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Community Assessment now available

Southern New Hampshire Services has completed a Community Assessment encompassing towns in Hillsborough and Rockingham Counties.  The data collection process included electronic surveys of community partners, focus groups with local providers and stakeholders, and surveys of SNHS program participants.  The document is published here in hopes that the information contained in it will inform decisions made with regard to the identified needs of low-income individuals, and spark discussion among community partners leading to action in addressing them. DOWNLOAD ASSESSMENT.

Greenville senior housing development renamed for its founder

By MEGHAN PIERCE Union Leader Correspondent

GREENVILLE — Greenville Falls, a 70-unit affordable housing development for seniors on Main Street, was renamed on Friday in honor of its founder Ronald A. Philbrick. “He was so instrumental in bringing this about we decided to have this renamed for him,” said former housing manager of the building Nancy Garland at a party with residents on Friday after the dedication. At the party, Southern New Hampshire Services staff as well as residents of the building shared stories about Philbrick, his humor and dedication to the elderly. Philbrick’s family — including his widow, Jean Philbrick of Milford, his son Ron Philbrick Jr. of Weare and daughter Laurie Caruso of Greenland — also attended the dedication. READ MORE.

Savvy Saving Seniors: Becoming Resourceful with the Help of Benefits & Savings

NASHUA – Continuing the live independently as you age requires keeping a close eye on the funds you’ve set aside for retirement and taking advantage of the many and varied benefits that are available to the more senior members of our community.

On Monday, June 13, join Rebecca Boyle, asset development coordinator at Rockingham Community Action for a discussion and review around the benefits that individuals are already receiving as well as some new ones that help seniors continue to live as they choose.

Rockingham Community Action is a component of Southern New Hampshire Services.

The free workshop begins at 1:00pm. The Senior Activity Center is located at 70 Temple St., Nashua.

Advance registration for the workshop is strongly advised. Please call Beth Todgham, Nashua community coordinator 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 one of a series of free programs offered monthly by Southern New Hampshire Services. The workshops provide area residents with information on resources available in the community as they age. Past programs have been filmed by Nashua’ Education Channel and broadcast locally on Comcast Channel 99. They can be viewed on-line at http://nashua.ezstream.com.

ServiceLink Resource Center, the 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.

Salmon Brook Senior Housing waiting list opens May 9, 2016

The wait is almost over for area seniors to be the first residents of Salmon Brook Senior Housing as the waiting list for potential residents opened on Monday, May 9, 2016.

Owned and operated by Southern New Hampshire Services, the affordable senior housing opportunity is located on Lovell Street in Nashua.

Developed as a partnership between SNHS and the Nashua Housing Authority, Salmon Brook is an opportunity for seniors aged 62 and older who meet one or more Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) to add their names to the waiting list for thirty-one Project-based Section 8 subsidized housing units.

Sandy Busato has been hired by Southern New Hampshire Services to serve as the on-site Enriched Resident Service Coordinator. She will provide case management services to Salmon Brook residents. This service-enriched housing will include a nutritious daily meal program and housekeeping services. Residents will pay a small donation towards meals and will pay half of the cost of housekeeping services with the remainder being subsidized.

The waiting list will be open and applications will be accepted beginning at 9:00am on May 9.

Applications may be obtained at the Nashua Housing Authority office, 40 E. Pearl St., Nashua. Those already on the NHA’s waiting list must request to be added to the Salmon Brook waiting list to be considered for a unit in this senior development.

Follow this link for complete information and eligibility requirements.

“Eating Well as You Grow Older” subject of the May Senior Education Workshop

NASHUA - As we get older, nutrition needs change. New goals start to emerge and sometimes navigating that information can be confusing. From reducing sodium to increasing water intake or adding in a new beneficial exercise routine, there seems to always be something to work on. READ MORE.

Helen Mason, MEd will help explain some of the common concerns of seniors and give helpful tips on how to reach your goals at the May Senior Education Workshop. Helen is the Nutrition Coordinator for the Southern New Hampshire Services WIC program.

The free workshop is scheduled for Monday, May 9, 2016. It begins at 1:00pm. The Senior Activity Center is located at 70 Temple St., Nashua.

Advance registration for the workshop is strongly advised. Please call Beth Todgham, Nashua community coordinator 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 one of a series of free programs offered monthly by Southern New Hampshire Services. The workshops provide area residents with information on resources available in the community as they age. Past programs have been filmed by Nashua’ Education Channel and broadcast locally on Comcast Channel 99. They can be viewed on-line at http://nashua.ezstream.com.

