NEWS ARCHIVE - June 2013

June is PTSD Awareness Month
POSTED ON June 24th BY
The Many Faces of War As more and more of our soldiers return to the United States from the battlefields of war, the cases of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) are also increasing dramatically. According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, about 7-8% of the population will have PTSD at some point in their lives. Over 5 million adults have PTSD, with women being twice as likely to develop it (10% compared to 5% in men). Veterans from all wars are at risk of developing the disease, with Vietnam Veterans being the highest risk; experts predict that 30% of those who served in Vietnam may have PTSD. Veterans from recent wars are also at risk, with 11-20% of veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan at risk. Due to these staggering statistics, the VA has officially designated June as PTSD Awareness Month for the entire country. Throughout MORE >
Southern New Hampshire HIV/AIDS Task Force Welcomes Migdalia to the Team
POSTED ON June 24th BY PartnershipTeam
The Southern New Hampshire HIV/AIDS Task Force was recently awarded a contract from the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services to provide HIV medical case management and support services to individuals living with HIV/AIDS throughout the State of New Hampshire. While this is not new funding or new services, this is the first time that the State has contracted with just one agency for these services, as opposed to reimbursing on a fee-for-service basis to all of the AIDS Service Organizations throughout the state. The Task Force will continue to provide these services locally, and will subcontract to other New Hampshire AIDS Service Organizations for the clients in their area. As part of this new contract, individuals living with HIV/AIDS who are receiving financial assistance from the state for their medical needs must now apply for this program through a contracted agency, whereas previously, MORE >
Harbor Homes Celebrates Flag Day by Opening New Facility in Manchester
POSTED ON June 24th BY PartnershipTeam
On June 14, 2013, Harbor Homes hosted a Ribbon Cutting to celebrate the opening of its newest transitional and permanent supportive housing facility for homeless veterans and their families, BAE Systems Independence Hall, located at 335 Somerville Street in Manchester, NH.  About 200 people, including business and civic leaders, dignitaries, and elected officials attended this event. The speaking presentation included NH Department of Health and Human Services’ Commissioner Nicholas Toumpas; Major General William N. Reddel III, The Adjutant General, New Hampshire; Mayor Ted Gatsas; and a testimonial of a program graduate, Matt Milbourn. Tours of the facility were also included. Known as BAE Systems Independence Hall, the new facility is in direct response to New Hampshire’s Four Year Plan to End Veteran Homelessness, formally adopted by Governor Lynch in 2010. Honorably-discharged homeless veterans are a unique and disproportionately represented homeless sub-population. Nationwide, only 7% of the MORE >
Deborah Benton – June 2013 Volunteer of the Month
POSTED ON June 24th BY
In 1962, Henry Koocher, a WWII veteran, purchased a warehouse on Somerville Street in Manchester.  For twenty-five years, he and his wife, Libby,  proudly owned and operated their distribution company, until he died on Memorial Day in 1986.  The property was sold, and it fell into disrepair, getting older and dirtier until 2010 when Harbor Homes purchased it, and raised a new 26-bedroom homeless veterans’ facility, BAE Systems Independence Hall, on the property. Henry Koocher was the father of Deborah Benton, a year-long volunteer of Harbor Homes.  According to Deb, the location of Independence Hall was fated, and her father would have been “over the moon” to learn that his land was being re-purposed to shelter homeless veterans. Mr. Koocher’s legacy is more than just land though.  We know he would be equally “over the moon” to learn of the work Deb has done in making MORE >
Healthy at Home Brings New Meaning of Life to Client
POSTED ON June 24th BY PartnershipTeam
Less than six months ago, Tony, a Healthy at Home staff member, was asked to work with a gentleman named Tom who was in much need of a personal care service provider. Tom is an elderly widower who suffers from many medical issues that forced him to be bed bound. Tony first stepped into Tom’s home in February 2013. The house was not very well taken care of and Tom was not doing great himself.  Tom lacked a family support system and was in dire need of help.Things really took a turn for the worse when Tom was misdiagnosed with cancer; he thought that he was going to pass away at any moment and  lost the will to live.  Tony was assigned to Tom and upon their first meeting, he noticed that Tom was not eating, couldn’t get out of bed, and was very introverted.  Tom MORE >
June’s Health Tip Flyer — To Keep You Healthy at Home!
POSTED ON June 11th BY
Healthy at Home distributes a monthly health tip flyer to surrounding organizations in an effort to educate the public and spread awareness of various health topics throughout the year. This month is National Safety Awareness month. Did you know that children under the age of 5 and adults over 70 are at the highest risk for home injury? Read this month’s Health Tip Flyer to learn more! Click below for a larger image.   MORE >
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