The Richie McFarland Children’s Center, the children’s charity center based in Stratham, is in the process of being merged with Waypoint as part of a further consolidation of New Hampshire nonprofit agencies.
The Manchester-based McFarland Center and Waypoint, New Hampshire’s oldest children’s charity (founded in 1850 as the Manchester City Missionary Society), offer services on the coast, although Waypoint offers a wider range of programs and family resource centers. throughout the state.
“This merger will improve our efficiency and effectiveness and strengthen our ability to serve children and their families in all of our communities,” said Waypoint CEO Borja Alvarez de Toledo. “In short, we believe in the power of partnership and know that collaboration is a great success.
24-year RMCC Executive Director Peggy Small-Porter says she has long considered the benefits of a merger, and the choice of Waypoint follows nearly two years of research with board members from the MacFarland Center.
“We serve the same population, share the same high standards of practice and have a deep respect for each other’s teams,” said Small-Porter. “We also share a desire to do more for the families we serve. “
She added that organizations agree that a merger supports a holistic approach to helping families.
“Early intervention for any child is most effective when therapies are individualized based on the specific needs and priorities of each family,” Small-Porter said. “The merger streamlines access to Waypoint programs that can directly reduce external stressors and allow parents and caregivers to pay more attention to their child’s needs. “
Following the merger, Early Intervention Services will continue to be housed at the Richie McFarland Center on Sandy Point Road in Stratham, as a Waypoint program, continuing as Richie MacFarland. In the future, other Waypoint services will be available under the same roof.
“It’s really a win-win situation,” says Small-Porter. “We can and will be better together. “