Families

Aging in Place: I want to stay in my own home

Aging in Place: I want to stay in my own home

It's a funny thing, at least for people who are parents, how as you get older, the tables can turn. The child you lovingly watched over may now be doing the same to you, which can be rather disconcerting at times. Especially if your children are telling you that they don't think your home is safe anymore and you are determined to stay in it as long as possible — the term used these days is aging in place. Read more.

Cancer Community Center's Fight Back Festival Surpasses Fundraising Goal

Cancer Community Center's Fight Back Festival Surpasses Fundraising Goal

Great news from the Cancer Community Center in South Portland. With the help of sponsors and more than 750 bicyclists, runners, and walkers the Center raised more than $80,000 at its Fight Back Festival at Pineland Farms last weekend. The goal was $75,000. Congratulations! Read more.

Women's Fitness Studio & Spa-Fall 2012 Les Mills Launch

Women's Fitness Studio & Spa-Fall 2012 Les Mills Launch

The Fall 2012 Les Mills Launch begins Friday, October 5th through Monday, October, 8th.  To ensure a spot in your favorite class during the launch, you can donate $5 and receive VIP treament, which includes a special VIP gift.  All proceeds will go towards the Annual Making Strides Walk Against Breast Cancer 2012.  For more information about registration, please call or email the club. 

Shalom House Celebrates 40 Years of Giving Help and Hope to People With Mental Illness

Shalom House Celebrates 40 Years of Giving Help and Hope to People With Mental Illness

 

Shalom House will celebrate Forty Years of Giving Hope with a gala event and charity auction Thursday, October 11 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm, at Ocean Gateway Terminal on the Portland waterfront.

Guests will enjoy hors d’oeuvres and cocktails, along with a silent and live auction. Among the featured auction items are an original work of art by artist Charlie Hewett, New England Patriots tickets, a Boston package that includes Cheers and trolley tours, one week in Vermont, one week in Sanibel Island, Florida, and lunch with Mayor Michael Brennan at Sonny’s Restaurant.

Shalom House provides community-based support services and safe, affordable housing for people with serious mental illness. When it opened in 1972, the organization operated one halfway house in Portland. Today, it offers nearly two-dozen housing choices, from independent apartments to group homes and rooming houses throughout southern Maine.

FINDING TRANSPORTATION FOR YOUR ELDERLY PARENT

FINDING TRANSPORTATION FOR YOUR ELDERLY PARENT

 

When Bruce's dad couldn't drive any more, it was a big problem for him and his family. Everyone either lived out of state or worked full-time and nobody could provide regular transportation. They turned to a home care agency for help. The agency was able to provide a variety of services for Bruce's father, including rides to the store and the barber, and sometimes just a pleasant drive to nowhere in particular, which he always enjoyed.

Lucy became her mother's number one chauffeur, but juggling the responsibility with other demands in her life was overwhelming. At first, so was finding transportation. "I began looking around for people who could take her places. I found a young woman in her church who was in between jobs who loved my mother, and asked if she could take her out once week to have lunch and do errands. She was thrilled.

Kids First - Supporting Families of Separation & Divorce

Kids First Program

Saturday, September 8, 2012
(available in 3 locations: Topsham, Farmington, or Portland)

8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

This four-hour workshop is designed to help address problems and reduce negative effects of separation & divorce

This workshop will address:

  • children's needs as marital and family roles change 
  • the effects of and children's reactions to separation & divorce 
  • talking with children about divorce or other changes 
  • making decisions about parenting arrangements
  • dealing with conflict without involving children
  • helping children adjust to differences between household

 

LOCATIONS: 

PORTLAND: Kids First Center, 222 St.