December 15, 2009

 (Washington, D.C.)-U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen today announced that her request to support the renovation of community facilities in Gorham has been approved by the Senate and is expected to be signed into law by President Obama later this week. Shaheen secured $194,000, as part of the Fiscal Year 2010 Omnibus Appropriations bill, to renovate facilities used by the Gorham Family Resource Center and the town Recreation Department, which serve low- and moderate-income youth and families in Gorham and throughout Coos County.

"As economic hardship continues to affect New Hampshire's North Country, we must support programs that offer much needed services and support," said Shaheen. "The Town of Gorham supports children and families in Coos County through critical counseling, job training, and youth programs. I am very happy they will receive this funding."

"We will now be able to offer a community space for the residents of Gorham, Berlin, Randolph and Shelburne in Coos County, and these funds will help us reach even more families in our communities in need. Thank you to Senator Shaheen for recognizing the importance of providing a space to help families and youth navigate the unique challenges that face the North Country," said Denise Vallee, Director of Finance & Administration for the Town of Gorham.

This funding will allow the Town of Gorham to complete renovations of a critical community facility, used by more than 5,000 people annually. The town has already invested more than $2.8 million and $600,000 worth of volunteer time to this renovation as part of a plan to improve services to the community, bolster the economy, and stop outmigration of youth.

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