Health & Welfare

Health & Welfare:  (603) 887-4979

Debra Doda, Welfare Director

To apply for non-emergency, local welfare assistance, please fill out the Town of Chester’s Welfare Application Form and sign in all three (3) places in front of a Notary.  Once an Application is completed, please bring it in with all supportive documentation requested.   The Town of Chester Welfare Application Form can be found online at the bottom of this Section or at the Town Municipal Complex, 84 Chester Street, Chester, NH 03036 in the front office or in the hallway by the Maps.

For referrals to other services offered in the State of NH, you may go to for referral information.

Free Income Tax Preparation Service for Income under $57,000

For Chester residents needing income tax preparation service:  if your income is under $57,000, you may take advantage of the Rockingham Community Action’s program at the Marion Garish Community Center, 39 West Broadway, Derry, on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 10-3 PM.  This is a walk-in service so you do not need an appointment.  A second location is at the American Legion Post 51 at 232 Calef Highway, Epping on Tuesdays 12 Noon to 3:30 PM.  Walk-ins only.  For other locations in Manchester, Call 211.

Food/Clothing Pantries

The Chester Community Food Pantry is located at the Chester Congregational Church in the Vestry.  It is open from 9 AM to 1 PM on the 4th Saturday of each month.   Please call (603) 887-4799 for additional information or contact Cindy McLaughlin at 887-4626.  Email:

The Chester Clothes Closet is located at the Chester Municipal Complex in the building to the right of the Police Department.  A flag is visible during open hours which are on Wednesday evenings from 7 to 9 PM and Saturdays from 1-3 PM.  There are emergency food supplies available here for Chester residents only.  You may also contact (603) 887-4979.

Energy Assistance

Rockingham Community Action can provide residents of Chester with information on Fuel Assistance to pay for Winter Heating Bills, Electrical Assistance, Energy Conservation,and eligible Weatherization Programs.  Fuel assistance programs are for fuel purchased after October 1st.  You must reapply each year.

The following links will take you directly to the Rockingham County Action website:

Fuel Assistance
Electrical Assistance
Energy Conservation

Call:  (603) 965-3029 or (855) 295-4105 for the Derry office

Call:  (603) 895-2303 for the Raymond office

Citizens Energy Corporation can grant eligible households 100 gallons of fuel.  Eligibility is determined by gross income, age, household size and hardship. You will need to do a phone interview.  The program begins in early December.

Call:  (877) 563-4645

The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) helps keep families safe and healthy through initiatives that assist families with energy costs. They provide federally funded assistance in managing costs associated with:

  • Home energy bills
  • Energy crises
  • Weatherization and energy-related minor home repairs

Call:  (202) 401-9351

Volunteer Services:

Community Caregivers of Derry will provide the following services to Chester residents who are in need of them:

  • Transportation
  • Grocery Shopping Assistance
  • Light Chores
  • Friendly Visiting
  • Meal Preparation

Call:  Cindy at (603) 432-0877

SarahCare Adult Day Care, in Hampstead, creates a vibrant and social community for your senior loved one to enjoy their day while receiving the care and support they need.  They have been approved by the Veterans Administration.

Call:  (603) 329-4401

CART, the Cooperative Alliance for Regional Transportation, provides fixed route and curb-to-curb demand-response transportation Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Service is not available on weekends or holidays.

Call:  (603) 434-3569

Below are some useful resources of supportive services for Seniors:

Aging at Home: Common Problems and Solutions

How Seniors are Designing Social Support Networks

The Ultimate Guide to Home Accommodations for Persons with Disabilities

The Benefits of Emotional Support Animals

Depression in the Elderly: 7 Ways to Help

Guide to Addiction Prevention for Seniors

Finding a Family: Discovering Your Queer Community When You’re 65

Recognizing and Treating Depression: A Guide for the Elderly & Their Caregivers

Rehab and Medicare: The Ultimate Guide to Addiction Treatment for Seniors

Wilcomb Townsend Trustees:

Cynthia Tunberg 2018
Genevieve Rowell 2019
Dianna Charron 2020
Jocelyn Grady 2021
Lisa Oleson 2017

 Town of Chester Welfare Application