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February 2018 

Family Resource Center supports and strengthens all families, children, and youth with a wide range of free programs, support groups, education, and events.
Teach Loving Connections
Love is complicated. The English language makes it more complicated.
Consider a donation to TLC in honor of a loved one this Valentine's Day.
We have only one word to describe many different feelings and experiences. I love chocolate does not mean the same thing as telling my husband that I love him. I love my brother does not carry the same meaning as saying that I love to paddle a canoe. The love I have for my daughter is not the same as the love I have for my best childhood friend. In other languages, we can find all different words for love. English has just the one: Love.

So, love is complicated. Or is it? TLC at our agency stands for Teach Loving Connections. So what do we mean by "loving?" Loving means that our staff will be there, be present, for our families...in the midst of challenges, celebrations, heartaches, and loss. Loving means that we will help our parents and our youth find the information they need to succeed in their goals. Loving means helping our families find supports and services for any special needs they may have. Loving means giving affirmation for the smallest or greatest accomplishments that a mom may experience against many odds.

When we stand with families in these ways, we are helping pass this kind of loving down through the generations...and that is when we start seeing sustainable change in a community. You can be part of that change. If you want to learn more about new ways to volunteer or how your financial support can further our mission, please contact me anytime at 603-542-1848 x 322. Thank you to all of you who are already active parts of our mission.

Maggie Monroe-Cassel
Executive Director
A fresh new look for our website
On Monday, we launched a brand new look for our website. The new design features easy access to the information you want, lots of pictures, and is mobile-device friendly. We're excited about this change and look forward to hearing input from you.

From now until next Tuesday, Feb. 20, you can participate in our Scavenger Hunt and win an awesome autographed cookbook! We have placed colorful conversation hearts all over the website. One lucky winner will receive an autographed copy of A Feast of Fire and Ice by Chelsea Monroe-Cassel and Sariann Lehrer - the official cooking companion for A Game of Thrones. When you think you've found all of them (hint: there's less than 15!), click here for a short survey about the new website. Share at least one comment about the site and how many hearts you found. We'll chose one lucky winner on Wednesday, Feb. 21. 

A link to the survey can also be found on the home page if you're not interested in the Scavenger Hunt. Good luck!
Open house to learn about our programs
St op by to learn more about our programs on the last Wednesday of every month, from 2 to 3 p.m. This is a free event and is open to the public. Save 20% off at the TLC Children's Thrift Store during the open house!
Parent Cafe ongoing at Bluff Elementary School
Join us for parent-to-parent peer support, resource sharing, and enhancing parenting skills on Wednesdays, from 8:15 to 9:30 a.m., at Bluff Elementary School, located at 10 Summit Rd. in Claremont. Free breakfast snacks will be provided for parents and kids. No RSVPs are required.
Program for a healthy pregnancy planned
Learn how to make healthy and safe food choices during pregnancy, understand the relationship between healthy weight gain during pregnancy and the health of a newborn baby, reasons physical activity during pregnancy is important to the health of both mother and baby, and what resources TLC Family Resource Center and WIC offer. Appointments and sign up WIC will be available.

If you qualify for SNAP, WIC, Medicaid, housing assistance, or other types of financial assistance, then you qualify to participate at no cost to you.  Sponsored by NH Extension Nutrition Connections, WIC, Southwestern Community Services, and TLC Family Resource Center. 

To sign up, please call  Sandy or Sherrie at (603) 863-9200 or email sandy.trybulski@unh.edu.
Art showcase ongoing
Matt Mooshian, chair of Rural Outright, looks at artwork on opening night with Claremont's Mayor Charlene Lovett.

A showcase of student artwork
 is ongoing through Feb. 17 at the John D. Bennett Atrium Gallery, 58 Opera House Square, Claremont. Rural Outright, a program of TLC, has gathered artwork from students in K-12  created for 
#NoNameCallingWeek that is centered around the theme of #KindnessInAction.

TLC Children's Thrift store accepting donations
The Children's Thrift Store is once again accepting donations of gently-used, quality clothes for children from preemie to size 16. We are especially in need of clothes in sizes 18 months and above. We are not accepting donations of toys, books, or furniture at this time.

Please bring donations in during our regular open hours: Wednesdays 11-6 pm for late shoppers, Thursday 11-4 pm, Friday 11-2 pm, and Saturday, 11-2 pm.

We still have lots of winter clothes available, with new stock going out all the time. You can't find better deals!
Neil Allen
VISTA Member
(603) 542-1848 x 311