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The Moore Center Supports Families and Communities by Giving Them Opportunities for a Good Life

By S. Mathur

The Moore Center began in 1955 as a support center for families with a member who had developmental or intellectual disabilities. In 1975, it was recognized by the New Hampshire Bureau of Developmental Services as an area agency to develop and implement these services.

Over the years, its mandate has grown, by adding services for children and senior citizens, and workforce training and development programs. According to its mission statement, the Center "serves people with intellectual, developmental and personal challenges by creating opportunities for a good life."

Paul Boynton, President/CEO of The Moore Center, defines the values that inspire the Center's work: "Compassion, commitment and community provide the foundation for all of The Moore Center's initiatives and inspire the organization's primary goal: Creating opportunities for a good life. The community can share these same values."

The Moore Options for Seniors program helps people to continue living independently at home as they age. There are different levels of services depending on the amount of time and type of services required. Personal Care Services on an hourly basis help seniors with a wide range of non-medical chores and errands. Kinship Care and Adult Family Care provide a family setting for those seniors who are no longer able to live independently in safety. For those coming home from the hospital or a rehabilitation facility, the Welcome Home plan offers customized care. Tim McGinnin, Director of Moore Options for Seniors, says that "Regardless of what service option is chosen, one can have the peace of mind that his or her loved one is in good hands."

For younger children up to 3 years old with a developmental delay or an established medical condition, the Family Centered Early Supports and Services (FCESS) provides comprehensive services, including early intervention, autism services, therapeutic interventions, parent coaching, resources, and coordination with community services. The Center serves 700 families, with customized services for every child and family.

Believing the therapeutic power of work, the Center's workforce training programs help to find jobs for those seeking work. Maureen Valley, Vice President of Client Services says, "The Moore Center believes that all individuals who want to work should have the opportunity to explore, develop, and succeed in meaningful, community-based employment. The organization works closely with employers to identify their individual staffing needs, tour businesses, speak with hiring managers, review job requirements and match up candidates."

Working with employers, the Center designs jobs though job carving Valley explains, "which takes non-essential tasks from busy, high-level employees and re-designates them to our qualified job seekers. Employers have found this to be an efficient and cost-effective way to meet their needs."

Most services cover the communities of Auburn, Bedford, Candia, Goffstown, Hooksett, Londonderry, Manchester and New Boston, while a few, like Moore Options for Seniors, are statewide. For those wanting to get involved with the Center's work, there are a few different options. Life skills coaches are mentors and teachers, whose work can make all the difference in someone's life. There's also the fundraising Annual Garden Party, which is the highlight of the Greater Manchester social calendar.

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