Dear Crotched Mountain friends:
It has been over two weeks since we announced the wind-down of operations on our Greenfield campus, which includes our day and residential special education school as well as our staffed adult group home residences. As you can surely understand, this news has been incredibly sad for so many.
I wanted to take a moment to offer my sincere appreciation for all of you who have reached out and have offered to support the Crotched Mountain family over the last few weeks. These have been tough, heart-breaking days and to see the response from those of you who hold Crotched Mountain’s mission dear has been heartened.
I am especially impressed by our wonderful staff, who have worked harder than ever to support our students and adults and their families as they embark on a new chapter. Our direct care staff in particular have been nothing short of inspiring as they handle this wind-down, combat a pandemic, and continue to provide the highest quality of care and support to the people they serve.
As we move toward November 1, when our school will no longer be in operation, I do want to remind everyone that the mission of Crotched Mountain will continue in the community. Ready Set Connect continues to flourish, supporting children with autism and their families in Tilton, Concord, Manchester, and, soon, Nashua; the Refurbished Equipment Marketplace offers showroom quality pre-owned medical equipment at deeply discounted costs; and our intrepid group of case managers at CMCC are working harder than ever, helping keep nearly 900 of New Hampshire’s most vulnerable citizens safe and independent in their homes.
I am confident that 2020 will be looked at as the most challenging year in Crotched Mountain’s history – as we rose, together, to protect our residents during the pandemic and we transitioned to a new community based future.
Thank you for your ongoing support.
President and CEO
Crotched Mountain Foundation