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Mission Statement:

“To join with the area agency to strengthen individuals and families and cultivate responsive communities.”

Family Support Council Family Get Together, Oct. 2013.

Family Support Council Family Get Together

The Family Support Council works in partnership with Lakes Region Community Services. The Council strives to empower families and is a voice for change and inclusion through advocacy and education. The Council also provides a forum for families to make their concerns, needs and preferences known to the Area Agency and policy makers.

If you would like to attend one of the Council’s monthly meetings or are interested in joining, please contact Family to Family Coordinator Sarah Cadorette at 581-1528.

Members:  Lynn Hilbrunner, Chairperson  (Sanbornton); Debra Nugent, Vice Chair, (Belmont); Irene Chapman (Campton);  Cheryl Larose (Gilford); Cindy Sullivan (Laconia); Linda Wallace (Laconia); Michelle Juhasz (Laconia); Kara Murray-Stanley; Irene Fanning (Gilmanton Iron Works); Donna Champoux (Laconia);

What Does the Family Support Council Do?

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State Family Support Conference

Engages in the Legislative Process:  Council members have joined families from throughout our region and across the state to reach out to policy makers regarding the importance of the Developmental Services system and adequate funding for the Waiting List. Every two years the Family Support Council joins with LRCS to organize a Legislative Meet & Greet, where families talk to candidates for NH’s House and Senate about their lives and the importance of the services they receive.

Enhances Communication:  The Council supports the distribution of the Family to Family Connection email newsletter, periodic mailings and frequent Facebook updates by the Family to Family Coordinator.

Promotes Education & Training:  The Council periodically hosts workshops and trainings at little or no cost to families.

Provides Social Opportunities for Families: The Council is committed to increasing social opportunities for adults. Movie or game nights, dances and group cooking classes are just some of the activities that have been available to adults receiving services from LRCS. The Council also hosts activities and social events for families. Have an idea for an event? Contact Sarah Cadorette at sarah.cadorette@lrcs.org.

Upcoming Events:

Cooking Club is an evening activity for adults 18 and over who receive disability-related services from Lakes Region Community Services and their family members. Cooking Club is generally held monthly at Gilford Middle School. Participants receive instruction and assistance in preparing a healthy meal then enjoy dining together.

For more information, contact Sarah Cadorette at sarah.cadorette@lrcs.org for the next date.

Cooking Club participants get hands on instruction on how to prepare a healthy meal, then enjoy dining together in a social setting.

Cooking Club participants get hands on instruction on how to prepare a healthy meal, then enjoy dining together in a social setting. For more information or to suggest a social event, contact Family to Family Coordinator Kaitlin Levesque at 603-524-8811, ext. 1558.

Monthly Meetings

The Family Support Council holds regular monthly meetings that are open to anyone who has a family member with a developmental disability or acquired brain disorder, who is served by Lakes Region Community Services.

You are welcome, whether you are interested in becoming a member of the Council or just attending a meeting. Meetings are generally held one Wednesday evening a month at the LRCS Main Office in Laconia. Dress is casual and the atmosphere is relaxed. Meeting begin at 5:30 p.m. Dinner is served at the beginning of each meeting.

Family to Family Coordinator

Fun Family Get-Together

The Family to Family Coordinator works with the Family Support Council and is responsible for initiatives intended to help connect families to one another and resources in the community. These include:

  • Distributing Family to Family Connection, an electronic newsletter for families (sign up here)
  • Planning social activities for families (these have included family picnics, get-togethers at  local community centers and parks, and a family night at a NH Fisher Cats game)
  • Organizing parent education training and workshops.
  • Helping parents who have children with similar needs connect to each other for support and understanding.
  • Parent matching through NH Family Ties -find them on Facebook here

For more information, contact: Sarah Cadorette, Family to Family Coordinator 603-524-8811, ext. 1528, sarah.cadorette@lrcs.org