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America’s Recovery: Powered By Inclusion National Disability Employment Awareness Month October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). According to the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), this year’s campaign is focused on “ensuring that...read more
Shaw’s GIVE BACK WHERE IT COUNTS Bag Program
Our area agency has once again been chosen for Shaw’s GIVE BACK WHERE IT COUNTS Bag program! Throughout the month of November, if you purchase a $2.50 bag from Shaw’s in Plaistow, NH (4 Plaistow Road), $1 from that purchase will go to our organization. Your support to Community Crossroads will be greatly appreciated.
2022 Family Support Conference
SAVE THE DATE! The 2021 Family Support Conference will take place April 22-24, 2022. This is an opportunity for you to connect, learn, and recharge at the Omni Mount Washington Resort. Check out the Family Support Conference website: New Hampshire Family Support Conference, and follow on Facebook: @fsconh for updates in the coming months.
15th Annual Caregiver’s Conference
The 15th Annual Caregiver’s Conference will take place virtually on Wednesday, November 10th from 9:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Each year – the Coalition of Caring hosts the Caregiver’s Conference to provide caregivers with practical skills that can be used daily, provide current information on support services and resources, offer the opportunity for emotional support, and raise community awareness.
The skills and information learned at the Caregiver’s Conference will directly allow caregivers to give the best support possible to individuals and families throughout our state.
Attend This Year’s Conference
Pending Federal Legislation & 2021 Legislative Session
Read about some transformational disability policies being considered this fall in Washington that are aimed at improving care and caregiver jobs, access to competitive employment opportunities, SSI restoration, and expanding business tax credits so employers can offer better accessible accommodations.
Also – check out the highlights from the 2021 Legislative Session here:
Fundraising Grant Committee
The Fundraising Grant Committee came into being when a core group of employees and volunteers who participated in one or more of our annual fundraising events agreed that proceeds raised should be distributed in a fair and equitable way to the individuals and families we support.
In the 2021 fiscal year – 43% of grants distributed went to camperships. 16.5% went to therapy, and 16% went to technology/adaptive equipment. Some other ways grant funds are used include: community/recreation, home repair, education/conferences, and transportation.
If you choose to fill out the grant application form – email it to you/your child’s case coordinator. If you do not know who your/your child’s case coordinator is, call our front desk at (603)-893-1299 and find out.
Sarah Snyder, Director of Children & Family Services
Our Family Support Department has remained busy over the last year and has even more to come in the future! We have been working hard to educate ourselves on the resources, supports and services available to the families we support. We have had valuable learning opportunities that have allowed us to best support the children, young adults and families that we work with. Learning opportunities have included a variety of topics including those related to transition, mental health needs/services and many more! We have also enjoyed participating in regular groups such as the NH Transition Community of Practice and the Early Childhood Leaders Collaborative. All of these opportunities have been extremely beneficial and informative!
We have had some exciting changes within our Family Support Department- In April, Lisa McDonough, transitioned into the role of our In-Home Support Waiver Coordinator. Lisa has quickly learned of the tasks within her new role and is enjoying the beginning stages of developing relationships with the families she is working with. In August, Linda Leahy transitioned from her role as an adult Service Coordinator into the role of Family Support Coordinator working with those individuals who are 21 and over residing with their family. Linda brings her experience, expertise and knowledge of resources within our community to these families.
Lastly, we have all been excited for the recent startup of in-person events and activities. Community Crossroads Family Support staff and council members had an opportunity to participate in the Plaistow Resiliency Day on August 28th. This was a SoRock event sponsored by Core Physicians, The Plaistow YMCA and the South Central Public Health Network. While participating in the event we were able to inform community members of the supports and services that are provided through Community Crossroads and network with other local agencies. We are certainly looking forward to more events to come!
Don’t forget to sign up for email notifications on our website and check out our social media pages for the most up to date information on upcoming events!
The holiday season is quickly approaching!! It is likely that you are currently looking for the perfect gifts for your loved ones – and you may find them on Amazon. Did you know that Community Crossroads is partnered with Amazon in their Amazon Smile program? Through AmazonSmile, Amazon donates 0.5% of the purchase to an organization of YOUR choice! We are grateful for this partnership.
Halloween is just around the corner! The following is a list of dates and times for you and your family to trick or treat in our area:
Atkinson, NH: 10/31 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Chester, NH: 10/31 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Danville, NH: Trunks and Treats 10/31 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Derry, NH: 10/31 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Hampstead, NH: 10/31 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Londonderry, NH: 10/31 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Plaistow, NH: 10/31 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Pelham, NH: 10/31 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Sandown: 10/31 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Salem, NH: 10/31 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Windham, NH: 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
To see dates and times for other towns throughout our state – click here: 2021 New Hampshire’s Trick or Treat Times (nhmagazine.com). Also – visit your local town website to see other upcoming fall events.
Fall 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 fall:
Thanksgiving Arts-and-Crafts! Check out 70 of the best Thanksgiving crafts for families HERE: 70 Best Thanksgiving Crafts for Kids – Prudent Penny Pincher. These activities are sure to put you in the holiday spirit and will be fun to showcase to visitors throughout the holiday season.
Go apple picking! There is still time to participate in one of the most popular fall activities in New Hampshire. Find a place to pick apples near you HERE: Best Apple Picking Near Me – October 2021: Find Nearby Apple Picking Reviews – Yelp.
Watch a Halloween movie on TV or on your preferred streaming platform! If you are a fan of scary movies – or prefer a good laugh, you are sure to find a Halloween-themed movie that you will enjoy during this time of the year.
Visit a corn maze! Coppal House Farm (Lee, NH) and Kimball Farm Corn Maze (Haverhill, MA) are two in our area that will make for a fun-filled autumn day.
Plan a trip to see the foliage throughout the state of New Hampshire. Did you know that there is a website that tracks the foliage in our state in real-time? Check out: Visit NH : Foliage Tracker so YOU can plan your next road trip and be sure to see the beautiful foliage.
Something to Put a Smile On Your Face
Troy Merrill graduated from Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) in October. Troy worked very hard through many obstacles to achieve his dream of getting a college degree. It is a major accomplishment for him!