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SNHS’ Fuel Assistance Program announces application schedule for 2015-2016 heating season

The Fuel Assistance Program (FAP) has begun taking applications for the winter season that runs from December 1, 2015 to April 30, 2016.

An in-person interview is required of all applicants. All qualified households can now call to make an appointment to come to their local Southern New Hampshire Services office to apply.

“We are urging people to call now,” said Ryan Clouthier, Energy Director for Southern New Hampshire Services. “Don’t wait until you are in a crisis. Don’t put your family through that. Don’t put yourself through that when there is help available.”

Information on program qualifications and documentation needed to complete the application process will be provided when the appointment is scheduled.

Hillsborough County offices are open Monday through Friday in Manchester, Nashua and Peterborough. Offices in Milford and Hillsborough are open on scheduled days.

Rockingham County offices are located in Derry, Portsmouth, Raymond, Salem and Seabrook and are open Monday through Friday.

The program officially opens on December 1, 2015, providing funding is released. Applications for assistance will continue to be taken for anyone who wishes to apply for the program after the program starts and through its end in April, 2016.

Fuel assistance benefits are a grant and do not need to be repaid. The benefits are not meant to pay for the entire winter heating bill but rather are there to help the client get through the winter. Benefits range from $75 to $1125 per season.

The benefit amount is based on household income and annual heating costs.

Clients whose heat is included in the rent may have their benefit sent to the landlord as a rental payment on the client’s behalf if their rent is not subsidized.

The Fuel Assistance Program in Hillsborough and Rockingham Counties is managed by Southern New Hampshire Services. Additional information, including household income requirements, can be found on the Southern New Hampshire Services website at http://www.snhs.org/programs/energy-programs/low-income-home-energy/ and on the Rockingham Community Action website at http://www.rcaction.org/index.php?page=fuel-assistance.

RSVP-Cashin Senior Activity Center host Senior Wellness Event

Manchester area seniors are invited to attend a Health, Wellness and Fitness Expo at the William B. Cashin Senior Activity Center on Tuesday, September 22. The event is co-hosted by the Cashin Center and Southern New Hampshire Services.

The event will run from 11am-1:00pm. The Cashin Senior Activity Center is located at 151 Douglas St. in Manchester.

The Health, Wellness and Fitness Expo will be an interactive, fun event to promote healthy lifestyle choices, increase bone health awareness, and present information for seniors on resources available to help heat their homes.

The event will showcase several Southern New Hampshire Service programs, including the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, Seniors Count Friendly Visitors program, Bone Builders exercise program, the RSVP Fixit Corps, and CATCH Healthy Habits. The Energy Assistance Programs and Commodity Supplemental Food Programs offered by Southern New Hampshire Services will also be featured.

Attendees will be able to taste test healthy snacks and enter to win a health and wellness gift basket.

Contact Jennifer Sanders, volunteer services director at (603) 634-1169 for more information.

‘Self-Advocacy for Better Health’ subject of August 10 Seniors Count workshop

NASHUA – How can you best communicate with a healthcare professional? How do you understand medical insurance and the bills you receive for health care services? What can you do to stay healthy?

These – and other questions – regarding how to get the most out of the healthcare system, will be answered through a “My Health. My Care” video series developed by the City of Nashua Division of Public Health, City of Nashua and the Community Health Improvement Plan Access to Health Care Work Group.

The videos will be presented on Monday, August 10 beginning at 1:00pm. The “Self-Advocacy for Better Health” workshop will also feature time for comments and questions.

Subjects covered through the video series include: “Learning the Basics”; “Understanding Insurance, Appointments and Billing”; “Communicating with Healthcare Professionals”; and “Staying Healthy”.

Seniors Count-Nashua is a program of Southern New Hampshire Services.

The free workshop is held at the Nashua Senior Activity Center, 70 Temple Street, Nashua.

Advance registration is requested. Please call Beth Todgham, Seniors Count-Nashua facilitator for Southern New Hampshire Services at (603) 889-3440 x 132 for more information about the workshop.

