May We Help You?
It has been said that The River Center is “where you go when you don’t know where else to go.” People call us when they don’t know what to do or where to turn. How many times have you, your family, or a neighbor or co-worker been confronted with a new problem that you don’t know how to solve? Have you found yourself wondering where to start? Who do I call for help? The River Center is a good place to start.
There are three ways to get connections to community resources from The River Center Family and Community Resource Center:
- Call us at 924-6800. Sheila or any of our staff will be happy to help you.
- Visit us at 9 Vose Farm Rd. Suite 115, Monday through Thursday between 9:00-2:00. We have brochures you can browse and you can talk with one of our staff.
- Go to www.rivercenter.us/factbook, our resource guide for the Eastern Monadnock Region.
Let me give you some examples of how we can help:
A thirty-something man called us concerned about his elderly friend I will call Rose. Her living situation was worrisome and her personal safety at question. She was presenting as confused and not at all her usual intelligent, engaged, cheery self. The young man was able to make arrangements for her to move out of the rental room and into a short term housing solution. He wanted help for Rose.
We referred the man to Susan Howard, Program Manager at Monadnock Area Transitional Shelter to address the housing needs. He had made efforts to contact family members, but Rose didn’t seem to want them involved. It was decided that a call to the Bureau of Elderly Services would be appropriate as they cover cases of ‘self-neglect’. Those are situations where an elderly person is not caring for themselves and there may need to be some sort of intervention. They were very helpful and compassionate. The happy end of the story: Rose’s son came and brought her to live with him.
A young mom came in. Her car needed repairs and she couldn’t afford it. Could we help? Now, for those of you who are interested, this is truly a need. Matching folks who like to do car repairs (I know there are some of you out there) with cars that need repair would be a wonderful service to our community. For many, the expense of getting the car fixed is that One More Thing that can tip the scales. They can’t afford to fix the car, so they can’t get to work. They can’t get to work so they lose their job. They don’t have a job, so they can’t pay the rent. They can’t pay the rent so they lose their housing. You get the picture. Car repairs. Think about it. How can we as a community help with this issue? For the time being we send them to their town welfare officer for funds to fix the car. For Peterborough residents, there is also the Sunshine Fund and the Salvation Army for these expenses that are not covered through the state funded assistance programs.
In the first half of this year, we have received 171 calls or walk-ins asking for help. People call with questions about food, transportation needs, heating their homes, health insurance, help with taxes, needing a job. They call because they want someone to help them move; need information about senior housing; can’t pay their medical bills; they need a ride to the doctor; need financial assistance for a root canal; looking for a play group; would like help with Christmas for their children; have an eviction notice; need firewood; have run out of diapers; or need money to cover this month’s rent.
Who makes these calls or visits The River Center for connections to services? Individuals come in wanting information for themselves or their families, pastors, home health care providers, employers, social workers, concerned neighbors, adult children, school nurses, lawyers, relatives, YOU.
To ensure that our community knows about the resources available, we facilitate a monthly Provider Network for the Eastern Monadnock Region. We have representatives attend from a wide variety of local organizations including welfare directors, food pantry volunteers, churches, and many social services professionals. If you would like to join us, please contact me for more information.
So, May We Help You? Give us a call, a visit in person or on-line. We are here to strengthen our community, one individual, one family at a time.
We are currently taking registrations for fall parenting programs. Visit www.rivercenter.us/register for more information.