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.
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.
We have developed a list of Helpful Hints for Families, just click on the link below. Visit the DHHS website by clicking on the MCM logo for additional information.
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
Visit our Facebook page for the latest event photos, news links to stories that may affect you, and an opportunity to share your thoughts and ideas!
"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
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!
The Parent Information Center and NH Family Voices invite families, youth and professionals interested in learning more about working collaboratively to support children with disabilities and/or special health care needs to our Partnering for Strength 2014 conference at the Grappone Center in Concord, NH, March 28th -29th. Learn more and register!
Save the date! The NH Family Support Conference will be held May 2nd-4th at Attitash Grand Summit in Bartlett, NH. Watch for complete details! Questions? Contact Kelly Judson, 603-893-1299 x 331.
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
Oral health is more than healthy teeth. Maintaining good oral health is an essential part of living a full and healthy life. Understanding what causes dental problems, and knowing what you can do at home, will provide protection against dental problems from occurring later on. Learn more about maintaining healthy teeth and gums...
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.
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 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.
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!
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.
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!
Visit the Legislative Updates Archive page to view current and all previous Legislative Update announcements, including Managed Care information!
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.
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 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!
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