By Matt Guyette
Easter Seals New Hampshire 12 Kingsbury Street, Keene, NH 03431 Vocational Services – Phone: (603) 355-1067 Early Support Services (Early Inervention) – Phone: (603) 352-0165 Foster Family Program – (603) 352-5724 Easter Seals provides exceptional services to ensure that all people with disabilities or special needs and their families have equal opportunities to live, learn, work and play in their communities. Family Resource Connection Toll free: 1-800-298-4321; www.nh.gov/nhsl/frc A statewide phone resource center providing information and resources for families with young children. Familystrength 206 Roxbury Street, Keene, NH 03431 Phone: (603) 357-8722; www.familystrength.orgFamilystrength is a non-profit organization that was built on its passion for helping families and individuals find effective and lasting solutions to life’s most difficult challenges that may involve, severe stress, anxiety, depression, substance abuse, family or sexual violence, child abuse, neglect or mental illness. Salvation Army Thrift Store: 132 Monadnock Highway, Swanzey, NH 03446 Phone: (603) 357-2207; www.salvationarmyusa.org Mon.-Sat. 9-5 Provides clothing and other material assistance.
Friendly Meals 835 Court Street, Keene, NH 03431 Phone: (603) 357-352-2253 Other area offices: Stone Arch Village, (603) 352-7525; Harper Acres, (603) 357-4589; Hinsdale, (603) 336-7087; Troy, (603) 242-7986; Marlborough, (603) 876-3980; Jaffrey, (603) 352-2253; Stoddard, (603) 446-3478, North Walpole, (603) 352-2253; Westmoreland, (603) 399-7085; Marlow, (603) 446-7064 or 446-3490. Available in many Cheshire County communities for seniors and individuals with disabilities who are homebound, and not able to prepare a meal. For those with special needs, breakfast bags, weekend meals and special diets are also available.
Granite State Independent Living 21 Chenell Dr., Concord, NH 03301 Phone: (800) 826-3700, (603) 228-9680; www.gsil.org A statewide nonprofit, service, and advocacy organization that provides tools for living life on your terms – so you can navigate your own life and participate as fully as you choose in your community, just like everyone else.
New Hope New Horizons Community Way, Keene, NH 03431 Phone: (603) 352-7512; www.scshelps.org/NHNH.htm New Hope New Horizons (NHNH) provides life enriching services to adults of all abilities so that they may achieve their personal hopes and dreams.
Attention Chesco clients and staff…
Our holiday party is Dec 19th at the Elks in Keene on Roxbury St. The party is 11-1pm
The Community Kitchen, Inc. 37 Mechanic St., P.0. Box 1315, Keene, NH 03431 (603) 352-3200 Fax (603) 355-0179 Take home supplemental food boxes are available once a week on either Wednesdays from 12:30 to 5:30pm or Thursdays from 11:30 am to 4:00pm. The boxes contain staples such as bread, cereal, pasta, protein, etc. Verification of name, address, date of birth and income for all household members is required. We ask that participants bring a box or laundry basket to carry the food. Dinner is served weeknights from 5:00—6:30 pm. We do our best to offer well-balanced nutritional meals: main dish (meal, poultry or fish), vegetarian dish, starch, choice of two vegetables, garden and fruit salads, assorted sides, desserts and beverages. Anyone who is in need of a prepared meal or companionship is welcome. This is an excellent chance for you to learn more about The Community Kitchen in a more relaxed weekend atmosphere. Families, businesses and organizations are welcome to reserve a specific Sunday to prepare a light lunch, then serve and clean-up after the meal. Children ages 14 and over are welcome to volunteer. Please call for more information at (603) 352-3200 Community Kitchen Mid-day Meal on Sundays Hard to believe, but this program has been offered for almost 2 years now. Our Guest Chef prepares a light lunch every Sunday along with the help of an excellent group of energetic volunteers. This freshly prepared meal is offered each Sunday from 12:00 – 1:30PM (doors open at 11AM). These meals are created in a large part with donated products and the vision of our Guest Chefs. Please give us a call at (603) 352-3200 if you would like more information or to find out how you can participate in this or our evening Hot Meal program. When exposed to cold temperatures, your body begins to lose heat faster than it can be produced. Prolonged exposure to cold will eventually use up your body’s stored energy. The result is hypothermia, or abnormally low body temperature. Body temperature that is too low affects the brain, making the victim unable to think clearly or move well. This makes hypothermia particularly dangerous because a person may not know it is happening and won’t be able to do anything about it.