Smiles on the Screen – Remote Programming for Adults with Disabilities

Smiles on the Screen – Remote Programming for Adults with Disabilities

 

DOVER — The halls are empty, but the building is far from quiet.  A piano player leads a chorus of singing voices coming through computer speakers.  In another room, a staff member runs a morning meeting, with laughing voices from a Zoom call.

This is what community participation at Great Bay Services looks like during the COVID-19 crisis.

Great Bay Services provides support to more than 150 adults with disabilities and their families in Seacoast New Hampshire and Southern Maine.  Programs include community participation services, job supports, independent living, and case management.

Community Participation Services (CPS) is typically based outside of the centers, with clients and staff making day trips to different locations, volunteer sites, and other activities.  It also includes educational opportunities, like music therapy, drama, and art classes.

With concerns for our participants, Great Bay acted quickly and moved their CPS program to remote learning, with staff conducting online classes, conference calls, and one-on-one calls so clients still receive daily services.  They also connect with their peers to combat anxiety, depression, and isolation in a very vulnerable population.

The change is coming under the leadership of Great Bay Services’ new Executive Director Pamela Layne, who joined the staff in the midst of the crisis.

“We are living in highly unusual circumstances, and we are once again finding ourselves in the midst of change – this time having to find new and creative ways of providing vital services to the individuals we support while protecting everyone’s health and safety,” said Layne. “Great Bay has survived for 66 years, and I continue to be impressed by how resilient we are as an organization.”

Layne has experience working for educational, non-profit organizations, and disability services in the United States and abroad, including the International OCD Foundation, the European League of Institutes of the Arts, and UNH’s Student Accessibility Services.

Her relationship with Great Bay Services began when her brother David joined the Great Bay bowling team in 1979. 

“It is with tremendous joy and pride that I join the remarkable team at Great Bay Services, an organization that has been an integral part of my own family’s support system,” said Layne.  “To be joining the staff here is deeply meaningful to me.”

Pam Layne will oversee Great Bay’s operations from their Dover, New Hampshire and Sanford, Maine locations.

“All of our programs are still in operation, though at a reduced level,” added Layne.  “People don’t always realize that individuals with disabilities make up part of the essential workforce.  They are still working, and our job coaches are right alongside them.”

Great Bay Services was founded in 1954 by a group of parents who refused to send their children with disabilities to the state institutions. The organization continued to be instrumental in the class-action lawsuit that shut down the institution system in New Hampshire. Today, GBS is still on the forefront of innovative and progressive care of adults with disabilities in New Hampshire and Maine.

Anyone looking to support Great Bay Services are invited to send their tax-deductible donations to Great Bay Service, 23 Cataract Ave, Suite 1, Dover, NH 03820.

2020 Seacoast Half Marathon Benefitting Cornerstone VNA

2020 Seacoast Half Marathon Benefitting Cornerstone VNA

We are thrilled to announce that Cornerstone VNA has been selected as the beneficiary of the 2020 Seacoast Half Marathon! This is an amazing opportunity and we’re looking forward to being part of this special event. Please help share this great news and visit the Seacoast Half Marathon for more information!  https://seacoasthalfmarathon.com/online/

 

Seacoast Half Marathon

Sunday, November 8, 2020

Portsmouth High School

50 Alumni Circle

Portsmouth, NH 03801

https://runsignup.com/Race/NH/Portsmouth/SeacoastHalfMarathon

 

The Mission of the Seacoast Half Marathon:

Caring for the coast,”one step at a time” is our motto. Each year, we donate 100% of the net proceeds to a mindfully selected seacoast nonprofit organization. We strive to put on a well-organized and safe event that highlights the beauty of New Hampshire’s historic seacoast. We encourage all levels of athletes to enjoy themselves while also providing them an opportunity to significantly benefit our community.

 

 

2nd Artist in Residency Opportunities

2nd Artist in Residency Opportunities at the Award- Winning Art Center in Dover, NH.

The Award-Winning Art Center in Dover NH is continuing to expand their artistic vision by offering a once in a lifetime opportunity to enrich the creative development of three artists in the coming year. By teaming up with Peter Henry of Market Square Jewelers, a longtime supporter of the Arts, The Art Center has created an Art Center-Artist In Residence Program. If you are chosen you will will be joining a community of professional artists and have access to an art studio with abundant north light in The Art Center. Benefits include mentorships by professional artists, hands on experience coordinating and curating art exhibits at The Art Center Gallery with Rebecca Proctor and access to Art Center workshops. Artists will develop a body of work that will be displayed in an Artist in Residence Exhibition in The Art Center Gallery in 2021. The Art Center welcomes submissions from artists working in a wide variety of mediums, including painting, sculpture, fiber arts and mixed media. Each artist in residence will have four months to explore their passion in the arts. Each incredible opportunity is valued at $2500.00. Application Deadline for the Second Artist in Residence opening from June through September 2020 is May 10th, so hurry and get your application in to take advantage of this amazing opportunity. For complete information and to apply for each residency please visit The Art Center Website at www.theartcenterdover.com or call 603-978-6702.

Contact Information: 
The Art Center
1 Washington Street, Suite 1177
Dover, NH 03820
603-978-6702

Barn Preservation Talk, Advice and Techniques

Barn Preservation Talk Offers Advice and Techniques

 

South Berwick, Maine- On Thursday, March 12 th at 7pm, John Porter from UNH and Arron Sturgis from Preservation Timber Framing will co-host a talk about barn preservation techniques at the Counting House Museum at 2 Liberty Street in South Berwick.

 

Barns are an important part of New England’s historical identity and in Porter’s recently released second edition of his book, Preserving Old Barns, he uses knowledge from his own experience as well as includes details from other experts in fields such as barn restoration. Porter presents the reader with an invaluable resource on barn design, use, maintenance and restoration. This talk will offer guests the chance to ask Porter and Sturgis questions about barn preservation concerns. Guests are encouraged to bring pictures of their barn.

 

Preserving Old Barns is a resource for barn owners to assess, care for, and celebrate their special structures. The illustrated, full color second edition features over two hundred pictures, one hundred pages of new information from Porter, and barn preservation techniques from timber framer Sturgis. It provides a practical understanding of the history, function, and preservation of old barns.

 

Author John Porter writes from the vantage point of one who grew up on a dairy farm, working every day in 1850s barns. He spent his career working as a Cooperative Extension Educator, helping people retrofit old barns and build new ones to meet the changing demands of agriculture.

 

The Counting House Museum is currently closed for the season, though appointments can be requested. The museum is open June – October on Saturdays and Sundays from 1pm-4pm. More information is available at www.oldberwick.org.

 

Robert Frost’s New Hampshire

Pontine Theatre Premieres 

Robert Frost’s New Hampshire

March 27 – April 11

 

 

PORTSMOUTH NH:  March 27 – April 11, Pontine Theatre premieres Robert Frost’s New Hampshire.  Performances are Friday @7pm, Saturday @3pm and Sunday @2pm at the Historic 1845 Plains Schoolhouse, #1 Plains Avenue, in Portsmouth NH’s  West End.  Pontine Co-Artistic Directors, Greg Gathers & Marguerite Mathews, will perform original stagings of six early poems by Robert Frost, a long-time summer resident of Franconia NH. Frost’s first of four Pulitzer Prizes was awarded in 1924 for his volume: “New Hampshire: A Poem with Notes and Grace Notes.” Known for his New England settings, his down to earth, stark depictions of the difficulties of rural farm life, and his use of colloquial speech, Robert Frost is widely admired as a true American Master. Harriet Munroe, publisher and editor of “Poetry,” wrote that “perhaps no other poet in our history has put the best of the Yankee spirit into a book so completely.” She notes that while Frost’s narrative, character-based poems are often dark and satirical, Frost always has a “sympathetic humor” towards his subjects.  This production is underwritten by Cambridge Trust and is supported by grants from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. Tickets are $27 and may be purchased in advance online at www.pontine.org.  Tickets may also be purchased at the door a half-hour prior to each show, based on availability. The space is fully accessible with free parking adjacent.  Information:  info@pontine.org / 603-436-6660.  

Cornhole Tournament

Toss Your Bags!

