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Community Health & Counseling: Difficult Does Not Equal Impossible Wed Spring 2019
with Stephanie Doore, Piscataquis Valley Adult Education Cooperative
Are you aware of the need for foster parents who can care for a child who has been removed from his or her parents' custody? Have you ever thought I would like to do that but I don't know where to begin? Or maybe you have many questions that you would like to ask but don't know whom to ask. Perhaps you are concerned about what is involved and fear it would be overwhelming for your family. This, then, is the session for you. This will be a candid discussion about the steps that are required to become a licensed foster parent and what can be expected once you start caring for children. CHCS will partner with applicants at the very beginning, assisting with the licensing process and supporting you once you begin to foster. You are never in this alone! At CHCS, we believe children deserve to be encouraged, loved, and coached to reach their potential. When parents are unavailable on a daily basis, it requires an invested community of adults who can step forward and offer those supports. Applicants for respite (part-time) as well as full time foster care are being sought as the number of children who need these supports exceeds the current available homes. In the words of a previous foster child who is now a motivational speaker, Josh Shipp, "Every kid is one caring adult away from being a success story." If you began 2019, resolving to become engaged in your community in a meaningful way, this may be a perfect opportunity to meet that goal. Stephanie Doore is a Licensed Social Worker who has been working with foster parents since 1993. The work of recruiting, developing and supporting foster parents in caring for their foster children has been one of Stephanie's greatest career passions. She has received both state and national awards for her work in foster care and was recently elected as the Chair of the Maine Chapter of the Family Focused Treatment Association.
Choose one of the following sessions:
Domestic Violence Crisis Intervention Training with Partners for Peace Spring 2019
with Partners for Peace, Piscataquis Valley Adult Education Cooperative
This 44 hour training will provide you with all of the skills and information necessary to volunteer for Partners for Peace, the local Domestic Violence Resource Center. Partners for Peace provides support services to anyone affected by domestic abuse and violence in the Penobscot and Piscataquis County region including a free and confidential 24 hour hotline. "We rely on our dedicated volunteers to help with our helpline, support groups, children's groups, committee work, court accompaniment, and everything in between," said Casey Faulkingham, the Community Response Team Leader. "Our community members and volunteers are some of our most important resources. We simply could not do this work without them."
First Time Home Buyers Class
with Charlie Quimby, Piscataquis Valley Adult Education Cooperative
Thinking of buying that first home? Would you like the chance to attend a class to learn more about it and have the opportunity to ask questions? This Buyers Class is Free! Please Join Us on February 27th at 5:30pm. If you have any questions, please call Charlie Quimby at 207-270-0267. Hope to see you there!!
Grow Your Own Organic Garden
with MOFGA, Piscataquis Valley Adult Education Cooperative
Interested in learning how to grow your own vegetables in a sustainable manner?
Join us for an evening-long workshop on how to grow your own garden organically. We’ll talk about the basics of soil science and how to enrich your soil to produce healthy, high-yielding plants. The course will also cover the fundamentals of making and using compost, the principles of crop rotation and how to incorporate green manures to manage nutrients in the garden. Other topics will include how to tell the difference between cultivated plants and weeds, basic weed control strategies and cultural methods for dealing with pests. The instructor will be an experienced farmer or gardener from your region. We will even send you home with free seeds! All are welcome, from first-timers to experienced gardeners who want to experiment with new techniques.
Portland, ME Bus Trip
Join us on Sunday March 31 on a bus trip to Portland. You have your choice of spending the day in the Old Port with it's vibrant shopping and delicious food, or going to the Portland Flower show on Thompson's Point. The bus will stop and pick up at both locations and you will not have to worry about driving, tolls or parking! Admission to the flower show is not included in this price due to ranges in ticket prices. You can buy tickets to the show online before the event to ensure admission at www.maineflowershow.com
7:40am Pick up at Bangor Walmart
8:10am Pick up at Newport Walmart
10:00am Drop off at the Portland Flower Show
10:20am Drop off at the Old Port
4:45pm Pick up at the Old Port
5:00pm Pick up at the Portland Flower Show
6:30pm ETA to Newport
7:00pm ETA to Bangor
Preserving the Harvest
with Laurie Bowen, Piscataquis Valley Adult Education Cooperative
Ever wonder how to preserve all those great garden vegetables? University of Maine Cooperative Extension’s hands-on food preservation workshops will teach you the basics of canning and freezing, including how to use water bath canners to preserve pickles, jam, and vegetables. Learn from the experts. We will provide fresh produce and canning jars. Each participant will take home a jar of what we prepare and canning packet. Workshops are taught by UMaine Extension Community Education Assistant Laurie Bowen.
This class will be held at The University of Maine Cooperative Extension office in Dover Foxcroft.
Volunteer with Pine Tree Hospice Spring 2019
with Pinetree Hospice, Piscataquis Valley Adult Education Cooperative
Become a Pine Tree Hospice Volunteer Pine Tree Hospice volunteer education programs, in compliance with Maine State regulations, prepare volunteers to offer hospice and/or bereavement care for families in our community during and after a progressive life-limiting illness. Hospice 101: Introduction to Hospice for Indirect Care Volunteers This 4-hour orientation program prepares volunteers to serve as indirect care providers. "Indirect care" includes services such as cooking, picking up prescriptions, working in the office or library, fund raising, serving on the board or on a committee, but does not include direct interaction with clients or families. Upon completion, participants interested in becoming a direct care volunteer may choose to be mentored by an experienced Pine Tree Hospice direct care volunteer during visits with hospice clients and families for a maximum of 20 hours. Hospice 101 is offered as a class and also offered as an Independent Study. Certificates are awarded after completion. H101 Class to be scheduled. H101 Independent Study can be scheduled at any time. Optional mentor hours will be scheduled individually. For more information visit www.pinetreehospice.org. To register please call 564-4346. Core Curriculum for Direct Care Hospice Volunteers and Bereavement Facilitators This 12.5-hour program is the first part of the educational preparation for direct care hospice volunteers and for bereavement facilitators. Direct care volunteers serve hospice clients and families, but do not provide physical, nursing, or medical care. Bereavement facilitators support bereaved adults, children and families in structured group settings. Certificates are awarded after completion. Times and location to be scheduled. For more information visit www.pinetreehospice.org. To register please call 564-4346 Direct Care Hospice Volunteers After completing the Core Curriculum, this 9-hour program prepares volunteers to provide direct service to hospice families. “Direct care” involves being with a hospice client and family and may include quiet companionship, respite care, transportation, or activities such as fishing, playing cards, reading or excursions. Direct care does not include physical, nursing, or medical care. Direct care volunteers may choose to participate in any direct or indirect care Pine Tree Hospice function. Certificates are awarded after completion. Times and location to be scheduled. For more information visit www.pinetreehospice.org. To register please call 564-4346. Volunteer Bereavement Facilitators After completing the Core Curriculum, this 14-hour program prepares volunteers to provide bereavement support to adults, children and families through the Pine Tree Hospice Bereavement Programs. Bereavement Facilitators may choose to participate in structured group settings, which include the Nights of Service program for grieving children and families, the Lunch and Learn program for grieving adults; and an adult evening grief support group. Certificates are awarded after completion. Times and location to be scheduled. For more information visit www.pinetreehospice.org. To register please call 564-4346.