November 2016

Promoting the optimal health and development of children and families in our
region of New Hampshire since 1992
109 Pleasant St, PO Box 1098, Claremont, NH 03743  
A Nation Built on Compassion and Generosity
The uncertainties and tensions of the last weeks have tossed us all around, regardless of political leanings. It has been a tiring and challenging time. Decisions have now been made and it remains up to those of us on the streets, in the towns and cities, and in the states, to continue to care about those we serve. It has always been up to us. Caring about those in need of supports and services is at the backbone of our nation. Administrations come and go, but the American people are here to stay. We share our abundance, we help those who are challenged, we give food to the hungry. TLC Family Resource Center will continue to reach out to the families and children in our communities of Sullivan and Grafton Counties to provide parent education and strong support to families who struggle with poverty, homelessness, poor health, drug addition, or gender-based violence.

I call upon each of you reading this to help us continue to provide our services to families and to our teens. I call upon each of you to help us expand our services to serve more families in new ways in 2017. Next year is our 25th anniversary. During the year, there will be many opportunities for you to learn about the impact on the future of our nation when we put our families and young children first. It may be THE most important focus we could have as a nation.

Please be part of making a difference for families that are trying to improve their children's futures. Donate right now or donate on line on #GivingTuesday, November 29th, as thousands of others across the nation raise their voices and open their wallets to support causes they believe in.

In the next week, some of you will receive our appeal letter. Please respond and give generously. If you are not on our snail mail list, you can respond by donating online now or in the next few weeks. Thank you again for all you do to support our mission to promote the optimal health and development of children and families in Sullivan and Grafton Counties.

May you all enjoy a Happy Thanksgiving and Holiday Season,

Maggie Monroe-Cassel
Executive Director
SHINE for Young Women and Men
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.
Well Sense Baby Shower
Well Sense, a Medicaid provider, sponsored a baby shower for some of their clients including some who are in the programs here at TLC Family Resource Center. The shower was on November 16. Many of our clients don't have anyone to give them a simple baby shower so this is a special gift.  It was also an opportunity for the Well Sense staff to speak about the benefits that Well Sense provides for them and their babies.
CelebratingCelebrating 25 Years!
Thank you to Dana Flewelling for designing our 25th Anniversary logo.  Stay turned for all the activities that we are planning in 2017!
Holiday Apparel and Gifts at 2nd Beginnings!
The elves have been busy bringing out the holiday goods! Come and check out our new, little store in the back of our building at 109 Pleasant St. We have great new and gently used children's clothing and some accessories and toys. We hope you will come often as we have lots of new items and they will be turning over faster. We have a new system of pricing as well. Each month, new items will be put out.  After a month, those items will be reduced by 25%, after two months, 50% and after three months 75%.  After that they will be donated to other agencies.  The more often you shop, the more you know the system and get the best deals.

Also, we are now accepting donations of clean, gently used children's clothing for winter and the holidays! Please drop them off during regular business hours, Monday to Friday, 10-4. Thanks!
Home Visits for ALL New Moms
We are working in collaboration with Good Beginnings of the Upper Valley to provide support for all new moms in the Greater Claremont area. Good Beginnings of the Upper Valley provides volunteer support to new moms and babies for up to 12 weeks. There are no restrictions on income or circumstance. If you would like a volunteer to help in the first weeks after your baby's birth or you know someone in our region who might, please call Good Beginnings. If you would like to learn about volunteering to visit moms and babies, please contact Denise at Good Beginnings of the Upper Valley at 603-298-9524. Denise is prepared to do volunteer training right here in the TLC office. 
Maggie Monroe-Cassel 
(603) 542-1848 x 322