CCC Wednesday Communique – April 5, 2017

Happy Wednesday!

This is the Community Caring Collaborative Weekly Communiqué where we share announcements about trainings, meetings and other events, including announcements from our collaborative partners. Look for links to meeting minutes and agendas in the Meetings section, training registration forms and flyers in the Events section, and job postings and other items of interest in the Announcements section. Subscribe here to get the Communiqué. Make sure to add Community Caring Collaborative to your contacts at  Gmail users, check for the Communiqué under the Promotions tab. This mailing goes out every Wednesday, so if you have announcements, please send them to Christine by 5 pm Monday to be included.  Thanks!

Photo above courtesy of Jen Wood & Bangor Daily News


Meeting location for brown bag lunch: a venue for the May 3rd brown bag lunch on Avoiding Provider Burnout from 11:30 to 1:00 has been finalized – Sunrise Opportunities’ Kay Parker Building – thank you Sunrise!  The Work Group & Poverty Busters meeting on May 3rd immediately following will also take place at  Kay Parker.  Look for more details on the brown bag lunch and RSVP link under Events.

Teen Science Cafe has been rescheduled: the Teen Science Café: “Staying Connected In An Emergency” with Daisy Mueller of Maine Emergency Management Agency has been rescheduled to April 8th. — more about this under Events.

Tai Chi for Arthritis: Certified Tai Chi instructor, Christine Morris, is now offering a Tai Chi class specifically designed for people with chronic issues like Arthritis.  Classes are Monday nights from 5:30-6:30 at Peaceful Postures, 263 North Street in Calais, sponsored by Eastern Area Agency on Aging (EAAA).  Participants do not need Tai Chi experience, nor a high degree of mobility.  The class can even be geared for people sitting.  There is a fee which supports EAAA programming.  Call 454-1185 for more information.

My Money Works: New Ventures Maine is offering its core class on managing money. April 10,17,24 May 1, 8, from 10 am to 1 pm at the Machias Career Center, presented by SarahJoy Chaples.  Read the flyer for more information.  Register by Email:; phone: 207-255-4917; or  online:

Recovery Coach Training in Calais: Healthy Acadia is excited to offer a Connecticut Community for Addiction (CCAR) 30-hour Recovery Coach Training on April 10th, 11th, 12th &13th at AMHC 127 Palmer Street, Calais (download flyer). This four-day training will meet 9-5 each day. Participants will be expected to complete an additional hour of independent study daily to complete the training program.

Your announcement could go here: email the details to Christine by 5 pm Monday for inclusion in Wednesday’s Weekly Communiqué.


Now listed chronologically, so make sure to scroll down for items just added!

Teen Science Cafe: STEM Guides Downeast will hold a Teen Science Cafe on Saturday, April 8 at the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, 28 Center St, Machias. Registration begins at 11:45 am. We will have lunch followed by a presentation and activity with Daisy Mueller of MEMA. This is a free event, with lunch included, and geared to youth in grades 8-12.  Preregistration is required. For more information, contact Axiom Education & Training Center at 207-255-4917 or email. University of Maine Cooperative Extension is located at 28 Center St, Machias, ME.

2-day Teacher Training: Learn to teach NAMI Basics, a 6-session educational program for parents and caregivers of children and adolescents under the age of 18 experiencing emerging emotional and behavioral concerns. It covers information about mental health challenges, the fundamentals of advocating for your child, self-care, communication and problem solving skills and much more!  This 2-day training will be held at a location tba on April 22-23, 2017.  More information and registration available here.

Caregivers Conference: The Washington County Thriving in Place Initiative invites all family and informal providers of care for elders and the chronically ill to a free conference designed just for them on April 28th from 8:30 am — 3:45 pm at Washington County Community College.  Download a flyer to post in your office.  Speaker information and registration form here.

Avoiding Provider Burnout: The Washington County Resiliency Team invites all medical, mental health, substance use, social service, legal, economic and other service providers to a brown bag lunch on Self-Care & Avoiding Provider Burnout on May 3rd from 11:30 am to 1 pm at the Kay Parker building in Machias. This is not your ordinary brown bag lunch – download the flyer for all the fun details and circulate to your colleagues.  We are asking people to RSVP to Christine by April 28th.

Hospice Volunteer Training: Down East Hospice is holding a training for volunteers at Down East Community Hospital from 9-3 over 5 days (May 3, 5, 8, 11 & 17).  Pre-interview required.  Contact Barbara Barnett at 726-5087 or the Down East Hospice office (email or call 454-7521 ext 126) for more information.

