Western Hillsborough County Family Services
Western Hillsborough County Family Services (WHCFS) responds to identified service gaps and barriers to the economic, physical, social and emotional well-being of low-income families in Hillsborough County. This is accomplished through a collaborative effort between Southern New Hampshire Services and other organizations and businesses in the Peterborough area. Services provided include access to food, rent assistance, parent education, education advocacy, drug and alcohol education, adult literacy, family support, custody information, assisting adults with preparation for the High School Equivalency Test (HiSET – formerly the GED) and a myriad of other social services.
WHCFS’ goal is to provide long-term services to help strengthen families and provide the tools for self-sufficiency. It has been an established program at the Riverview Housing Complex in Peterborough for 17 years. Based on the success of the program at Riverview, these services were added at Pine View Village
The Children’s Program component of WHCFS operates year-round, with academic assistance and various activities during the school year, and recreational program during the summer.
The summer program offers arts and crafts, sports, outdoor activities and field trips, which include camping, hiking local mountains, botanical parks, boating, swimming and a trip to the ocean. For children who often do not leave the confines of the housing projects within which they live and do not have the benefit of a family-type summer vacation, the field trips are a crucial part of the summer program and the children’s developmental process.
Call Western Hillsborough County Family Services at (603) 924-9601 for more information.