Community Caregivers to return to Derry

JULIE HUSS/File photoIn this file photo, Cindee Tanuma, executive director of Community Caregivers of Greater Derry, meets with Tanya Randolph, Ambassador of Philanthropy and Community Outreach for FEEDNH.org, an organization that supported Caregivers with a $10,000 donation earlier this year. Caregivers will be moving its organization back to Derry later this year.

DERRY — Community Caregivers of Greater Derry is on the move.

The longtime organization supporting elderly and disabled people to remain independent in their homes will be moving to a new space in downtown Derry at 6 West Broadway.

The new space is the home of the former Children’s Metamorphosis Museum. The museum closed its doors in Nov. 2008.

Through Caregivers’ strong volunteer network, people are offered support with cleaning, shopping, transportation and other services and tasks. Towns served in addition to Derry are Londonderry, Chester, Sandown, Danville, Windham, and Hampstead.

The organization supports the elderly and disabled through its Volunteer Care-Giving Program, the Loaner’s Closet for Durable Medical Equipment and Project Upkeep.

Currently housed on Commons Drive in Londonderry, Caregivers will vacate that location after the lease was not renewed as of May 31, giving the organization until Sept. 30 to relocate.

“This was an unsettling time,” Caregivers Executive Director Cindee Tanuma said in a release. “Many rely on us and our services and it was vital to continue without interruption.”

Tanuma said thanks to support from realtor Scott Reiff, the new downtown Derry space became available, a spot she calls a “dream property”

The lower level, former children’s museum is much larger than any previous Caregivers spot. The organization also once called the Masonic Lodge in Derry its home for many years.

“Our new space is huge,” Tanuma said, adding the new 4,100-square-foot location will offer ample space for offices, conferences, and 900 square feet will be dedicated to the Loaner’s Closet mission.

Community Caregivers got its start in 1988, formed by a group of citizens seeing a need among elder/disabled residents in Derry and surrounding community.

The organization was named top nonprofit in 2019 by the Greater Derry Londonderry Chamber of Commerce.

Making the move is a good thing, Tanuma said, but the organization will need a lot of help.

“We did not budget for this move or the capital to improve or furnish (the new space),” she said

All help is appreciated, from monetary help to help with packing, painting, building, and decorating, Tanuma said and supporters and donors will be recognized in many ways, including personalized fence posts honoring supporters planned for the parking lot along with a tribute wall to be unveiled at the new space grand opening.

To learn more about ways to help Community Caregivers visit comcaregivers.org for links and information on ways to make online donations. Donations can also be texted with the words CAREGIVERSMOVETODERRY to 44-321. Checks can be mailed to Community Caregivers of Greater Derry/Moving Fund, 1B Commons Drive, Unit 10, Londonderry, N.H. 03053.

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