Family Support Council

Our Family Support Council

The Community Crossroads Family Support Council (FSC) is an advisory board to the Community Crossroads agency to support, educate, and empower families. Families helping families is the best way to describe this group of 12 volunteers. The Council re-elected Laurie Giguere of Salem as Chair, and elected Susan Nyberg of Chester as new Vice–Chair. Aleece Pappas, Adult Service Coordinator from our Agency, continues to serve as Council liaison. The FSC usually meets on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 6:30 PM. The Council had a successful, off-site, over-night retreat meeting to revise its strategic plan in the areas of community awareness and fundraising, transition, employment, education, trainings, activities, caregiver support, and increased membership. Members volunteer at Community Crossroads’ events and serve on agency committees.

Some of the accomplishments the Council achieved this fiscal year include: teamed up with our region’s Partners In Health Council to offer more activities and trainings for families; partnered with our Family Support Department to fund activities and trainings; sponsored two Sound Healing events with the Soundscapers; sponsored family yoga sessions; sponsored Gathering Night with author Gary Dietz presenting; hosted NH Healthy Families MCO Forum; Savers Yard Sale Drive Fundraiser; You’re An Artist Fundraiser; allocated funding to support individuals to attend Direct Service Provider (DSP) training; participated in Community Crossroads’ Redesignation Survey; funded four individuals to attend NH Leadership, sponsored 16 families to attend Family Support Conference, and close to 100 camperships.

If you would like to attend a meeting to see what we are all about, please contact Aleece Pappas. To join the FSC please complete a Family Support Council volunteer application.


Past Events

The FSC held a yard sale and Savers FUNDrive on September 8th, 2018. Thanks to all who donated goods! Over $500 was raised which will directly benefit the individuals and families we serve. A huge thank you to Family Support Council members Kim H, Diane A, and Karen V (and their families) for volunteering on that day!


On Friday, August 24th, the Family Support Council hosted an ice cream social which was a fantastic success with over 60 people in attendance! We made our own ice cream sundaes, enjoyed socializing, and danced to the music provided by our own DJ Mike Phillips. There was a visit from the Minions and also quite an array of free raffle prizes such as gift cards for Dunkin’ Donuts, original whimsical artwork, and a gift certificate to Texas Roadhouse.

If you would like to receive email announcements for future events, please complete the Email Sign-Up box on the bottom of the home page.


A group of 40 caregivers climbed aboard the M/V Heritage for a sunset cruise on July 27th. The rain did not put a damper on the fun-filled evening of socializing and raffle prizes in addition to the enjoyment of seeing the Tall Ships docked in Portsmouth Harbor! The Family Support Council of Community Crossroads sponsored the event.

If you would like to receive email announcements for future events, please complete the Email Sign-Up box on the bottom of the home page.


On June 19, 2018, The Family Support Council of Community Crossroads recognized Detective Mike Geha of the Salem Police Department for service he has provided above and beyond for families we serve in the Salem community.


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CFI Licensed Renewed

We are pleased to report that our Choices for Independence (CFI) service recently passed an unannounced licensure visit with flying colors and will be licensed through 2020. We are so proud of this rapidly growing service addition to our agency.