December 2016

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Don't Let The Light Go Out!
Meet Marley. She and her mom and dad are enrolled in our Healthy Families America program. She enjoys her weekly visits with Erin Kelly, one of our paren t educators. She also gets occasional visits from  our nurse, Karen  Jameson. B ecause she is part of Healthy Families America,  Marley gets free books and beautiful clothes like the little dress she is wearing in the photo to the right. Her mom and dad get support and education about early childhood development so that they can help Marley's brain develop to its highest potential. That's what we do: provide support and education so that little bright-eyed babies can grow up to be incredible adults! Isn't she a bright spot in your day?

I am of the generation of Peter, Paul, and Mary followers. Found among all their great music are the words that I think need to be heard the most right now: 
Light one candle for the strength that we need
To never become our own foe
And light one candle for those who are suffering
Pain we learned so long ago
Light one candle for all we believe in
That anger not tear us apart
And light one candle to find us together
With peace as the song in our hearts 
Don't let the light go out!
It's lasted for so many years!
Don't let the light go out!
Let it shine through our hope and our tears.
Whatever our faith beliefs in this season, may we find the strength to keep those candles burning brightly for our own families and all families like Marley's! Wishing you the brightest of holidays and a Happy New Year.

Maggie Monroe-Cassel
Executive Director
Thank you, Ramunto's!
There are so many ways in which individuals and organizations can help support our mission. Ramunto's in Claremont does a great dessert fundraiser for us one month each year. This year, if you ordered dessert at Ramunto's, you helped raise $266 for our parent education programs! But the best part of the donation was the letter that came along with it: "Glad to have you in our community helping parents and children improve themselves. Many organizations provide immediate relief. Few impact the future lives, as you can!" Signed, Brad.  Thanks, Brad, for those wonderful words of encouragement. Yes, we do change generations with each family we serve.
A Troubling Combination: Depression, Poverty, and Parenting
There is a troubling fact that researchers have identified again and again: low-income parents, especially single mothers, have higher rates of depression and depressive symptoms than their higher-income counterparts. A new Child Trends' study found that more than half of a group of low-income felt down, depressed, or hopeless in the past year and almost a third had those feelings combined with a lack of interest or pleasure in doing things.  Depression and poverty is not only a troubling combination for parents, but research has shown that children can get caught in the web of parental depression as well.  Read more...
SHINE for Young Women and Men
Liza Draper made sure her SHINE class got into the holiday spirit!
We provide comprehensive sexual health information for young women and men 16-21 with the goal to lower teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted disease rates in the county. Email
 or click here to find out more or to register for 
a class.
Holiday Apparel and Gifts at 2nd Beginnings!
We have so many adorable Christmas outfits for your children and grandchildren. You won't find these prices anywhere else. And this week all the holiday clothing and items will be on sale! Help us make room for new inventory by buying now. Monday until Thursday this week, 10-4.

Also, we are now accepting donations of clean, gently used children's clothing for the winter. Please drop them off during our business hours, Monday to Friday, 10-4. Thanks!
NH Charitable Foundation Features TLC in the Fall/Winter edition of Purpose
Many thanks to the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation and Lois Shea for the great article about our work with children. It was published in the quarterly magazine, Purpose, and you can view it by clicking here.
Maggie Monroe-Cassel 
(603) 542-1848 x 322