2017 Fall Newsletter

Holiday dreams really do come true – all because of you!

Christmas Connections 2017

The wish lists are never extravagant or long. They contain the basic necessities many of us take for granted, like a new winter jacket or a warm pair of gloves. An extravagance would be a special toy that a young child has his or her heart set on.

Christmas is a special time for many of us, but it can be stressful – even heartbreaking – for families who struggle financially to get through each day. Your kindness and generosity make a bleak holiday bright.

“I see the smiles, the tears and the delighted attitudes of the parents when they come to collect the gifts,” says Judy Nelson, community outreach coordinator at the Salem district office. “Parents are always amazed by the amount of the donations and the generosity of the givers.”

Because of you, holiday dreams do come true. Your support of the Christmas Connections program brightens the holidays for children, seniors and families from the North Country to the Merrimack Valley, from the Seacoast to the Monadnocks.

Please join us in helping a neighbor in need this holiday season. Those who would like to donate gift cards or adopt a family or child should contact their nearest Parish & Community Services district office.

To learn more about Christmas Connections in your area, visit our blog.

Learn warning signs, dispel myths of teen suicide

‘Talking to Teens About Suicide’ presentation in Meredith on Oct. 26

Is your teenager struggling with suicidal thoughts? Are you concerned about the influence the recent Netflix series, 13 Reasons Why, may have on your child? Do you know how to talk to a teen or young adult about suicide?

Get answers at “Talking to Teens About Suicide,” which will be held from 6:30-8 p.m., on Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017, at St. Charles Borromeo Parish Hall in Meredith. Catholic Charities New Hampshire Counseling Services and the Diocese of Manchester will present the program in response to reports of a significant rise in suicidal behavior and thinking among teens.

Parents and all who work with teens and young adults are welcome to the free program.

The Rev. John J. Mahoney Jr., Director of Catholic Charities Counseling Services, will lead a team of CCNH counselors skilled in working with adolescents in dispelling myths and identifying risk factors and warning signs of teen suicide. This is not a training session, but is intended to increase awareness of teen suicide and to offer guidance on how to respond. An earlier session took place in Manchester last month.

Register online at catholicnh.org/teensuicide. See cc-nh.org/counseling for more information on Catholic Charities Counseling Services.

Parenting doesn’t come with an instruction manual

Pregnancy and parenting program celebrates 35th anniversary

OUR PLACE celebrates 35 years of teaching new mothers to nurture their babies from pregnancy through age three. Because of you, they succeed.

With its staff of social workers and nurse educators, OUR PLACE not only connects expectant parents and their families with needed supplies and resources, but also shows them what is possible. Staff assist clients develop Life Plans to set attainable goals. In addition, research proves good parenting prevents child abuse.

“They always say, ‘Happy mom. Happy baby’,” OUR PLACE client Kristen says. “That is the hope of every parent. I want to do a little better than what my parents did.”

Because of you, OUR PLACE continues to help children get a healthy start in life.

Click here to read about other OUR PLACE clients and how your generosity helps move lives forward.

Still running strong

St. Charles 5K draws another large field

Whether you run, volunteer or come out every Labor Day to cheer others on, your efforts keep the St. Charles 5K going strong after 21 years.

The annual road race is the only major fundraiser for St. Charles Children’s Home in Rochester and this year raised $17,500. Thank you for your support! St. Charles educates children with behavioral, emotional and social needs so they can integrate back into their school systems.

The race drew 887 runners to the starting line at Pease International Tradeport in Portsmouth on Sept. 4. The field included New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu.

“At the end of the day, they’re helping kids,” Sununu said of the Catholic Charities program. “They’re helping really make some incredible differences in these kids’ lives.”

Kevin Greene, a Waltham, Mass. resident and former runner at the University of New Hampshire, won the race for the second straight year in 15:13. Corey Dowe, a Barrington resident and former cross-country runner at Cornell, was the women’s winner in 18:05.

Gov. Sununu, by the way, covered the 3.1-mile course in 28:30 to finish 15th in his age group and 306th overall. He was running with his son, Calvin.

To learn more about the St. Charles Children’s Home or Catholic Charities New Hampshire visit, cc-nh.org/stcharles.

Healthcare happenings

See what’s happening at our skilled nursing and long-term care centers

Residents of St. Ann’s Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Dover enjoyed a dip at Wallis Sands Beach in Rye this summer. Your support and our skilled, caring staff made their day. Thank you!

St. Francis skilled nursing center will get spacious, state-of-the-art rehabilitation facilities and 14 extra private rooms as a result of renovations underway at the Laconia center. Here are scenes from the Aug. 21 groundbreaking ceremony.

Recently completed renovations to St. Ann skilled nursing center in Dover include a complete makeover of the Granite Wing. The short-term resident rehabilitation center now has 12 private rooms and a satellite rehabilitation gym. The 5-month renovation project also introduced many aesthetic improvements to the entire nursing center, including furniture, art, lighting, carpeting and paint.

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