For Families & Caregivers

Support Group is on break until this fall, stay tuned for more info! Thank you for your support!

Spark’s Free Family and Caregiver Support Group

Family and Caregivers Support Group at Spark!Spark! is offering a FREE support group led by Tom Elverson, a psychologist with over 30 years experience.   The support group meets on the first and third Friday of each month in Conference room A at Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital from 7:00 – 8:30 pm, please check the calendar for dates.  Both men and women who provide direct or indirect care for a loved one or client with special needs is invited to join. The meetings provide a caring and safe environment for individuals to share their experiences as well as provide and receive moral support while interacting with other caregivers. There is no commitment to attend each meeting. Just come whenever you want or need to.

(Conference room A is on the lower level. Enter through the far left entrance looking at the front of the building.  Make a left from the entrance and it is located on the left part way down the hall.)

 

Books that may be of interest to families and caregivers:

Silently Seizing by Caren Haines
Life Animated by Ron Suskind
Songs of the Gorilla Nation, My Journey Through Autism by Dawn Prince-Hughes
Thinking About You Thinking About Me by Michelle Garcia Winner
Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night by Mark Haddon (also a Broadway Show)
Dads of Disability by Gary Dietz
She’ll Be Home in the Springtime by Lyn Elizabeth Ujlaky

For help with Medical Coverage:

NH Dept of Health & Human Services Medicaid Program
To apply for Medicaid, complete their online application at:
http://www.dhhs.nh.gov/dfa/apply.htm.  Someone from NH Health & Human Services will then contact you to set up an interview and process your application. Note – It may take several months to find out if you have been approved.

For Help with Food:

NH Dept of Health & Human Services Food Stamp Program
http://www.dhhs.nh.gov/dfa/foodstamps/index.htm and fill out their application. Note – It may take several months to find out if you have been approved.
603-448-4553, 60 Hanover St., Lebanon, NH 03766.
They have a free food pantry and community dinners.
List of Other Food Pantries in the Upper Valley:
Local Churches – Contact your local churches to learn about when their community dinners are held.  Visit this site for a list of community dinners by day of the week:

For help with Housing:

NH’s local agency that supports people with disabilities in the Lower Grafton and Sullivan County area.  Some of the services they can provide include:  service coordination, information and referrals, respite, personal mentors, housing assistance, advocacy, home-based therapeutic services, in-home supports, employment services, etc.  Contact them to apply for services:
Note – There may be a waiting list for services.
Lebanon Housing Authority – 31 Romano Circle, Lebanon, NH 03766, 603-298-5753.  Note – Their wait list is pretty long, sometimes closed, but it’s worth giving them a call.  If they can’t help you, they may know of other housing options depending on your situation.
The City of Lebanon’s Human Services Departmenthttp://hs.lebnh.net/
603-448-2944.  They provide temporary assistance, both financial and advisory, for people in need based on the City’s Human Services Guidelines.  Complete their application at:

For General Services and Support:

NH’s local agency that supports people with disabilities in the Lower Grafton and Sullivan County area.  Some of the services they can provide include:  service coordination, information and referrals, respite, personal mentors, housing assistance, advocacy, home-based therapeutic services, in-home supports, employment services, etc.  Contact them to apply for services:  http://www.pathwaysnh.org/contactus.html
Note – There may be a waiting list for services.
The Special Needs Support Centerhttp://snsc-uv.org; 603-448-6311
A non-profit grassroots organization that supports parents of children and adults with special needs.  Some of their services include:  advocacy, information and education, and emotional support.  Contact them to get on their distribution list for events and workshops.
ServiceLink Aging & Disability Resource Centerhttp://www.nh.gov/servicelink/
A NH state network of community based offices that provides information and support to help people make informed choices and live independently in their communities.

Help with Fuel, Electricity and Household Needs:

Click here for a list of organizations that can provide assistance with fuel, electricity, and other household bills:
Cover Home Repairhttp://www.coverhomerepair.org; 802-296-7241 x105.
A non-profit organization that works together with homeowners and volunteers to provide urgently needed home repairs.  They also offer a weatherization program and educational workshops to empower homeowners and volunteers with knowledge and supplies to button up homes and reduce fuel/energy usage.

Other Programs and Organizations:

Upper Valley Neighbors – a local self-advocacy group that meets twice a month at Spark at 4pm on Wednesdays.  They discuss common goals and work on special projects.  Contact John Fenley, President, at 603-727-9198.
CCBAhttp://joinccba.org  603-448-6477; 1 Taylor St., Lebanon, NH 03766
A non-profit community recreational center located in downtown Lebanon.  They offer great programs for people of all needs and if you show your Spark Card, you will get our special discount.
Global Campus Shiremontwww.globalcampuses.org.
A unique educational option for adults with differing abilities.  Participants share their knowledge by designing and teaching classes based on their passions and interests.  Campus Seminar is every Monday from 3-5pm at Kilton Library.  For more information, contact Maria Rodis atmdr@globalcampuses.org.
High Horseswww.highhorses.org; Rte. 5, Norwich, VT 05055; 802-356-3386
Located in Norwich, VT, High Horses is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the wellbeing of people with unique needs through a therapeutic equine experience.
Zack’s Placewww.zackplacevt.org; 802-457-5868; 73 Central Street, Woodstock, VT 05091
A non-profit organization whose mission is to provide a setting Monday through Friday for pre and post graduates with special needs to explore culture, education, business and fitness while developing bonds of friendship.  Enrichment programs include yoga, art, reading, music, singing, dancing and a wide range of sports activities including winter-based Special Olympics, adaptive swimming, horseback riding, and kayaking.

Other resources for caregivers: