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  

October 2016
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SHINEI would like to SHINE the spotlight on our SHINE program!  TLC Family Resource Center is one of two agencies in the state that receives funding from a state contract supported by federal dollars to reduce unplanned teen pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections. This PREP ( Personal Responsibility Education Program)  contract is a comprehensive sexual health program using an evidence-based curriculum. Students, both male and female, voluntarily sign up to attend the sessions. Sullivan County was chosen for these funds because of the disproportionately high number of pregnancies and infections our youth experience. The good news is that the numbers ARE now falling!

Beyond teaching the students, SH INE coordinator Liza Draper reaches out to other organizations to support healthy choices. Two major accomplishments have come recently as a result of our collaboration with others in the community. First, we congratulate Stevens High School on being the first in our region to adopt a condom distribution policy. While this is still an awkward conversation for many, evidence shows that where condoms are available free to students, healthier choices are made about sexual behaviors. And second, SAU #6 recently passed the Transgender and Gender Non-conforming Students Policy protecting all students from discrimination based on sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity. This policy ensures the safety, comfort, and healthy development of all students. 

Becca Menard,  former student representative on our advisory committee, summed up the importance of the work we do in SHINE: "At first faced with trepidation at the very thought of taking more sex ed, I thought SHINE wasn't for me. I couldn't have been more wrong. Not only did the course help me to navigate the world of sex, romance, and communication with ease, but I've noticed vast improvements in my character as a result. I'm more empathetic, my mind's more open to new concepts of identity and safety, and I generally feel more confident. More importantly, the lessons imparted from SHINE have mobilized me as an informed activist in my community in Claremont and at my university. Conversational topics I once thought to be taboo are now commonplace. Because, if there's anything I've learned, it's that being comfortable and inclusive when discussing our sexual health is the best way to educate everyone about this sensitive subject".

Thank you to all who promote healthy youth behaviors by addressing the issues around comprehensive sexual education.

Maggie Monroe-Cassel
Executive Director
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.
bornBorn to Run 5K, a fun day!
We had a great time on October 8th in Cornish with our 6th Annual Born to Run 5k and
Molly Housman was the winner!
our First Annual Pumpkin Patch Dash for kids! 

Make sure you have us on your schedule for next year on October 7th at the Cornish Town Hall! 

Our first annual Pumpkin Patch Dash was made possible by donations from Beaver Pond Farm and Edgewater Farms. 
Five Kohl's team members set up the course and the Foley and Bee families managed the course!  Thank you, all.

Thank you to County Manager Jessie Levine for being our Honorary Chairwoman. She attended the event and cheered on the runners. Thank you to the Town of Cornish for the use of the Town Hall, Eric,for serving as police detail, and Leo who made sure downed trees were removed. Thank you to the Town of Newport for the use of signs and the blow up Finish Line.

Thank you to the following sponsors for their support of 
our home visiting program!
Crown Point Cabinetry, Wellsense, National Field Representatives, Canam Group, Valley Regional Healthcare, Springfield Hospital Women's Care Center, Lake Sunapee Bank, Mascoma Savings Bank, Centurion Insurance, Claremont Savings Bank, Hubert's Family Outfitters, Newport Rotary Club, Northstar Financial, Ameriprise Financial, Char Delabar

And to the following supporters:
King Arthur Flour, Dana Flewelling Photography and Graphic Design, Reed Trucking, Lambert Auto, Clark-Mortenson Insurance, Blanc and Bailey Construction, and Doolittle's Print Service.
Home Visiting and Family Supports
HomeWe have openings in our two home visiting programs for pregnant and new moms. Please contact Rene' to find out more about our programs to support new moms and families in their role as parents. Being a parent pulls people in so many directions with so many challenges.  We can help support you, provide important child development education, and refer to other agencies if special developmental services are needed.  If you know a pregnant mom who could use support, please have her contact Rene' by email or phone 603-542-1848 x 302.
storeThe NEW 2nd Beginnings!
Halloween clothes and costumes on sale now!

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.

Many people have been asking about what is going in to the front of the building. Our landlords, Carl and Fran Bannon, are selling the building to another pharmacy. The new owners will be opening the pharmacy where Bannon's used to be in the front of the building later in November.

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!
CelebratingCelebrating 25 Years!
2017 will be an important year here at TLC Family Resource Center. We will be celebrating 25 years of serving families. It's time to celebrate BIG! We are collecting stories from former staff, former clients, former volunteers, and former board members. If you have a great story from your work with TLC Family Resource Center, formerly Good Beginnings of Sullivan County, please contact Maggie at She will work with you to get it in writing. Photos? Yes, we would love any of your old Good Beginnings/TLC photos as well.

We will be talking more about the year's events as they approach. If you are interested in serving on our 25th anniversary committee, please let us know.

While we will be looking back at our history, the most important part of the year will be setting the stage for the next 25 years. We welcome your ideas about what TLC Family Resource Center could be doing to help strengthen local families in Sullivan and Lower Grafton Counties. Call or email any time if you have a great idea or recognize a great need.
Maggie Monroe-Cassel 
(603) 542-1848 x 322