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April 3, 2018

April is Alcohol Awareness Month

Happy Spring!  Hopefully it will be here and we have seen the end of the snow.  We are coming upon a very busy time of the year and have a lot of information and resources here in this newsletter.  Please feel free to browse what you like and pass along and share with others. 

Do you know?  You are the most important piece to RCFY's success reaching others.  We are connected to people but if you pass along the news and resources in this newsletter you are helping us to connect to a whole other level of individuals to RCFY resources and information.  Can we count on you to help?  Think of it like the 'six degrees of separation'.

In this newsletter:
  • Next meeting – Breathe – JUUL
  • April is Alcohol Awareness Month
  • Youth Action - raising awareness
  • Discount cards are in – how do you save with yours??
  • Thank you and update for Gala
  • Feel Good Story about a teen
  • Recovery Friendly Workplace
  • Recovery Task Force meeting
  • Save the Date – Marijuana Town Hall
  • Operation Raymond Cleanup


REMINDER - Our next Raymond Coalition For Youth monthly meeting is April 12th, 9:00 am - 10:30 am at the Raymond Baptist Church- 145 RT 27 in Raymond.  Thank you to Breathe NH for joining us with their presentation, "Vaping Unveiled: What Everyone Needs to Know".   25% of NH high school student report using one of these devices in the past 30 days. View the full agenda here.

RCFY meetings are open for all to attend, free, and we have coffee, tea and muffins generously supplied by Hannaford.  We hope you will consider joining us and maybe bringing a friend. 

 

April is Alcohol Awareness month.  An opportunity to start a conversation and provide awareness and resources.  Alcohol is still the number one abused drug and NH has the highest rates of alcohol use in the USA.  Some people find it hard to think of Alcohol as a drug because it is legal for those over the age of 21 to use.  A drug is defined as a medicine or other substance which has a physiological effect when ingested or otherwise introduced into the body.
 






WMUR - As opioid crisis persists, alcoholism still state's biggest addiction problem - This young man talks about his alcohol addiction, the harm on his body and how his environment was an introduction to alcohol.  

Alcohol is a serious concern for our state, can break apart families and isolate individuals but help is available.  



 


 RESOURCES! 
It is important for people to know they are not alone.  If you or someone you care about struggle with addiction or substance misuse, there are many people who want to help and places to find support.  In addition to our RCFY resource page, here are a few:

The NH Statewide Addiction Crisis Line,  24/7 and a person will pick up:  1-844-711-HELP (4357) 

Alcoholics Anonymous:
https://nhaa.net/meetings/, (603) 622-6967, e-mail: office@nhaa.netNew Hampshire Al-Anon Help for families and friends of alcoholics - meeting info, newsletter and contact information at nhal-anon.org 

 

RCFY Youth Action members are starting a conversationabout alcohol and drug use in Raymond.  They are inviting their peers to be a part of the conversation.  This is the most recent bulletin board that was put up last week at RHS.  Youth Action meeting at Raymond High on Tuesdays, 2:15 in the JAG room.





 
Raymond area leaders in prevention community meet with Assistant Director of the Office Of National Drug Control Policy(ONDCP) Assistant Director Michael K. Gottlieb

President Donald Trump came to NH to unveil his opioid crisis response plan and sent members of staff to come and learn about the great work happening in Raymond NH at the Raymond Coalition For Youth (RCFY).  Assistant Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy(ONDCP), Michael K. Gottlieb stopped by the Walmart Distribution Center in Raymond Monday morning to meet with members of RCFY and learn about their community response to the opioid crisis.  READ MORE HERE.

 






2018 RCFY DISCOUNT CARDS ARE IN!  They are $10 a piece and can be used over and over again all year long until 3/31/2019.  Go on Facebook and share with us where you like to use yours the most.  A BIG Thank you to all of our sponsors for being on the card.  Cards can be purchased at the Raymond Town Hall, 4 Epping St., in the RCFY office, Rec. Department or Donna in the Building Department.

