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The Grapevine is a proud partner and member of the Monadnock Home Visiting Alliance (MHVA), a collaboration of four organizations in the Monadnock region of New Hampshire. Other partners are The River Center, Rise for Baby and Family, and Home Healthcare Hospice and Community Services. MHVA is supported by generous funding from Monadnock United Way and Impact Monadnock. To learn more, visit Monadnock United Way’s website.
Here are some answers to the most common questions:
- What is Home Visiting? Home visiting is one to one support for all types of families. Home Visiting is about making connections and building community. It is geared toward families who need access to community resources, someone to talk to and some extra support. This service is offered at no cost to the family.
- Where does Home Visiting happen? Our Home Visitors provide support to families in their home or another comfortable location, depending on the specific situation.
- What does a Home Visitor do? Our experienced home visiting staff talk to parents/caregivers about child development and how to support a child where he/she is, help families connect to local resources, ensure access to food, heating, employment and other basic needs, share ideas, talk, and act as a caring person who will listen. Home visiting staff are encouraging and positive and help parents and caregivers build confidence and skills.
- Who is eligible? Anyone is eligible, but we primarily focus on individuals and families who are caring for children. Home Visiting usually happens in the home, but sometimes other meetings spaces are more suitable.
- Who provides services? A small number of highly trained Grapevine staff members provide home visiting support. Each staff member brings a specialized background and care is taken to determine who the best “fit” will be for a family.
- How are families referred? Families come to us from many different paths. Some are families already attending programs at the Grapevine. We also receive referrals from local hospitals and physicians, schools, mental health professionals, DCYF and other human service providers. Self referrals are welcome too!
Our Home Visitors work with families to help them set goals based on the Strengthening Families Five Protective Factors:
- Parental Resilience – Managing stress and functioning well when faced with challenges, adversity and trauma.
- Social Connections – Positive relationships that provide emotional, informational, instrumental and spiritual support.
- Knowledge of Parenting and Child Development – Understanding child development and parenting strategies that support physical, cognitive, language, social and emotional development.
- Concrete Support in Times of Need – Access to concrete support and services that address a family’s needs and help minimize stress caused by challenges.
- Social and Emotional Competence of Children – Family and child interactions that help children develop the ability to communicate clearly, recognize and regulate their emotions and establish and maintain relationships.