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Fuel Assistance Programs accepting applications

The Fuel Assistance Program (FAP) is now taking applications for the 2012-2013 winter season that runs through April 30th.  Applicants who were on the program last year had the opportunity to apply by mail through October 10th. They now need to call to make an appointment for a face-to-face interview.

People who have not received FAP benefits in the past 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.

"We are urging people to come in now," said Louise Bergeron, energy director of Southern New Hampshire Services, which serves Hillsborough and Rockingham counties. "Don't wait until you are in the crisis. Don't put your family through that. Don't put yourself through that."

Payments made in the program officially begin on December 3rd; the program runs through April 30th, 2013.

Senior citizens and others who are homebound may call to arrange for a home visit. Fuel assistance benefits are a grant and do not have to be repaid.

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. Benefits range from $150 to $1125 per season.  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.

Fuel Assistance Program

Gross Income Guidelines

Household Size

Monthly

Annual*

1

$1,836

$22,340

2

$2,487

$30,260

3

$3,138

$38,180

4

$3,789

$46,100

5

$4,440

$54,020

6

$5,091

$61,940

7

$5,742

$69,860

8

$6,276

$76,355

*Benefits based on monthly income in most cases

Income guidelines may increase in the spring.

 

Electrical Assistance Program

Electric Assistance applications are taken year round. The program provides qualifying PSNH and National Grid electric customers with discounts on their monthly bills. Renters, subsidized renters and homeowners who receive an electric bill may apply for the EAP. Eligibility is determined by total household income, the number of household members and funding available. The application can be taken at the same time as the Fuel Assistance Program application. There are currently openings in this program. Income guidelines for this program are different from those of the Fuel Assistance Program.

Clients who qualify by income will be enrolled right away. There is no wait list at this time.

“People struggling to cover their energy costs have options,” said Bergeron. “There are a number of programs available that could help them. We encourage them to contact our office so we can see if help is available.”

Southern New Hampshire Services: Energy Assistance Offices

Location Address Days Open Times Phone Numbers
Manchester 160 Silver St. Mon-Fri (Year Round) 8:30am-4:30pm (603) 647-4470 or (800) 322-1073
Nashua 134 Allds St. Mon-Fri (Year Round)  8:30am-4:30pm (603) 889-3440  or (877) 211-0723
Peterborough 46 Concord St. (The River Center) Monday through Friday Call for times (603) 924-2243 or (877) 757-7048
Hillsboro 63 West Main St. Monday and Friday Call for times (603) 924-2243 or (877) 757-7048
Milford Library Annex Tuesday and Thursday Call for times (603) 924-2243 or (877) 757-7048
 

Rockingham Community Action: Energy Assistance Offices

Location Address Days Open Times Phone Numbers
Derry 9 Crystal Ave. Mon-Fri (Year Round) 8:30am-4:30pm (603) 965-3029 or (855) 295-4105
Portsmouth 4 Cutts St. Mon-Fri (Year Round)  8:30am-4:30pm (603) 436-3896 or (800) 639-3896
Raymond 55 Prescott Rd. Mon-Fri (Year Round) 8:30am-4:30pm (603) 895-2303 or (800) 974-2303
Salem 287 Lawrence Rd. Mon-Fri (Year Round) 8:30am-4:30pm (603) 893-9172 or (800) 939-9172
Seabrook 683 Lafayette Rd. Mon-Fri (Year Round) 8:30am-4:30pm (603) 474-3507 or  (800) 979-3507
 

 

 

"Seniors & Driving: Balancing Safety and the Need to Stay Independent" workshop scheduled

NASHUA – Do you worry about a relative or loved one who is still driving after a diagnosis of a medical or cognitive complication? Do you need ways to initiate a productive conversation with an older driver about driving safety? Do you know the warnings signs that would help you determine when driving should stop?

Learn the answers to these and other important questions about the need to balance safety considerations with an elderly driver’s sense of independence, pride, and control at the November Seniors Count-Nashua workshop scheduled for Tuesday, November 13 at the Nashua Senior Activity Center.

Officer Jane Constant, Senior Relations Officer with the Nashua Police Department is workshop presenter.

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

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 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 from 11:45am to 12:45pm.

The workshop is one of a series of free programs offered monthly at the Senior Activity Center by Seniors Count-Nashua. The workshops provide area residents with information on resources available in the community as they age.

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. 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.

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.

