News and Resources

New Hampshire Charitable Foundation Awards Opportunity Networks $10,000 grant

Opportunity Networks recently received a $10,000 grant from
New Hampshire Charitable Foundation to support the continuity of care and support for the individuals that we serve during this COVID-19 pandemic. It recognizes the need to maintain a vital disability services program in our community. This grant was made possible by gifts from the Community Crisis Action Fund.
The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation is New Hampshire’s statewide community foundation, founded in 1962 by and for the people of New Hampshire. The Foundation manages a growing collection of nearly 2,000 funds created by generous individuals, families, and businesses, and awards nearly $40 million in grants and more than $6 million in scholarships every year. The Foundation works with generous and visionary citizens to maximize the power of their giving, supports great work happening in our communities, and leads and collaborates on high-impact initiatives. For more information, please visit www.nhcf.org or call 603-225-6641.

United Way of Greater Nashua supports Opportunity Networks with grant funds and supplies

United Way of Greater Nashua awarded Opportunity Networks  $1000 in funding from their  COVID-19 Community Response Fund. These funds will go a long way to keeping our staff and individuals safe and healthy during this pandemic. In addition, they have donated masks, hand sanitizer, a thermometer, and disinfecting wipes that are very much appreciated by all #NashuaUnitedStrong

Strengthening Our Community

Wonderful things happen when you build partnerships within the community. We are grateful to OMRON Adept Technologies in Amherst, NH for spending the morning at our Caldwell Drive facility. Volunteers arrived at 9 armed with tools and broad smiles and worked with our staff and clients to spring clean the grounds. When the clean up was complete, we shared lunch and to our surprise, OMRON presented us with a generous donation.

Express Needs, Wants and Thoughts

AMHERST, NH, January 30, 2018 – Opportunity Networks purchased new desktop computers, laptops, iPads, Augmentative and Alternative Communication devices, and software. These purchases were made possible through grant funding received from the Agnes M. Lindsay Trust and the New Hampshire Charitable Fund.

Growth in the agency and new state regulations make it necessary for Direct Support Professionals to have computers for daily reporting and access to company material while out in the community. Funding will also assist in replacing a ten year old IT infrastructure to improve agency efficiencies.

Opportunity Networks’ Speech and Language program continue to expand as more individuals attend our program that have a variety of communication needs. Using approaches in both low-tech and high-tech Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC), individuals will have an increase in ability to express needs and wants, express thoughts, engage in conversation with one’s community, and increase independence.

Opportunity Networks, a non-profit 501(c)3 organization, provides services to 161 individuals with a variety of disabilities in the Greater Nashua, Souhegan Valley and Monadnock 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.

D-Box Seating in our Multi-Sensory Theater

AMHERST, NH, January 9, 2018 – Opportunity Networks added 2 Multi-Sensory D-Box Seats to their Multi-Sensory Theater. This purchase was made possible through grant funding received from the Norwin S. and Elizabeth N. Bean Foundation, the Samuel P. Hunt Foundation, and the Parker Nelson Fund, Citizen’s Bank, N.A. Trustee.

Opportunity Networks’ goal is to create a Multi-Sensory Theatre designed specifically to enable individuals with disabilities to enjoy a wide range of sensory experiences for therapy, learning, relaxation, and fun. With the addition of D-Box seating, program participants will now have the opportunity to experience realistic simulations, for example a helicopter ride, safari or deep sea diving. These are experiences they otherwise would not enjoy due to the limitations of their disability.

Opportunity Networks, a non-profit 501(c)3 organization, provides services to 161 individuals with a variety of disabilities in the Greater Nashua, Souhegan Valley and Monadnock 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.

Bobby, Josiah and Melissa enjoying our D-Box Seats. Photo courtesy of Kathy Cook, The Telegraph

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.

Legislative Information

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.

You can also find additional legislatives updates at www.gatewayscs.org

Below are highlighted books that have been read and recommended by
our staff for families to enjoy: