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Welfare Department
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Contact:
Welfare Administrator
Address:
23 Edgemont Rd
Sunapee, NH 03782
Phone:
603-763-2212
Fax:
(603) 763-4925
Alternate Phone:
(603) 369-9896
Hours:

Wednesday Mornings
9:00 AM - NOON
Also by Appointment
 
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SUNAPEE WELFARE DEPARTMENT
TOWN REPORT—2006
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The Sunapee Welfare Department handled over 160 contacts regarding general assistance.  An overwhelming majority of these contacts did not result in applications for general assistance; instead many individuals and families either had questions about services or were referred to other area resources that handle non-emergent cases.  Referrals were made to:  the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, Southwestern Community Services, KREM, and the Sunapee Food Pantry.   Twelve (12) Sunapee families received direct assistance with housing expenses, electric bills, fuel bills, medication, and food during 2006. In addition to the financial support the Town appropriated last year, Community Alliance of Human Service’s staff’s expertise and training allowed us to make referrals to other area resources saving the taxpayers of Sunapee additional expenses. Although not all residents who contact us present issues appropriate for resolution through the Town Assistance Program, whenever possible we provide residents with alternative solutions to help them meet their needs.  
Town Assistance applicants are routinely referred to other appropriate services and resources available within Sunapee and Sullivan County.  We have made referrals to services that include:  New Hampshire Department of Health & Human Services (Medicaid, TANF, Food Stamps, and APTD), Serve New England (food), Social Security Offices (SSDI and SSI), Southwestern Community Services (fuel assistance, electric assistance, and rental assistance), The Sunapee Food Pantry, local churches, Partners in Health, and the Medication Bridges Program.  Additionally, where appropriate, we have encouraged families and individuals to negotiate directly with utility companies and landlords to make payment arrangements on amounts owed. Community Alliance of Human Services has worked extremely hard to promote self-sufficiency in all Town Assistance clients, which is consistent with our Agency’s mission and reduces dependency.  Staff makes certain that the humanitarian purpose of the Town Assistance laws are followed, yet makes it clear to all applicants that Town Assistance is not a guaranteed monthly benefit that continues for an indeterminate period.  
In 2006, the Community Alliance of Human Services continued its participation in the New Hampshire Local Welfare Administrators Association where staff received updated information on local welfare guidelines, policies, and regulations.  Attending these meetings promotes a broader knowledge of resources available to families.  Additionally special VIP vouchers are issued during an annual meeting with Public Service of New Hampshire that can postpone disconnection of a client’s electrical service or restore a client’s electrical service with no questions asked.  This service saves Sunapee taxpayers hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars because electrical service is continued or restored free of charge.
In 2006, staff attended and participated in the Governor’s Local Welfare Advisory Group to assess the impact of changes to TANF (Temporary Aid To Needy Families) regulations upon general assistance.  
The Community Alliance continues to oversee the Sunapee Food Pantry.  The Food Pantry is located at the Town Office is open for business whenever the Town Offices are open.
The Community Alliance of Human Services also coordinated with the other agencies and individuals to assist families with special food assistance, during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.  Working collaboratively with the Sunapee Elementary School, we provided Christmas toys for many families in need in Sunapee during the 2006 holiday season.  
We appreciate the opportunity to provide assistance to families and individuals in need in a caring and professional manner, while, at the same time, reducing the amount of direct assistance given by the Welfare Department.  


Respectfully submitted,
Gregory W. Vigue
Town Welfare Administrator




























WELFARE DEPARTMENT REPORT 2005

The Community Alliance of Human Services has worked in collaboration with the Town of Sunapee, since February 2004 to assist Sunapee families in need.  The Community Alliance of Human Services takes great pride in assisting families from the Town of Sunapee.

Over 50 families were assisted with housing expenses, electric bills, fuel oil bills, medication and food.   We were able to refer families and individuals to other services and resources available with Sunapee and Sullivan County.  We have made referrals to services such as:  The New Hampshire Department of Health & Human Services (Medicaid, TANF, Food Stamps and APTD).  Serve New England (food), Social Security Offices (SSDI and SSI), Southwestern Community Services (fuel assistance, electric assistance and rental assistance), The Sunapee Food Pantry, local churches, Partners in Health, The Medication Program and the Medication Bridges Program.  Additionally, where appropriate, we have encouraged families and individuals to negotiate directly with utility companies and landlords to make payment arrangements on amounts owed.  We appreciate the opportunity to provide assistance to families and individuals in need in a caring and professional manner, while, at the same time, significantly reducing the overall budget of the Welfare Department.

In 2004, The Community Alliance of Human Services, continued its participation in the New Hampshire Local Welfare Administrators Association.  This association allows us to receive updated information pertaining to local welfare guidelines, policies, and regulations. Attending these meetings also promotes broader knowledge of resources available to families.

The Community Alliance of Human Services also continues to oversee the Sunapee Food Pantry.  We were very fortunate this year to be the recipients of several food drives in the Sunapee area and we thank all those involved for their tremendous efforts and dedication to the residents of Sunapee.  We would also like to thank the many individuals and businesses who gave their time, effort, and dedication to assisting wit donations to the Sunapee Food Pantry.  The Sunapee Food Pantry is located at the Town Office and holds regular hours on Fridays from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon.  Those families in need may, of course, seek assistance from the Sunapee Food Pantry whenever the Town Office is open for business.

The Community Alliance of Human Services also coordinated with the United Methodist Church and local organizations to assist families with special food assistance during the Thanksgivings and Christmas holidays.  We also, along with the Sunapee Elementary School, provided Christmas toys for families in need in Sunapee.  Special "thank you" go to Laura Henault, Wendy Sisto and Pat Anglin, who were our holiday shoppers for families in need.  Their hard work and dedication were essential to providing a better holiday experience for Sunapee families in need.  We would also like to thank Sunapee residents and businesses for their many generous contributions to the Christmas toy collections at the Sunapee Town Hall.

Finally, we would also like to thank the Town Manager and the town employees for their assistance and support that have helped to make the Welfare Department accessible and responsive to the needs of Sunapee residents.

Gregory W. Vigue
Wellfare Officer
for the Comunity Alliance of Human Services



 
Town of Sunapee  23 Edgemont Road, Sunapee, NH 03782  Ph: (603) 763-2212
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