"Clash of the Cupcakes" benefits Retired and Senior Volunteer Program

Who doesn’t like a great tasting, good-looking cupcake? On Friday, October 26, guests will sample some of the best in the area as the Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) holds the first-ever “Clash of the Cupcakes” at Southern New Hampshire University’s Hospitality Center.

The fund-raising event features six teams of local professional bakers and six teams of student bakers, each competing to earn the title “Best Cupcake 2012” in their category. Those attending will vote to select a “People’s Choice” winner from among the professionals and the students.

The event is sold out as of Friday, October 12.

Professional bakers scheduled to compete are Queen City Cupcakes (Manchester); Who You Callin’ Cupcake (Salem); Cupcake Conspiracy (Merrimack); Cupcakes 101 (Bedford); O’Sugar! Cakery (Seabrook); and Gone Baking (Bedford).

The evening features a three-course meal prepared and served by students from the University’s Culinary Arts Program. Dessert (of course!) will be cupcakes. Attendees will receive a box of cupcakes as a take home gift. What could be sweeter?

Attendees will have the opportunity to bid on and take home their favorite item from the Silent Auction.

Emcee for the evening is Mike Morin, author and co-host of New Hampshire in the Morning on 95.7 WZID. The event begins at 6:00pm.

Southern New Hampshire University is located at 2500 North River Rd. in Manchester.

Proceeds from the event benefit Southern New Hampshire Services’ Retired and Senior Volunteer Program. The money raised will help RSVP to continue to recruit, train and recognize the program’s dedicated seniors who, through their volunteer service, remain active and contributing members of their community.

Event sponsors include Villa Crest Nursing and Retirement Center, King Arthur Flour, Hanover Hill Health Care Center, Birch Hill Terrace, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care of New England and Cross Insurance. Additional support is being provided by Southern New Hampshire University, The Quill Restaurant, SNHU’s Cake Decorating Club and Southern New Hampshire Services.

For more information, contact Dee Martin, volunteer service director, at 668-8010, x 6022 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

'Role Nutrition Plays in Healthy Aging' subject of Seniors Count-Nashua workshop

NASHUA – The benefits of healthy eating are numerous for older adults and include increase mental acuteness, resistance to illness and disease, higher energy levels. Eating well can also be the key to a positive outlook in life.

Area seniors can learn more about how their nutritional needs change as they age and tips on how to overcome obstacles that being older present to healthy eating at the upcoming Seniors Count-Nashua workshop, scheduled for Tuesday, October 9 at the Nashua Senior Activity Center. The free workshop begins at 1:00pm.

Workshop presenter is Susan O’Keefe, RD, LD, Hannaford Dietician. O’Keefe will also present tips on healthy shopping and healthy snacks will be provided.

Advance registration for the workshop is requested. Please call Beth Todgham, Seniors Count-Nashua facilitator for Southern New Hampshire Services at (603) 889-3440 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 from 11:45am to 12:45pm.

The workshop is one of a series of free programs offered monthly at the Senior Activity Center by Seniors Count-Nashua. The workshops provide area residents with information on resources available in the community as they age.

Past workshops have included topics on senior fraud and identity theft, senior driving issues, gizmos and gadgets to stay safe in your home, clutter control and understanding what a loved one with dementia is experiencing. 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.

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.

Cotton Mill Square Redevelopment Starts

The Community Development Finance Authority has awarded Southern NH Services $1 million in tax credits for the Cotton Mill Square redevelopment, which will convert an abandoned cotton warehouse in Nashua into 109 mixed-income apartments. Over half of the apartments will be affordable to families of modest means.

Businesses can support this exciting project through the purchase of NH business tax credits.  Companies purchasing credits take a 75% credit against their New Hampshire state taxes.  Thus, a $100,000 contribution costs only $25,000.  After other tax deductions, donations cost businesses just eleven cents on the dollarRead More

Nursing program graduates draw from across globe

Union Leader Staff Report

MANCHESTER — Remember to care for the people in your care, 35 graduates of a nursing preparatory program for immigrants and refugees were told Tuesday during their program completion ceremony.

“Know in your heart that you're going into this profession because you care about people,” said Nick Vailas, the keynote speaker for the Bringing Refugees, Immigrants and Neighbors Gently Into Tomorrow nursing program's completion ceremony, held Tuesday night at Hillside Middle School.

“For me, there is no greater way of serving your fellow man,” said Vailas, the former commissioner of the state Department of Health and Human Services. “You've got to love what you do, especially in health care.”

