Archive for September, 2011
Members of Nashua’s senior community are invited to learn ways to prepare for the harsh winter weather ahead at a free Seniors Count-Nashua workshop scheduled for Tuesday, October 11 at the Nashua Senior Activity Center located at 70 Temple Street in Nashua.
Scheduled presenter is Patty Crooker, MPH, Regional Public Health Preparedness Coordinator. Crooker works for the Division of Public Health and Community Services for the City of Nashua. The program begins at 1:00pm. 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 629 for more information.
Workshop participants are invited to come early and 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 from 11:45am to 12:45pm.
The workshop is one of a series of free programs offered monthly at the Senior Activity Center. The workshops are designed to provide area residents with information on resources available in the community as they age. Past workshops have included topics on managing money in tight times, senior driving issues, gizmos and gadgets to stay safe in your home, clutter control and being a grandparent in the 21st Century. All programs have been filmed by Nashua’ Education Channel 99. Programs are broadcast Mondays at 1:00pm and can be viewed on-line at http://nashua.ezstream.com. Additional support for the workshops is provided by 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.
Southern New Hampshire Services’ New American Sustainable Agriculture Project (NASAP) participants are selling vegetables as part of the Fresh Start Farms collective at various farmers markets. The farmers are recently resettled Somali Bantu and Bhutanese refugees living in Manchester, NH. Read More
Southern New Hampshire Services’ New American Sustainable Agriculture Project (NASAP), connects immigrants and refugees with the land, skills, and resources needed to start farm-based enterprises in New Hampshire. The farmers are recently resettled Somali Bantu and Bhutanese refugees living in Manchester, NH. Produce is grown on a seven acre farm in Dunbarton, NH, lent for use by retired dairy farmers. This year 13 participants are selling vegetables as part of the Fresh Start Farms collective at various farmers markets, through Community Supported Agriculture Shares, SNHS’ Summer Food Service Program, New Hampshire’s Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program, and wholesale to a local colleges and restaurants.
In order to successfully integrate refugee farmers into the agricultural community here in New Hampshire, participants are being connected to the larger network of farm services. Relationships are established with the UNH Cooperative Extension, The USDA Service Center, including the Farm Service Agency and Natural Resources Conservation Service, Southern New Hampshire Resource Conservation and Development, The New England Farm Workers’ Council, and the New Hampshire Department of Agriculture, Markets and Food.
For more information on Fresh Start Farms and the New American Sustainable Agriculture Project, contact the Organization for Refugees and Immigrant Success 296-0443.
The Fuel Assistance Program (FAP) is now taking applications for the 2011-2012 winter season. Read More
The Fuel Assistance Program (FAP) is now taking applications for the 2011-2012 winter season through April 30th. An application package was mailed to clients who were on the program last year, but these clients can call for a face to face interview if that is preferred.
People who have not received FAP benefits before and are interested in Fuel Assistance must call for an appointment. Offices are open Monday through Friday in Manchester, Nashua and Peterborough, and offices in Milford and Hillsboro are open on scheduled days.
Fuel Assistance benefits are not meant to pay for the entire winter heating bill but rather are there to help the client get through the winter, with benefits ranging from $150 to $1125. The benefit amount is based on the 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. Electric Assistance applications are taken year round.
Gross Income GUIDELINES
Household Monthly Annual*
Size 30 Days 365 Days
1 $1,790 $21,780
2 $2,418 $29,420
3 $3,046 $37,060
4 $3,674 $44,700
5 $4,302 $52,340
6 $4,930 $59,980
7 $5,558 $67,620
8 $6,186 $75,260
Income guidelines may increase in the spring.
It is best to apply ahead of time.
*Benefits based on monthly income in most cases
Open Year round 8:30 am to 4:30 PM
Manchester area: 160 Silver Street 647 – 4470
1- 800 – 322 – 1073
Nashua area: 134 Allds Street 889 – 3440
1- 877- 211 – 0723
Other offices: 924-2243
1- 877- 757 – 7048
Peterborough: 46 Concord Street, The River Center (Monday through Friday)
Hillsboro: 8 Church St. (Monday and Friday)
Milford: Library Annex (Tuesday and Thursday)