Workshop participants can come early to enjoy lunch offered by St. Joseph Community Services (Meals on Wheels) in the cafeteria at the Nashua Senior Activity Center. A $2 donation is requested for diners age 60 and over; the price is slightly higher for those under 60. Pre-registration for lunch is required. Call Steve, SJCS site manager, at 882-2106 to reserve your lunch. Lunch is served at 11:45am.

The workshop is part of a series of free programs offered at the Senior Activity Center by Seniors Count-Nashua. The workshops provide area residents with information on resources available in the community as they age. All programs have been filmed by and broadcast on Nashua’ Education Channel 99. Programs can also be viewed on-line at http://nashua.ezstream.com.

Funding for the “My Health. My Care” video series was provided by the National Library of Medicine, Nashua Institutes of Health. Additional support for the project was provided by United Way of Greater Nashua and the Greater Nashua Public Health Advisory Council.

The ServiceLink Resource Center, Nashua Public Library, and the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services-Bureau of Elderly and Adult Services provide additional support for the workshops.

Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program provides fresh produce to seniors

The Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) distributes fresh produce to more than 4,200 low income New Hampshire seniors each summer. The program runs from mid-July through mid-September.

SFMNP is a program of the NH Department of Health and Human Services and the NH Department of Agriculture, Markets and Food.

Seniors who are enrolled through the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) receive their produce at statewide distribution sites. Programs run by Southern New Hampshire Services in Hillsborough and Rockingham Counties will receive fresh produce throughout this summer’s growing season.

This summer, the program runs from July 13 to September 11.

The Senior Farmer’s Market Nutrition Program provides seniors with a fresh, locally grown bundle of fruits and vegetables grown by 15 New Hampshire farmers. The bundle has an $18 value and includes at least four different fruits and vegetables, ranging from apples to zucchini. Seniors also receive recipe ideas and tips on how to prepare and store fresh fruits and vegetables.

CSFP is administered by the Division of Public Health Services at the NH Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and currently reaches seniors 60 years and older in New Hampshire. Income guidelines are up to $1,276 monthly for a senior living alone and $1,726 monthly for a family of two persons.

Throughout the year, CSFP provides a monthly food benefit that includes canned meats, fruits, vegetables, cereal, juice, pasta, rice, and cheese, plus recipe ideas on how to use the foods in healthy recipes.

“Public health nutrition programs like these provide nutrition services to low-income seniors who may have a difficult time finding affordable fresh fruits and vegetables,” said Dr. José Thier Montero, Director of Public Health at DHHS. “By providing these foods and education to seniors, we hope to prevent the onset of chronic diseases such as obesity, hypertension, and diabetes.”

Seniors who meet the income guidelines are encouraged to call to learn how to apply for CSFP and SFMNP services in their community. Eligible seniors living in the Greater Manchester area and throughout all of Rockingham County can call Southern New Hampshire Services at (800) 256-9880 for information; those living in the Nashua area may call (877) 211-0723.

For more information, visit the NH DHHS website at: http://www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/nhp/wic/csfp.htm.

SFMNP and CSFP are funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Nutrition Service. Community Action Program Belknap Merrimack Counties, Inc., administers SFMNP under a contract with the NH Department of Health and Human Services. USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Summer Food Service Programs announces locations and hours for 2015

SNHS Summer Food Service Program: Free meals for youth 18 and under!

Youth age 18 and under will enjoy free meals again this summer through the Summer Food Service Program coordinated by Southern New Hampshire Services in two New Hampshire counties.

Fourteen sites located in four cities or towns in Hillsborough and Rockingham Counties will provide free meals to local youth. All meals are prepared following USDA guidelines.

Any child under the age of 18 may come to eat. There is no registration and identification is not required.

The meals are provided at no charge and are the same for all children regardless of race, color, national origin, sex age or disability. Meals must be consumed on site.

Meals are available at open site locations for the duration of school summer break or during structured summer programming. Breakfast, Lunch and Supper meals are available at the designated locations.

