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Cong ratulations to our winners of autographed copies of Townie  by Andre Dubus III. Sandy Trybulski from UNH Cooperative Extension and Cassie Clark were the quickest to click on one of our links in August's newsletter. We will give away one more free book to the first person to register at least three people for our breakfast event after this newsletter hits your inbox.  

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As you know, we have an exciting event coming up next month.  Registration is open and it costs nothing to attend.  But you must register on line to attend.  We will be asking for  donations at the event.  

In addition to  having a New York Times best-selling author speak, we will be making a BIG announcement and we want you to be there for it.  Good Beginnings o f Sullivan County will be changing our name.  The first unveiling will be at the event on October 29th. There has been ongoing confusion between our name and Good Beginnings of the Upper Valley. Both organizations share the same history and concern for moms and babies.  Our missions and methods have diverged over the years as Good Beginnings of Sullivan County has begun to work more directly with families at risk for adverse childhood outcomes.  It has been confusing to funders and to clients.  So we are changing our name.  Our mission stays the same:   To promote the optimal health and development of New Hampshire families in our area.

I hope to see you on October 29th and an exciting hour!

Maggie Monroe-Cassel
Executive Director
October Fundraising Breakfast
A ndre Dubus III climbed to the level of a
New York Times  best-selling author.  His roots here humble.  Andre was raised in post-industrial Haverhill, MA.  His parents were divorced.  He lived with his mom and siblings in an apartment that they had to vacate for a few weeks each year when the landlord used it for his own family.  He spent a lot of time on the streets in a then struggling city.  He learned how to cope.  One way was to work out so he could beat up the kids who beat him up. He had another way to cope: writing. He rose to fame in the publishing of his book House of Sand and Fog .   Dubus will be the keynote speader  at a breakfast event (7:30-8:30 am sharp) to support Good Beginnings on October 29th at The Common Man in Claremont.  He will share some of his stories from his memoire  Townie.   His stories are a kin to the stories of the families we serve.   Click here to learn more about Andre. Click here for more information and to register for the event. There is no charge to register.We will be asking for donations at the event itself.  Any amount or type (check, credit card, cash or stock) will be accepted.
Children, Poverty, Race and Ethnicity
Poverty data from the American Community Survey were released on September 17, 2015, allowing a detailed examination of poverty in 2014 across the United States. These data reveal that child poverty has fallen slightly in the last year yet the longer term pattern of high child poverty persists. The levels of child poverty vary enormously along racial and ethnic lines though all groups have seen a recent drop.  Click here for the full article.
Find out more about our SHINE program here.  After school classes have already started at several of our high schools. 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.
So we hope that you have enjoyed receiving this enewsletter. Again, please help us out by passing it along to your friends who are also concerned about children and families.


Maggie Monroe-Cassel 
(603) 542 1848