Mission: To promote the optimal health and development of New Hampshire children and families.
Results: In 2012 we have helped 423 families and 688 children in Sullivan and lower Grafton counties. Our nurses and parent educators have made over 4500 home visits to New Hampshire women and children. 99% of families have no known reports of child abuse and neglect following enrollment in our programs. 98% of women who gave birth delivered a healthy full-term baby. 88% of families served reduced their dependence on governmental assistance.
Target demographics: Low income women and children and families.
Direct beneficiaries per year: 800
Geographic areas served: Sullivan County and lower Grafton County in New Hampshire.
Programs: 1. Healthy Families America provides home visits to pregnant women, continuing until the child turns three.
2. SHINE (Sexual Health Information Network and Education) provides comprehensive sexual health education to young women ages 16-21.
3. Child Health Support: provides intensive parent education to parents of children in foster care or out-of-home placement.
4. 2nd Beginnings Children's Thrift Store: provides affordable clothing and supplies for young children and families.
5. Comprehensive Family Support Services: provides home visits, parent education and support to families who are struggling to raise their children.
Good Beginnings of Sullivan County is a safety net for families that need/want to find ways to improve interpersonal relationships with family members. Our staff of well trained caring women go into homes or help at the office. Our thrift store provides reasonably priced access to quality gently used clothing, toys, and household goods.
It has been an honor and a pleasure to volunteer for GBSC since 1995. It was fun going into homes and helping new mothers, transporting folks to doctors' appointments, trips to the store, or to the park for a play day. My time has been a gift to the community which has in turn made my life richer.
I treasure the friendships of the staff for each other and for me. No finer women exist.