April 21, 2017

Career Opportunity- PreK Teacher

As a Broadreach PreK teacher, you will be responsible for implementing and supervising the daily operation of a nationally accredited, literacy enriched, inclusive four year old classroom in Belfast. This program is a collaborative program with the local school district.

Applicants must hold current birth through five 081 Maine Teaching Credential. A 282 Early Childhood Special Education endorsement is preferred.

Experience in special education and experience with High Scope Curriculum, literacy education and supervision are preferred.

Rate of pay is competitive and commensurate with experience.

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume and 3 letters of reference to:

Broadreach Family & Community Services
5 Stephenson Lane, Belfast, ME 04915
e: vnickerson@brmaine.org
f: 338-1652

Applications will close upon selection of a qualified applicant. Broadreach Family & Community Services is a private, nonprofit agency nurturing children and families in mid-coast Maine since 1983. Broadreach is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

April 10, 2017

April Is Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month

edited pinwheels 

The pinwheel serves as the national symbol for child abuse prevention.  It is a reflection of hope, health and safety – what we desire for children throughout Waldo County and Maine.

April 4, 2017

Unity College Center for the Performing Arts to Host “Why Kids Need Mud Puddles” Place-Based Nature Education Forum

Why Kids Need Mud Puddles

The Dirt on Place-Based Nature Education Sprouts program and panel to explain the Forest Preschool Movement

UNITY, Maine —  The Unity College Center for the Performing Arts will host a forum on place based nature education with panelists from Unity College and the Broadreach program “Sprouts”.

The forum, “Why Kids Need Mud Puddles,” will provide parents, educators, college students and community members with a deeper understanding of the Forest Preschool Movement. Guests will learn about the Movement’s goals, practices and therapeutic applications. This model is currently used in Unity for children of all abilities including those with special needs, and guests will have an opportunity to see examples of the model as it is currently practiced, and offer suggestions about how the program could be modified to serve a wider audience.

Deb Hensley, Director of the Early Childhood Program at Broadreach, will serve as the monitor of the forum. Hensley says, “We are interested in having conversations that matter about the value of providing a preschool model that restores children’s right to play outside,  gives them regular access to and interaction with the natural world, and how such a model benefits children’s physical, social emotional and creative development.”

Panelists will speak briefly about their involvement in the program and respond to questions from the monitor and the audience, who are welcome to contribute their ideas to the discussion.

Child care will not be provided at this event, so while parents are welcome to come with children, children should remain with parents throughout the evening.

The forum begins at 6 p.m., Monday, April 24th. This forum is free to attend. For more, visit the Unity College Center for Performing Arts website.

Please RSVP here: https://goo.gl/forms/o6Oi5G2ORBTVioBG2


About the Unity College Center for the Performing Arts

Built from a 100-year-old barn with attached farmhouse, the Unity College Center for the Performing Arts (UCCPA), is a vibrant cultural and arts center that offers an eclectic mix of music, films, art, lectures, and more. Since opening in 2000, the UCCPA has seen many events including world-renowned musicians, award winning speakers, and memorable community gatherings. The UCCPA is also home to the Leonard R. Craig Gallery featuring up-and-coming as well as renowned artists throughout the year.

Career Opportunity- Full Time Nature-Based Preschool Teacher

Filed under: Career Openings,Preschool — Vicky @ 10:26 am

As a Broadreach Sprouts teacher, you will be responsible for implementing and supervising the daily operation of a literacy enriched, inclusive, place-based nature-based preschool in Waldo County serving children from ages 2.5 to 5. Sprouts is a year-round program.

Applicants must hold current birth through five 282 Early Childhood Special Education endorsement. Experience in special education and experience with High Scope Curriculum, literacy education and supervision are preferred.

Rate of pay is competitive and commensurate with experience. Applications will close upon selection of a qualified applicant. Broadreach Family & Community Services is a private, nonprofit agency nurturing children and families in mid-coast Maine since 1983. Broadreach is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Applicants should be dedicated to the mission and goals of Broadreach Family and Community Services, demonstrate the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with all constituencies, including clients, employees, board members, regulatory agencies, and the community at large, possess exceptional communication skills, including oral, in writing, and presentation skills, and possess exceptional decision making, problem solving skills, time management, organization and prioritization skills.



Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood, Special Education or related field

At least 1 years’ experience.

Preschool 282 endorsement

Maine Department of Education (MDOE) fingerprinting and Criminal History Records Check (CHRC).

Maintains current certification in CPR, First Aid, Blood Borne Pathogens & with TB/other health standards and provides training verification for Personnel File.


Application Procedure:

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume and 3 letters of reference to:

Broadreach Family & Community Services

5 Stephenson Lane, Belfast, ME 04915

e: vnickerson@brmaine.org

f: 338-1652

Applications will close upon selection of a qualified applicant.