Each year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture partners with local organizations like Southern New Hampshire Services to provide free meals to children when school is out for the summer. Southern New Hampshire Services has been sponsoring the Summer Food Services Program for 13 years. SFSP helps to ensure that at-risk youth eat at least one nutritious meal each day when school lunch programs close for the summer. The program is vital to supporting mental and physical development so that children do not lose ground while out of school.

SFSP also employs local college age youth - many whom were SFSP participants in the past.  The work experience teaches them valuable transferable employment skills and provide them with the opportunity to give back and stay connected to their community.

For more information contact: Henry Harris, Community Outreach Director, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

 2015 Summer Food Service Program Information

Manchester

Free meals served Monday through Friday from Thursday, June 18 until Tuesday, September 1. Meals will not be served July 3rd.

Breakfast Sites

  • Elmwood Gardens Apartments. 9:00-10:00am (83 Trahan St.)
Lunch Sites
  • Elmwood Gardens Apartments. 12:15-1:15pm (83 Trahan St.)
  • Hunt Memorial Pool. 1:30-2:30pm (297 Maple St.)
  • Beech Hill Apartments. (120 Beech Hill Ave.)
Supper Sites
  • Adventure Park. 4:30-5:30pm (324-300 Union St.)
  • Kelly Falls Apartments. 4:45-5:15pm (463 Kimball St.)
  • Beech Street School. 5:45-6:15pm (275 Beech St.)
  • Sweeney Park. 6:30-7:00pm (132 Walker St.)

Nashua

Free meals served Monday through Friday from Tuesday, June 23 until Monday, August 31. Meals will not be served July 3rd.

Lunch Sites

  • Bronstein Apartments. 1:15-1:45pm (41 Central St.)
  • Centennial Pool 2:00-2:30pm (22 Sargents Ave.)

Derry

Free meals served Monday through Friday starting Thursday, June 18 through Tuesday, August 25. Meals will not be served July 3rd.

Supper Sites

  • Fairways Apartments (RESIDENTS ONLY) 4:15-5:00pm (1 Forest Ridge Rd.)
  • Franklin Village Apartments 5:15-5:45pm (4 Laraway Ct.)
  • Hood Park 6:00-6:30pm (14 Rollins St.)

Portsmouth

Free meals served Monday through Friday from Monday, June 22 until Friday, August 28. Meals will not be served July 3rd.

Lunch Sites

  • Green Leaf Recreation Center. 12:00-1:00pm (195 Greenleaf Ave.)
  • Gosling Meadows Apartments. 12:00-1:00pm (Gosling Road)
 

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'Using Facebook to keep in touch with loved ones' July 13 Seniors Count workshop

NASHUA – Technology offers a variety of ways to stay in touch with loved ones around the world. Facebook is one of the most popular – but can often be confusing to those new to the Internet, especially seniors.

Presented on Monday, July 13, the “Using Facebook to keep in touch with loved ones” workshop presented by Seniors Count-Nashua will provide information ways to use this popular on-line tool to connect with family and friends.

Seniors Count-Nashua is a program of Southern New Hampshire Services.

The free workshop begins at 1:00pm at the Nashua Senior Activity Center, 70 Temple Street, Nashua. Workshop presenter is Naomi Schoenfeld, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Education at Rivier University.

Space is limited and advance registration for the workshop is required. Please call Beth Todgham, Seniors Count-Nashua facilitator for Southern New Hampshire Services at (603) 889-3440 x 132 for more information about the workshop.

Participants are invited to bring laptops or other electronic devices to the workshop to connect to their Facebook account during the workshop. Please note that NO access to electricity will be available so devices should be fully charged prior to the workshop. Those without Facebook accounts are invited to come 15 minutes early and Professor Schoenfeld will show how an account can be set up.

Workshop participants can come early to enjoy lunch offered by St. Joseph Community Services (Meals on Wheels) in the cafeteria at the Nashua Senior Activity Center. A $2 donation is requested for diners age 60 and over; the price is slightly higher for those under 60. Pre-registration for lunch is required. Call Steve, SJCS site manager, at 882-2106 to reserve your lunch. Lunch is served at 11:45am.

