MARCH 1, 2016 - An imaginative approach to joint charitable fund raising has emerged from the root of the WE CARE program, sponsored by Temple B’nai Israel in Laconia. This year, ticket sales for two musical productions will go to selected social services that will also benefit from working with each other and garnering the joint public awareness of the critical community work these organizations perform. Temple B’nai Israel President Marsha Ostroff reports that the WE CARE program, begun just two years ago, has already donated in excess of $10,000 to local nonprofit organizations.
Get to know our nonprofit partners for 2016:
An essential community partner for over 40 years, Lakes Region Community Services (LRCS) provides supports and services to individuals with developmental disabilities and/or acquired brain disorders and their families. LRCS is a state designated Area Agency serving residents of Belknap and Southern Grafton counties, with offices in Laconia and Plymouth. The mission of LRCS is dedicated to the community by promoting independence, dignity and opportunity. LRCS' comprehensive services and wide-ranging programs provide supports from birth throughout the lifespan. LRCS’ Family Resource Center (FRC) is a community based center available to anyone seeking programs, resources, activities or supports designed to strengthen families. The FRC mission is to strengthen families and their communities by enhancing social connections and offering programs and services with a primary goal of strengthening adult capacities to improve child outcomes.
Founded in 1991, New Beginnings - Without Violence and Abuse began as a grassroots organization committed to ending domestic and sexual violence through service provision to victims, community education, and prevention work focused on breaking the generational cycle of violence. New Beginnings is the only domestic and sexual violence crisis center serving Belknap County. Today New Beginnings is a full service support center providing comprehensive, confidential services to those affected by domestic, sexual, stalking and human trafficking violence. Services offered include 24- hour services and support, including crisis line, emergency shelter and accompaniment to area hospitals and police departments. Trauma-responsive and culturally competent advocates provide peer counseling, support groups for all ages, and advocacy within the criminal justice and social services systems. New Beginnings has age appropriate prevention education programming in schools throughout Belknap County. Community education and outreach presentations are available to all sectors and stakeholders. There are no fees for service.
Voices Against Violence is a crisis services agency serving 18 towns in Grafton County. Over the past year our professional staff helped more than 700 people, providing information and support to victims, their family and friends, community members and professionals. In addition to working with adults, the agency serves children and teens, helping them understand that violence around them is not their fault and is not acceptable, even if that is all they have ever known. Voices also operates a 24-hour crisis hotline and a safe shelter that can house up to four families at a time, and too often it is full. All our services are free and confidential. It is estimated that 33 percent of women and 24 percent of men in New Hampshire have experienced a physical assault by an intimate partner. Last year Voices and other New Hampshire crisis centers had to turn away more than 1,100 people seeking shelter or advocacy.
Voices shares a very common belief that all people, young and old alike, are worthy of respect and dignity and deserve to live a life free of violence.
In 2015 the TBI WE CARE team worked with Central NH VNA and Hospice as well as Genesis Behavioral Health and raised funds through two musical events held at the Winnipesaukee Playhouse.
Both events were sell-outs and featured North Shore Acapella and the Boston College Jazz band, BC Bop. Stand by for the dates and venues for the 2016 events. There will be ample time to schedule a grand social evening for you, your friends for the benefit of your community!
From left: Ken Goodman (TBI), Barbara Katz (TBI), Jill Lieberman (TBI), Kristen Welch (Genesis Behavioral Health), Joanne Lang (Lakes Region Community Services), Marsha Ostroff (TBI President), Aileen Castillo (New Beginnings), Stu Needleman (TBI), Meg Kennedy Dugan (Voices Against Violence)