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Sanford Strong Coalition is a partnership of residents, organizations, businesses and others invested in the future of Greater Sanford.  The Coalition provides ways for the community to share information and access resources, while supporting initiatives to strengthen the health, well-being, and success of Sanford’s children, youth and their families. The Coalition is governed by a steering committee, staffed by Strategies for a Stronger Sanford, and supported by its members. Membership is free and open to anyone concerned about the future of Greater Sanford and its people. Join today. Also, like us on Facebook.

Community Events

Sep
17
Wed
Drug Free Communities Meeting @ WSSR-TV room at SRTC
Sep 17 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 am

The Drug Free Communities  (DFC) initiative is a community-wide effort of youth, parents, business leaders, schools, police officers, faith communities, health care providers, and others to decrease alcohol, marijuana and prescription drug use among Greater Sanford’s youth and adults.

Contact:  Connie Roux   Email:  croux@smhc.org

Alternatives to Punishment @ CPPC Community Center
Sep 17 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Alternatives to Punishment is a class that offers parents a new perspective on managing defiance, tantrums, hitting, whining and “sass”.  In this class, we will talk about why young children act the way they do, and how you can help your children learn to manage their own behavior.

You can offer your child discipline, clear boundaries and loving guidance without using punishment. Please join us to find out how!

Facilitated by:  Katherine Endy, LCSW & Sarah MacLaughlin, LSW

 

Addict in the Family @ Portland Recovery Community Center
Sep 17 @ 5:45 pm – 7:15 pm

This support group, facilitated by addicts and alcoholics active in recovery, is for friends and families who are struggling to cope with a loved one’s addiction. We offer a unique perspective on addiction from a first hand experience. Our goal is to educate and equip families with the tools they need to confidently make decisions that support recovery in both the family and their addicted loved one.

*Addict in the Family is a closed meeting for friends and families only*  It is not a support group for addicts and alcoholics.

Contacts: John Buro , Eric Girard, Corey Gamberg

Sep
18
Thu
Systems Integration Task Force @ Sanford Police Dept.
Sep 18 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

SYSTEMS INTEGRATION TASK GROUP:  The group brings together the leaders of agencies that work with Sanford youth, who are or may become involved in the juvenile justice system, and may have mental health, substance abuse or behavioral challenges, for ongoing cross-system planning, communication and integration.

  • Activities:  establishing a community-level Student-Assistance Team; establishing Restorative Justice practices in multiple settings; developing communications tools; Linkage Project; etc.
  • Meetings:  3rd Thursday of the month
  • Contact:  Chief Tom Connolly
Our Schools Our Future meetings @ Strategies for a Stronger Sanford Community Bldg.
Sep 18 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

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Parents and community members are encouraged to join Our Schools Our Future every Thursday. Please feel free to Drop In anytime between 4:00 – 6:00 PM, at the Strategies for a Stronger Sanford Community Bldg. ( East Side Acres Community Center).  We will be there every Thursday hosting an open forum and discussion on how parents and community members can impact the school change process.  Come share your ideas or concerns, hear what other parents are saying and learn about emerging parent action groups.  OSOF will provide space, guidance, support and logistical help for parents who want to join or start a parent action group.  OSOF elevates the voice of community members and parents in schools.  FMI: contact Rachel Phipps or  423-0098.

Sep
19
Fri
“Haunted Halls of Nasson College” Signups/Casting @ Nasson Community Center
Sep 19 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Sep
24
Wed
Addict in the Family @ Portland Recovery Community Center
Sep 24 @ 5:45 pm – 7:15 pm

This support group, facilitated by addicts and alcoholics active in recovery, is for friends and families who are struggling to cope with a loved one’s addiction. We offer a unique perspective on addiction from a first hand experience. Our goal is to educate and equip families with the tools they need to confidently make decisions that support recovery in both the family and their addicted loved one.

*Addict in the Family is a closed meeting for friends and families only*  It is not a support group for addicts and alcoholics.

Contacts: John Buro , Eric Girard, Corey Gamberg

Sep
25
Thu
Juvenile Justice Collaboratives Forums @ York County Community College
Sep 25 @ 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Juvenile Justice Collaboratives Forums

Localizing best practice efforts to improve outcomes for youth involved in Maine’s juvenile justice system.

This two day training will focus on engaging law enforcement, judges, prosecutors, defense attorney, probation & detention staff, community-based agencies, youth advocates and local stakeholders across Maine’s juvenile justice system.

York County-September 25 & 26, 2014; 8:30 to 4:30 PM

York County Community College, Wells, ME-Center Cafe.

Capacity for this event is limited. Please RSVP by registering at the following link: https//www.surveymonkey.com/s/DLD97Y2

Our Schools Our Future meetings @ Strategies for a Stronger Sanford Community Bldg.
Sep 25 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

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Parents and community members are encouraged to join Our Schools Our Future every Thursday. Please feel free to Drop In anytime between 4:00 – 6:00 PM, at the Strategies for a Stronger Sanford Community Bldg. ( East Side Acres Community Center).  We will be there every Thursday hosting an open forum and discussion on how parents and community members can impact the school change process.  Come share your ideas or concerns, hear what other parents are saying and learn about emerging parent action groups.  OSOF will provide space, guidance, support and logistical help for parents who want to join or start a parent action group.  OSOF elevates the voice of community members and parents in schools.  FMI: contact Rachel Phipps or  423-0098.

Sep
26
Fri
York County Community Conversation on the Young Child @ Coastal House, U.S. Route 1, Wells ME
Sep 26 @ 7:30 am – 12:00 pm

“From Living in Crisis to Resiliency: Fighting the Adverse Impact of Poverty on Our Community” 
Featuring: Sue Mackey Andrews, Maine Resilience Building Network and Chris Trout, Strengths in Focus Building on last year’s Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) presentation, this conversation looks specifically at the combined impact of ACEs and poverty. Through a hands-on experience, we’ll explore the challenges of living in poverty, overcoming the effects of ACEs and building resiliency.
This Community Conversation will help you…
As an employer, better understand what your employees maybe dealing with and how it can affect productivity.
As a service provider, better address the needs of your clients.
As an educator, build the assets of your students.
As a policy maker, better understand the current data and how to create supportive policies and funding.
As a community member, learn how to create supportive networks that increase positive outcomes.

You can register for this session by accessing this web site: http://www.buildcommunity.org/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=24 or by contacting Lora Kline at the United Way of York County.

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