  



 

Breaking Boards Fundraiser! 

A big thank you to Ken at Kaizen Academy.  RCFY was the benefactor for their recent 2018 Board Breaking Fundraiser.  Please take a look at our photo album to see all the fun that was had.  Who knew so many people could break boards with their hands?  We are grateful to them all. There are lot of pictures and videos on our FaceBook page. 



 




THANK YOU! 
 
Our 5th Annual Gala Fundraiser was a complete success and we are very grateful to our sponsors, those who donated for our prizes and auctions, our guests for joining us and partaking in our money raising options and Walmartfor adopting RCFY for their VAP (Volunteerism Always Pays off) program.  

I am happy to announce that $14,900 was raised for RCFY programming and activities and that we will be receiving an additional $5,000 in the form of a grant from Walmart.  

Please take a moment to visit our RCFY Gala page and see the great outpouring of support from local businesses and sponsors.  They appreciate your support and you can feel good knowing that they support a great cause and a community and are civic-minded.

The evening was a lot of fun - please take a moment to view the pictures that captured our evening in our Photo Album on Facebook.  

 

Over 60,000 people in NH are in Recovery from a substance misuse disorder.  These people are employees and consumers.

Recovery Friendly Workplaces (RFW's) support their communities by recognizing recovery from substance use disorder as a strength and by being willing to hire and work intentionally with people in recovery.  Recovery Friendly Workplaces encourage an environment where employers, employees, and communities can collaborate to create positive change and eliminate barriers for those impacted by addiction. Learn more here.  We are very excited to announce that the Walmart Distribution Center in Raymond is one of the early adopters to this program.  We are very fortunate to have the leadership and partnership of Walmart as a RCFY partner to help make a difference in our community.  


RING OF REDEMPTION: TEEN EARNS SECOND CHANCE AFTER THEFT

"But he chose to help me......my life would definitely be a lot different." 

A true story of an adult stepping in, listening to the story and helping to turn a teen's life around.  This is a great example of the difference all adults can play in the life of a young person struggling.   
SAVE THE DATE & MORE INFO COMING:
  • Our next Recovery Task Force meeting is Tuesday, April 10th at 9 amat the Raymond Baptist Church
  • DEA Medication Take Back Event is April 28th - This is a state wide event.  More info will be coming.
  • We are working on details of Operation Raymond Cleanup - contact Christine for more info or to be involved.  
  • Marijuana Town Hall Meeting - May 15th - more details coming
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Donate here, 92% of your donation goes directly to programming.
Raymond Coalition for Youth Board of Directors:

Ali Bousquin, Chair
Greg Sevinsky, Vice Chair
Tricia Wentworth, Secretary
Patrick Arsenault, Treasurer
Dustin Ramey, Development Director
Cutler Brown, Veteran & Concerned Citizen
Carrie Chooljian, Lamprey Health Care Care, Manager
Mark Hassenpflug, Retired - Banking/Non-profit 
John Schermerhorn, MD - The Road Foundation, Road to a Better Life
Bill Sparks, Concerned Citizen

Raymond Coalition for Youth Staff:

Celeste Clark - Executive Director 
Pam Turcotte - Finance Coordinator 
Christine Bostaph - Program Coordinator
Kathy Pouliot - Communications/ IT Coordinator

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March 15, 2018:
Time's almost up, News, Good Bye and Congrats!

March 15, 2018 

Hello,

In this issue:

Our 5th Annual Gala Fundraiser to support the Raymond Coalition For Youth and all of our programming, events and resources is happening on March 24th, 2018,  6:00 - 9:30 pm, at Brookstone Event center in on RT 111 in Derry NH.  The time to get your tickets is TODAY!  We have to have our first head count in for the meal  this week.  We hope you will join us for an evening spent with great food and drink, entertainment and laughs provided by Comedian Tom Hayes, networking with amazing people who care about making a difference in the lives of young people, and an opportunity to win, and bid, on spectacular prizes and auctions items.  100% of funds raised at this event will go directly back into the community.  

