.html.


Community Crossroads has developed a list of helpful hints and other information for families. Visit our Managed Care page for more.


Access the DHHS website by clicking on the MCM logo for additional information.

Are You or Is Someone You Know Affected by Domestic Abuse?


If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence /abuse, the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault has a 24 hour crisis line. They also have a web site that has lots of helpful information including; Developing Safety Plans and How to Help a Friend or Family Member.  The crisis line is 1-866- 644- 3574 and website: http://www.nhcadsv.org.

Focusing on Employment

 

It didn't take long to realize that Rachel is not into cleaning. So coming up with an employment strategy for her took some brainstorming around the things she likes. After politely presenting ourselves to three or four places for employment opportunities and being turned down, we knew we need to have a new approach. Since "dogs" is on her list of likes, it didn't take too long to come up with the idea of Rachel starting her own business; we could dog sit! We could walk them, take them to the dog park - or for a swim. Then we jumped right into it, knowing we could definitely get business this summer. Each step just fell into place; setting up, naming the company, definint a list of services, advertising, and scheduling appointments.


Rachel did all of the work for her business. I was a guide and editor. I supported her in asking questions about services, fees, the number of daily appointments, locations of walks, etc. Rachel typed up the brochure's text content and I edited the format; she chose the photographs to highlight. She even asked for an address book one day, and we decided to put our client information in it to keep track of the dogs' names and schedule walks.


The business is going great. Rachel walks 4 to 5 dogs per week, Monday through Friday. The fee for a 30 minute walk is $3.00, and she is making the right amount to support her purchasing desires. Rachel has enjoyed keeping track of her income and knows when she wants to save or spend. She enjoys seeing the dogs happy in the park and proclaims them safe from "Cruella's clutches" when they are with us.


Rachel still has her scheduled swimming, physical and fun activities during the week while working at her business. I am so glad we came up with the idea of turning an activity that she enjoys into a viable business. Her schedule can vary and she has learned the value of her hard-earned cash - the rewards of a sucessful business!

 

- Dee Johnson, Community Crossroads' Employment Specialist

Read more examples of sucessful, rewarding employment and community involvement!

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"Region 10/Community Crossroads has been a godsend to our family, in providing our son Aaron, the opportunity to lead an independent life, while honing his skills as a seasoned musician and performer. We cannot fully express just how appreciative we are for Aaron's chance to lead a fulfilling, happy and rewarding existence, doing the one thing that he does so extremely well. Again, our sincere thanks Region 10!"

 

... Susan, Aaron & Ed Antolewicz / Atkinson

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Announcements

Kids Carnival 2014

Community Crossroads recently held the 17th Annual Kid’s Carnival at the Woodbury School in Salem. We are very grateful to the school for their continued support over the years. We are very fortunate to have all the performers and dedicated volunteers who donate their time and talent. Thank you all for your passion and love for the Community! Read all about this year's event!

Treble Chorus of New England

Treble Chorus of New England brings together youths of all abilities. My Own Voice is their newest choir. Started as a pilot program in 2012 to make choral music accessible to all, My Own Voice is a program for children and young adults with needs. The successful pilot resulted in a full-season program available to all. Choristers from Concert Choir and Schola provide mentoring support. My Own Voice is run for two eight-week sessions and rehearses for 75 minutes on Tuesday nights from 6:15-7:30 pm. Find out more!

Derry Parks and Recreation

The Derry Parks and Recreation Department has released their summer program offerings, check out what's available!

11th Annual Silent Auction Tickets Now On Sale!

Visit our Silent Auction page to order tickets, view our flyer, learn about volunteer opportunities, and download our sponsorship form! The event is scheduled for May 8th at Castleton in Windham. Hope to see you there!

Family Support Conference

Save the date! The NH Family Support Conference will be held May 2nd-4th at Attitash Grand Summit in Bartlett, NH. Visit their website for complete details, or contact Kelly Judson, 603-893-1299 x 331.

