CCC Wednesday Communique – March 22, 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


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.

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:

Wrack up some Good Karma: Buy a reusable shopping bag from Hannaford for $1 anytime this month and your donation will support CFO’s Flaherty Early Care & Education Center on UMM’s campus. Child and Family Opportunities (CFO) is a partner of Family Futures Downeast.

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.

Unstable Housing Survey: CCC Work Group & Poverty Busters have developed a tool for providers to capture data on individuals & families that are in unstable housing situations, including couch-surfing — the Unstable Housing Survey.  This is an easy online questionnaire that viewers can also use to self-report.  A paper version is available for providers to bring on home visits.  If you use the paper version, you will need to enter the responses into the online survey later.  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.

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


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 a location in Machias tba. 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.

Family Friday Funday in Milbridge: Family Friday Funday is a monthly get together at the Women’s Health Resource Library to do something fun with your children, open to all parents/caregivers with children age 4 and under. Each month will have a different  focus – art, music, nature, gardening – led by Alahna Roach, mom, art therapist, and art teacher. Read the flyer to learn more.

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.

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.

Financial Needs & Challenges for Seniors: The Washington County Thriving in Place Initiative invites you to a free informational session on March 29th from 9 am to 12 Noon in Science 102 at the University of Maine, Machias, with a panel of financial & legal experts. Download the flyer and forward to seniors you know, or read the event description on our website for more information and to sign up.

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 in Bangor April 22-23, 2017.  More information and registration available here.

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.

Play Therapy Workshop: By The Sea Seminars will be hosting a Roundtable workshop, Play Therapy Interventions to Teach Coping Skills (on a shoestring budget) March 31, 2017, 9 AM to 4 PM at the Harrington Family Health Center. Robyn Greene, LCPC, will be the presenter.  Space is limited to 16.   CEU’s will be offered.  For more details and to register, visit By the Sea Seminars website.

Needs & Offers

DV Survey Respondents Needed: Heather Biggar, Outreach Manager for Maine Behavioral Healthcare, is requesting help to better identify and understand the needs of children and families exposed to domestic violence.  If you are a provider in Washington county, this survey is designed to help Maine Behavioral Healthcare and the WC domestic violence resource center understand your perspectives about what your community is doing well on behalf of children and families exposed to DV, and what needs to be improved. Your feedback is vital to this effort. Thank you for taking 10 minutes of your time to share your viewpoint.  The survey link will close on Friday, March 31st.   If you know another provider who has valuable information to contribute, please feel free to share the survey link.

Rental Needed: United Methodist Minister Cheryl Stratton is seeking affordable, very short-term housing for a congregant in the Vanceboro area. Please contact Cheryl if you have any leads.

NYU Dental Clinic: Save the dates of April 3-7 for 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.

Family Future Downeast: Registration is open for the 2nd cohort of students – learn more about this incredible 2-gen educational opportunity here.

Dream Fund Open:  Are you working with a young person (ages 5-18) whose opportunity to pursue their dreams is limited by family financial circumstances? The CCC’s Dream Fund is open and ready to help create access to those opportunities. Read more about this legacy of CCC founding director, Marjorie Withers, and how to apply.


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.  It’s not too early to let us know if you plan to attend.

St Croix Community Connections: The next meeting of this group is March 28th, from 3-5 pm at AMHC in Calais. Here is the link if you would like to join remotely. Please RSVP to Christine Morris if you will be attending in person.

Photo courtesy of Jennifer Peters



This is a new section of the Communiqué where we will be posting updates on CCC programs, initiatives and events in more depth than we will cover in meetings.  Please be sure to check this section before your next monthly CCC meeting.