Family Matters 36 Tsienneto Road Derry, NH 03038 (603) 437-4877 www.urteachers.org Facebook.com/urteachers Twitter: @urteacher
Winter/Spring 2014 Volume 1 Number 1
A Note from our Executive Director…
t is truly incredible how one person can touch so many lives. Joshua Guthrie was a listless young man when he first came to The Upper Room. He struggled with school and didn’t think he was capable of getting his diploma. Through your support, we provided Joshua with the tools he needed to become self-sufficient and earn his GED. Joshua learned how to set and accomplish goals. He gained invaluable studying habits and social skills, catapulting him into his future. Not only was he able to earn his diploma, Joshua is training as a diesel mechanic in the United States Army and is currently on a six month deployment in Afghanistan. Joshua now protects the lives of every single American. Joshua always visits TUR when he comes home for leave. He volunteers as a mentor to GED/HiSET students in the hopes that he can help them find their purpose.
Because of you, Joshua learned invaluable skills that have catapulted him into his future. It is a tremendous gift to show a child or parent a glimpse of a new future and give them the tools and resources they need to bring it to reality. It is also hard work.
Because of You! Joshua is making our world a safer place Page 1 Santa didn’t miss the Bishop family! Page 2 Meagan is going to college! Page 3 Jennifer and over 60 more families can build better lives Page 4
The children and families who visit us often face overwhelming hardships. They live in poverty. They don’t know where their next meal is coming from. They have little or no family support. They escaped abusive situations. They lack transportation. Often, they have never confronted the emotional turmoil that lingers inside of them.
Who believes in these people when they want to give up on themselves? We do.
Who makes it possible for them to turn their lives around when there is no where else to go? You do. The Upper Room is such a special place, and we owe a huge debt of gratitude to the people who make up its foundation— YOU! Thank you!
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The “Bishop” Family says:
THANK YOU! Because of you, Santa didn’t miss them and they can focus on recovering from homelessness
he holiday season can be a stressful time for many families. Budgets are tight, heating bills are extreme, and putting a meal on the table is tough under normal circumstances. This was especially true for the Bishops. Mom and Dad lived in their car while their five young children were split up and living with relatives. It was a huge accomplishment for them to finally get an apartment in time for the holidays, but it completely wiped out their savings. The children worried Santa wouldn’t know where to find them.
Santa did find them because of your generosity The Bishop family was able to set up house through your generous donations of personal care items, grocery store gift cards, clothes, and tools. The donation of a beautiful tree, decorations and other holiday trimmings sent a signal to Santa, telling him the children awaited his arrival.
NORA Systems of Salem, NH donates hundreds of volunteer hours to beautify The Upper Room campus for program participants and staff.
Last spring, volunteers from NORA Systems installed new flooring, donated by the company, in the Briggs Center. They also plan to donate and install new flooring in the Food Pantry in the coming months. “NORA volunteers beautify TUR’s campus by gardening, installing new floors, painting or renovating whole rooms, making TUR a place people feel good about visiting,” says program coordinator, Brenda Guggisberg. “They host coat drives, collect backpacks and distribute Thanksgiving baskets. We cannot say thank you enough for all their kind and selfless efforts.” Thank you, NORA Systems!
Jack of All Trades. Master of Kindness: Andrea Younie For over three years, Andrea has dedicated her free time to the service of TUR as a member of the annual auction committee, food pantry co-coordinator, parent mentor, advocate and so much more.
Hundreds of southern NH families were helped this holiday season because of you! Donations of turkeys, food, gift cards, clothes and shoes, and so much more poured in to aid struggling families served by The Upper Room.
By supporting The Upper Room, you’re providing vital educational services and community resources to children and families in crisis. So when the Bishop family says, “Thank You!” we couldn’t agree more.
NORA Systems volunteers take a break from summer landscaping to pose for a picture.
Andrea Younie at our 2013 auction.
“Andrea is the first person to offer help,” says Executive Director, Kimberly Bavaro. “She is dependable and reliable— simply amazing!” Thank you, Andrea!
Join us! 2014 Supporters’ Reception Tuesday, March 25, 2014, 5:30-7:30 PM 36 Tsienneto Road, Derry, NH To honor YOU! For more information and to register visit: ursupporters2014.eventbrite.com
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A bright future for Meagan 2013 GED graduate accepted to college, aspires to teach
“All I have ever wanted was to get an education and work with children.
013 GED graduate, Meagan Peterson is going to college! She was accepted to the Early Childhood Education program at Manchester Community College and started classes in January.