Cornhole Tournament To Benefit Annie’s Angels

Register Today at AnniesAngels.org

DATE: Friday, March 20, 2020
LOCATION : Cisco Brewery, 35 Corporate Drive, Portsmouth
TIME: 6:30 pm start time, 6:00 pm registration
ENTRANCE FEE: $25.00 Per person

4 Players per team (players can not play more than 2 games in a row)
$1200.00 (minimum) price package to 1st place team
$25.00 registration per player
We will place single players on teams as they register
20 Teams maximum-best out of 3 games single elimination

Thank you to My Social Sports for the use of the equipment

For additional information or questions please contact
Doreen Soares @ 603-393-7871 or dsoaresrealestate@gmail.com
Sandy Beliveau @ 603-828-8886
Tonya Dockwell @ 641-512-3940
 

Register Today at AnniesAngels.org

Social Media Splash at Arete to benefit the NHSPCA

Social Media Splash at Arete to benefit the NHSPCA

March 9th-March 27: 

  • “Help us raise money for the New Hampshire SPCA while raising awareness for Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care”
  • “We are shaking off the snow & clicking it into gear!
  • Many people suffer from headaches, neck pain, head & neck injuries, and more, but they don’t know that Upper Cervical Chiropractic care could be a solution for them. That’s where you come in, we are asking for your help to get the word out. You’ll also be helping support the NHSPCA!

 

For each “click” or action you make on social media, a dollar amount will be given to the NHSPCA, who provides safe and loving homes to the animals that come through their doors.

 

$1 – “Like” Arete Chiropractic on Facebook

$1 – Check-in at Arete Chiropractic on Facebook

$1 – Follow us on Instagram

$20 – Write us a Google review

$20 – Record a video testimonial in the office

$25 – Per New Patient referred through this event

Cornerstone VNA Achieves “We Honor Veterans” Partner Level Four

Cornerstone VNA Achieves We Honor Veterans Partner Level Four

Rochester, NH:  Cornerstone VNA, a nonprofit home health and hospice care provider, is proud to announce that their Hospice Care program has achieved Level Four status with the We Honor Veterans program, the highest recognition level of this important program.  This special recognition reflects Cornerstone VNA’s commitment to ensuring veterans have access to quality end-of-life care. According to Kelly Doherty, RN-C, MSN, ARNP-BC, ACHPN, Hospice & Palliative Care Director at Cornerstone VNA, “This hospice specific program allows us to better care for Veterans at end-of-life.” 

 

We Honor Veterans is a national Hospice provider awareness campaign conducted by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs. As a We Honor Veterans Partner, Cornerstone VNA is better prepared to build organizational capacity to provide quality care for veterans and to strengthen partnerships with veteran organizations. In addition, they strive to increase access to hospice and palliative care for veterans living in their community and to network with other hospices across the country to learn about best practice models.

 

According to The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, Hospices can “earn their stars” and matching logo by completing activities for each of four levels of commitment. This allows VA staff and Veterans to easily identify hospices that have made a commitment to offer veteran-specific care and services provided by a competent and highly skilled workforce.

 

According to Hospice Volunteer Coordinator, Nancy Nicolazzo, “At Cornerstone VNA, we are privileged to do whatever we can to honor veterans and their family members, and to express our gratitude to them for their gallantry at the end of their lives.” Cornerstone VNA has many Hospice Volunteers, including Paula Carr and Brue Larrabee, who are both veterans.  According to Bruce Larrabee, “Veterans aren’t looking for a handout, they’re looking for a hand.” As a We Honor Veterans Partner, Cornerstone VNA is proud to give veterans a helping hand and the support they need at end-of-life.  

 

For more information about the We Honor Veterans program at Cornerstone VNA, contact Nancy Nicolazzo, Chaplain/Hospice Volunteer Coordinator at 603-332-1133 x1239 or NNicolazzo@cornerstonevna.org.

 

Cornerstone VNA is a nonprofit organization currently serving Rockingham, Strafford, Belknap and Carroll Counties in New Hampshire and York County in Maine. The team at Cornerstone VNA provides award-winning care and support through five distinct programs: Home Care, Hospice Care, Palliative Care, Life Care-Private Duty and Community Care. For 107 years, Cornerstone VNA has been committed to bringing services to people of all ages so that families can stay together at home, even when facing the challenges of aging, surgical recovery, chronic or life-threatening illnesses or end-of-life care. To learn more about Cornerstone VNA, visit www.cornerstonevna.org or call 800-691-1133.

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