Tickets can be purchased in our office, online from our website or by mail (but please let us know you are sending the check so we can reserve your tickets).  Tickets are $60 a person or $500 for a reserved table of ten.  You can share the details with others to help us encourage attendance via our Facebook Event page too!  Our generous sponsors and pictures from last year's event are below.


Have we had enough snow yet??  Our next  Raymond Coalition For Youth monthly meeting will be on April 12th, 9:00 - 10:30 am, at the Raymond Baptist Church on RT 27.  Our guest will be Kim Coronis of Breathe NH with updated information on the new, and scary, trend of E-cigs and "JUULing" -- what you need to know.  We will also learn about exciting mentoring opportunities for youth in our community with a partnership with UNH Cooperative Extension. We hope you will consider joining us and bring a friend. ~ "I think RCFY meetings are the best professional development opportunity I can take advantage of, I always learn something new to share with my students."  


Are you interested in being a part of Operation Raymond Clean Up planning?  Our youth action groups want to make this the BEST community service event EVER this year, and by involving as many partners in our community as possible, we can make that happen!  This is a youth-led, with adult support, opportunity to "Take Pride in our Community."  Please contact Christine to be more involved.  If your group is interested in participating but not planning -- that is great, too!  More details to come on this great event, planned to take place in May.


Tuesdays in Raymond  - Access to Treatment and Recovery Services:

Providing community support and access to treatment and recovery services is a priority for the Raymond Coalition for Youth. For the past two years, our Recovery Task Force has been meeting (formerly referred to as the Heroin Drug Task Force), bringing community partners together to bring services into the community.

We are pleased to announce that our partnership with Granite Pathways has expanded and now includes RAPS recovery support services in the Raymond area on Tuesdays from 9 am to 5 pm at the Raymond Baptist Church, 145 RT 27. Walk-ins are welcome from 9 am to 2 pm, then phone calls and scheduled appointments  between 2 pm and 5 pm. Those interested in recovery support services or help with navigating treatment options can reach Karen, the Raymond representative, at (603) 931-3700 everyTuesday(Pictured:  Karen Morton Clark, Granite Pathways RAPS and Kevin McBride, Raymond Baptist Church.)


The Raymond Baptist Church has been a key partner in our efforts to provide support, encouragement and spiritual help to the community and for those seeking and in recovery. “We believe in supporting the health of the whole person. This includes their physical, mental and spiritual well-being.” ~ Pastor Kevin McBride. To learn more about Granite Pathways and RAPS, visit: www.granitepathwaysnh.org.

 


We can't stop! The news is not covering the heroin and opioid crisis at the level it once was, but this does not mean it is going away.  It is very important to keep conversations going, talk about prevention, and make sure people know where, or who, to go to for help and support.

Our state is making great efforts to bring resources in to help those in need.  Perhaps the most important thing that everyone can do is to keep talking.  It can be draining, but think of those who are suffering, not sure where to go or what to do.  Please direct them to our website, or our office, so we can connect them to help. We have excellent partners who are on the front lines with this: Granite PathwaysThe Farnum CenterThe ROAD Foundation and more.

Self care for everyone connected to this is very important.  Remember, you cannot help someone else if you are not in a good place yourself.  Practice taking care of yourself, rest, proper diet, exercise, disconnect and enjoy some down time.  

** If you would like cards like these below for your location please let us know.  Getting this message into the public is a great way to connect people with help and support.  Thank you. 


 



The Wason Pond Pounder is coming up on May 5th, 2018 in Chester. Registration is now open to participate in their fun obstacle course.  They are also looking for volunteers to be a part of this great community day, if you are interested in giving back.  They very generously support RCFY – A specialThank You to the Pounder, as RCFY was very fortunate to be the recipient of their 2017 Holiday Gift donation.

