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, you may call (603) 887-4979 or drop off the Application with supportive documentation requested prior to making an appointment. 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 www.211nh.org 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 in Chester
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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:
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
Community Caregivers of Derry will provide the following services to Chester residents who are in need of them:
- 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:
Wilcomb Townsend Trustees:
Cynthia Tunberg 2018
Genevieve Rowell 2019
Dianna Charron 2020
Jocelyn Grady 2021
Lisa Oleson 2017