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PICTURE INFO: Mural commissioned by City of Manchester Planning and Community Development Department; Artist Rick Freed, Muralworkz and children from the Kids Café. Currently displayed at The Salvation Army, 121 Cedar Street, Manchester, NH.

Manchester Winter Assistance Resources Quick Guide

Winter Assistance Guide Front Cover The purpose of this Quick Guide is to provide City Departments, community organizations and residents with contact information for agencies that are providing local winter assistance resources for individuals and families in need. This Guide is not intended to be an exhaustive list of services but rather a quick reference to compliment the existing Information and Referral Networks described on the following page.

This is a working document. The Quick Guide will be updated periodically with new or previously unlisted services and posted on the Health Department’s website. The Quick Guide is an ongoing project of the Manchester Weed & Seed Strategy.

To add resources or for more information, please contact:

City of Manchester Health Department
Weed & Seed Strategy
1528 Elm Street, Manchester, New Hampshire
Phone: 603-624-6466

Manchester Blueprint for Violence Prevention

Manchester Blueprint for Violence Prevention The Manchester Blueprint for Violence Prevention is a set of comprehensive recommendations to create a safer, more resident-driven and involved community. The Blueprint is a framework to identify the range of roles and partnerships in which key stakeholders can contribute, and the model programs and local promising practices that can prevent violence with the greatest impact. Given the complexity of issues, policies, and systems that promote or prevent violence, success requires an action plan that coordinates, supports, and strengthens a range of efforts. Since the cost of delay is too high in terms of risk, pain, suffering, and premature death, its focus is to address problems before violence occurs. This is known as primary prevention. Moreover, the Blueprint emphasizes community-wide or “environmental” outcomes and addresses all forms of violence, spanning across all ages, sectors of community and neighborhoods.

This report is the culmination of a ten-year initiative to “weed out” crime, drug abuse and gang activity in designated high-crime neighborhoods while “seeding in” community involvement and needed services. In April of 2010, the Manchester Weed & Seed (W&S) Strategy convened a Community Meeting for Violence Prevention to provide a forum for facilitated brainstorming and “outside of the box” thinking around community responsibility for preventing violence and increasing quality of life for all Manchester residents. As a result, more than 100 community members and organizations have contributed to the Blueprint’s content, all of which are listed inside the front cover on the Acknowledgements page. The Manchester Blueprint for Violence Prevention is written for area residents and leaders who believe in the vision of Manchester as “a community which has clean, safe and crime-free neighborhoods for all by encouraging mutual respect and consideration for others, promoting education attainment, and fostering opportunities for community engagement”.

Included in the report are:

  • Definitions for violence, violence prevention, risk and resilience factors;
  • Chapters for indicators of violence in the community including primary, secondary, tertiary victimization and perception of neighborhood safety;
  • A description of how the Manchester Blueprint for Violence Prevention was developed;
  • Recommendations for educators, youth-serving organizations, businesses, worksites, health care and social service providers, residents, neighborhood improvement efforts, government officials and policy makers;
  • Next steps to realizing the vision of a violence-free community.

As with “Believe in a Healthy Community: Greater Manchester Area Community Needs Assessment”, the Manchester Blueprint for Violence Prevention is not an endpoint, but a beginning.

If you have questions about any of the information listed above, please contact the Health Department at (603) 624-6466.

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