CCC Wednesday Communique — October 13, 2021

Join the Downeast Recovery Support Center at 11 Free Street in Machias for pumpkin painting on October 21st — details in the announcements below. (Photo courtesy of Mini Pumpkin Painting with Kids Video)

Happy Wednesday!

New this week:

New Adult Crisis Stabilization in Calais

AMHC is excited to announce the opening of a new Adult Crisis Stabilization Unit (ACSU) in Calais. The ACSU is a voluntary service that offers crisis stabilization in a community-based setting. Each unit provides a 24-hour, short-term residential program for adults 18 years and older experiencing a behavioral health crisis. The goal is to stabilize the client before higher levels of care are needed. The average length of stay is five to seven days.  Individuals considered for admission to the ACSU will undergo a preliminary screening to ensure they meet the age and clinical admission criteria. Self-referrals are accepted. Please contact the ACSU nearest you by calling the number on the front of this card.

Hope Fund “Brown Bag Lunch”

Join the Community Caring Collaborative during lunchtime for a virtual Hope Fund Info Session on November 10th. We’ll be reviewing the new, updated Hope Fund FAQs to clarify eligible expenses, guidelines for appliances, and more. Plus, we’ll be introducing new communication tools for providers who submit Hope Fund applications. Register here to join this Zoom from 12 Noon to 1 pm.  Please share this flyer with your colleagues.

Pumpkin Painting

Join the Downeast Recovery Support Center at 11 Free Street in Machias for pumpkin painting on October 21st at 6 pm — no cost!  Children and Families are welcome!  CDC COVID guidelines will be in place for everyone’s safety. Download a flyer to share.

Care Options for Your Parents is excited to announce that on Thursday, October 21st at 2 PM ET, we’ll be hosting our 5th Daughterhood Conversation, “Care Options for Your Parents.” The challenge with our aging care system is that even though there’s a lot of information out there to help, the situations most caregivers face are so incredibly complex, unique, and specific that they can’t find what they need.  This is especially true when considering whether your parents should move to a senior care facility, and if so, which one.  Join us as we discuss the options and talk about the hard choices faced by caregivers.  Anne Tumlinson will be joined by Karen Van Dyke, San Diego Daughterhood Circle leader and Founder and CEO of Senior Care by Design and Ryan Frederick, Founder and CEO of SmartLiving 360 and author of the book “Right Place, Right Time: The Ultimate Guide to Choosing a Home for the Second Half of Life,” that releases this month.  Register here, and mark your calendars.

Making Soups in an Electric Pressure Cooker

University of Maine Cooperative Extension will offer an online class about using an electric pressure cooker for making soup from 6–7:30 p.m. on Oct. 28. “Making Soups in an Electric Pressure Cooker” will teach participants how to prepare creamy tomato soup and Italian sausage and kale soup. Participants can select either recipe to shop for and prepare ingredients beforehand, then cook along with instructor Lisa Fishman, UMaine Extension nutrition education professional. Additional recipes will be emailed following the webinar. The fee is $5; registration is required. Register on the event webpage. For more information or to request a reasonable accommodation, contact Sharon Paradis, 207.834.3905;

Hybrid 4-H SPIN Nature Club
University of Maine Cooperative Extension will offer a year-long nature 4-H SPIN Club to youth ages 5 to 18 who reside in Washington and York Counties beginning Oct. 21 from 6-7 p.m. This is a hybrid club that will meet both virtually and in-person. Participants will work on phenology wheels, nature journaling, and a nature-based service project. In-person meetings will take place in various nature preserves in both York and Washington Counties. Virtual meetings will be held for youth to discuss and share their experiences. Youth do not need to attend all meetings in order to participate. The club is free; registration is required. Register and find more information on the program webpage. For more information or to request a reasonable accommodation, contact 207-255-3345;

Age Friendly Higher Education

Join the Tri-State Learning Collaboration on Ageing from 10:30 am to 12 pm on October 26th to learn what is an Age Friendly University and how universities and colleges throughout Northern New England are becoming more age friendly. Currently, there are 51 colleges and universities worldwide who are a part of the Age-Friendly University (AFU) network, and that number continues to grow. These colleges and universities have endorsed and committed to the 10 Age-Friendly University Principles. However, there is more than one way to be age-friendly! There are many other higher education institutions who have developed and are implementing their own age friendly initiatives and programs. Join us to hear from universities and colleges throughout the region that are doing great work to welcome, engage and collaborate to make their educational systems friendly for all ages. Register here.

Downeast Wind Now Accepting Fall 2021 Community Grant

Attention community organizations, educators, and changemakers in the Washington County area – The Downeast Wind Community Grant Program is now accepting applications for Fall 2021 grant awards. Grants are typically awarded in $250 to $4,000 increments, with priority given to proposals that demonstrate meaningful impacts to the greatest number of area residents. We will be accepting applications until November 15, 2021 on our website.  The focus areas for the Downeast Wind Community Grant Program are as follows:
  • Building Healthy Communities – Programs that support public health, good government, open communication, citizen resources, and/or enhance the quality of life in the community.
  • Economic Development – Apex Clean Energy supports and encourages the entrepreneurial spirit. It is part of our mission to serve as a catalyst for economic opportunity and development within the communities where we operate.
  • Environmental Sustainability – Programs that possess a strong link to environmental revitalization, sustainability, or education thereof, empower residents to be stewards of the environment, and/or encourage partnerships to address environmental concerns and sustainability.
  • Promoting Education — Programs that support educational institutions, the advancement of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), and training programs for careers in the wind industry.

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