Addressing Long Wait times for Children’s Services: Save the date of May 5th for a follow-up meeting of Washington Co providers with Children’s Behavioral Health Services on how to meet the needs of children waiting for HCT & RCS services.  This brainstorming brown bag lunch will take place in the large conference room at SCEC (7 Ames Way, Machias) from 11 am to 1 pm. CCC will provide dessert and beverages.  Please RSVP to Cheryl.

Maine Association for Infant Mental Health: Registration is open for the 30th annual MeAIMH conference on May 12th at the Hilton Garden Inn Freeport Downtown, Freeport, ME, featuring Stephan A. Viehweg presenting Tackling the Tough Stuff: Supporting Families at Risk.  Read more about this exciting conference “not just for home visitors” here.

Data Demystified: The University of Southern Maine’s Data Innovation Project invites you to their inaugural Data Summit on May 15th at the Wells Conference Center, UM Orono.  Download the flyer for more information.

Bridges Out of Poverty Webinar: one-hour webinar, “Bridges Out of Poverty,” uses the lens of economic class to provide concrete tools and strategies for individuals, organizations, and communities to alleviate poverty.This webinar will provide an introduction to a comprehensive approach to understanding the Bridges Out of Poverty constructs. Thursday, June 1, 2017, 11:00am-12:00pm CDT (not Eastern time).  Register here.

Needs & Offers

Job Opening for Cook & Kitchen Asst: The Cobscook Community Learning Center is looking for an experienced cook and a kitchen assistant for the upcoming season. The cook and kitchen assistant will work with the Lead Cook to provide catering services to groups staying at CCLC’s Heartwood Lodge. Both positions will have a minimum of 30 hours a week. For more information please contact Avery Danforth at 733-2233, or at

Job Opening for Elder Services Navigator: WHCA is seeking to hire a part time Elder Services Navigator to assist elders, caregivers, and providers as they navigate and secure services. Qualifications include familiarity with the people and geography of Washington County, excellent organizational skills and and a passion for helping people. Occasional travel to Ellsworth will be required. Interested candidates should send a resume and application (available at  to HR Director, WHCA, 248 Bucksport Rd., Ellsworth, Maine 04605. A review of applications will begin on April 3, 2017.

NYU Dental Clinic: Now operating, April 3-7th, the free dental outreach program of the Washington County Children’s Program and Sunrise Opportunities partnering with New York University’s School of Dentistry.  Patients will not be charged a fee for services but will be asked for MaineCare/insurance information.  Download the flyer for more information.


Thriving in Place: The Washington County Thriving in Place initiative (TiP), a MeHAF funded project, held a panel seminar last Wednesday on Financial Needs & Challenges for Seniors. Panelists included Hilary Fernald, Downeast Senior Safety Net Attorney; Joseph Connors, Financial Coach with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau; and Ted Cobb of the Office for Family Independence, Maine DHHS, to talk about financial services available to seniors and answer questions. During the Q & A there was a discussion on financial scams and fraud.  2 important follow-ups to this discussion were provided by panelists after the event:

  • Hilary Fernald sent this link to an article about a settlement by Western Union with the Federal Trade Commission on behalf of victims who have fallen prey to money wiring scams with a Friday April 7th deadline for claims.
  • Joe Connors sent a link to information about what to do if your social security number has been compromised by a hacker.  Getting a new SSN isn’t an easy process, but Joe can help. Contact him at 207-907-0152 or

Unstable Housing Survey: Look for a display ad about this user friendly survey in the Machias Valley News Observer this week. We have also reached out to Washington County libraries to help direct people to the survey, which is set up for people to self-report as well as for service providers/teachers/friends to enter data about a client/student or friend. The survey questions are available as a printable document for people to use on home visits or in other situations away from a phone or computer, but the responses must be uploaded later into the online form. Please share the link and the paper form to help us paint a more accurate picture of homelessness in Washington County.  You can always access both the paper and online versions on the homepage of our website – just scroll down to the lower left feature box.

ECCO: The CCC has been involved in and supportive of the work of the Maine Social and Emotional Learning & Development Project over the last several years, whose topmost policy recommendation is the creation of a statewide mental health consultation model. The CCC’s Early Childhood Consultation and Outreach Program (ECCO) was highlighted in the final report of that group published last fall as one of only three models for consideration. Legislation is expected to be introduced in the coming months. Stay tuned for updates on this exciting development in early childhood programming in Maine.


Work Group & Poverty Busters:  Download minutes from the March 1st meeting.  Join the CCC Work Group and Poverty Busters on April 5th at SCEC’s building in Machias at 7 Ames Way (next door to the Grange) from 1-3:30 pm.  Download a revised agenda for this meeting.

St Croix Community Connections: This is Poverty Buster’s sister group in Calais, organized by Christine Morris. This group meets monthly on the 4th Tuesday from 3-5 pm. New members welcome!