The after-school nursing programs offer introductory and advanced classes for students in grades 8 through 10, as well as college preparatory classes for high school juniors and seniors.

It is tailored toward students from other countries as part of an effort to increase the number of bilingual, multicultural nurses in the work force, said Jodi Harper, program coordinator. “We really have students from all over the world,” Harper said.

“This program helped me a lot,” said Ratna Gurung, who said she moved to the United States from Nepal five years ago and in the fall will be a senior at Manchester High School West. “We had to believe in ourselves.”

“I learned a lot about this nursing field,” said Alka Gurung, who also attends Manchester High School West, and said she came to the United States from Nepal two years ago.

 

Reprinted with permission from The Union Leader, Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Head Start programs accepting applications

Head Start and Early Head Start programs in Hillsborough and Rockingham Counties are currently accepting applications for the 2012-2013 school year.  With the two counties programs now merged, Head Start and Early Head Start will be serving over 600 children in the southern tier of New Hampshire. Staff are working hard to get the word out in the community to insure that information reaches all eligible families

Head Start serves children 3-4 years of age providing a comprehensive preschool program with family support services.  Part day and full day classes are available depending on site and family eligibility. Head Start operates in Manchester, Nashua, Derry, Epping, Greenville, Hillsboro, Hudson, Newmarket, Portsmouth and Hampton Falls.

Early Head Start serves children 6 weeks to 3 years and pregnant women. The center based program provides child care for families who need full day care due to working, school or job training. The home based option provides weekly home visits with families to work on child development activities. Both options have a family support component to help families access community resources and work on meeting family goals.

If you would like to learn more about the Head Start program or would like to complete an application, contact Donna at 668-8010 ext.6098.

Informational materials on the Head Start and Early Head Start programs are available by contacting Pam Lane, 668-8010 ext. 6131. Brochures, handouts and flyers for your agency’s offices or waiting rooms will be provided. Head Start staff is also available to speak at local agencies about the Head Start and Early Head Start program to facilitate community referrals.

Summer Food Service Program announces locations and hours for 2012

SNHS Summer Food Service Program: Free meals for youth 18 and under!

Youth age 18 and under will enjoy free meals again this summer through the Summer Food Service Program coordinated by Southern New Hampshire Services in four New Hampshire counties.

Over 50 sites located in 11 cities or towns in Hillsborough, Rockingham, Strafford and Carroll Counties will provide free meals to local youth. All meals are prepared following USDA guidelines and unitized for each individual child.

Meals are available at open site locations for the duration of school summer break or during structured summer programming. Breakfast, Lunch and Supper meals are available at the designated locations.

The program is designed to ensure that low-income youth continue to receive healthy meals during the summer in those areas where 50% or more of the school children receive free or reduced lunches.

There are no income requirements or registration. Any child 18 and under may come to eat.

Each year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture partners with local organizations like Southern New Hampshire Services to provide free meals to children when school is out for the summer.

Summer Food Service Program locations and hours for 2012:

Manchester

Free meals served Monday through Friday starting June 22 through August 28. Meals will not be served July 4th.

Breakfast Sites

  • Elmwood Gardens Apartments 8:45am-9:45am (83 Trahan Street)
  • New Horizons Soup Kitchen 9:00am-9:30am (199 Manchester Street)

Lunch Sites

  • Elmwood Gardens Apartments 12:15pm-1:15pm (93 Trahan Street)
  • New Horizons Soup Kitchen 12:30pm-1:30pm (199 Manchester Street)
  • Hunt Memorial Pool 12:45pm-2:45pm (Maple & Auburn Streets)

Supper Sites

  • Sweeney Park 4:00pm- 4:30pm (132 Walker Street)
  • Adventure Park 4:30pm- 5:30pm (324-300 Union Street)
  • Kelly Falls Apartments 4:45pm- 5:15pm (463 Kimball Street)
  • Beech Hill Apartments 5:45pm- 6:15pm (120 Beech Hill Avenue)
  • Beech Street School Playground 5:45pm- 6:15 pm (275 Beech Street)
  • Bakersville School 6:30pm- 7:00pm (36 Cheney Street)
  • Maple Street Apartments 6:45pm- 7:30pm (183-199 Maple Street)

Nashua

Free meals served Monday through Friday starting June 18 through August 27. Meals will not be served July 4th.

