If you are looking to start the year with improved health and wellness goals, we have you covered.  Check out the new Bone Builders class scheduleClasses are designed for those 55+ and are FREE.

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Calling all volunteers!  Whether you’re an experienced RSVP volunteer or new to the program, everyone is  invited to attend volunteer orientation class.  This is an opportunity to ask questions, share your experiences and learn about the benefits of volunteering with the Retired & Senior Volunteer Program.  All orientations will be held at The Friends Program, 202 N. State Street, Concord from 2-3 pm.  Next session will be Thursday, January 18 2018.  Please rsvp by calling 603-228-0139 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. We look forward to seeing you soon!

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Start the new year off right by reading our January e-newsletter and checking out what we have been up to and what we have planned for 2018!

The Friends Program is pleased to announce that This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.has been hired at the Director of Senior Programs.  Susan is the former Executive Director of NH Voices for Health. She worked with seniors at the Taylor Community as the Administrator and COO. Susan has a wealth of grant and administration experience and a passion for working with seniors.  We are very excited that she has joined us!



On behalf of the deserved kids involved with the Friends Youth Mentoring Program, I offer deep appreciation for the outpouring of generosity towards them this holiday season.  Direct gifts of toys, clothing, sports equipment, and more, provided support and a line of hope towards better days.  Several businesses and individuals sponsored kids: 


Jan Eskeland with 5th graders from Bow Memorial School, Marolyn Miller with Upton & Hatfield, Sue Lyndes with HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital, Rhonda Decato with Dartmouth Hitchcock, Kim Germino with Affiliates in Podiatry, Randy Sorrenty with New England Employee Benefits Company, Stacey Burgess with McLane Law Office, Leslie Smith & Sarah Dolcino with Sanborn, Head, and Associates, Cindy Brown with Praxair Technologies, Cheryl Schneider with Concord Ladies of Harley, Deb Bridges with NH Bar Association, and Shannon Wright with Wilson Employment, Arvlynne Ferrelli, Angie Borden, Ilene Stern, Erin McNabb, Ed Facey, Chelsea Shea & Jason Lambert, Leslie Ari, Lily Wellington, and Donna Clarico. 


The efforts here were truly heartwarming and certainly remarkable.  

The Friends Youth Mentoring Program is in its 43rd year providing meaningful 1:1 services to children.  We couldn't do what we do without the kindness of people who care about the next generation and believe in investing in a program that works.  Hats off to all right here in Merrimack County who stepped up to be someone who matters to someone who matters.  They put a lot of smiles on a lot of faces where smiles were needed.