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CORDARO TAKES THE HELM

In the throes of this pandemic, it’s easy to lose track of days as they tumble one into the next. But March 23 stands out distinctly to Matthew Cordaro.

Sandwiched between Gov. Chris Sununu’s declaration of emergency and his stay-at-home orders, it was the first day on the job for the new CEO of One Sky Community Services.

“When the opportunity came up for One Sky, I
jumped at it,” Cordaro said.

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A MATTER OF PERSPECTIVE: COMMUNITY IS THERE WHEN YOU NEED THEM

The term “Community” is often used to define a group of people in a particular setting. In the human services system, community is often a vague description for a fragmented arrangement of personal geography… For Joe Bennet, a single father, community could be found when his 25-year old son, Dan, needed a wheelchair ramp to get in and out of his house. It could also be found…

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A MATTER OF PERSPECTIVE: MORE THAN A HOME

There are at least two tales to tell in Seacoast area homes that are familiar with One Sky Community Services in Portsmouth. In those homes, there is likely a person with a developmental or intellectual disability (I/DD) who receives services from One Sky. And that is one story. The other story belongs to the caregivers. Most are the parents or extended family of that individual. And some are like Amanda Jackman – a home provider for someone with an I/DD.

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A MATTER OF PERSPECTIVE: THE FROSTING ON THE CAKE

Before she punches in to begin her shift at Hannaford, Sarah Portrie walks the entire store, front to back, visiting each department and greeting every co-worker by name. She reminds each one that they are “amazing” or “beautiful” and thanks them for something they offer, whether it’s their hard work and helpful ways, or a nice smile.

Portrie demonstrates every day why “disability” means “different ability.” What she offers to both customers and fellow employees at the Hampton market extends beyond its walls and touches the larger Seacoast community

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