The Compass, Community Crossroads' Official Newsletter

New! View the Winter, 2013 edition of our newsletter, The Compass!

Cinemagic Sensory Friendly Movies

Cinemagic theaters  play sensory friendly movies once a month at 10am on a Saturday for people with disabilities. What makes it ‘sensory’ is they leave the lights on and lower the volume of the movie and viewers are free to move about and talk. Visit their website for more! http://cinemagicmovies.com/news.asp

Community Crossroads Ranked 10th in Top 50 Women Led New Hampshire Non-Profits

We are honored to share with you that our Agency was ranked number 10 in the Business NH Magazine’s Top 50 Women-Led Non Profits in the state of New Hampshire for 2013.  We were also recognized as the 6th fastest growing women-led nonprofit in the state. See photo of some of the women leaders of Community Crossroads proudly holding the plaque.

Meanderings...

Reprinted: Guard Up Family Swordsmanship; Brad Thibodeau

While cleaning the house the other day, I held my son Carter's array of tiny rubber bands for a moment and smiled as I remembered him teaching me how to make rubber band jewelry...read on...

Employment Report, December, 2013

Employment continues to be a significant priority for New Hampshire’s Developmental Services System as it reflects the importance that work plays in the lives of New Hampshire’s citizens regardless of disability. View the complete December, 2013 Employment Report.

Making a Good Life Series

What does it take to live a good life?  Community Crossroads works together with individuals and their families to help individuals reach their goals and live the good life. Read our collection of some of many examples about how people are doing just that!

 

We would love to highlight your success story, too! If you have something to share, contact Dee Johnson, or any member of the Community Crossroads team!

Wheelchair Sports

Partners in Health and North East Passage sponsor TREK (Therapeutic Recreation Empowering Kids!). This free after school program offers recreation and socialization for children with and without disabilities. Whether you use a wheelchair or not, all can participate.


TREK is offered 4 times per year at Derry Recreational Center, 43 W. Broadway (Rte 102), 4:30 – 6:00 PM.  Join them after for pizza, beverages, salad, and snacks from 6:00 to 7:00 at Marion Gerrish Community Center, 39 W. Broadway, Derry (2 doors down). Please contact Anita Trudel at Community Crossroads, 893-1299 X334 for dates and additional information. Registration is required and space is limited.

Exploring Our Way: the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire’s Autism Partnership Program

The Children's Museum of New Hampshire will offer free visits while the museum is closed to the public for families with children who have austism spectrum disorders starting October 13th! The program will run the 2nd Sunday of the month, from 10am to 12pm, through June 8th. Learn More!

All Legislative Updates Available Online

Visit the Legislative Updates Archive page to view current and all previous Legislative Update announcements, including Managed Care information!

Defying the Odds, Reclaiming Life

On August 4th, 2004, a malformed blood vessel burst in Jason’s brain while he was on stage playing with his band in New York City. Watch this 17-minute video as Jason and his wife, Marjorie tell their story of triumph, family, and faith.

Do You Have Suggestions for Training Opportunities?

Can you help us?  We would like your input so that we may serve you better.  What kinds of training opportunities would you like to see CCI offer in the future? What would really benefit your family? Please email Anita Trudel or call 893-1299, X334 with your suggestions.

Derry Social Connections

Derry Social Connections is a place where young adults who experience Asperger’s, high functioning Autism, PDD-NOS and/or related conditions can socialize, engage and connect with others who share the same interests. Check out the brochure for all the details!

Donate

Each year Community Crossroads supports over 900 families and individuals. Your tax-deductible donation will help insure that they continue to live a quality life.


"With generous assistance from Community Crossroads, my daughter was able to move into her own apartment...She wanted her independence and wanted to live in her own place...She is thriving in her new home and with continued support will continue to do so. We thank Community Crossroads for giving our daughter the ability to pursue her independent living, just like everyone else."

 

...Brenda, mother of Courthey