Family Resource Centers in Action
Thank you to The Grapevine Family and Community Resource Center for quick and tangible response to support our community in a time of great sorrow and need.
We are saddened by the death of a Great Brook School student this month. The death of a young person affects everyone in a caring community- youth and adults alike. Within days, The Grapevine organized drop-in support for youth at Avenue A Teen and Community Center. They brought in the NH Disaster Behavioral Health Response Team to support youth that evening as they worked through shock, grief, and questions.
Within a week, they organized a gathering at the Antrim Town Hall to give “an opportunity to come together and connect with one another, share your sadness and concerns, and begin talking about how we move forward as a community.” Partners in this discussion were the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and the Disaster Behavioral Response Team through the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services.
The River Center and The Grapevine are both family and community resource centers. What does that mean? Family resource centers exist across our nation. Casey Family Programs describe family resource centers as “community based resource hubs where families can access formal and informal support to promote their health and well-being.” Both our organizations provide parenting education and support that comes through groups that meet weekly, presentations on special topics, family outings, and regular intensive in-home visits. In addition, The Grapevine has Avenue A, a teen center, as well as the Learning Vine, a preschool. The River Center has programs that meet in Jaffrey, Peterborough, and other locations. Both offer connections to community resources. Both are here to strengthen individuals and families in our communities.
The River Center and The Grapevine are part of Family Support New Hampshire, a statewide coalition of family resource centers and family support programs. In New Hampshire family resource centers each take on the character and reflect the needs of their community. In Portsmouth, Families First is part of a health clinic. Gorham Family Resource Center has five regional offices spread out throughout the North Country. Plymouth Whole Village houses many social service organizations in their building. Claremont’s TLC Family Resource Center focuses on in-home family support and recovery services. The Family Connections Center serves incarcerated parents and their families. What is the common thread? Serving the families of New Hampshire. One parent, one child, one family at a time.
The River Center and The Grapevine work together to support GrandFamilies and share a staff person. We are part of the Monadnock Home Visiting Alliance.
Please join The River Center tonight at 6:30 as we host Angela Hanscom speaking on her book, Balanced and Barefoot at Conval High School. She will motivate us to get our children outdoors to play! I hope to see you there.