Parting Words from Eliza Phinney
It is with a heavy heart that I announce I will be leaving my position as Resident Services Coordinator at Lakes Region Community Developers in early April. I would like to take this opportunity to reflect and express how grateful I am to everyone I’ve met during my time in the Lakes Region.
It would take days for me to list all of the incredible things I’ve had the great fortune of experiencing, but nothing has given me a greater sense of purpose than handing over apartment keys to previously homeless families and witnessing the constant growth and leadership within each community. Seeing Pinecrest residents bond in their new gardens, and the smile on a child’s face who just plucked a carrot from the ground for the first time are memories I will cherish forever.
I would also like to send a huge thank you to the awesome LRCD team, I feel so lucky to have had such supportive coworkers who were always willing to lend a hand, or provide some wisdom and guidance whenever I needed them. I wouldn’t have lasted one month if it weren’t for their constant support and aptitude for problem solving. As they say- it takes a village, and I look forward to continuing to build communities in my next adventure.
LRCD Welcomes Kerri Lowe
We are excited to welcome Kerri Lowe back to LRCD as our new Resident Services Coordinator starting in April. Kerri previously served in this role in 2015. She is excited to return to LRCD with our new focus on community building and engagement.
Kerri earned her degree in Human Services while raising her five children, who are now all young adults. Kerri’s background has been working with families in the Lakes Region and surrounding areas since 1998 with the Community Action Program, Lakes Region Community Services, the Family Resource Center of the Lakes Region, and Partnership for Public Health. She has extensive experience in empowering families to reach their goals by connecting them to community resources and opportunities.
Housing in the News
Affordable housing has been a hot topic in NH news outlets the last few weeks. In case you missed some of the coverage, here are links so you can get caught up.
New Hampshire Senate OKs real estate transfer tax cut for first-time buyers
Lorentz: Real estate transfer tax break falls short of its goal
What Kind of Housing Does N.H. Need, and Why Don't We Have Enough Of It?
DipJar at Prescott's Florist in March
As part of our 25th Anniversary, we are partnering with a different local business in the Lakes Region every month during 2018 to host our DipJar. The DipJar accepts $1 credit card donations to support LRCD’s work developing healthy homes. We build healthy homes so that all families can live in safe, stable environments. Healthy homes help kids do well in school, which ensures parents can succeed at work. Healthy homes make our businesses and communities thrive.
During the month of March, you will find our DipJar at Prescott’s Florist, 23 Veterans Square, Laconia. Thank you for your support!
Building Community at Pinecrest
Winter Carnival for our Pinecrest Apartments in Meredith was a lot of fun. Residents of all ages participated in a number of games, won prizes, and got better acquainted. We work with Pinecrest residents to organize quarterly social events as part of our community building and engagement program. Providing opportunities for families to socialize helps parents support each other and discuss family issues. This strengthens the adult relationships that parents need to be successful.
Gilford Village Knolls III Update
GVK III is currently under construction and scheduled for completion in June 2018. Installation of insulation, drywall, and doorway framing is currently underway. The construction crews are also busy installing framing for the photovoltaic panels on the roof.
For questions regarding GVK III’s waiting list please contact Julia Moore at Stewart Property Management. She can be reached at 603.524.6673 or via email at email@example.com
Do you or someone you know want to learn more about buying your home or are not sure where to start, it's this Home Buyer Seminar. HOMEteam's First Time Homebuyer seminar will be on Saturday, April 21st from 8:30am to 4:30pm at Lakes Region Community Services on 719 North Main Street, Laconia. This program reviews the Steps to Home Ownership and gives you the tools and resources needed to make good financial decisions at every stage of the home buying process.
The Steps to Home Ownership:
To register click here.
Green Tip - Spring Cleaning
Being green this month is not just for St. Patrick's Day. As warmer weather approaches (it's coming we promise!) think about greening your spring cleaning.
Do you make lists and goals to get your windows cleaned, baseboards washed and ceiling fans dusted? Spring cleaning is a fresh start to entering a season of balmy, breezy days. This is the time to rid our homes of the allergens and toxins that have accumulated over the winter—not put them back in with commercial cleaning products. Click here for how to make your own cleaning products from all-purpose cleaner, glass cleaner, wood floor cleaning and much more!
Lakes Region Community Developers announces the Saturday April 21st Laconia NH First Time HomeBuyer Seminar hosted by HomeTeam. This seminar introduces the key steps of buying a home and teaches you how to build your dream team of home buying professionals to guide you through each step! Pre-registration is required, www.HOMEteamnh.org, or 877-701-9097, a $69 fee ($29 for Lakes Region participants using Promo Code: LRCD2018, for this seminar only) includes “Realizing the American Dream”: A complete manual detailing how to buy your home; One-on-One Counseling: A certified counselor will assess your situation and help develop a road map to purchase your home; Credit Report: Included at your one-on-one counseling appointment; and Pizza Lunch.
HOMEteam is a collaborative effort among NeighborWorks Southern New Hampshire, CATCH Neighborhood Housing and Lakes Region Community Developers, Helping you get home smart.