On September 22, 2023, TLC Family Resource Center will say goodbye to Executive Director, Stephanie Slayton. Slayton has served as the director since July 2020 and has taken a position closer to home at The Family Place in Norwich, VT.
"I am so proud of all we have accomplished together at TLC over the past three years. When I joined the team, it was in the middle of the pandemic and we were offering most of our services virtually. We had also just signed a lease for the building at 62 Pleasant Street, which took a year to renovate," said Slayton. If you walk through the halls at TLC today, you will see a bustling organization with almost 40 staff providing family supports, recovery services, youth programs, and LGBTQ+ outreach. There are groups, classes and playgroups every day of the week. TLC also has a community drop-in space where people can grab a cup of coffee and talk with staff and volunteers about getting support to meet basic needs.
"There is a lot of need for TLC's services and we are so fortunate to have community members and partners who support our work. It is going to be hard to leave such an amazing team and community, but I know that TLC is in good hands with the staff, board, volunteers, and supporters who love TLC," shared Slayton.
TLC Family Resource Center has been providing home visiting and parent education services in Sullivan and Lower Grafton Counties for over thirty years. Over the past decade, the organization has also provided sexuality health education for youth and in 2018 added programs for people in recovery and people who identify as LGBTQ+. "Under Stephanie's leadership, TLC has continued to expand programs including adding satellite offices in Newport, NH, and laying the groundwork for opening a second location in Lebanon, NH, this fall. TLC is thriving with a strong leadership team and exceptional programs. We will miss having Stephanie as part of our team but are looking forward to having her as a colleague through our existing partnership with The Family Place," says Mariah Davis, Community Impact Officer for Mascoma Bank and TLC Board President.
TLC is currently in the process of hiring an Interim Executive Director to continue to support the organization through this transition period while the Board engages in a more extensive Executive Search Process. "The board has great confidence in our current director team and their ability to continue to lead TLC into a bright future with the support of a strong Interim Director while we take a thoughtful approach to finding the next leader for TLC," states Davis.
TLC isn't planning to slow down operations during this transition period. In fact, their new site at 24 Hanover Street in Lebanon, NH, is schedule to open sometime in mid-September. There will be on-site recovery services, a drop-in center, and space for family support and child and family therapy meetings at the new location. TLC has also just hired a Youth Programs Specialist who will be working closely with local schools, youth organizations, and families to provide engaging community programs for middle and high school aged youth. "Our mission is to promote the optimal health and development of children, youth and families in our region of New Hampshire. Our team is committed to carrying out this mission even while weathering through change. It's what we do here," says Davis.