 


Congratulation on your retirement!

Chief David Salois is retiring from Raymond Police Department this Friday, March 16, 2018.
In 2002 David became a founding member of the Raymond Coalition For Youth, and we will always be grateful to him for all he has done to contribute to the success of the efforts of RCFY serving our community.

He has many supporters and friends who have worked with him in his capacity with the Raymond Coalition For Youth, and we wanted to make sure you were aware of his move to a next step in his journey in case you wanted to send well wishes his way.

In our history of working with the Chief, and the Raymond Police Department, we wanted to mention some very successful programs that our partnership has put in place over the years.  These are just highlights, as the list is long:

  • Addressing underage drinking, we created a public service announcement video to was used statewide to raise awareness to the law regarding providing alcohol to anyone under the age of 21. This was in partnership with NH Liquor Enforcement as well.
  • To that, he has offered many of his officers over the years to be involved in prevention efforts and several other youth-led videos have been created to address various alcohol and drug issues.
  • He allowed us to be one of the first communities in NH to install a permanent prescription medication take back box into the Raymond Police Department. Since that time, thousands of pounds of medication have been turned in for safe disposal, keeping our youth, community and water supply safe.
  • Supported adopting our My Choice Youth Diversion program for youth alcohol and marijuana law offenders. This was a big move in 2009 for a police department to look at providing a young person, and their parent, with information and knowledge regarding substance misuse instead of just a fine as a deterrent.  
This list could continue, but to quote Bill Gates, "Our success has really been based on partnerships from the beginning."  When we work together our community benefits.  Most importantly our youth benefit.  

David, thank you for your time, your effort and the memories that you have imparted on the many in our community.  All the best!

Raymond Area News did a great article on Chief if you are interested in reading more.  (photo courtesy of Raymond Area News.)

Welcome and Congratulations! 
On Friday, March 16th at 3 pm Lt. Mike LaBell will be sworn in as Raymond's new Police Chief. We welcome him, and look forward to working with him and the Raymond Police Department moving forward.

Thank you for your time and commitment to the Raymond Coalition for Youth.  The work of RCFY takes the combined work of us all.  It doesn't happen by itself, or by one person, it is our community and the great people in it all working together to make a difference.

If you have any questions or need tickets to the gala, please let me know.

I hope you have a wonderful day,

Celeste Clark

RCFY Executive Director


 
A special Shout Out to Walmart and their associates for helping plan and coordinate this event!

  

Thank you to our current business sponsors for their support!

 









Join our growing list of sponsors! 



We are now accepting donations to support our live and silent auction and lucky draw.  Our guests love going home with great gifts!
 




 

The Raymond Coalition For Youth
empowers the community to promote positive youth development
and reduce youth substance use, and suicide risk. 



You are invited to join us at our next 
Raymond Coalition For Youth monthly meeting,  

April 12, 2018, 9 - 10:30 am 

Downstairs in the meeting room at
Raymond Baptist Church in Raymond

Thank you to Hannaford for Muffins and coffee available!

***Please note our new number***  (603) 895-7061
Raymond Coalition for Youth Board of Directors:

Ali Bousquin, Chair
Greg Sevinsky, Vice Chair
Tricia Wentworth, Secretary
Patrick Arsenault, Treasurer
Dustin Ramey, Development Director
Cutler Brown, Veteran & Concerned Citizen
Carrie Chooljian, Lamprey Health Care Care, Manager
Mark Hassenpflug, Retired - Banking/Non-profit 
John Schermerhorn, MD - The Road Foundation, Road to a Better Life
Bill Sparks, Concerned Citizen

Raymond Coalition for Youth Staff:

Celeste Clark - Executive Director 
Pam Turcotte - Finance Coordinator 
Christine Bostaph - Program Coordinator
Kathy Pouliot - Communications/ IT Coordinator

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February 20, 2018:

Tomorrow night, updates & more
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Join us this Wednesday night at the Raymond School Board Meeting. We will be presenting the latest Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) data for our community. 