Lunch Sites
  • Amherst Street Apartments 12:30pm-1:00pm (525 Amherst Street)
  • Bronstein Apartments 1:15pm-1:45pm (41 Central Street)
  • Crown Hill Pool 2:00pm-2:30pm (27 Burke Street)
  • Centennial Pool 2:45pm-3:15pm (22 Sargents Avenue)
  • WIC Clinic 1:00pm-2:00pm (134 Allds Street)

Supper Sites

  • David Dean Skate Park 4:45pm-5:15pm (Bridge Street)
  • Major Drive Apartments 5:30pm-6:00pm (101 Major Drive)
  • Los Amigos Park 6:15pm-6:45pm (40-52 Ash Street)
  • Eleventh Street Apartments 7:00pm-7:30pm (11th Street)

Seabrook

Free meals served Monday through Friday starting July 9 through August 10.

Breakfast Sites
  • Seabrook Parks & Recreation 8:00am-8:45am (311 Lafayette Road)

Lunch Sites

  • Seabrook Parks & Recreation 11:30am-12:30pmm (311 Lafayette Road)

Derry

Free meals served Monday through Friday starting June 18 through August 27. Meals will not be served July 4th.

Supper Sites
  • Fairways Apartments (RESIDENTS ONLY) 3:30pm-4:15pm (1 Forest Ridge Rd.)
  • Franklin Village Apartments 5:00pm-5:45pm (4 Laraway Court)
  • Hood Park 6:00pm-6:30pm (14 Rollins Street)

Portsmouth

Free meals served Monday through Friday starting June 18 through August 24. Meals will not be served July 4th.

Supper Sites
  • Operation Blessings 4:30pm-5:30pm (600A Lafayette Road – behind building)

Dover

Free meals served Monday through Friday starting June 18 through August 17. Meals will not be served July 4th.

Breakfast Sites
  • Dover Housing Authority Seymour Osmond Community Center 8:00am-8:30am (40 Hampshire Circle)
  • Dover Housing Authority Mineral Park 8:35am-9:05am (Mineral Park Drive)
  • Woodman Park Elementary 8:30am-9:00am (11 Towle Avenue) - From July 9 – August 10

Lunch Sites

  • Dover Housing Authority Seymour Osmond Community Center 12:00pm-12:30pm (40 Hampshire Circle)
  • Dover Housing Authority Mineral Park 12:45pm-1:15pm (Mineral Park Drive)
  • Woodman Park Elementary 11:30am-12:00pm (11 Towle Avenue) - From July 9 – August 10

Somersworth

Free meals served Monday through Friday starting June 25 through August 17. Meals will not be served July 4th. No lunch served at site on Tuesdays & Thursdays

Breakfast Sites
  • Somersworth Recreation Millenium Park 8:30am-9:00am (99 Stack Pole Road)
  • Somersworth Recreation Noble Pines 8:30am-9:00am (45 Grand Avenue)

Lunch Sites

  • Somersworth Recreation Millenium Park 12:15pm-1:15pm (99 Stack Pole Road) No Tuesdays and Thursday meal service
  • Somersworth Recreation Noble Pines 12:14pm-1:15pm (45 Grand Avenue) No Tuesdays and Thursday meal service

Farmington

Free meals served Monday through Friday starting June 26 through August 17 (Fernald Park Suppers) and June 25 through August 17 Henry Wilson Middle School Playground and Fernald Park Breakfast. Meals will not be served July 4th.

Breakfast Sites
  • Fernald Park 8:30am-9:00am (Central Street) Starts June 25th

Lunch Sites

  • Henry Wilson Middle School Playground 11:30am-12:00pm (51 School Street) Starts June 25th

Supper Sites

  • Fernald Park 5:15pm-6:15pm (Central Street) Starts June 26th

Ossipee, Effingham & North Conway

Free meals served Monday through Friday starting July 10 through August 9. Meals will not be served July 4th.

Breakfast Sites
  • Ossipee Central Elementary School 7:45am-8:15am (68 Main Street) Serving Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday only
  • Effingham Elementary School 7:45am-8:15am (6 Partridge Cove Road) Serving Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday only

Lunch Sites

  • North Conway 12:00pm-12:30pm (174 Grove Street) July 3rd through August 10th (except July 4th)
  • Effingham Elementary School 11:30am-12:00pm (6 Partridge Cove Road) Serving Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday only
For more information contact: Patty Carignan, SFSP Coordinator at (603) 668-8020, ext. 6048; email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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