Expanding Community Access
AMHERST, NH, January 19, 2017 – Opportunity Networks added a new, wheel chair accessible van to its organization. This purchase was made possible through grant funding received from the Billings Trust FBO NH Charities, Citizens Bank, N.A., Trustee, Ella Anderson Trust, BNY Mello, N.A., Trustee, Kaley Foundation, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee, The Madelaine G. von Weber Trust, The Agnes M. Lindsay Trust, Walmart Foundation, and the Milford Rotary Club. This purchase allows Opportunity Network the ability to offer more access to day programming, community based activities and job sites to individuals with mobility issues.
Daily transportation support includes picking individuals up in the morning and bringing them home at the end of the day. Without this service, many of the families and caregivers would be forced to make drastic decisions on how they would support their family member with mobility issues. Additionally, Individuals without accessible transportation can suffer isolation.
Opportunity Networks, a non-profit 501(c)3 organization, provides services to 147 individuals with a variety of disabilities in the Greater Nashua, and Souhegan Valley and Peterborough areas. Committed to providing genuine vocational opportunities and life-enhancing activities in a safe community based environment, they assist their clientele in working towards individual growth and fulfillment.
There continues to be several key topics before legislation in Concord which focus on support for individuals with developmental disabilities and may be of interest to you. The rollout of Managed Care continues to be a hot topic as it relates to the potential impacts it may have. There is also current a bill (HB 387) to address Direct Support Professional wages.
Remember, everyone’s voice is important so please speak to your local representatives for more information about ways you can participate in the process.
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