The workshop is part of a series of free programs offered at the Senior Activity Center by Seniors Count-Nashua. The workshops provide area residents with information on resources available in the community as they age. All programs have been filmed by and broadcast on Nashua’ Education Channel 99. Programs can also be viewed on-line at http://nashua.ezstream.com.

The ServiceLink Resource Center, Nashua Public Library, and the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services-Bureau of Elderly and Adult Services provide additional support for the workshops.

‘Legal Decisions: Who Makes the Decisions and When” Seniors Count workshop

NASHUA – Caregivers of older adults often struggle with understanding the logistics of decision-making, especially when older adults have diminished mental capacity.

Presented on Monday, June 8, the “Legal Issues: Who Makes the Decisions and When” workshop presented by Seniors Count-Nashua will address how to assist older adults in planning ahead for their care, and what legal documents are needed to do so.

Seniors Count-Nashua is a program of Southern New Hampshire Services.

The free workshop begins at 1:00pm at the Nashua Senior Activity Center, 70 Temple Street, Nashua. Workshop presenter is Bernie Siefert, LICSW, coordinator of older adult programs for NAMI New Hampshire.

Advance registration for the workshop is requested. Please call Beth Todgham, Seniors Count-Nashua facilitator for Southern New Hampshire Services at (603) 889-3440 x 132 for more information.

Workshop participants can come early to enjoy lunch offered by St. Joseph Community Services (Meals on Wheels) in the cafeteria at the Nashua Senior Activity Center. A $2 donation is requested for diners age 60 and over; the price is slightly higher for those under 60. Pre-registration for lunch is required. Call Steve, SJCS site manager, at 882-2106 to reserve your lunch. Lunch is served at 11:45am.

The workshop is part of a series of free programs offered at the Senior Activity Center by Seniors Count-Nashua. The workshops provide area residents with information on resources available in the community as they age. All programs have been filmed by and broadcast on Nashua’ Education Channel 99. Programs can also be viewed on-line at http://nashua.ezstream.com.

The ServiceLink Resource Center, Nashua Public Library, and the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services-Bureau of Elderly and Adult Services provide additional support for the workshops.

‘Understanding Dementia’ Seniors Count workshop

NASHUA – The risk of developing dementia increases as one grows older. Symptoms of dementia can often be mistaken for other conditions, such as depression or delirium.

Presented on Monday, April 27, the “Understanding Dementia” workshop  will help caregivers understand what dementia is, what signs to look for and where to seek help when a loved one has dementia.

Seniors Count-Nashua is a program of Southern New Hampshire Services.

The free workshop will begin at 1:00pm at the Nashua Senior Activity Center, 70 Temple Street, Nashua. Workshop presenter is Bernie Siefert, LICSW, coordinator of older adult programs for NAMI New Hampshire.

Advance registration for the workshop is requested. Please call Beth Todgham, Seniors Count-Nashua facilitator for Southern New Hampshire Services at (603) 889-3440 x 132 for more information.

The “Meeting Caregiver Needs” is the fourth in a series of six workshops being offered in partnership between Seniors Count-Nashua and the Nashua Senior Activity Center. Future workshops include Coping with Changing and Challenging Behaviors (Monday, May 18, 2015); and Legal Issues: Who Makes the Decisions and When (Monday, June 8, 2015).

Workshop participants can come early to enjoy lunch offered by St. Joseph Community Services (Meals on Wheels) in the cafeteria at the Nashua Senior Activity Center. A $2 donation is requested for diners age 60 and over; the price is slightly higher for those under 60. Pre-registration for lunch is required. Call Steve, SJCS site manager, at 882-2106 to reserve your lunch. Lunch is served at 11:45am.

The workshop is part of a series of free programs offered at the Senior Activity Center by Seniors Count-Nashua. The workshops provide area residents with information on resources available in the community as they age. All programs have been filmed by and broadcast on Nashua’ Education Channel 99. Programs can also be viewed on-line at http://nashua.ezstream.com.

The ServiceLink Resource Center, Nashua Public Library, and the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services-Bureau of Elderly and Adult Services provide additional support for the workshops.

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