A New Home for Families First

For more than 36 years, Families First has adapted to the needs of people on the Seacoast. As the demand for quality health care continues to grow, we are responding to meet this need. A new home for Families First, and more importantly, an accessible medical home for the community, is being designed for the efficient delivery of services and will provide a welcoming space for patients, families and staff.

We have set an ambitious goal to expand our capacity and services with a goal to raise $1.5 million. Be a part of this historic endeavor that will have a lasting impact on the Seacoast.

The Challenge

Families First has been a safety net for the most vulnerable in our neighborhoods since 1984 – and has been serving the Seacoast from its current location for 22 years. Through the years, Families First has grown and adapted to meet the needs of an ever-changing and ever-challenging health care environment. Services have expanded beyond the capacity of the current facility. To continue to provide community members with the care they deserve, now is the time to move!

Excellent Care Requires Dedicated Space

Two of the three existing dental operatories are so small that wireless handpieces were needed so that dentists could move around safely to effectively examine and treat oral health issues.

Privacy is Paramount

The current office layout occasionally requires patients to pass near areas where staff are speaking with, or about, other patients. In our new location there will be ample separation between staff and patient areas.

Innovation Demands Flexibility

The introduction of a family practice residency program, in partnership with Portsmouth Regional Hospital, will require additional space for practitioners who are pursuing careers in community medicine and public health.

Safety and Security are Non-Negotiable

Covid-19 6-foot distancing is very challenging with the current office setup. Additionally, storage and vaccine refrigerators as well as the lab staff’s computers are located in high-traffic corridors.

When the Community Knows About Us, We Can Help

Our sustainability necessitates a location that is visible to the public. The new location will be accessible and convenient for the patients and families we serve.

1 in 9 people in our service area relies on us for care

26% of patients live below the federal poverty level (equates to less than $25,750 annually for 4 people)

41% of patients have Medicaid

16% are uninsured

The Solution

We have a plan for a sustainable future – a 16,000-square-foot health and support center. Together, with WJP Development, LLC and the community, we are creating a custom space for a true medical home – a new home for Families First. Your support is a crucial element to help us reach this goal.

Families First's new home at 8 Greenleaf Woods Drive is less than ½ mile off of Lafayette Road, formerly the home of Seacoast Sports Club.

You can help 30% more people

The plan includes:

15 medical exam rooms (increase of 5)
5 dental operatories (increase of 2)
Onsite pharmacy open to the public
Space for family practice residency program with Portsmouth Regional Hospital
Onsite SOS Recovery Center and private Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) rooms
Family education classroom and playroom
Safe and functional workspace

A Message from the Honorary Campaign Chairs

“We are honored and excited to participate in this important campaign, making it possible to bring quality accessible health care to many more members of our Seacoast community.”

 –  Senator Martha Fuller Clark and Dr. Geoffrey Clark

How to Help

Families First is grateful to have the support of the community and now needs you more than ever.  A variety of donation options may be customized to fit your financial situation, including multi-year pledges, gifts of stock, and donations by check made payable to Families First and mailed to 100 Campus Dr #12, Portsmouth NH 03801. Please contact Joann at (603) 422-8208 x3144 with any questions and to discuss how you can make a meaningful investment in our community.

How will you make a difference?

Supporters

Thank you to the individuals, families, businesses and foundations who share in our mission. We are so grateful!

Campaign Donors

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