Job Coach/Vocational Trainer needed to support individuals with disabilities at their jobs.  Are you creative?  Innovative?  Like to teach?  This could be the position for you.  Duties involve assisting individuals with learning tasks, problem solving, organizing workflow and mentoring.  Applicants with teaching or training experience are encouraged to apply. Days and hours vary.  Position is for up to 20 hrs a week. For consideration please apply to Monadnock Developmental Services, 121 Railroad Street, Keene, NH 03431 or via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  Please indicate Job Coach on subject line or email will not be received. posted 06/17/2014

The Rep Payee/Benefits Coordinator will act on behalf of persons with a developmental disability to monitor and pay bills, sign checks, and balance checkbook within Social Security Administration guidelines.  Prepare and submit Medicaid re-determinations. Successful candidate must possess, at a minimum, a two year degree with 2 years of accounting experience. Excellent verbal and written communication skills, patience, tactfulness, and ability to work with a diverse group of people. Proficient with Microsoft Office Products.For consideration please send resume, along with salary requirements, to Monadnock Developmental Services, 121 Railroad St., Keene, NH 03431 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. posted 06/17/2014

fireworks pizza keeneOn Wednesday, June 26 MDS is the beneficiary of Fireworks Community Giving Night. That evening Fireworks will donate 100% of its profits from that evening's sales to MDS.

Plan a night out or just stop by anytime after 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 26, at Fireworks, 22 Main Street in Keene. You'll enjoy creative and delicious food, and MDS will benefit from the restaurant's generous contribution of that evening's profits.

CSNI, on behalf of area agencies, families, individuals and other stakeholders, has released a Developmental Disability Design Brief. This brief describes points of agreement, what needs to be included, and what is causing concerns in current planning for DD system reform under Managed Care. The DD Design Brief is intended to inform the efforts, currently underway at Executive, Legislative, and Departmental levels, and to be sure stakeholders in the DD/ABD community have a voice to ensure continued quality services and local control. Click here to read the DD Design Brief on the CSNI website.

Hollie Lynch has received the President’s Volunteer Service Award, in recognition of  her helping to address the most pressing needs in our community and our country. Hollie was profiled in 2009 in the Keene Sentinel piece "Disability doesn’t slow down this Keene woman."

In a letter to Hollie from President Barack Obama, he states: “While government can open more opportunities for us to serve our communities, it is up to each of us to seize those opportunities. Thank you for your devotion to service and for doing all you can to shape a better tomorrow for our great Nation.” Hollie volunteers at Cedarcrest, the Castle Center and the Community Kitchen.


For the second year in a row, the Greater Keene Chamber of Commerce and Monadnock Developmental Services are co-sponsoring a Night at the Swamp Bats on Tuesday, June 29th. Gates open at 5:30 p.m., with the first pitch thrown out at 7:00 p.m. Special Olympians and Penguin Plungers will be honored just before the game. Free tickets are available at MDS offices in Keene and Peterborough, and also at LifeArt.

ddandbljun08Bill Lynch and Dennis DiTullio, founders of the MDS 600 Club and long-time MDS volunteers and donors, were among seven finalists for the Make A Difference Donor Award, given each year by the New Hampshire Council on Fundraising (CONFR). According to Executive Director Pamela McDonald, “The award honors individuals whose contributions of time, talent and treasure have made a transformative difference to their organization.”

This year’s winner was Carl Jacobs of Peterborough, who was recognized for his exceptional dedication and commitment to the Mayhew Program, which helps at-risk NH boys. The Council on Fundraising recognized Jacobs, as well as Lynch, DiTullio and the other nominees, at their recent conference (May 13, 2010) at the Grappone Conference Center in Concord. Previous honorees from the Monadnock region include John and Jean Hoffman of Sullivan.

Congratulations to the hard-working donors and volunteers in our region who truly do make a difference in the lives of so many.


lucaalanpr_webThe Friends of First Course and Luca Paris, chef and co-owner of Luca’s Mediterranean Café in Keene, launched the First Course Guest Chef Series in late May. Chef Luca and a group of First Course students put together a four-course culinary journey menu with food and wine selections from Italy, Morocco, Greece, Spain and France. Invited guests were treated to a candlelight dinner at the First Course facility on Dunbar Street in downtown Keene. This premier event raised nearly $1,300 for the new First Course scholarship fund.