The information shows specific youth behavior risks such as substance misuse, mental health and behavioral health indicators. It is also an opportunity to learn about what resources are in place for prevention. 

This data is the driving force, along with data collected from our community, to guide the work of the Raymond Coalition for Youth.  It helps us to identify areas of need and measure where our efforts have been successful. 

If you can't make the meeting, you can watch it live on TV, on Channel 22, or you can watch it via Raymond Community Television's website

 

News from our partners at New Futures: 

February 19, 2018

Thank you for your advocacy so far to help keep New Hampshire healthy and stop the legalization and commercialization of marijuana. We know that legalization is wrong for New Hampshire's youth and overall quality of life. Find some more information below on what's going on in the Granite State's fight to oppose marijuana legalization and commercialization.

Update on HB 656

Thank you to the many advocates who turned out to testify in opposition to marijuana legalization at last week's hearing in the House Ways and Means Committee. The committee heard from many concerned citizens about increased health and public safety costs that will result from legalization.

See our overview here.

Call to Action

The Ways and Means Committee is expected to vote on HB 656 this Wednesday, 2/21. It's not too late to call the committee and let them know that opening the door to Big Marijuana is wrong for New Hampshire.

Click here for everything you need to call the committee members.

The Granite State Opinion

Granite Staters have been writing in and sharing their thoughts on legalizing this harmful substance and making it easier for our youth to access. Check out a couple of the latest pieces, or see a full list here.

Union Leader (2/11/18) - Another View -- Dr. William Goodman: New Hampshire should not legalize recreational marijuana

Seacoast Online (2/8/18) - Bill to legalize marijuana would harm NH's youth

Marijuana In the News

Things like law loopholes, edibles being shared with daycare providers, and more have been highlighted in recent nationwide news about marijuana.

Buy a shirt, get pot 'gift': Companies exploit law loophole

Marijuana-laced cookies given to daycare providers by parent

A check-up on medical marijuana in New Hampshire

JOIN THE FIGHT! 

New Futures, 10 Ferry Street, Suite 307, Concord, NH 03301
 



Tickets are now on sale

for the 5th Annual Gala

March 24th, 6:00pm – 9:30pm

at Brookstone Park


The Raymond Coalition For Youth
empowers the community to promote positive youth development
and reduce youth substance use, and suicide risk. 




(603) 895-7061     ***Please note our new number***

 
Connect with us on Social Media:
Donate here, 92% of your donation goes directly to programming.
Raymond Coalition for Youth Board of Directors:

Ali Bousquin, Chair
Greg Sevinsky, Vice Chair
Tricia Wentworth, Secretary
Patrick Arsenault, Treasurer
Dustin Ramey, Development Director
Cutler Brown, Veteran & Concerned Citizen
Carrie Chooljian, Lamprey Health Care Care, Manager
Mark Hassenpflug, Retired - Banking/Non-profit 
John Schermerhorn, MD - The Road Foundation, Road to a Better Life
Bill Sparks, Concerned Citizen

Raymond Coalition for Youth Staff:

Celeste Clark - Executive Director 
Pam Turcotte - Finance Coordinator 
Christine Bostaph - Program Coordinator
Kathy Pouliot - Communications/ IT Coordinator

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February 13, 2018:

A fun evening supporting an amazing organization!
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February 13, 2018
 
Hello,

I hope this finds you well.  I wanted to personally contact you to make sure you know about our 5th Annual Gala Fundraiser to support the Raymond Coalition For Youth.

We hope you will consider joining us on March 24th, 2018,  6:00 - 9:30 pm for an evening spent with great food and drink, entertainment and laughs provided by Comedian Tom Hayes, networking with amazing people who care about making a difference in the lives of young people, and an opportunity to win and bid on spectacular prizes and auctions items.  
 
