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I have a 23 year old mentally challenged young adult who desperately is in need of socialization with other young mentally challenged adults.  She works one day a week.  We have worked with Community Bridges but just when you have someone who is helpful they leave and we start from square one every time. She is lonely and just wants friends.  We have struggled to find a group that she can socialize with.  She is high function and looking to find others "like" her.  She lives in Weare, NH.  Any suggestion would be much appreciated.

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Hi Keri,

Staff turnover can be a problem no matter where you go. I'd be happy to discuss options. Given that we are so close geographically, I would suggest that you give me a call.

603-547-3311 ext 1202

I'm in the office most of next week.

Jon

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Jon Eriquezzo, MS

Expertise

Serving people who have disabilities to live in their community. Also federal and state regulation relate to disability services.

Experience

Jon is the vice president of innovation for the Crotched Mountain Foundation. Jon is responsible for ensuring the long-term growth of Crotched Mountain School and building upon its stature as a leader in special education. He also oversees ATECH Services in Concord, NH, with a focus on aligning ATECH's innovative services with the needs of the community.   Prior to assuming this role, Jon was the executive director of Crotched Mountain Residential Services where he provided housing, residential and day supports to nearly 200 children, adults and seniors.   Jon has worked in the disability-related field for 35 years and has provided housing and support services to people with disabilities throughout Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire and New York. A graduate of Springfield College, Jon holds a master's degree in Organizational Management and Leadership, a bachelor of science degree in Human Services and a certificate in Community Healthcare Management from Antioch University New England. He is a faculty member of Granite State College and teaches through the New Hampshire Department of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF) training partnership.

Organizations
New Hampshire Residential Provider Network, Private Provider Network, ANCOR

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The New Hampshire Challenge

Education/Credentials
MS Organizational Management and Leadership and BS in Human Services from Springfield College Community Health Care Management Certificate from Antioch University

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