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Thrive is NASW Maine Agency of the Year

National Association of Social Workers Honors Trauma-Informed Initiative LEWISTON – Thrive System of Care received the National Association of Social Workers – Maine Chapter 2010 Agency of the Year award in an awards ceremony during the NASW Maine annual conference, Friday, April 9, at the Samoset Resort in Rockport. “We chose Thrive based on how it improves the lives of people in Maine,” says Bonnie Swartz, LCSW and NASW Maine Chapter President, “and for its excellence in promoting social work values as defined in the NASW Code of Ethics for employees, clients and the community.” “Social workers value the inherent dignity and worth of a person,” says Thrive Director Arabella Perez. “At Thrive we know that treating each other in a caring and respectful manner mindful of our cultural and individual differences leads to growth, health, engagement and empowerment.” Thrive, in the fifth year of its six-year grant from the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, provides training, technical assistance and consultation on […]

Time Banks USA Founder Speaks in Lewiston

Dr. Edgar Cahn notes abundant value of exchanging personal time and talents LEWISTON – Dr. Edgar Cahn, the founder of Time Banks USA  explained to a group of 30 Time Bank members and regional refugee and immigrant service workers recently how Time Banking allows people to trust each other, bring out the best in each other, and demonstrate that everyone has the ability to give and create a better world. In a conversation titled “A Partnership for All: Refugee Services and Time Bank” April 15 at Thrive System of Care offices, Dr. Cahn explained how “money values what is scarce, but devalues what is abundant.” “We have an abundant ability to contribute and give to one another,” says Cahn. “The market doesn’t pay people to care for each other, mentor each other, come out to vote, be a citizen, fight for social justice. All of these basic things are not valued in the cash economy, but without them we couldn’t exist as a society and […]

Transforming Health and Wellness

Open to members of the transgender community and their allies, as well as mental health, social service and medical professionals. Time: 9 am-5:30 pm Place: University of Southern Maine (Portland: Payson-Smith Hall) Click here for information on registration, schedule, FAQ, and more

Youth Make Case for Social Services to Their Legislators

LEWISTON- Young people who say they now have hope for the future because of life-saving mental health and social services shared their stories with local legislators January 25 at a “Legislative Dialogue Café” hosted by Tri-County Mental Health Services at the Carriage House. Five members of Youth M.O.V.E. Maine told Rep. Peggy Rotundo (D-Lewiston) and Rep. Brian Bolduc (D-Auburn) individual stories of how combinations of mental health services, area homeless shelters, subsidized housing, drug court, case management, community-based services, a system of care youth committee, and natural peer supports have helped them and/or their immediate family members manage depression, self-abuse, and the effects of trauma, neglect, and violence. “If services get cut, then I won’t be able to continue working towards my goal to get off disability and go to college to be a nurse or CSI. I want to provide my son the best life. I won’t be able to do these things and stop the abuse in my family if cuts are made.” “It costs taxpayers more to keep a person in […]

L/A Time Bank Passes 100th Member Milestone

Community-Based Program Receives $10,000 Empower Lewiston Grant LEWISTON – The Lewiston-Auburn Time Bank (http://thriveinitiative.org/time-bank/) is pleased to announce its 100th member this month and an “Empower Lewiston” grant of $10,000 to help double current membership and triple current Time Dollar exchanges. “Time Dollars are virtual currency representing time, energy, skills and talents that are exchanged by people, businesses, and others in the community,” says Sharon Carter, Time Bank Coordinator. “It’s neighbor to neighbor, people helping people.” Time Banking, the social change movement inspired by Dr. Edgar Cahn in 1980, is practiced in 22 countries on six continents. The L/A Time Bank boasts 106 members and over 1,000 hours of Time Dollar exchanged. Service offerings include elderly companionship, language interpretation and lessons, tutoring for children and adults, minor home repair, yard and garden work, sewing, laundry, child care, and much more. Thrive System of Care started Time Bank in February 2008 at the request of family members and youth interested in natural community supports. Thrive continues […]

