Family Support Council

About the 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 volunteers. The Council has chosen the following leaders: Shannon Webster and Michele Krause as Co-Chairs, and Jen Dabrowski as Vice–Chair. Christine Reynolds is our Family Support Council liaison (she can be reached at creynolds@communitycrossroadsnh.org). The FSC usually meets on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 7:00 PM. Members volunteer at Community Crossroads’ events and serve on agency committees.

Some of the accomplishments the Council achieved in previous years 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 Sound Healing events with the Soundscapers; sponsored family yoga sessions; hosted NH Healthy Families MCO Forum; allocated funding to support individuals to attend Direct Service Provider (DSP) training; participated in Community Crossroads’ Redesignation Survey; funded individuals to attend NH Leadership, sponsored families to attend Family Support Conference, and Enrichment Program Grants for over 270 individuals.

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

Find an extensive list of camps in NH here: Camps Directory (nhcamps.org).

Current Members

Chair, Shannon Webster – Windham, NH

Chair, Michelle Krause – Windham, NH

Vice Chair, Jen Dabrowski – Plaistow, NH

Kimberly Habib – Salem, NH

Anita Trudel – Atkinson, NH

Carol Dabrowski – Plaistow, NH

Diane Andrews – Pelham, NH

Joseph Goulet – Salem, NH

Karen Hatch – Salem, NH

Katie Everett – Windham NH

Michael Needleman – Derry, NH

Michael Phillips – Salem, NH

Sue Phillips – Salem, NH

Carsten Krause – Windham, NH

Julie Blomberg – Newton, NH

Michael Gayhardt – Deerfield, NH

Viki-Sue Gayhardt – Deerfield, NH

Griffin Inclusive Park

[Photo taken of members of the Family Support Council by Julie Huss – Staff Photographer at The Eagle Tribune]

Members of the Community Crossroads Family Support Council (FSC) met with Parks and Recreation Director Cheryl Haas to present a check for $500 in support of a new inclusive playground at Griffin Park. “When our council heard about the plans at Griffin Park we jumped at the opportunity to support the project,” Kim Habib, FSC Chairperson said. “This play space will help enrich the lives of children, including those served by our organization.” Kim said, “We believe strongly that this new accessible play area will give children of all abilities an opportunity to explore, grow, and play together.” The Community Crossroads’ Fundraising Grant Committee also made a matching $500.00 donation to help with the construction of this new accessible community play space. According to Jennifer Bertrand,
Director of Community Partnerships at Community Crossroads who also serves as the Fundraising Chairperson, “The design of this play space at Griffin Park will help ensure the physical and social inclusion for all kids. Inclusive play provides opportunities and access for all children to have fun and enjoy a sense of belonging in the community. The combination of the diverse play experiences and elements will offer something to every child.”

Gas Card Assistance

Community Support Network Inc. (CSNI), along with the Institute on Disability, has provided gas gift cards to our Family Support Council. The purpose of these gift cards is to assist families with the cost of gas as it relates to healthcare access for individuals we serve. If you are interested and need this additional assistance, please contact your Family Support Coordinator or Service Coordinator. These cards will be provided on a first come first serve basis to those in need.

Amazon Smile

You can make a difference in the lives of the individuals and families we serve. Designate Community Crossroads as your Amazon Smile non-profit.

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-number of consecutive interagency collaborative trainings between Community Crossroads and Center for Life Management.