After a host of obstacles, including over twenty surgeries for her heart and back, Meagan completed the GED preparation program at The Upper Room and graduated in May. “All I have ever wanted was to get an education and work with children. I want to be a teacher,” says Meagan. “The GED program at The Upper Room was awesome. It made learning fun and it was a comfortable environment. Thank you!” Meagan continues setting goals for herself, a skill she learned during her time at The Upper Room. She wants to work as a childcare provider, buy her own car, and get good grades in all her courses.
Meagan Peterson (21), at The Upper Room’s May GED graduation, now attends Manchester Community College for Early Childhood Education. Education Champions make it possible for over 50 teens and young adults, for whom mainstream education is inappropriate, to graduate from The Upper Room’s GED/HiSet prep program each year.
The cost for one student to begin to pave the road to success is $160.
“Meagan is a determined and exuberant young lady,” said GED/HiSet Preparation coordinator, Brenda Guggisberg. “I have no doubt in my mind that she will fulfill all of her goals and be a vital part of her community.”
elp us give teens and young adults a chance to succeed. Your gifts to The Upper Room support educational programs such as GED/HiSET preparation courses so teens and young adults, like Meagan, can accomplish their individual goals. Your gifts break down barriers, whether financial or emotional, to bring these programs within easy reach of those who need them. Most of all, your gifts give participants hope that their lives will be better, making them stronger, happier and more independent.
Our Wish List Canned fruits and vegetables Canned protein (tuna, beans, chicken Macaroni & cheese Coffee, oatmeal, cream of wheat
Provide a Meal for a Struggling Family For families struggling to make ends meet your help to put a wholesome meal on the table is a blessing. 1 in 9 New Hampshire residents are food insecure, meaning that they don’t know where their next meal is coming from. You can keep friends in our community from going hungry.
Pasta, pasta sauce Condensed milk
Drop off food items for The Upper Room’s food pantry at 36 Tsienneto Road, Derry in marked donation bins in the back entrance vestibule.
Peanut butter, jelly Canned soups
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Know someone who needs help? Have them contact us at 603-437-8477, Ext. 27.
Auction helps families build better lives
It’s never been easier to show your support!
Through live and silent auctions, games, raffles, and other festivities, over $30,000 was raised to support the children, youth, and parents that visit TUR in search of help.
Sign up for our e-newsletter at www.urteachers.org TUR Home Visitor Michelle Moraros (L) and TUR participant Jennifer (R) at the 12th annual Family Matters Auction.
“I knew I was a good mom,” said Jennifer during her emotional remarks. “I just needed help to rebuild my The November 1st event raised confidence in myself and my parenting. The Upper critical funds to support the Room was there for me and my family.” children, youth and families that Jennifer came to TUR after separating from the father of her three children. She was isolated, anxious and overwhelmed. She struggled with her new life as a single mother.
participate in TUR’s programs and services.
“We were humbled by the outpouring of generosity,” said Executive Director, Kimberly Bavaro. “Now, TUR can assist sixty more families than last year.” The 2014 Family Matters Auction is scheduled for Friday, November 7th. Stay tuned for details as planning begins!
Donate today at www.urteachers.org/ involved-financial Ask your employer to match gifts you make to TUR. Fund A Family: An annual gift of $250 supports the transformation of a southern NH family. Shop online with iGive at www.igive.com/urteachers
“The woman at the auction was not the same woman I met a year ago,” remarked Jennifer’s home visitor, Michelle Moraros. “As we worked together, I saw the reigniting of her light. Jennifer is a confident, capable , and wonderful mother and person. I am so proud of how far she has come.” Nearly 60 guests pledged to Fund a Family after hearing Jennifer’s story.
Make a Difference
When you support The Upper Room, A Family Resource Center you provide children and families with the critical resources they need to improve their lives.
ver 250 guests came out to celebrate TUR’s 12th annual Family Matters Auction and were treated to “A Night in Paris” complete with mimes and can-can girls. Local restaurants pitched in to support the event with savory bites and sweet treats.
The highlight of the evening was when former TUR participant, Jennifer, shared her story of transformation.
Thank you to our sponsors for making the evening such a great success!
Be a Friend of the Food Pantry to provide shelf-stable food and personal care items on a rotating monthly basis.
Just in time. . . for Mothers’ and
Dollar Bill’s Auction Outlet & Wholesale Co.
E-Z Test Pool Supplies Inc.
Bank of New England
Parnell & McKay
Parkland Medical Center Ram Printing, Inc. Well Sense Health Plan Enterprise Bank Royal T Car Wash & Detailing
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Fathers’ Days! Make a donation to TUR in honor of your mother or father and we’ll send them a personalized card in time for Mothers’ Day or Fathers’ Day. Donations must be received by May 5th and June 9th, respectively. Donate online or by mail, include name and mailing address for mom or dad.