Human Services

The River Center Family and Community Resource Center

  • Peterborough, NH
  • www.rivercenter.us

Mission Statement

The River Center: A Family and Community Resource Center. Strengthening individuals and families through parenting support, economic opportunity programs, and community connections throughout the towns of the Eastern Monadnock Region.

Main Programs

  1. Home Visiting Program
  2. On-Going Family Support
  3. Employment Resource Center
  4. Assisted Information and Referral
  5. Money Matters
  6. Parenting Programs
Service Areas

Self-reported

New Hampshire

Eastern Monadnock Region (Hillsborough and Cheshire County), including the towns of Antrim, Bennington, Dublin, Francestown, Greenfield, Greenville, Hancock, Jaffrey, Mason, New Ipswich, Peterborough, Rindge, Sharon, and Temple (includes a total population of more than 40,000 residents). We also serve residents of towns outside our service region for our Parent Education Focus Groups, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, Community Closet and other programs.

ruling year

1992

Principal Officer

Self-reported

Margaret Nelson

Keywords

Self-reported

family programs, employment, money management, parenting classes

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EIN

22-3181410

 Number

2790659145

Physical Address

46 Concord St.

Peterborough, 03458

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Family Services (P40)

Employment Procurement Assistance and Job Training (J20)

Human Services - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (P99)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Programs + Results

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Overview

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The River Center is committed to meeting the following four goals:

1.      Reduce child abuse and neglect. Increase positive family outcomes by providing local support and education to at-risk parents at all stages of family development, especially support for very young mothers.

2.      Improve the economic outlook and well-being of local citizens, and increase financial self-sufficiency, through targeted financial and employment skills services and programs.

3.      Provide local support and advocacy opportunities to increase the self-sufficiency of individuals who experience a developmental disability, and their families.

4.      Sustain and strengthen a local community safety net in close coordination with other local agencies. Promote citizen engagement in solutions to gaps in social services particularly in the areas of child advocacy, shelter, food, money management, and social isolation. Help parents and individuals take care of themselves, their families and contribute positively to their communities.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Home Visiting Program

HOME VISITING PROGRAM - THIS PROGRAM PROVIDES MEDICAID-ELIGIBLE WOMEN UNDER THE AGE OF 25, SUPPORT SERVICES DURING PREGNANCY AND THE FIRST YEAR OF THE NEWBORN'S LIFE WE SEEK TO DECREASE SUBSTANCE ABUSE (INCLUDING TOBACCO) AND TO INCREASE THE PROTECTIVE FACTORS OF IMMUNIZATION AND PARENTAL KNOWLEDGE OF INFANT DEVELOPMENT. WE UTILIZE THE "PARENT-AS-TEACHERS" CURRICULUM TO ASSESS INFANT DEVELOPMENTAL MILESTONES.

Category

Human Services

Population(s) Served

Females, all ages or age unspecified

Budget

$35,000.00

Program 2

On-Going Family Support

WE OFFER ON-GOING SUPPORT PROGRAMS, PER WEEK, PROVIDING PARENT EDUCATION, REFERRALS, LINKAGES, AND AN EARLY CHILDHOOD ENRICHMENT PROGRAM. THESE SUPPORT SERVICES HAVE BEEN OFFERED SINCE 1996, AND IN THE PAST TWELVE MONTHS HAS SERVED APPROXIMATELY 150 WOMEN AND CHILDREN, WEEKLY

Category

Human Services

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$84,000.00

Program 3

Employment Resource Center

The Employment Resource Center benefits all community members who are underemployed, unemployed or never employed. Begun in 2008, employment specialists and volunteers provide individual coaching, group workshops, interviewing skills, resume preparation and access to critical job search tools. The ERC also receives referrals and funding from the NH Department of Vocational Rehabilitation.

Category

Employment

Population(s) Served

Adults

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Disabled, General or Disability Unspecified

Budget

$52,000.00

Program 4

Assisted Information and Referral

Since 2005, an on-site specialist has provided individuals and families with assistance to local, regional, and statewide services for housing, food, financial issues, physical and mental health, domestic violence and more.  To complement this service, The River Center is a certified NH EASY site, where community members can file applications for state assistance programs through DHHS and a regional site for Individual Development Account applications in collaboration with the NH Community Loan Fund. Every two years for the past 15 years, we have updated, published, and distributed 8,500 copies of The FACT BOOK: A Guide to Local Resources within the eastern Monadnock Region.

Category

Human Services

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$28,000.00

Program 5

Money Matters

This is a community-based asset-building program that gives people the opportunity to improve and control their financial situation. It includes financial tools workshops, tax preparation and individual money coaching. This program, begun in 2007, is offered in collaboration with community volunteers, the IRS, UNH Cooperative Extension, Consumer Credit Counseling Services of NH and VT, and the NH Earned Income Tax Credit Alliance.

Category

Human Services

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$16,000.00

Program 6

Parenting Programs

Not available

Category

None

Population(s) Served

None

None

None

Budget

$0.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

New Hampshire

Eastern Monadnock Region (Hillsborough and Cheshire County), including the towns of Antrim, Bennington, Dublin, Francestown, Greenfield, Greenville, Hancock, Jaffrey, Mason, New Ipswich, Peterborough, Rindge, Sharon, and Temple (includes a total population of more than 40,000 residents). We also serve residents of towns outside our service region for our Parent Education Focus Groups, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, Community Closet and other programs.

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Funding Needs

The River Center exists due to a combination of support from the Monadnock United Way (16% of operating budget in 2010), private foundations, and local businesses and citizens who fund the operations.  Our programs are offered free, or on a sliding fee scale.  Donations of any level help us to offer our diverse programs in the rural Eastern Monadnock region.

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Fiscal year: Sep 01-Aug 31

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The River Center Family and Community Resource Center

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Principal Officer

Margaret Nelson

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Tom Weber

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Term: Jan 2012 -

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