Formerly Good Beginnings of Sullivan County
Still promoting the optimal health and development of children and families in our region of New Hampshire and still at 109 Pleasant St, PO Box 1098, Claremont, NH 03743  

 Donate Now             February 2016

In our family, Valentine's Day is not so much about romantic love as it is about love in general. We have always made it a fun holiday with special food and decorations and goofy, cheap gifts. It is also a great time in the middle of winter to do something fun.  It's really a time for us to embrace the power of love in our lives.  But even as I am grateful for the love of my family, I am acutely aware that not all people have this foundation.

I am part of the Class of 2016 Leadership Upper Valley.  Once a month we meet for an entire day to discuss topics pertinent to our area like the arts, education or economy.  In February, it was Justice Day.  We spend the day literally locked up in the Springfield Vermont Correctional Facility.  At the end of the day, three inmates, all due to be released fairly soon, spoke to us about their situations.  One was a sexual offender, one a drug dealer and one 
an arsonist.  A common theme came to mind as they spoke:  they had all sought love in all the wrong places, as the song goes.  Why would they have to seek it out?  Well, perhaps it was not embedded in their lives in the way many of us experience.

Here at TLC Family Resource Center we help parents learn how to embed love in their children's lives.  The parents themselves may not have had that lov e.  That's why they need help in breaking the cycles that were placed down to them.  It may be seem trite or maudlin to speak of love but it is the basic, the initial and powerful building block that makes all the difference.

Love is complicated and difficult.  But lack of love is even more com plicated and difficult...and VERY expensive. One of the statistics given to us at the prison was this:  It costs the State of Vermont over $58,000 each year to hous e an inmate.

Maggie Monroe-Cassel
Executive Director
Our New Sign
It's here!  We're here!  And now everyone driving on Pleasant Street knows it.  We were so pleased to get out new sign on February 4th. Thank you to The Eagle Time and the eTicker for running pictures of it for us.  Please share the news of our mission to promote the optimal health and development of children and families in New Hampshire.  And remember to tell you friends who are parents and grandparents, aunts and uncles, that they can buy great clothes for the children in their families AND support of our mission.
La Leche League
L a Leche LeagueThe La Leche League of Claremont meets in one of our playrooms on Thursdays, 9:30-11 am and 5:30-7 pm.  For more information, please contact Zadiah at    is an international, nonprofit, nonsectarian organization dedicated to providing breastfeeding support, encouragement, information, and education.  Accredited La Leche League Leaders in your area answer help calls, give in-person encouragement and nursing help, and facilitate open Series Meetings at which mothers share their questions, experiences, and encouragement with one another.  You can also check out their Facebook page at La Leche Facebook.
Thank you....We won a prize!
Thank you to all who voted for our Christmas tree at The Common Man in Claremont. We won third place and received a gift certificate for $200.  We will let you know next year when the trees are up again.  We also received a number of children's book memories from people who placed a little paper book on our tree and wrote a few words about its meaning to them.  Here are some of the books people remember from their childhood or reading to their own children:

Goodnight Moon..."I read this book to my son most nights of his early childhood and remember him requesting it! He began by listening, then pointing out objects, then memorizing it!"

Make Way For Ducklings...."I loved Michael and his halting traffic for momma duck and the babies."

Love You Forever..." Because it reinforces the love I have for my children."

Little Miss Smarty Pants..."Because the ladies at the shelter gave it to me. I was 5 and scared and they made me feel safe."

Winnie The Pooh...."This book showed me the truth about relationships."

What is your favor
ite children's book?
Thank you Rite Aid Kids Cent$ Program
We did it!  We were able to enlist 25 new people in the Wellness + Plenti program to designate TLC Family Resource Center as a recipient for a $7500 grant from Rite Aid. On February 16th at 1 pm, here at the Claremont Rite Aid on Pleasant St, we will be receiving the check from the regional manager and they are providing a cake to celebrate.  Anyone is welcome to come and join us to celebrate this great gift!
SHINE Sessions Starting Throughout the School Year
Find out more about our SHINE program here.  We provide comprehensive sexual health information for young women 16-21 with the goal to lower teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted disease rates in the county. Email to find out more or to register for a class.
Visit 2nd Beginnings, our gently used children's clothing store supporting our mission.  109 Pleasant St, Claremont, NH. Tues-Sat, 10-4. The store is open to the public and soon will be sporting a new sign.
In gratitude and with best wishes for the holiday season,

Maggie Monroe-Cassel 
(603) 542-1848