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Welcome to our first Good Beginnings of Sullivan County monthly enewsletter.  You are receiving this email because you may know someone who works or volunteers at Good Beginnings. In this publication we will share news of our agency and issues that we face daily. We provide needed encouragement, education and support as families seek to raise their newborns.  We are here to help women struggling to maintain custody of their children or families simply wanting a little encouragement as they become new parents for the first time.  We teach about a child's development from before they are born until they are three years old.  Home visits are the method we use to work with families, but we are so much more than that.  T hrough our SHINE program, w e help teenage girls learn about their reproductive health and responsibility.  I n our We Can! program, parents and c hildren learn about proper diet and exercise, so that they have a better chance of avoiding some of the diseases like diabetes that are plaguing our nation.


Perhaps not.  You can learn more about our services and some of the issues that we address by subscribing to this newsletter.  You can help spread information about our services to those who could use them. By forwarding this email on to your friends and colleagues, they can support us as well.  It's as easy as that.   If you, or they, do not want to receive the newsletter, it is easy to unsubscribe yourself with the link at the bottom of the page.

You can be part of expanding our mission to include more families by reading and sharing this newsletter.
April is 
Child Abuse Awareness Month

Click here to get more information about what 
you can do.

Born to Run 5K is just around the corner
Mark your calendars to participate in our Born to Run 5K race/walk on May 2 in Cornish.  There is something for everyone from the serious competitive runner to the casual walker, from adults to children of all ages.  Local vendors and auction items will add an extra flare to the day.   Register now.

Special thanks to our sponsors thus far:  Crown Point Cabinetry, Kohl's, Mascoma Savings Bank, Switchback Brewery, Claremont Savings Bank, Lawrence Reed, CPA, Newport Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, Century 21 Highview Realty, Claremont Rotary, Clark Mortenson Insurance, Lambert Auto, Sugar River Bank, Dunning Dental Practice, Clark-Mortenson Insurance, Hubert's Family Outfitters and Coca Cola of New England.

All sponsorship levels are still available.  Call our office at 603-542-1848 to find out more about getting the name of your business out there AND support our home visiting program.

We Welcome New  Executive Director Maggie Monroe-Cassel
Maggie started as our new Executive Director following Ellie Tsetsi's retirement.  She most recently served as ED for Habitat for Humanity North Central Massachusetts. Most of her career, including 25 years in parish ministry, included work with Habitat for  Hum anity.  "I find that the mission of Habitat to help families help themselves is very
similar to our mission here at Good Beginnings.  We teach families the tools they need to  be stronger and healthier and create a brighter future for their children.  I am thrilled to be here and thankful to the board and the staff for their warm and helpful welcome."

Maggie was born in central New York and spent most of her career in New York State.  Before moving to Massachusetts, she was with Habitat in Santa Fe, NM. She and her husband 
John decided last fall to move to Vermont to be closer to their only child, Chelsea, and her new husband, Brent.

Visit Second Beginnings, our gently used children's clothing store supporting our mission.  109 Pleasant St, Claremont, NH. Tues-Sat, 10-4.

The Effects of Poverty on Children 

A sheriff and a doctor, both women, team up to study the effects of poverty on health.  Click here  to read a thought-provoking article.   The research shows that kids who have tough childhoods - because of poverty, abuse, neglect or witnessing domestic violence, for instance - are actually more likely to be sick when they grow up.  Of course, we know this in our hearts but it is interesting to read a scientific study of it.

The Cost of Child Abuse

Did you know that the approximate cost to the United States each year due to child abuse and neglect is $124,000,000,000? 

Yes, $124 BILLION. Read more about these startling statistics to understand why supporting agencies like Good Beginnings of Sullivan County is so crucial to our region and the country.  Click here for more information.

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