Monadnock Views is the MDS outreach newsletter, published twice a year and written for friends of MDS in the communities across the Monadnock Region.

Inside the Fall 2017 Monadnock Views...

Providing Respite Help in Times of Family Crisis
A mother who provides care for her ailing husband and daughter with disabilities faces her own health crisis. Temporary respite allows her time to plan for their future.

Winchester Home Provider Wins Statewide Award
A local woman is honored at the Statewide DSP Conference in Portsmouth for outstanding service, dedication and support as a Home Provider.

Caregivers Make a Difference Each and Every Day
We take time to thank the hundreds of caregivers who make it possible for those with disabilities and critical health issues to live and thrive in their community.

How MDS Puts Your Contributions to Work -- Right Here, Right Now
Some specific examples of how your support makes a big difference int he lives of people living right here in the Monadnock Region.

Inside the Spring 2017 Monadnock Views...

Lifelong Learning is Integral to the Journey
A woman and her support team grow together as they discover effective new ways to learn.

Local Service Group Supports Respite for MDS Families
Keene Rotary Club helps bridge the gap in funding family caregiving relief.

2017 Run~Walk~Smile a Resounding Win for Dental Care
More than $12,000 was raised in May to help provide critical dental services for adults with developmental disabilities. Thank you!

Two July Events Will Help Fund MDS Critical Needs
Join us at the Peterborough Players on Tuesday, July 4 and at Chipotle Mexican Grill in Keene on July 11.


Inside the Fall 2016 Monadnock Views...

Making Smiles Easier to Come By
Time and teamwork, along with financial assistance for dental care, bring positive changes to Nathan as he navigates a challenging situation.

Birth to Three Receives Grants for LENA Language Project
Hundreds of children will benefit from the LENA Project which empowers parents to increase word count and interaction during critical early years.

Recognizing Our Mission-Driven Everyday Heroes
This fall we honor three outstanding local people whose good work embodies inclusion, participation and mutual relationships for those most at risk of isolation.

You Really Do Make a Difference
Support for MDS Critical Needs and the Dental Fund has helped dozens get the care, equipment, and services they need. A few stories and the numbers. Thank you!


Inside the Spring 2016 Monadnock Views...

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The family of a 16-month-old works to improve his language development with the help of an innovative device.

Early Supports & Services Help Children 3 and Under
Early intervention makes a lifetime difference for area families and children.

Our MDS Run~Walk~Smile 5K/1-Mile Race Sponsors Make Us Smile!
Dozens of business and dental partners are sponsoring our 2nd annual race to raise funds for dental care for adults with developmental disabilities.


Inside the Fall 2015 Monadnock Views...

A Woman’s Steady Climb Toward a Better Life
The past few years have been transformational for a local woman who has turned her life around with the help of a dedicated team.

Two Local Caregivers Receive Statewide Recognition
Kelly Pearson and Louis Velasquez have been honored as 2015NH DSP and Home Provider of the Year for their outstanding and exemplary service.

What a Privilege To Live in the Monadnock Region
So many people contribute in so many ways to make life meaningful for those served by MDS, and in turn for all of us.

Save the Date! MDS RUN~WALK~SMILE Saturday, June 4, 2016


Inside the Spring 2015 Monadnock Views...

Dental Care Crisit Hits Home at MDS
Dental and nutritional issues are on the rise for the aging adult population served by MDS - with limited funding available to tackle these problems.

Two Local Caregivers Awarded Sean Tease Scholarship
Jessica Harring and Ruzzel Zullo receive scholarships to pursue educational opportunities that enhance their lives and those of the people they serve.

Run~Walk~Smile 5K/1-Mile Race on Saturday, May 30
Join us near downtown Keene for this fundraiser for critical dental care for adults with developmental disabilities.

Area Organizations Supporting the Work of MDS


Inside the Fall 2014 Monadnock Views...

Circles of Love and Respect
A Greenfield woman and her husband open their home to provide a caring and safe environment for people with developmental disabilities.

Honoring Those Who Go Above and Beyond
MDS recognizes outstanding community members in 2014 -- Citizen of Honor, Family Advocate, Caregivers

MDS By the Numbers
Contributions truly do make a difference in ensuring that MDS individuals and families get the help they need in critical situations.

Inside the Spring 2014 Monadnock Views...

Working to Create Meaningful Lives
Project SEARCH provides real world skills training to adults with developmental disabilities through a series of internships, all designed to teach marketable skills that will transfer to a variety of employment settings.

After Decades of Silence, Danny Finds His Voice
A 53-year-old man speaks for the firs ttime in decades with the help of assistive technology.

Local Groups Provide Books for Youngest Served by MDS
Scores of families in the Monadnock region will receive thousands of books to encourage early literacy for children with developmental delay, thanks to the generosity of a number of area organizations.

Inside the Fall 2013 Monadnock Views...

Forging a Valued Friendship
Two middle-aged men, from different circumstances and of differing abilities, forge a friendship that goes beyond the day-to-day work of direct support.

Kennedy Information Continues Its Generous Legacy
Kennedy Information employees make a tribute contribution to MDS Children’s Services in honor of long-time employee Anne Griffin.

MDS Marks Exceptional Contributions of Direct Care Workers
Mike Sarsfield and Sharon Morrissette are recognized as the Monadnock Region’s 2013 DSP and Home Provider of the Year.

Inside the Spring 2013 Monadnock Views...

This Keene Woman is a Shining Light for Everyone
Becky May has found her way in recent years. Today she lights up a room and makes any day better for those in her presence.

Creating a Community Garden for MDS Families
Families are working together to create a community garden at Stonewall Farm and promote healthy lifestyles.

Strengthening Quality of Staff Improves Quality of Care
MDS has been recognized for its relationship-based approach to supporting and training its employees.

Inside the Fall 2012 Monadnock Views...

Making a Difference, One Person at a Time
DSPs and Home Providers are frontline workers who make a difference each and every day in someone's life.

Jack Comes Home to Create a Better Life
A man comes home to the Monadnock region to be near his family and creates a better life for himself and those arounds him.

Liberty Mutual Volunteers Provide a Day of Service
Employees of Liberty Mutual and Peerless Insurance in Keene take on several major projects to improve the lives of people served by MDS.

Partners in Health Helps Families With Chronically Ill Children

Inside the Spring 2012 Monadnock Views...

What a Difference A Year Can Make
A life-sharing setup brings a healthier rhythm and new energy to a woman who is now fully engaged in making her life more meaningful.

Why Respite Is So Critical To Families
Respite gives a much-needed break and enhances family stability for those caring for a family member with a developmental disability.

How MDS Puts Contributions to Work
A few of the ways in which your donations make a difference to individuals and families with critical needs.

Inside the Fall 2011 Monadnock Views...

Finding the Light
A woman’s visual impairment doesn’t stop her from seeing the bright side of things and creating a meaningful life.
Support from Local Groups Helps Those in Need
Contributions from area businesses and organizations are helping make a huge difference in the lives of those we serve.
How MDS Puts Contributions to Work for Unmet Needs
Here are just a few of the ways your donations help individuals and families with critical needs.

Inside the Fall 2010 Monadnock Views...

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A Keene woman builds a new life after living nearly 30 years at Laconia State School.

Lost in Laconia Makes Its Monadnock Region Premiere
Landmark documentary film looks back at institutionalization to help make sense of today's disabilities services.

Hannaford Receives Employment Leadership Award
Local supermarket honored for excellence in hiring practices.