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A page on our site where you will find stories, photos, graphics and videos that showcase what we do, why we do it and many of the people who make it possible. Consistently, we are bridging support, actively serving, committed to growing and recognizing valuable partnerships. We will also showcase stories relating to community engagement and wellness. This is why we want to keep you up to date on what is trending at Community Crossroads, in the disability community and beyond.
Speaking Up About Accessible & Affordable Housing New Hampshire citizens with developmental disabilities, members of advocacy organizations, and legislators gathered last month in Concord to discuss barriers when it comes to accessible and affordable housing in our...read more
Family Support Council Calendar Fundraiser
The 2nd Annual Family Support Council Calendar Fundraiser is happening NOW!! Buy tickets today for a chance to win awesome prizes throughout the month of February.
Planning For Life After High School
Do you know someone who is preparing to transition from high school to college? If so – this training from the Parent Information Center may be helpful to you. Click the button below to learn more.
Bureau of Developmental Services System Information Sessions
You are invited to attend upcoming BDS System Information Session Zoom webinars. As part of the BDS System Work, the Bureau of Developmental Services will soon begin a series of Information Sessions. We will convene virtually on the first Thursday of every other month! This will be a time for the Developmental Services community to learn and ask questions about how changes to the waivers, rates, and technology might impact them. Please feel free to share information about these Information Sessions with individuals who you think would be interested in attending. Details will be posted to the BDS Systems Work Webpage.
Our first Information Session will be January 6th at 6:00pm to 7:00 pm. A Zoom meeting invitation will follow this email. Please reach out if you do not receive the invitation, or if you have any questions or comments in advance of our first Information Session. We look forward to hearing from you and thank you for all of your dedication and commitment to NH Developmental Services.
When: Jan 6, 2022 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Every 2 months on the First Thursday, 6 occurrence(s) or as needed
Jan 6, 2022 06:00 PM, Mar 4, 2022 06:00 PM, May 6, 2022 06:00 PM, Jul 1, 2022 06:00 PM, Sep 2, 2022 06:00 PM, Nov 4, 2022 06:00 PM
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Tips and Tools For Testifying at Legislative Hearings
In January, the next legislative session will begin. Once it begins, members of the community such as YOU will have the chance to testify on the many bills that impact us all on a daily basis.
Check out these awesome resources from the New Hampshire Council on Developmental Disabilities on how to write a testimony and how to give one: Tips and Tools for Testifying at Legislative Hearings | NH Council on Developmental Disabilities
We hope you decide to testify in 2022!
COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Frequently Asked Questions
Information from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Angela Boyle (Masters in Public Health).
Are booster shots the same formation as existing vaccines? Yes. COVID-19 booster shots are the same formulation as the current COVID-19 vaccines. However, in the case of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine booster shot, it is half the dose of the vaccine people get for their primary series.
If we need a booster shot, are the vaccines working? Yes. COVID-19 vaccines are working well to prevent severe illness, hospitalization, and death, even against the widely circulating Delta variant. However, public health experts are starting to see reduced protection, especially among certain populations, against mild and moderate disease.
What are the risks to getting the booster shot? So far, reactions reported after getting a booster shot were similar to those of the two-shot or single-dose primary series. You can use v-safe to tell CDC about any side effects. If you enter your booster shot in your v-safe account, the system will send you daily health check-ins. Fever, headache, fatigue and pain at the injection site were the most commonly reported side effects, and overall, most side effects were mild to moderate. However, as with the two-shot or single-dose primary series, serious side effects are rare, but may occur.
Am I still considered ‘fully vaccinated’ if I do not get the booster shot? Yes. Everyone is still considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose in a two-shot series, such as the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines, or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as the J&J/Janssen vaccine.
Bring your CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record card to your booster shot appointment so your provider can fill in the information about your booster dose. If you did not receive a card at your first appointment, contact the vaccination site where you got your first shot or your state health department to find out how you can get a card.
Cynthia Mahar, Executive Vice President
I know I am not alone in thinking that we didn’t expect to be in the situation we are in with this pandemic this holiday season. It has impacted, in an enormous way, the lives of our employees, families, those we serve, our provider agencies, and all direct support professionals and family managed employees. The past two years brought with it an ever-increasing workforce shortage that has hit our system especially hard. It has left families & individuals without much needed support and provider agencies in a state of true crisis. It can’t be overstated the impact it is having on the countless dedicated direct support staff and program managers who have remained in their positions, to show up every day and assure that the individuals they serve have the support needed for their daily needs and well-being.
The holiday season, in the best of times, can be a very challenging time in direct services, but the added complexity brought by the shortage of human personnel, the rise in positive COVID cases, and staff having to quarantine is crippling an already dire situation. Provider Agencies need all of our support during this challenging time so they can focus on their primary responsibility to support those they serve. Assistance with taking a family member to a medical appointment, helping with transportation for a home visit, or taking a family member home for holiday celebrations are just some of the ways we can help our providers to stay afloat. Many families do this already, and we know in some circumstances this is not possible, but when it is, it can make the difference between a provider’s ability to continue to meet day to day needs. Do you have a friend, neighbor, or family member who may consider part time or even a full-time position as a Direct Support Professional? They may not be aware that being in a direct support position can enrich a person’s life, provide new & memorable experiences, and be a path toward career growth. If you do, please reach out to me or your service coordinator if you’d like to provide a referral to any one of our over twenty-two provide agencies who are in need.
