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Partner News: April 2019

SCS reports successes with Housing Stabilization programs

Southwestern Community Services has found long-term benefits of its Housing Stabilization prevention programs. A recent report from the New Hampshire Bureau of Housing Supports, using statewide data from the Homeless Management Information System, found that out of the 150 households served through the New Hampshire Housing and Finance Authority’s Emergency Housing Program in 2016, only 6 returned to a homeless situation the following year. SCS is a local administrator of the Emergency Housing Program, and found that statewide findings were mirrored in the local prevention program SCS offers. In evaluating the Homeless Housing and Revolving Loan Fund (HHARLF), SCS reports that of the 34 homeless households that received assistance from the Homeless Housing and Revolving Loan Fund, none have returned to a homeless situation in either Cheshire or Sullivan County.  

The agency also announced it is in need of donations of gently used furniture and other household items, for clients who are entering into permanent housing, as well as twin-size sheets for their shelters. To make arrange to drop off a donation, contact Jenna Tacy at 603-719-4294.

The River Center announces upcoming programs

The Families, Forests and Farms program, facilitated by Kelli Tourgee, will be held on Thursdays starting May 1 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Families will enjoy going on group field trips, gardening, walks and hikes

On May 7. the Center will host a screening of "Brainious," a documentary that shares "neuro-knowledge" for parents and educators in order to help children thrive and reach their full potential. This will be shown at Peterborough Community Theatre at 6:30 p.m. On May 21 at 6:30 p.m., a follow-up discussion will be held at The River Center for anyone who would like to expand on take-aways from the film and thoughts on what it means to parenting and families. RSVP to reserve your spot.

The Center will also continue to hold its weekly group programs: Teens and Tweens on Tuesdays from 12-2 p.m., Playtime with Kelli on Wednesdays from 9:30-11:30 a.m, and a parent + child group in Jaffrey on Fridays from 9:30-11:30 a.m.

To RSVP or learn more about these and other programs, call 603924-6800 or visit

SCS New Hope New Horizons' hosts annual performance April 26

Join SCS, Inc. New Hope New Horizons’ for its annual performance, "Tapestry," in cooperation with the Dance and Movement Therapy program at Antioch University New England. The free performance will be held at 9:30 a.m. April 26 in the Michael Blastos Community Room at the Keene Ice Arena. 

Annual MDS run set for May 18

Monadnock Developmental Services will host its 5th annual Run~Walk~Smile 5K/1-Mi/10K Chapman Challenge on Saturday, May 18, to raise funds for  critica; demtal work and emergencies for adults with developmental disabilities. Entry fees are: $25  for the 5K or 10K or $20 for everyone over age 12, and $15 for anyone 12 and under. To register, click here. For more information, visit, email or call 603-352-1304.