Social Services In Cheshire County

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Adoptive Families for Children, Inc.

26 Fairview Street,
Keene, NH 03431
Phone: (603) 357-4456

Licensed by the State of New Hampshire to provide complete adoption services for children, birth parents, and adoptive parents.


Bureau of Special Medical Services Division of Public Health
Department of Health and Human Services

129 Pleasant Street, Thayer Building, Concord, NH 03301
Phone: (603) 271-4488
Toll free: 1-800-852-3345, extension 4488

Health programs for the diagnosis and treatment of children from birth to twenty who have physical disabilities, chronic illnesses, or developmental delays.


Cheshire Smiles

Phone: (603) 354-5494

Offers dental screenings and education to all children in targeted grades (Preschool to Grade 3) and offers preventative care and referrals to dental offices for those without routine dental care.


Community Kitchen

37 Mechanic St., Keene, NH 03431
Phone: (603) 352-3200

Provides free meals in a comfortable setting to all people in the Monadnock Region Mon. – Wed., Fri. 5-6:30 and Sundays 11-12:30. Take home boxes of food are available on Wednesdays from 12:30-5:30 p.m. and Thursdays from 11:30-4:00 p.m. Provides information on food pantries in outlying communities. Free clothing available.


Community Support Program

17 93rd Street, Keene, NH 03431
Phone: (603) 357-5270


Disaster Relief
American Red Cross - New Hampshire West Chapter

Toll free: 1-800-244-2214
Phone: (603) 352-3210

Help after fire, flood or other disaster.


Family Resource Connection

Toll free: 1-800-298-4321

A statewide phone resource center providing information and resources for families with young children.


Food Stamps
A program of NH Department of Health & Human Services

Keene District Office: 809 Court Street, Keene, NH 03431
Phone: (603) 357-3510
Toll free: 1-800-624-9700

Assists families in applying for food stamps if they are eligible.

HELP-LINE Information & Referral Service
A program of Monadnock United Way

23 Center Street, Keene, NH 03431
Phone: (603) 352-1999
Toll free: 1-800-368-HELP (4357)

Provides an information and referral service for the region.


Home Healthcare, Hospice and Community Services (HCS)

312 Marlboro Street, PO Box 564, Keene, NH 03431
Phone: (603) 352-2253
Toll free: 1-800-541-4145

Charlestown: (603) 826-3322

Peterborough: (603) 532-8353

Hundred Nights
Cold Weather Shelter & Drop-in Resource Center

17 Lamson Street, Keene, NH 03431
Phone: (603) 352-5197

Cold weather emergency shelter open Dec. 21 - March 31; resource center open year-round.

Home Healthcare, Hospice and Community Services (HCS)

312 Marlboro Street, PO Box 564, Keene, NH 03431
Phone: (603) 352-2253
Toll free: 1-800-541-4145

Charlestown: (603) 826-3322

Peterborough: (603) 532-8353

Keene City Welfare

3 Washington St., Keene, NH 03431
Phone: (603) 357-9809;

Provides financial assistance, case management, resource and referral for residents of Keene whose reasonable and allowable expenses for life necessities (rent, food, utilities) exceed their income.

Welfare / Cheshire County
Help with food, housing, money and medical problems for persons who have no other resources and who qualify. Contact the appropriate town office.

Alstead 835-2986
Chesterfield 363-4624
Fitzwilliam 585-7723
Gilsum 357-0320
Harrisville 827-3431
Hinsdale 336-5710
Keene 357-9809
Marlborough 876-3751
Marlow 446-2245
Nelson 847-0047

Richmond 239-4232
Roxbury 352-0397
Stoddard 446-3326
Sullivan 847-3316
Surry 352-3075
Swanzey 352-7411
Troy 242-7722
Walpole 756-3672
Westmoreland 399-4471
Winchester 239-4951, extension 101

MAPS Counseling Services

19 Federal Street, Keene, NH 03431
Phone: (603) 355-2244

44 Concord Street, Peterborough, NH 03458
Phone: (603) 355-2240

Provides counseling services to individuals of all ages, as well as couples and families. Offers a sliding scale for uninsured clients and free support groups for people with cancer and their families.

Monadnock Center for Violence Prevention

12 Court Street, Keene, NH 03431
Crisis Line: (603) 352-3782
Toll free: 1-888-511-6287

24-Hour help for victims of rape, sexual assault, domestic violence and stalking, 24 hour crisis line, temporary shelter, support groups, court advocacy, hospital advocacy, information and referral. All crisis services are free and confidential. MCVP is committed to breaking the cycle of violence through school, community and business prevention education programs.


