CCC Wednesday Communique — December 20, 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 Susan Bennett, Downeast Thunder Farm


CCC Weekly Communique Holiday Schedule: The Communique will be on hiatus next week for the winter holidays.  The next issue will be sent to your inbox on January 3, 2018.  The CCC wishes everyone a very merry and safe holiday season!

Breast Cancer Support Group: The Calais area Breast Cancer Support Group is resuming under the leadership of Marianne Moore, Patient Navigator with Healthy Acadia, in the downstairs parlor at the Calais United Methodist Church.  Download this flyer for more information.

Youth Progression Pilot Program: NAMI Maine is offering six 2-hour interactive
classes as part of a pilot program for young people with emerging mental health concerns in Washington County.  Download a flyer for more information.

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


This is where we post updates on programs, initiatives and pending legislation.

December 2017 Holiday Letter:  to you, our CCC partners, providers and friends, from Charley Martin-Berry.

Events (Chronologically Listed)

Trauma Awareness & Resilience Institute for Youth Workers: Maine Behavioral Healthcare partnering with TREE/CCLC invite you to attend a free two-day training institute for youth workers to increase capacity for working with youth exposed to violence and trauma – January 8-9 at the Cobscook Community Learning Center (CCLC).  See flyer for details.  Please contact Brittany Ray for information about overnight accommodations at the CCLC’s beautiful Heartwood Lodge.

Changes to Maine’s Safety Net: Service providers in Washington County are invited to sign up for a free training on January 9, 2018 on Changes to Maine’s Safety Net: Understanding & Accessing TANF, SNAP and MaineCare.  Maine Equal Justice Partners, the Maine DHHS Office of Family Independence, Fedcap and Passamaquoddy partners will share what you need to know about changes made to these programs that may benefit clients and the families you work with.  Special attention will be given to how families can access these programs in Washington County.  This training will be held in the Assembly Room at Washington County Community College in Calais, from 9 am to 12 Noon.  Register here.  The deadline to register is Noon on January 2nd, so don’t delay.  Please share this flyer with your staff and colleagues who work with families.

Substance Use Issues 101 Rescheduled:  The training for business owners and HR personnel on December 12th, What Employers Need to Know: Substance Use Issues 101, was cancelled due to weather concerns and has been rescheduled to January 10, 2018 from 9 am to Noon at the same location, Sunrise County Economic Council’s office at 7 Ames Way in Machias, This free training presented by Marjorie F. Withers, LCPC, will lay the foundation for understanding substances and their impact on employees, and how to support them in recovery.  To register, email Amy or call 255-0983. This event is made possible by funding from the H. King and Jean Cummings Charitable Fund of the Maine Community Foundation.

Families & Youth in Transitions Conference: Save the date of March 10, 2018 from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm at Maine General Hospital in Augusta for Families & Youth in Transitions – a conference for families and youth with emotional and behavioral needs, special needs, and special health care needs transitioning through high school to adult life. Youth and parent workshops will be offered.  Keynote speaker tba.  Sponsored by the Maine Parent Federation and G.E.A.R. Parent Network.

Youth Mental Health First Aid Training: Save the date of April 12, 2018 for NAMI Maine’s Youth Mental Health First Aid Training at the Cherryfield Academy Community Center.  Details about this event are here. You can also Download general information about Youth Mental Health First Aid Trainings.

Elder Abuse Summit: Save the date of May 10th for the 5th annual conference on Elder Abuse, hosted by the Maine Council for Elder Abuse Prevention at the Augusta Civic Center.  See flyer for details or visit MCEAP’s website.

Needs & Offers

Storm Window Kits for Seniors: Maine Seacoast Mission has reusable, plastic, interior storm windows that  are easy to install and help block drafts to lower heating costs.  They will measure and install the windows for seniors by appointment – see flyer for more information.

Families First Community Center: FFCC has received a $10,000 Grant from the Ray & Kay Eckstein Charitable Trust to help finance the Renovation Fund for the new Ellsworth family shelter at 41 North Street, which includes the installation of heat pumps and solar for more efficiency.  Volunteer contractors, electricians, plumbers, drywallers, painters, anyone who is handy with a hammer, are still needed to help with renovations this winter.  The shelter opening is planned for the spring of 2018.  For more information, to donate funds or materials for the renovations, or to volunteer, you may call 460-3711, mail PO Box 951, Ellsworth, email or visit

Juicer Needed:  Do you have a juicer gathering dust in a cupboard?  If so, we know of someone seeking a gently used juicer for a specific dietary protocol. Please contact the CCC if you would like to donate this item.

Development and Communications Intern: Healthy Acadia seeks a Development and Communications Intern to start in January 2018 for a 10 hour/week three-month internship.  Read the full description of this internship position and please share with anyone you know who may be interested.

Send us your agency/community needs or offers, such as job recruiting or housing needs.

Favorite Resources

Send us your favorite links to share with other Communique readers.

Circle of Care: A Guidebook for Mental Health Caregivers, published by the National Alliance for Caregiving, is designed to guide unpaid friends, family, and neighbors who care for someone with a mental health condition. The Guidebook emerged from On Pins and Needles: Caregivers of Adults with Mental Illness, a national study on mental health caregiving conducted with the assistance of the National Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health America and released in February 2016. The fact sheets in Circle of Care are intended to assist informal caregivers with finding help for the specific challenges identified in the On Pins and Needles study.


Work Group & Poverty Busters:  Just a reminder that here is a form you can print to bring to home visits to find out what training topics parents might want for the family event we are planning in April.  You can bring filled in forms to future WG/PB meetings, drop them off any time at the CCC office (front desk) or scan them to Christine.  Next meeting is January 3, 2018, from 1 — 3:30 in the large conference room at SCEC.

St Croix Community Connections: This is Poverty Buster’s sister group in Calais, organized by Christine Morris. This group meets monthly – new members welcome!