Southern New Hampshire Services joins millions across the country in mourning the loss and celebrating the life of Sargent Shriver, the father of Community Action. As a lifelong public servant and visionary idealist, Mr. Shriver is renowned for his leadership in creating many of the important social programs still active today which serve to better the lives of the nation’s most vulnerable citizens.
Shriver was long known for his idealism and conviction that the power of an active and involved citizenry can change the world for the better. In the era of civil rights, he encouraged the nation’s economically disadvantaged to get involved in the very programs which aimed to help them, which was a dramatic shift from how social programs had been run up until that time. This model is reflected in the Promise of Community Action:
Community Action changes people’s lives, embodies the spirit of hope, improves communities, and makes America a better place to live. We care about the entire community, and we are dedicated to helping people help themselves and each other.
Shriver was born in Westminster, Maryland on November 9, 1915. A graduate of Yale and Yale Law School, he was also a Lieutenant in the Navy during WWII and was awarded the Purple Heart. He married Eunice Kennedy (July 10, 1921 – August 11, 2009), a sister of then-Senator John F. Kennedy.
Shriver played an important role in Kennedy’s 1960 presidential campaign, and after the election he served as the first director of the Peace Corps. After President Kennedy's assassination, Shriver continued to serve as Director of the Peace Corps and served as Special Assistant to President Lyndon Johnson. Under Johnson, he created the Office of Economic Opportunity with William B. Mullins and served as its first Director. He is known as the "architect" of the Johnson administration's "War on Poverty".
In this role, Shriver founded numerous social programs and organizations, including Community Action, Head Start, VISTA, Job Corps, Upward Bound, Foster Grandparents, Special Olympics, Legal Services, and others, all while continuing to direct the Peace Corps. He served as U.S. ambassador to France from 1968 to 1970, and was the Democratic Party's candidate for Vice President during the 1972 presidential election.
In recognition of his life of public service and leadership, in 1993, Shriver received the Franklin D. Roosevelt Freedom From Want Award. On August 8, 1994, Shriver received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the United States' highest civilian honor, from President Bill Clinton.
Speaking at a 2003 National Center on Poverty Law dinner in Mr. Shriver’s honor, President Clinton said, ‘‘In my lifetime, America has never had a warrior for peace and against poverty, a warrior to make citizenship the noblest of all endeavors, like Sargent Shriver.’’
In a statement, President Barack Obama says Shriver embodied the idea of public service during a long and distinguished career, calling him one of the "brightest lights of the greatest generation." Obama went on to say that through the Peace Corps, Shriver helped make it possible for generations of Americans to serve as "ambassadors of good will" around the world.
The walls of Karen High’s home are decorated with framed drawings and paintings, including one she bought in Paris when she visited in 2002. Eight years later, High’s life is drastically different than the year she was able to travel abroad.
Currently unemployed, High’s home consists of one room in Mary’s House – a program of Southern New Hampshire Services that provides safe and affordable permanent housing for previously homeless, single women in Nashua.
Story reprinted from The Telegraph.
SNHS is pleased to announce the Grand Opening of the Eileen Phinney Multi-Cultural Center at 521 Maple in Manchester on Friday, Nov. 19, from 12 PM to 1PM.
The Latin American Center (LAC) began in 1972, founded by the late Eileen Phinney, a Uruguayan immigrant who founded and was actively involved in the Center as well as the broader Multicultural community of Manchester for 40+ years. In 2010 the Latin American Center officially became the Eileen Phinney Multi-Cultural Center in recognition of her role in starting the center and many years of service to the community.
The Center will continue to the serve the Latino community but now will be available to a variety of different groups in the ever-growing minority community in the Manchester area. The Center has been used for Ethnic groups including Latinos, Bhutanese, Somalians and Congolese. Classes have been conducted for English language and training, agricultural seminars, citizenship, workers’ rights and various other issues that affect the Refugee and Immigrant communities. Currently, the building houses Latino Services, Somali Batu Community Association of New Hampshire and the administrative office for the B.R.I.N.G. I.T!!! after school program It is our explicit commitment to work cooperatively with other organizations, agencies and individuals who are serving the same population to avoid redundancies of services or programs.
The 2nd annual Amazing Senior Race took place on Sunday, September 26, 2010 at the Mall of New Hampshire.
Mayor Ted Gatsas cut the ribbon during opening ceremonies for the Amazing Senior Race. From left, Dee Martin, Lyn Collins, Mayor Gatsas and Jay McCallion, RSVP volunteer.
There were 19 stores that participated in the event this year plus 7 interactive sponsor tables. With four routes that covered the Mall, the walkers had a great time doing challenges along the way such as: Dress the Mannequin, name that gadget and string beads. Besides raising awareness of what RSVP volunteers do in the community, this event raised over $5,000 to help maintain and implement RSVP programs in the community.
RSVP volunteer Norma Valley and her granddaughter Kaity were the top fund raising team!
The Fuel Assistance Program (FAP) has begun taking applications for the winter season that runs from December 1, 2016 to April 30, 2017. 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.
Youth age 18 and under will enjoy free meals again this summer through the Summer Food Service Program coordinated by Southern New Hampshire Services. Sites located in five cities or towns in Hillsborough and Rockingham Counties will provide free meals to local youth.