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Families First of the Greater Seacoast Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 05/14/2014: Families First of the Greater Seacoast

Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 06/09/2014: FAMILIES FIRST OF THE GREATER SEACOAST

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AKA  Families First Health and Support Center
Portsmouth, NH
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Families First of the Greater Seacoast Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 05/14/2014: Families First of the Greater Seacoast

Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 06/09/2014: FAMILIES FIRST OF THE GREATER SEACOAST

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Also Known As: Families First Health and Support Center
Physical Address: Portsmouth, NH 03801 
EIN: 22-2757341
Web URL: www.FamiliesFirstSeacoast.org 
NTEE Category: E Health—General & Rehabilitative
E21 Community Health Systems
P Human Services
P40 Family Services
P Human Services
P85 Homeless Services/Centers
Year Founded: 1984 
Ruling Year: 1987 
How This Organization Is Funded: Patient service revenue - $1,577,353
Contributions - $2,044,958
Grants and contracts - $940,575


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Mission Statement

Families First Health & Support Center is an independent nonprofit agency that contributes to the health and well-being of the Seacoast community by providing a broad range of health and family services to all, regardless of ability to pay.

Legitimacy Information

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Fiscal Year Starting: July 1, 2012
Fiscal Year Ending: June 30, 2013

Total Revenue $4,828,120
Total Expenses $5,064,119

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Fiscal Year Starting: July 1, 2012
Fiscal Year Ending: June 30, 2013

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Ms. Helen B. Taft

Term:

Since Dec 1989

Profile:

Families First Executive Director Helen B. Taft has led the agency since December 1989. She holds a master's degree in public administration from the University of New Hampshire. She has served on the boards of directors at Child and Family Services of New Hampshire, the United Way of Manchester, the Manchester League of Women Voters, Community Health Access Network, BiState Primary Care Association, and United Way of the Greater Seacoast.

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Programs

Program: Primary and Prenatal Health Care (GuideStar Exchange,
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May 2014)

Budget:
$2,411,870
Category:
Health Care, General/Other
Population Served:
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General
Homeless
None

Program Description:

A family practice offering affordable medical care for men, women and children, including chronic disease management, preventive exams, acute-illness care and round-the-clock coverage. Also, comprehensive prenatal care for teens and low-income women, including obstetric care, nutrition counseling, substance abuse counseling and social work services.

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Program: Dental Care (GuideStar Exchange,
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Budget:
$934,309
Category:
Dental Health Care
Population Served:
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General
Homeless
None

Program Description:

Ongoing preventive, restorative and emergency care, provided in a community health center setting. Also, a school-based oral health education, screening, cleaning and sealant program and a mobile dental program for people experiencing homelessness.

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Program: Mobile Health Care for the Homeless (GuideStar Exchange,
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Budget:
$840,502
Category:
Health Care, General/Other
Population Served:
Homeless
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General
None

Program Description:

Mobile health care teams travel on vans to provide primary care, substance abuse counseling and social work services to homeless people at shelters and other sites convenient to them, throughout a two-county area in New Hampshire.

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Program: Parenting and Family Programs (GuideStar Exchange,
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May 2014)

Budget:
$513,218
Category:
Families
Population Served:
Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)
Adults
Single Parents

Program Description:

Parenting classes and parent support groups, with free child care to make it easier for familes to attend. "Family Fun Night," a weekly dinner and activity program for homeless families Play/education groups for parents with their babies, toddlers and preschoolers Individualized family support, including care coordination and home visiting, targeted at families with special needs such as being at risk for child abuse and neglect, having a chronically ill child, or having other risk factors.

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Families First is a safety net for low-income, uninsured and homeless people who would not otherwise have access to medical and dental care. Its parenting classes, family programs and home visiting decrease the likelihood of child abuse and neglect and help strengthen all families. Other ways the entire community benefits when all residents have access to high-quality health care and family support include: • Having access to health care and prescription drugs at a very low cost at Families First leaves residents with more income to spend on other necessities such as rent, emergency housing, heating bills and food — reducing the demands placed on governments to provide such services, and reducing the risk of homelessness. • Good medical and dental care keeps children in school, ready to learn, and for adults can make the difference between being employed and paying taxes, or unemployed and in need of government services. • Preventive health care reduces avoidable hospitalizations and inappropriate use of the emergency room, the costs of which are passed on to the entire community through higher insurance premiums, taxes and hospital rates. • By increasing the protective factors that insulate children and families from risks of child abuse, neglect, substance abuse, and criminal behavior, Families First’s parenting and family programs promote a stronger and safer community. The burden on schools, law-enforcement and child-protection placement agencies is reduced as well
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