Two Candidate Forums are scheduled during October for Monadnock Region individuals families receiving disabilities services: Tuesday, October 4 at the Peterborough Town Library (5-7 p.m.) and Wednesday, October 17 at MDS Keene (5-7 p.m., 121 Railroad Street).

The forum is an opportunity for families and individuals with developmental disabilities to meet local candidates and let them know how you are impacted every day by legislative decisions in Concord,  including:
  * Workforce: critical shortage
  * Rate increase: reimbursement rate not raised in 10 years
  * Employment: enhanced opportunities/voc rehab
  * Wait List: people can't wait

For details and more information, contact:
Marylouise Alther
MDS Family Education & Support Coordinator
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 603-313-8693
Sponsored by ABLE NH, MDS, and the Family Council of the Monadnock Region

The Keene Police Department is asking for the community’s help with implementing a program to help identify homes of children/adults at risk in our community. This could include residents with Alzheimer’s, dementia or children with autism and/or other developmental risks. The goal of this program is to improve the safety of our at-risk residents, especially if/when they have interaction with police.

The first step of this program would be to identify the addresses of at risk residents. The addresses will be entered into the police department data base in an effort to provide officers with information prior to their arrival. This information will be kept confidentially within the Keene Police Department and shared with emergency responders only as necessary to protect the safety of at risk residents. This program would help emergency response personnel to minimize the possibility of creating distress for the residents and create a more positive police interaction. Those interested in participating in this program or finding out more should contact the Keene Police Department at 603-357-9813. A copy of the form is available online at

MDS has been chosen by Nature’s Green Grocer as one of three nonprofits to benefit from its Green Giving program. During the months of July, August and September 2018, for each $50 customer purchase, the store donates 25 cents to the organization of the customer’s choice.

Even better, during the month of August, customers can also donate to MDS by rounding up their total bill to the next dollar, with the difference donated to that month’s organization. MDS is featured as the "round up organization" for the month of August.

Stop by Nature’s Green Grocer, 374 Union Street in West Peterborough this summer. Your purchases will help support MDS.

Visit Nature's Green Grocer's website.

MLAltherMDS is pleased to introduce Marylouise Alther, who will be serving as Family Education and Support Coordinator for MDS. This is a new position that will focus on the families and individuals supported by MDS. Family Education & Support Coordination supports legislative and advocacy efforts for families and individuals who are served by Monadnock Developmental Services and the Region V MDS Family Council.

Marylouise will be reaching out to families in our region in coming months. Her role at MDS is to:
* Build relationships with MDS individuals, families and legislators.
* Keep track of legislation that directly affects MDS families.
* Share legislative and other advocacy information with families.
* Meet with legislators to:
                   * Encourage them to learn more about MDS and other organizations who support people with disabilities.
                   * Show legislators how their decisions affect our families.
Marylouise lives in Keene with her husband, her grandson and two cats. Previously she was Director of Volunteers at Cheshire Medical Center and Director of Volunteers for Hospice of Cheshire County. Marylouise looks forward to meeting with you!

Marylouise Alther
Family Education & Support Coordinator
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
603-352-1304 ext 247 or 603-313-8693
MDS, 121 Railroad St, Keene NH 03431