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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.

 

Child Care Aware of New Hampshire selected as Granite State Vroom site

NASHUA, NH – Child Care Aware of New Hampshire, a Child Care Resource and Referral Program of Southern New Hampshire Services, has been selected as one of ten sites to join a national network of communities, states and organizations to activate Vroom, an initiative designed to help parents promote brain development in children birth to five years of age.

The announcement was made by Child Care Aware® of America. Vroom is an initiative of the Bezos Family Foundation.

Participating sites – part of Child Care Aware® of America’s nationwide Child Care Resource and Referral network – will use Vroom to bolster their work with families in innovative ways, reaching parents with brain building messages and nurturing parent-child interaction with new tools.

Child Care Aware of New Hampshire will embed Vroom into existing services that include free child care referrals and consumer education on what to consider when selecting a child care program. Child Care Aware of New Hampshire also provides professional development training and technical assistance services to child care providers throughout the state. The program actively participates in various regional and statewide early childhood initiatives.

"It is essential that we provide families and providers with tools and resources that they can use to support children’s development,” said Tracy Pond, Child Care Aware of New Hampshire program manager. “Research has shown that the brain develops most rapidly during the first five years of life. As the most trusted child care resource in New Hampshire, we are thrilled to be able to provide families, child care providers and our community partners with additional information on how they can support children and their development through the use of Vroom. It’s a natural fit to our program."

Vroom provides interactive tools and resources that highlight the science behind early brain development, showing parents how they can turn activities like bath time and meal time into opportunities that build their children’s brains. This partnership is particularly exciting in its ability to facilitate a far-reaching culture shift—one that begins with parents understanding early brain development and extends into how families, providers, businesses, and communities all work to support brain development during the first five years of life. To learn more, visit joinvroom.org.

Other sites adopting Vroom are located in Alabama, Arkansas, California, Florida New York and Ohio.

For more information, contact Tracy Pond, Child Care Aware of New Hampshire program manager at (603) 578-1386, ext. 30 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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“Talking to your Health Professional about Pain Management”

NASHUA – Managing pain – both chronic and the occasional occurrence – is a fact of life for many of us as we age. The upside is that by working closely with our doctors and pharmacists, we are given the tools to help manage that pain. The downside is the very real fact that the pain medication that helps us lead active lives can also contribute to the current opioid epidemic.

 

Knowing how to talk to your doctor about pain management – what questions to ask and what options exist –is the subject of the March 14 Senior Education Workshop offered by Southern New Hampshire Services at the Nashua Senior Activity Center.

The critical role that seniors play in reducing the availability of unused pain medications will also be covered at the workshop.

SNHS has partnered with the Nashua Prevention Coalition to present the workshop. Dr. Terry Tranchemontagne, DO, of Amherst Family Practice will share her professional experience when prescribing pain medication including opioids to her patients. Members of the NPC will provide information on the proper disposal of unused medications as well as current statistics on how the misuse of opioids affects the Nashua community. A pharmacist has been invited to join the panel to share their perspective.

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

Please call Beth Todgham, Nashua Community Coordinator for Southern New Hampshire Services at (603) 889-3440 x 132 for more information and to register.

Please note that in case of wintery weather, the Senior Activity Center follows the Nashua schools closing schedule. The workshop will be rescheduled if schools are closed or there is a delayed opening on March 14.

Workshop participants are invited to come early and enjoy lunch offered by St. Joseph Community Services (Meals on Wheels) 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.

Past workshops have included topics on senior fraud and identity theft, clutter control, the importance of nutrition as you age, and understanding what a loved one with dementia is experiencing. Programs have been filmed by Nashua’ Education 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.

“Paper Management for Everyone” subject of February Senior Education Workshop

NASHUA – We deal with an overwhelming amount of incoming information, both paper and electronic. How to weed out what's not important and how (and for how long) to save that information can be an unending battle with each trip to the mailbox or check of your emails.

Solutions are at hand at the February Seniors Education Workshop. Scheduled for Monday, February 8, 2016, the workshop will focus on how to successfully organize the volumes of paperwork and information that consume our lives.

Those who attend the workshop will learn a variety of tools that match their organizational style and allow them to feel confident that their information is organized and accessible.

Carol Martin-Ward of Practical Organizing Solutions is the workshop presenter.

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

Please call Beth Todgham, Nashua Community Coordinator for Southern New Hampshire Services at (603) 889-3440 x 132 for more information.

DOWNLOAD A COPY OF THE PROGRAM FLYER FOR COMPLETE DETAILS

Please note that in case of wintery weather, the Senior Activity Center follows the Nashua schools closing schedule. The workshop will be cancelled if schools are closed or there is a delayed opening on January 11.

Workshop participants are invited to come early and enjoy lunch offered by St. Joseph Community Services (Meals on Wheels) 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.

Past workshops have included topics on senior fraud and identity theft, clutter control, the importance of nutrition as you age, and understanding what a loved one with dementia is experiencing. Programs have been filmed by Nashua’ Education 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.

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