Southern New Hampshire Services, ServiceLink Resource Center, the 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.

Hillsborough County Community Gardens spots now available

SNHS has announced the availability of plots at the Hillsborough County Community Garden in Goffstown.

The garden is open to all residents of Hillsborough County who wish to have a garden space. A minimum of 75% of all gardening spaces are reserved for households meeting federal low-income guidelines. For a donation of $20, the remaining land is made available to those households exceeding the guidelines, or who fail to file the requested financial information.

Benefits of the program include greater access to fresh local produce, lower grocery bills, and an increased sense of community. Generally, 40-50 plots are made available each year.

SNHS manages the garden program through an agreement with the Hillsborough County Board of Commissioners.

Each community gardener accepted into the program receives a 25’ x 25’ rototilled garden plot. Water, seeds, rakes, hoes and other materials needed to maintain the plot must be supplied by the gardener. Produce grown on the plot must be used to increase the amount of nutritional foods available in the gardener’s household; it cannot be sold for profit.

Complete information about the program, including guidelines and the forms needed to apply, are on the SNHS website. Deadline for applications is April 24, 2016. Applications can be mailed to:

  • Southern New Hampshire Services
  • Attn: Valerie Carignan
  • P.O. Box 5040
  • Manchester, NH 03108
If you have any questions please contact Valerie Carignan at (603) 668-8010, x 6045 or email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Download the following files to apply for a 2016 Community Garden plot:

Information about the Community Garden Program is posted on Southern New Hampshire Services' website. Click here to access this information on the web.

“How to maintain your car as you age” Senior Education Workshop topic

NASHUA – For many seniors, an automobile is their key to independence. Just as individuals plan for their retirement, they should also plan for changes in their driving habits, as they grow older.

Having a properly maintained automobile is important, and becomes even more critical as we adjust our driving patterns to match a new lifestyle that could involve driving fewer miles, making shorter trips and not using the car as often.

"How to properly maintain your car as you age"  is the subject of the April Senior Education Workshop presented by Southern New Hampshire Services at the Nashua Senior Activity Center. Bill Gurney, owner and founder of Gurney’s Automotive with locations in Nashua and Milford is workshop presenter.

Additional topics covered include things to consider when purchasing a new car and an explanation of what the lights on your car’s dashboard are telling you.

The free workshop is scheduled for Monday, April 11, 2016. It begins at 1:00pm. The Senior Activity Center is located at 70 Temple St., Nashua.

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

If you have a specific question you would like answered at the workshop, please let us know when you make your reservation.

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 one of a series of free programs offered monthly by Seniors Count-Nashua. The workshops provide area residents with information on resources available in the community as they age. Past programs have been filmed by Nashua’ Education Channel and broadcast locally on Comcast Channel 99. They can be viewed on-line at http://nashua.ezstream.com.

Southern New Hampshire Services, ServiceLink Resource Center, the 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.

WIOA partnership provides job opportunities for New Americans

Southern NH Services’ Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) program recently partnered with the Radisson Hotel in Manchester to coordinate a training program for a group of refugee and immigrant individuals that led to full-time employment at the hotel.

WIOA is funded in NH by the Office of Workplace Opportunity.

WORKING TOGETHER FOR SUCCESS: From left, Johanna Pizarro, Emily Labonte, Jean Claude Mfataneza, Kayitani Ndutiye, Ginny Hooker, and Ivonne Vega Llanos celebrate at the recent graduation held at the Radisson Hotel in Manchester. Labonte and Hooker are WIOA Counselors

The training program was delivered by Manchester Community College. The participants earned an industry-recognized hospitality certificate. Upon successful completion of the training program the participants began their employment with the Radisson. They will be taking ESOL classes provided by Holy Cross Family Learning Center and paid for by the Radisson to continue their professional development.

Referrals for the project came from SNHS’s English for New Americans program, the Manchester Community Resource Center, and the Organization for Refugee and Immigrant Success.

Various community agencies came together to work on this project that represents a win/win for business, the community, and the program participants. A graduation was hosted by the Radisson on March 7th to celebrate the success of the participants and to thank the partners who worked together on the project.

Watch WMUR-ABC Channel 9 coverage of the graduation ceremony.

 

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