Welcome to the Lakes Region Community Services (LRCS) website. As you can see by the scope and depth of the services and programs highlighted on these pages, LRCS is a strong, vibrant, and evolving organization – one which I am proud to lead.
Established in 1975, LRCS, originally known as the Lakes-Region Twin Rivers Human Services Coordinating Council (Council) began as a grassroots effort organized by local citizens who felt better planning was needed for a variety of human services. Some of the first work of the Council was to form an Information and Referral Network for the area, complete Title XX service planning, conduct planning for people living in the Lakes Region with developmental disabilities, and start the Youth Services Bureau.
In 1981, Lakes Region Community Services Council was designated as an Area Agency by the State of New Hampshire. The role of the Area Agency, outlined in state law (RSA 171-A) is to plan, establish, and maintain a comprehensive service delivery system for individuals with developmental disabilities and acquired brain disorders in the area. LRCS continues to be the designated Area Agency for the greater Lakes Region.
With offices and businesses in Laconia and Plymouth, LRCS currently provides services in Belknap, Grafton, and Sullivan Counties as an essential community partner. Today, LRCS employs over 350 people, contracts with an additional 150 vendors and serves 1,200 individuals and families annually with disabilities. LRCS programs and services range from birth on throughout the lifespan.
While serving individuals with disabilities and their families remains the primary mission of LRCS as originally designated in 1981, LRCS services continue to evolve and expand to meet needs in our communities as evidenced by our commitment to support all children, adults, and families with our growing Family Resource Center services, Employment Supports, and Home Assist Program for elders.
The mission of LRCS is “dedicated to serving the community by promoting independence, dignity, and opportunity.” I am proud to lead an organization that is true to its mission – dedicated to meeting the needs of those we serve and the communities in which we are located.
When I think of how far we have come since our inception in 1975, I am heartened by how we have grown, changed, and evolved yet remain consistent with the original intent for this broad-based, community-focused organization as outlined by our founders.
Thank you for visiting our website. We hope you will visit often for updated information on programs and services, community resources, employment, volunteer opportunities, sponsorships and events.
Christine L. Santaniello