LGN 2017/2018 – Looks Into Social Services

Author: Carlos Camacho

Give a man a fish to feed him for a day.  Teach a man to fish to feed him for a lifetime. – Proverb

The above proverb was the saying of the day. It made sense because November’s topic was Social Services. Although, before we got started with social services we had a very informative class on leadership put on by Chris Williams of Velocity Performance.

We learned about styles of leadership. Personality traits and how to find out if you’re a blue, green, or orange (I’m Orange). One important message that Chris Williams mentioned was to find a mentor. A mentor both in your career field and outside your career field is extremely beneficial for your career growth.
We were then met by Donalee Lozeau, former Nashua Mayor and current Executive Director of Southern NH Services. She talked about all the great work that Southern NH Services does for our community from head start programs to fuel assistance.

Thanks to Bertucci’s we enjoyed a wonderful lunch!
After lunch we finished the day at the Nashua Senior Activity Center. We discovered so many great programs the senior center has for its community along with a tour of their facility. Most importantly we had a chance to listen to representatives from the following organizations:

– Gateway Community Services
– Silverston Living
– St. Joseph Community Services
– YMCA
– Meals on Wheels Program
– Nashua Soup Kitchen
– Southern NH Rescue Mission
– 211 New Hampshire

All the fine folks from these organizations opened up our eyes as to all the great work they do for the community. A couple of things that really hit home for me were the statistics on homelessness, which are astounding, and the stats of Elderly homelessness which are even more astounding! The other topic that I found totally mind boggling was the fact that meals on wheels drivers not only provide a nutritious meal for the people they serve but many times they are the only human contact these people have on a daily basis.
The November LGN Class was once again well done and I myself found it very beneficial. We are becoming closer as a class and getting closer to our project. The big step taken this month was a platform to communicate outside of class. Thanks to Beth from Nashua Youth Council I now have a facebook account for our LGN Group. I am looking forward to see what else is in store for the LGN Class of 2017/2018.

 

 

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