OdysseyNH Receives Three-year Grant

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Special to Hampton Union

Hampton Union, Tuesday, February 10, 2009

[The following article is courtesy of the Hampton Union and Seacoast Online]

HAMPTON -- OdysseyNH has received a three-year grant from the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation in the amount of $25,000 per year, totaling $75,000. This unrestricted operating grant will be used to broaden and increase the agency's intensive outpatient treatment programs and supporting the achievement of ONH's three-year strategic plan to further its mission of inspiring youth and families to improve their lives by overcoming substance abuse, trauma and behavioral difficulties to become contributing members of their communities.

OdysseyNH is a nonprofit organization that helps young people, mothers and families reclaim their lives from substance abuse, and other complex problems through an array of intensive treatment and educational programs.

The OdysseyNH family of services includes five distinct programs at four sites. Odyssey Recovery School (at the OdysseyNH Academy) in Hampton, the first and only school of its kind in New Hampshire, began accepting day students in the summer of 2007. Odyssey Family Center (OFC) in Canterbury, is New Hampshire's only high-intensity residential treatment program serving pregnant and parenting women.

Odyssey Adolescent Therapeutic Center (ATC) in Hampton, is an intensive residential program serving the longer-term treatment needs of adolescents with behavioral and substance abuse issues and PACE in Hampton (Located at the ATC) is a short-term, residential treatment and assessment program that provides individual and group counseling and comprehensive evaluations and recommendations for use by the court system, schools, and families.

The Odyssey Blue Heron Inn in Hampton, is a 24/7 staffed, transitional living home serving older adolescents learning skills of responsible adult living while working and attending local schools.

This year, ONH is looking to raise $500,000 to continue much needed capital improvements and to ensure that basic client and community needs are met.

To learn more about OdysseyNH or to make a gift, please visit the Web site at www.odysseynh.org.

The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation has been improving the quality of life in communities throughout the state since 1962. It builds and manages a collection of charitable funds, totaling nearly $490 million, created by individuals, families and corporations.

The Foundation awarded more than $33 million in grants, scholarships and initiatives in 2007 and more than $125 million in just the past five year. Based in Concord, the Foundation roots itself in communities across the state through seven regions including Lakes, Manchester, Monadnock, Nashua, North Country, Piscataqua and Upper Valley.

For information, visit www.nhcf.org.

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