This year we will be at the beautiful Brookstone Park Event Center in Derry NH on route 111.

We hope you will consider joining us for a great evening, or possibly even offer to ‘host’ a table. This means you will extend the offer to your friends, coworkers, family and others and fill a table of ten! This will save you $100 as a reserved table of ten is $500. 

You can share the details with others to help us encourage attendance via our Facebook Event page too!
 
This event is an excellent opportunity to showcase your business and be featured in our event promotions that reach thousands of people across New Hampshire, and beyond by:
 
• Becoming an event sponsor
• Donating to our auction - 
this increases the fun for the evening and all proceeds go directly to RCFY programs and mission.
 
Tickets can be purchased by contacting our office and speaking with Celeste, Christine or a RCFY Board member listed below.  They can also be purchased from our website through PayPal (but there is a small fee via this method).  Tickets are $60 a person or $500 for a reserved table of ten.  Ticket price includes a fun-filled evening, great food and dessert, music, a live and silent auction, a special gift to take home, and most importantly – supports the RCFY mission and programming.  
 
You can help us make this a successful, fun evening.
I sincerely thank you for considering joining us and your ongoing involvement and support for the Raymond Coalition For Youth,
 
Celeste Clark
RCFY Executive Director



A special Shout Out to Walmart and their associates for helping plan and coordinate this event!

   

Thank you to our current business sponsors for their support!



Join our growing list of sponsors! 


 

We are now accepting donations to support our live and silent auction and lucky draw. Our guests love going home with great gifts.  
 
 
 

The Raymond Coalition For Youth
empowers the community to promote positive youth development
and reduce youth substance use, and suicide risk.
 


You are invited to join us at our next 
Raymond Coalition For Youth monthly meeting,  

March 8, 2018, 9 - 10:30 am 
Downstairs in the meeting room at
Raymond Baptist Church in Raymond

Thank you to Hannaford for Muffins and coffee available!

***Please note our new number***  (603) 895-7061
Donate here, 92% of your donation goes directly to programming.
Raymond Coalition for Youth Board of Directors:

Ali Bousquin, Chair
Greg Sevinsky, Vice Chair
Tricia Wentworth, Secretary
Patrick Arsenault, Treasurer
Dustin Ramey, Development Director
Cutler Brown, Veteran & Concerned Citizen
Carrie Chooljian, Lamprey Health Care Care, Manager
Mark Hassenpflug, Retired - Banking/Non-profit 
John Schermerhorn, MD - The Road Foundation, Road to a Better Life
Bill Sparks, Concerned Citizen

Raymond Coalition for Youth Staff:

Celeste Clark - Executive Director 
Pam Turcotte - Finance Coordinator 
Christine Bostaph - Program Coordinator
Kathy Pouliot - Communications/ IT Coordinator

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January 24, 2018: 

FFN and so much more!

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FAMILY FUN NIGHT IS THIS FRIDAY!   We have over 30 tables joining us, representing the many amazing organizations that are a part of RCFY and support our community.  There will be games, activities, raffles, FUN, great people to see, drinks provided by Coke and pizza provided by Pizza By George (while it lasts).  This is a fantastic event and one we you will be able to join us at.
The entire evening is FREE so please encourage everyone to take advantage of this "get out of the house winter fun."  The event can be shared through our Facebook page and by passing along the flyer (thank you). 

Interested in Volunteering?  We have opportunities this Friday night, and for the upcoming Town Deliberative Session on February 3rd, and the School Deliberative Session onFebruary 10thPlease visit our Volunteer Page to find out how you can help. Contact Christine Bostaph at (603) 895-7062 or send her an email to sign up: cbostaph@rcfy.org  We could use cooks, bakers, smiling faces and more.

This week is National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week, January 22-28, 2018: Shatter the Myths
 
How's your knowledge on drugs and drug abuse? See just how good you are by taking the 2018 National Drug & Alcohol IQ Challenge. You may be very surprised at the answers! This quiz takes about 10 minutes, or less, and the video follow-up with the answers is eye-opening. We encourage you to watch this as a family, and talk about it. There are a lot of myths out there about drugs, and we need to shine light on facts, and shatter the myths. Feel free to share with friends!

