Celebration Friday to mark 20th anniversary of Family Resource Center

GORHAM — The Family Resource Center is celebrating its 20th anniversary since its founding in 1997, with a belief that investing in children and strengthening families has valuable outcomes.

To mark the occasion, the non-profit organization is holding a celebration Friday, Nov. 3, at the Town and Country Inn and Resort in Shelburne. The event will open with a reception from 5:30 to 6 p.m., followed by a presentation. There will be a fall-inspired buffet featuring local foods and a cash bar. Tickets are $20.

The center works to support families with professionals making home visits to help clients with budgeting skills, life and stress management, parenting skills, prenatal and infant care. The center also runs after-school programs for children in grades one to eight in Berlin and Gorham Schools, working on social development and enrichment activities.

The center’s Volunteer Tax Assistance Program has helped more than 3,000 people recover more than $3.5 million in income tax refunds since it was started in 2005. The program uses certified volunteers to help families and individuals with federal income tax filings.

Operation Christmas Child collections to begin Nov. 13

Samaritan’s Purse International Relief project, Operation Christmas Child, will begin on Nov. 13. This year, the N.H. North Area Team volunteers hope to contribute 4,650 shoebox gifts to reach children in need.

Drop-off locations in Jefferson and Milan join nearly 5,000 locations nation-wide, where gift-filled shoeboxes will be collected. The project's National Collection Week is from Monday, Nov. 13, through Monday, Nov. 20. These sites will collect shoebox donations filled with school supplies, hygiene items and fun toys for children living in poverty overseas.

“We are honored to join the nationwide effort to collect gift-filled shoeboxes for children who may have never experienced the true meaning of Christmas," said Regional Director Cecil Pollydore.

The Jefferson Christian Church, 701 Presidential Highway (Route 2), will be open for donations during the collection week on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., and on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. The final day to drop off a donation is Monday, Nov. 20, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

The Milan Community Methodist Church, 763, Milan Road, will be open for donations during collection week on Monday through Friday, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday from noon to 2 p.m., and on Monday, the final day, from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m.

Preschool screening offered in Gorham

Preschool screening to be held on Monday, Nov. 20, at the SAU 20 office, 123 Main St., Gorham. Parents of children between birth and age 5 who live in Gorham, Randolph, Shelburne, Milan, Dummer or Errol are invited to register their children for a free preschool screening.

Areas that will be screened include: pre-academic skills, speaking, vision, hearing, understanding and motor skills.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact Lisa at (603) 466-3632, ext. 1107 on or before Monday, Nov. 13.

Tri-County Community Action Program Inc., Trains ROMA Implementers


Tri-County Community Action Inc, (TCCAP) is proud to announce the certification of Jeanne Robillard, Chief Operating Officer of TCCAP and Amy Goyette, Operations Coordinator as Nationally Certified Results Oriented Management Accountability (ROMA) Implementers. ROMA is a national performance model designed to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of community action agencies that receive Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) funds. TCCAP is one of two Community Action agencies in the state to have Nationally Certified Implementers. Robillard and Goyette were part of the first cohort in this national program and are two of only 82 Certified Implementers nationwide.
Robillard has been with Tri-County Community Action for over 20 years and has served as TCCAP’s Chief Operations Officer for the past year and a half.
“ROMA is a very systematic method for measuring the qualitative and quantitative data our programs are collecting and ensuring that the services we provide are meeting the needs of the communities we serve,” said Robillard. “ROMA also provides a springboard for our strategic planning and measuring how we are meeting our strategic goals. It also aligns the agency with anti-poverty strategies that are being implemented nationwide.”
Goyette is beginning her third year with TCCAP, serving as the Operations Coordinator for the past year and a half.
“ROMA by design proposes a holistic approach with a performance-based management system that identifies and meets the needs of Family, Community, and Agency. It’s truly an exciting time to be part of this great work,” said Goyette.
Robert Boschen, TCCAP’s CEO, describes Results Oriented Management Accountability as “a model that helps Community Action Agencies achieve business accountability while still allowing and encouraging us to follow our vital human services mission. Such models will drive our culture to be responsible stewards of taxpayer dollars by identifying and supporting high-quality programs, ensuring accountability, and investing resources to maximize the positive benefit to our individuals and communities that we serve,” He said, “Amy and Jeanne both understand and support this approach, so they were natural candidates to lead this process both personally and because of their respective duties and positions within our organization.”


Cutline for Main Street Program raffle pic

Kelly Judson of Berlin was the lucky winner of the basket of goodies given away as part of Ladies Night in Downtown Berlin. All of the items in the basket were donated by participating downtown merchant. The event was organized by the Berlin Main Street Program (BARBARA TETREAULT PHOTO)