Partner News: September 2018 | Monadnock United Way

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Partner News: September 2018

The River Center announces fall programs

Special event: Jessica Lahey to speak at Tuesday Topic event
Jessica Lahey, author of The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed, will be at the Lucy Hurlin Theatre at ConVal Regional High School from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 23.
The author, columnist, veteran teacher and mom will summarize the current research on the nature of intrinsic motivation and explain how parents and educators can give students the support and encouragement they need in order to stay motivated over the long term.
Playtime with Kelli
Parents, take your kids to this free, fun playtime opportunity every Wednesday from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Both indoor and outdoor activities are offered for kids up to age 5. 
When Do I Draw the Line? I Am the Parent After All
On October 9 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m., find out more about the role and nature of authority. 
Safe Sitter 
This babysitting training is offered on October 26 and Nov. 3. Call the River Center at 603-924-6800 for more information. 
For more information on all events, visit the River Center website.

SCS sees increase in shelter guests 

Southwestern Community Services saw a 17 percent increase this year in the number of guests served at its shelter. From May 2017 through April 2018, the shelter served 173 guests, versus the 144 guests served the prior year.

“While we continue to see an increase in shelter guests exiting into Permanent Housing, the need for Emergency Shelter and services remains,” SCS officials said.

Though return stays in SCS shelters are down, new guests are increasing

“We continue to work with all shelter guests toward the goal of permanent housing with case management and helping them to access services and resources in the community,” officials said.

The current wish list for SCS shelters includes new pillows and silverware.

Hundred Nights to host Touch a Truck event

The 5th Annual Touch a Truck Benefit for Hundred Nights, Inc. will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on October 13 at the Market Basket on Route 10 in Swanzey. The family-friendly event will feature all types of vehicles that kids can explore, as well as the opportunity to trick-or-treat at all the vendors. 
A DJ will be at the event, which will also include a musical chairs contest, a costume parade for kids, face painting, a 50/50 raffle, karate and cheerleading demonstrations and more. 
Any United Way agency is welcome to bring a small table to set up an informational booth. Call 603-352-5197 to make arrangements. 
Admission is $5 per child and a canned good for each adult. 

SCS scheduling appointments for fuel and weatherization assistance 

Southwestern Community Services offers two services that can help people during the winter months.

The fuel assistance program can offer help with heating costs, even if heat is included in your rent. The program can also assist with past-due fuel bills. Those who are eligible for fuel assistance may also be eligible for the weatherization program. Call SCS at 603-352-7512 in Keene or 603-542-9528 in Claremont to schedule an appointment to determine if your household is income-eligible for assistance.


MFS to host “Life is a Cabaret” fundraiser in November

Monadnock Family Services will present “Life is a Cabaret” at the Shattuck Golf Club in Jaffrey on Nov. 10. Doors will open at 7:30 p.m.
Hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, an auction and more will be part of the musical evening. Tickets are $50. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Mary Delisle at 603-283-1568 or