Monadnock Developmental Services

121 Railroad Street, Keene, NH 03431
Phone: (603) 352-1304
Toll free: 1-800-469-6082, extension 293

Provides advocacy and case management services, family support, and respite along with residential, vocational, recreational and therapeutic services for persons with developmental disorders.


Monadnock Family Resource Center

30 Washington Street, Keene, NH 03431
Phone: (603) 357-6870
Fax: (603) 357-8394

Offers a wide range of programs and services designed to make the task of parenting a little easier. Programs include parenting workshops, groups and home visiting programs.

• Baby Time is for Medicaid eligible pregnant moms in Cheshire County. Home visitors are certified in a nationally recognized parenting education program. The program provides moms with health, parenting information, support and linkages to community resources. It also includes visits from a nurse.
• Family Time provides services in the home to families who need parenting support and linkages to community services.
• Mother Cares offers support to new moms by matching an experienced volunteer with a new parent.
• Other programs include: Parent Outreach, Dads Time, All R Kids and New Hampshire Employment Program.


Monadnock Family Services

Keene District Office: 64 Main Street, Suite 301, Keene, NH 03431
Phone: (603) 357-4400 or (603) 357-5270

Provides a range of mental health and support services to individuals and families.

Jaffrey: (603) 924-6223
Peterborough: (603) 924-7236
Walpole: (603) 756-4735
Winchester: (603) 239-4376

Monadnock Region Substance Abuse Services

Phone: (603) 357-3007 or (603) 357-4400

Alcohol and drug crisis and counseling services 24 hours a day.


Monadnock United Way

25 Center Street, Keene, NH 03431
Local Phone: (603) 352-4209 or (603) 352-1999
Toll free: 1-800-368-HELP (4357)
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Investing in the community - that's what the Monadnock United Way is all about. The United Way adds value to the community beyond the independent efforts of local human service agencies. By promoting partnerships and seeking preventative solutions, Monadnock United Way works to empower individuals and build communities.


NH Department of Health & Human Services

Keene District Office:
809 Court Street, Keene, NH 03431
Phone: (603) 357-3510
Toll free: 1-800-624-9700

Provides financial assistance including Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, Emergency Assistance, Cash Programs for the Disabled, Blind and Seniors, Family Assistance, Food Stamp Program, Medicaid Program and several child care assistance and child support enforcement services. Also handles reports of abuse or neglect.


Partners in Health

Phone: (603) 352-1304
Toll free: 1-800-469-6082

Help for families of children with chronic health conditions birth to twenty-one years of age.


Phoenix House

Keene Center: (603) 358-4041
Dublin Center: (603) 563-8501

Drug and alcohol crisis intervention, short-term residential and out-patient treatment and referral services for both adults and adolescents.


Planned Parenthood of Northern New England

8 Middle Street, Keene, NH 03431
Toll Free: 1-800-230-7526
(603) 352-6898

Provides routine gynecological care, pregnancy testing and testing for sexually transmitted diseases.


Pregnancy Center/ Abortion Alternative
Pregnancy Resource Center of the Monadnock Region

100 Washington St., 2nd floor, Keene, NH 03431
Phone: (603) 358-6460, 1-800-395-HELP

All services are free and include: Individual Parenting classes, materials and support provided. Pregnancy testing and confirmation through limited obstetrical ultrasound; Information about fetal development, pregnancy options, sexual health, post-abortion small group or individual support.


Project Share Thrift Shop
Keene Recreation Center

312 Washington Street, Keene, NH 03431
Phone: (603) 352-8464

Provides clothing, small furniture, linens, household and miscellaneous items to those in need for a small fee.


Saint James Church

44 West Street, Keene, NH 03431
Phone: (603) 352-1019;
Thrift store hours: Mon.-Fri., 10-4; Sat. 10-2.

Helps individuals find the household and clothing items they need.


Salvation Army

15 Roxbury Plaza, Keene, NH 03431
Phone: (603) 352-0607

Provides help with food (food pantry and food voucher system), counseling, information and referral services, social, educational, recreational and religious programs for adults and children.

Thrift Store:
132 Monadnock Highway
Swanzey, NH 03446
Phone: (603) 357-2207
Mon.-Sat. 9-5
Provides clothing and other material assistance.


Southwestern Community Services

63 Community Way, PO Box 603, Keene, NH 03431
Phone: (603) 352-7512, extension 4160 or 4192
Toll free: 1-800-529-0005

Provides help with fuel and electrical assistance. Weatherization program available for low income families.


WIC Program
A program of Southwestern Community Services

69 Z Island Street, PO Box 603, Keene, NH 03431
Phone: (603) 352-7512, extension 4234

A supplementary food program offering nutritious foods, nutrition education, breast feeding support and health care referral to women with young children who qualify for the program.