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Stories Project


Using the power of storytelling to create real change

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Stories Project


Using the power of storytelling to create real change

Storytelling is an integral part of creating community change.  It is through storytelling that we reveal who we really are, build bonds of trust through vulnerability with one another, and move people to action.  And that's why we've created the Stories Project in partnership with ReThink Health.

The Stories Project pairs trained Listeners with members of the community to capture stories of aging with dignity, economic security, and life in Claremont.  Each story session lasts about an hour and the stories are recorded by trained Listeners, but kept confidential.  The recorded stories are sent off to be transcribed and redacted before analyzed by ReThink Health staff.  Over time, the myriad stories and the data drawn from each story accumulates to give us an accurate picture of what life is like in the Valley.  Our hope is that the data and vibrant stories collected from the Stories Project will impact change in organizations and systems that give shape to our local healthcare, social, and economic systems.

We are currently collecting stories of aging with dignity, economic security, and life in Claremont.

While stories in the Stories Project are kept confidential, many participants in the Stories Project lend their faces and voices to the cause of creating change and take part in our art exhibit "Take Another Look."

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Take Another Look


Real faces and voices of the Valley

Take Another Look


Real faces and voices of the Valley

While sharing stories and data with local organizations is a powerful act, we also believe we can take the Stories Project one step further and invite all community members to bear witness to our common community landscape.

UVIP, ReThink Health, Thompson Senior Center, CATV and local artists are working together to document “real” New England lives and display them in our first iteration of our "Take Another Look" multi-media art show.  In the future we will be exhibiting "Take Another Look" exhibits featuring seniors in Lebanon and Enfield, and residents of Claremont.

Stay tuned for invitations to view our meaningful art!