Click on the quiz to take it, and then view the video response below. Share on social media and share your responses!  #drugfreeRaymond  #RCFY


 

 

 
Have you heard about HB 656?  It is an effort to legalize Marijuana in NH.  On January 9th House  voted to allow for the possession, consuming, growing, and transporting of up to 6 plants of marijuana for personal possession. That's nearly 6 pounds of marijuana for personal use!  If this bill passes, this harmful substance will be much more accessible to our youth while their brains are being built.  In prevention we know that one of the keys to reducing substance misuse is reducing access.  

Our RCFY - Youth Action members have something to say about the January 9th vote by the NH House. They can't all vote, but shouldn't their opinion matter? They are the ones who see the effects of marijuana on their peers, community and families.

If this is a matter that is important to you there is still time to share your feelings on this issue with members of the Ways and Means committee  but you will need to call or email as soon as possible.  To learn more about marijuana legalization you can visit our partners at New Futures' website.   

 

At our first meeting in January at (our new location! - Thank you Raymond Baptist Church!) we met Lynn Fuller, Family Support Coordinator for the state of New Hampshire, and learned about Hope for Families Support Groups. 

Family Support Groups in New Hampshire,
Provided by Granite Pathways (click on image for large view)

Contact Lynn Fuller, Family Support Coordinator for the state of New Hampshire, with questions, or to start a support group in your area:hopeforfamilies123@gmail.com

We are looking for volunteers who might want to help start a family support group here in Raymond.  

Please contact our office for more information.  FREE training is available.


We also had the chance to hear from Craig Barnabywho works with Live Free Recovery, about local clinically supported peer recovery coaching, as well as adolescent peer support groups that are available.  We look forward to learning more about the options for youth support in our community at a future meeting.

Join us at our February meeting, Thursday the 8th, and our guest speaker will be Kate Frey from New Futures, discussing Marijuana policy in New Hampshire, the updated legislation and how you can advocate for prevention and recovery efforts here in NH.


 



Tickets are now on sale for our 5th Annual Gala Fundraiser, happening March 24, 2018 at Brookstone Park in Derry. 

Sponsorship opportunities to promote your business are available and donations for our live and silent auctions are very much appreciated!

This is our premiere fundraiser of the year. All donations and sponsorships are tax-deductible!

We hope you will be able to join us for a great evening, with amazing people and fantastic food, supporting a cause that you know is making a difference in our communities - because we are working together to get it done! 

 
 

The Raymond Coalition For Youth empowers the community to promote positive youth development and
reduce youth substance use, and suicide risk. 


You are invited to join us at our next 
Raymond Coalition For Youth monthly meeting,  

February 8, 2018:  9 - 10:30 am
Raymond Baptist Church

Thank you to Hannaford for Muffins and coffee available!

Please note upcoming 2018 meeting dates:
 
2/8, 3/8, 4/12, 5/10, 6/14, 7/12

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Raymond Coalition for Youth Board of Directors:

Ali Bousquin, Chair
Greg Sevinsky, Vice Chair
Tricia Wentworth, Secretary
Patrick Arsenault, Treasurer
Dustin Ramey, Development Director
Cutler Brown, Veteran & Concerned Citizen
Carrie Chooljian, Lamprey Health Care Care, Manager
Mark Hassenpflug, Retired - Banking/Non-profit 
John Schermerhorn, MD - The Road Foundation, Road to a Better Life
Bill Sparks, Concerned Citizen



Raymond Coalition for Youth Staff:

Celeste Clark - Executive Director 
Pam Turcotte - Finance Coordinator 
Christine Bostaph - Program Coordinator
Kathy Pouliot - Communications/ IT Coordinator
 
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