Here at Community Crossroads, our staff try every day to do what we can to support our provider agencies, but we know what they really need is applicants to fill extensive direct support vacancies. I wish that this holiday season message could have been cheerier, but this is the reality of services across New Hampshire. That being said, this time of year is a time of compassion, giving, gratitude, and above all—hope. It is our hope that we can bring back the message that rang loud and clear at the beginning of the pandemic: “we are all in this together”. Not only is that message one that became prevalent over the past 2 years, but one that we, at Community Crossroads, have believed in since our inception.
I do wish everyone a very happy holiday and safe & healthy new year.
Friends of Rockingham County Aging Adults (FRCAA) Grant
Community Crossroads is the recipient of a two-year grant from the Friends of Rockingham County Aging Adults. The grant provides the opportunity to expand upon the supports we offer for aging adults and their caregivers. Our Oral Health program will be able to pay for emergent care and expand upon the amount of preventive care we offer. In our Choices for Independence program many of the individuals require assistance to purchase essential household items, clothing, and over the counter medications. We will now be able to assist in covering some of these costs. Respite care support will allow caregivers to have much-needed time away from supporting their loved one at home and allow time to “re-charge”. Through this grant we will be able to support the hiring of a full time Registered Nurse to support our staff in serving older adults and those with disabilities. The RN position will support Service Coordinators with care plan development for aging adults being discharged from hospitals & nursing facilities and in a number of other capacities to assure we are effectively meeting the health care needs of those we serve.
We are beyond appreciative to the Friends of Rockingham County Aging Adults for this exciting grant and opportunity to enhance the supports we provide to those we serve!!
Enterprise Bank (Salem, NH)
Thank you to you and everyone at Enterprise Bank Salem for presenting this $500 check to our organization in support of our 2021 Holiday Assistance Initiative. While the pandemic situation interfered with our ability to hold our traditional Holiday Giving Tree effort, 100% of these funds will benefit those we serve who are struggling financially and will provide access to food, clothing, medicine, educational toys, etc. We are so grateful for your continued community partnership and support especially this year. Together we are making such a positive difference!
Shaw’s GIVE BACK WHERE IT COUNTS Bag program
We are proud to announce that organization made $56 during the Shaw’s GIVE BACK WHERE IT COUNTS Bag program that took place at the Plaistow, NH location throughout the month of November. $1 from each purchase of these reusable bags went to Community Crossroads – and will help individuals we support! This would not have been possible without YOUR support!
Winter has arrived and there are so many fun things to do during this season! Here are activities we at Community Crossroads like to do in the winter:
The Gift of Lights
Where: New Hampshire Motor Speedway, 1122 Route 106, Loudon
When: November 25, 2021, through January 2, 2022, open Sun-Thurs from 4:30–9 p.m. and Fri-Sat from 4:30-10 p.m.
This year, the 2.5-mile drive-thru light show is even brighter with 3.5 million lights, a new 150-foot RGB Tunnel of Lights and new scenes including the Three Little Pigs, Goldilocks, Mother Goose, Jack Be Nimble, Deer Beach Vacation and a package wrapping machine. Over 650 hours go in to setting up more than 520 displays and 80 different scenes each year, which also includes the popular 12 Days of Christmas scene and the fan-favorite 130-foot-long infield entrance and exit Tunnels of Lights made up of over 25,000 lights.
LaBelle Lights Where: The Links at LaBelle Winery, 14 Route 111, Derry When: Various dates from November 18, 2021 through February 26, 2022 More information Experience winter like never before at LaBelle Winery’s inaugural light show. The outdoor light displays are located on The Links at LaBelle Winery golf course and are designed for guests of all ages to walk along casually via a designated path. The walk will take approximately 20-30 minutes. Don’t miss special theme nights on Fridays in December, including Cozy Christmas Pajamas on December 10 and Ugly Holiday Sweaters on December 17.
Where: Charmingfare Farm, 774 High St., Candia
2021 Dates: December 17, 18, 19 and 23
Not only can you enjoy beautiful lighted Christmas displays when you visit Charmingfare Farm this year, but you can partake in their Santa’s Christmas package and visit their live animal nativity scene, Mrs. Claus’ bakery and more.
Watch a holiday movie – whether you like the classics or want to check out something brand new there is sure to be a movie just for you!!
Ring in the New Year!! 2022 is almost here – come up with some resolutions or goals for yourself for the new year.
Something to Put a Smile On Your Face
Take a ride through your own town and nearby towns to see holiday lights and decorations. Santa, Christmas trees, elves, and colorful lights are sure to put a smile on your face this holiday season!