Mount Washington Valley's Premiere Non-Profit Network
North Conway based Way Stationreceives grant from the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation.
Way Station, a day resource center for the homeless and housing insecure populations of the Mt Washington Valley Area, recently received a $10,000 grant from the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation. Working with a local consultant, this grant will enable the development and refinement of a long-range strategic plan with particular emphasis toward examining and developing housing options for those experiencing homelessness or housing insecurities.
In continuous operation for just over two years, Way Station currently supports an average of 30 individuals or households each week with food and a variety of services along with referrals to other support systems.
Dan Lavigne, the Way Station Client Care Coordinator sums up the current situation. “Like other communities, the Mt Washington Valley area has those who are struggling with housing and food insecurity. Without adequate housing, people are unable to care for their basic daily needs such as meals, hygiene, sleep, and security. The Way Station cannot be the solution to the problem, as the problem is much bigger than any one organization, but at the Way Station, we do everything we can, week-to-week, to ease even just a little discomfort for those who are struggling. If someone has a home, or apartment, we try to help ease their financial burden by providing food, clothing, and other supplies. If someone is living in a hotel, besides the basic resources, we try to connect them to services that can help them move into a more stable living situation. If they live in cars, we provide tents and sleeping bags, trying to bring just a little more comfort. But most importantly, Way Station provides humanity, dignity, and connection. We strive to make sure that every client that comes to the Way Station is treated with dignity, respect, and compassion.”
If you become aware of someone needing assistance, refer them to the Way. Station, located at 15 Grove St in North Conway. Appointments are suggested by calling 603-452-7113.
Bartlett Congregational Church News:
The Bartlett Church has been going through a reawakening that was badly needed following our closure due to Covid19 Christmas Eve via Zoom, December 24, 2020. Our revival began July 18, 2021, with the return of our friend, Rev. Susan Jepson, who came for two weeks to help us reopen and reorganize, fine-tune our Zoom procedures, assign duties, and make sure the doors are open and welcoming when our guest preacher, Rev. Pojen Lee, came for a six-week journey through faith and promise – Life Is Good!
Pojen has now been with us since August 1 providing his inspirational messages and energy. Upon his return to the DC area, we have scheduled excellent guest preachers with the hope of finding the perfect candidate for our beautiful community. Our current commitments are: Rev. Pojen Lee’s final service will be September 5, Rev. Rebecca Larson will preach on September 12 and Rev. Kali Frye on September 19. All services will begin at 10 AM and we will practice social distancing and any new Covid protocols recommended as we move through Setpember.
This has been an exciting time in the life of our church. The music has been extraordinary with organist, Ellen Hayes, encouraging musicians to enhance the services. Violinist, Sandra Hatch, has joined us for many Sundays and on August 22 we enjoyed hearing the Tir Na Nog Musical Society play a variety of short pieces and learn from their leader, Wayne Peabody. , Tthey are considering a full concert during the Advent Period 2021. We’re enthusiastic about setting the date and letting everyone in MWV know.
Once again, we are returning to some of the safety guidelines due to the increased rate of Covid19 in our country. At this time social distancing and wearing a mask is recommended. As we enter the fall season, windows and doors will be until it is necessary to close them. We are watching the numbers carefully and want to make sure everyone is safe at our church.
We are thankful for Pojen’shis guidance and informative sermons. So in Pojen’s words “Come one, come all, we love to have you here.”
Memorial Hospital and White Mountain Community College partner to create Medical Assistant Apprenticeship Program
Memorial Hospital recently welcomed eight new Medical Assistant (MA) students. The students are participating in the hospital’s first-ever Medical Assistant Apprenticeship Program, in partnership with White Mountains Community College. Tuition and fees for the program are funded by proceeds from Memorial’s 2020 golf tournament, plus grants from Citizens Bank.
Students will participate in a credit-bearing apprenticeship program, aimed at filling open positions at Memorial’s primary care practices. They will also rotate through the hospital’s specialty care offices, as they spend two days in the classroom at WMCC, with a third day allotted toward studying, and two days on-site at Memoria Hospital. Upon completion of the nine-month program, students will be certified medical assistants at Memorial Hospital.
To learn more about medical assistant positions at Memorial Hospital contact Beth Carpenter at email@example.com 603-356-4939. To learn more about WMCC’s Medical Assistant Certificate program contact Tamara Roberge at firstname.lastname@example.org, 603-342-3062 or visit wmcc.edu.
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