THRIVE Director Recognized for Collaborative Leadership

LEWISTON – THRIVE System of Care is pleased to announce that Arabella Perez, Director, received the first-ever Catalyst for Change Award from Southern Maine Parent Awareness (SMPA) at its October 17 Fall Family Conference in Wells. “Arabella has been instrumental to Maine family organizations working to define a collaborative approach to service,” says Sue Henri-MacKenzie, SMPA Executive Coordinator. “Her dedication to transformational activities for families regardless of barriers is an inspiration to us all.” SMPA, Learning Disabilities Association of Maine, Maine Parent Federation, G.E.A.R. Parent Network, Autism Society of Maine, Foster and Adoptive Parenting, National Alliance on Mental Illness-Maine, and Helping Hands have formed a coalition to further “family voice” in Maine’s child welfare, mental health, health care, juvenile justice and education systems of care. “Maine is at a crossroads with statewide initiatives, such as High-Fidelity Wraparound and the Parent Empowerment Program-STEPS,” says Perez, “that are identifying the role of family support partners in the various systems. It’s important for family organizations to come together […]

New Community Website Empowers Youth & Families

Tri-County Network of Care Supports Self-Care and Emotional Wellness Maine Children’s Behavioral Health Services, Thrive System of Care Initiative and The Community Collaborative for Children, Youth and Families of Tri-County announce the launch of Tri-County Network of Care (www.tricounty.me.networkofcare.org). Network of Care is a breakthrough, multi-lingual website empowering families and youth who are exploring physical and emotional wellness. The site is a community-based resource with “no wrong doors” for researching mental health issues, storing and controlling access to health information, and advocating directly with legislators. Site features include:             ▪ An easily searchable regional mental health service directory             ▪ Confidential, HIPPA-compliant folders for family health information ▪ Social networking forums for peer-to-peer support ▪ The latest nationwide mental health news ▪ 30,000 articles on mental illness, medications, recovery and more ▪ Advocacy and legislative information Providers can use the site’s message boards and community calendars to share challenges and ideas, and brainstorm system of care solutions within their own agency or in collaboration […]

Lewiston Youth One of Top 100 Outstanding Foster Youth Leaders

Dustin Strout Honored for Achievement and Community Service Watch Dustin’s Story of help and hope LEWISTON and WASHINGTON, D.C. — THRIVE System of Care Initiative and FosterClub are pleased to announce that Dustin Strout is one of 100 foster care youth nationwide just named Outstanding Young Leaders of 2009. FosterClub recognized Dustin and the others for leadership, accomplishments, educational achievement and community service. “The award means everything to me,” Strout says. “Now people can read about my life, from how I grew up to what I am now. Everybody has it in them. They just have to try and believe. It’s all a mind set. It’s not just going to fall into your lap. It doesn’t matter what people think, say or do, just be you,” he says. 21-year-old Dustin entered foster care at 18 months and had five placements until the age of 9, when he ran away for the first of many times. In and out of group homes for eight years, he […]

Three Local Youth Advocates to Attend Oregon Summit

LEWISTON – Three area youth advocates will represent THRIVE System of Care Initiative and Youth M.O.V.E. Maine at the June 22, 2009 Youth Summit in Portland, OR. Jennifer Thompson and Dustin Strout, both of Lewiston, and Hillary Groves of Mechanics Falls will join 40 mental health and systems-experienced youth and young adult leaders for a day of peer-led activities. They will focus on uncovering shared experiences, gaps in youth-focused services, priorities and strategies for service and system change, and research and resource needs. The resulting youth-voiced “Call to Action” will outline positive solutions to improve the health and human services that young people like themselves receive. A national board of peers is planning and will facilitate the Summit, which is hosted by the Research and Training Center on Family Support and Children’s Mental Health in Portland, OR. THRIVE System of Care Initiative is building a network of services and supports for children and youth who have experienced severe emotional disturbance and their families in Androscoggin, […]