March 29, 2017

Career Opportunity- Case Manager

Filed under: Behavioral Health,Career Openings,Case Management — Tags: — Vicky @ 10:15 am

Broadreach Family & Community Services is a private, nonprofit agency nurturing children and families in mid-coast Maine since 1983. We have an immediate opening for a Case Manager. You will provide direct case management services to adults and children in Knox and Waldo County, and be based in Belfast. Bachelor’s Degree in related field and minimum of three years’ experience working with children, youth and adults with Mental Illness required. LSW and current MHRT preferred. In-depth understanding of the Department of Health and Human Services preferred. Knowledge of Knox and Waldo Counties and their population helpful.

Per Diem options for experienced professionals may be available. Competitive salary and benefit package and job flexibility available.

To apply, please send letter of interest and resume to:

Lauri Stetson
5 Stephenson Lane Belfast, Maine 04915
Email: lstetson@brmaine.org
Fax: 338-1652
Phone: 338-2200 x 220

Applications will close upon selection of a qualified applicant. Broadreach is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Career Opportunity: Full Time Clinical Supervisor

Broadreach Family and Community Services is now seeking a MSW with their LCSW to help lead and grow our clinical and case management teams.

The right candidate will have 3-5 years progressive clinical and supervisory experience and a strong commitment to foster community based social services in Mid Coast Maine. Experience working with children, youth and adults from a family systems perspective necessary. Understanding of Intellectual Disabilities, Autism Spectrum Disorders and Serious and Persistent Mental Illness very helpful.

Broadreach offers a competitive annual salary, a great benefits package and an outstanding case management team.

To apply, please send letter of interest and resume to:

Lauri Stetson
5 Stephenson Lane Belfast, Maine 04915
Email: lstetson@brmaine.org
Fax: 338-1652
Phone: 338-2200 x 220

Applications will close upon selection of a qualified applicant. Broadreach is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

March 16, 2017

January 2017 Broadreach PreK Family Survey Results

Filed under: Early Childhood Education — Vicky @ 1:04 pm

In January of 2017, we surveyed the families of children currently enrolled in our collaborative RSU 71 Pre-Kindergarten program. Below is a summary of unedited responses.

January 2017 PreK Survey Results Report


February 6, 2017

Career Opportunity- Behavioral Health Professionals

Do you have patience and a desire to make a positive difference in a child’s life? Then a Behavioral Health Professional (BHP) position at Broadreach Family & Community Services may be just for you!
We seek qualified and conscientious BHP’s to work with children and youth in their homes in Knox & Waldo Counties. Training can be provided to high school graduates who are able to pass a background check and have their own transportation.

Pay rate of $11.90 to $16.66 per hour, depending on experience. Mileage reimbursement. Paid time off and holiday pay for those who regularly work more than 20 hours per week.

Broadreach Family & Community Services is a private, nonprofit agency nurturing children and families in mid-coast Maine since 1983. Broadreach is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

To apply, please forward resume to Elizabeth Joy at ejoy@brmaine.org or fax to 338-8641.

Applications will close upon selection of a qualified applicant.

January 18, 2017

Broadreach to offer free Active Parenting Education Program

Most parents would like their children to learn to be respectful; to follow family rules; to help out at home; and to succeed in school. Active Parenting, 4th Edition, offered by Broadreach Family & Community Services supports parents of children ages 5 – 12, to help their children meet those goals.  Active Parenting 4th Edition, classes will be held in Belfast on Wednesday, February 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, March 1st, & 8th at the Belfast YMCA. Classes will be held from 5:45 pm to 7:45 pm. This FREE program offers 6 two-hour sessions, childcare and food will be provided at no cost to the participants.

Active Parenting 4th Edition is a video-based education program targeted to parents and caregivers of children ages 5 – 12, who want to improve their parenting skills. Class material promotes mutual respect among family members within a democratically run family. The program teaches parents how to raise responsible children, who are able to resist negative peer pressure.  Over the course of the six session, parents/caregivers will learn non-violent discipline techniques, plus effective communication and encouragement skills, to build a solid foundation for the upcoming teen years.

This parent class will be open to all parents and caregivers of children ages 5 to 12 and child care will be provided during class. Because of grant funds awarded by the Maine Children’s Trust, there will be no cost for parents who want to participate.

Broadreach provides a variety of services to young parents and their children in Waldo and Knox Counties. Broadreach services have been making a critical difference in the lives of area children and families since 1983.  Each year over 2,000 families with children benefit from the agency’s quality education and support programs.  Broadreach has over a quarter of a century expertise in delivering parenting education, family support, early childhood education and family literacy programming. Other provided parent education options include Kids First Program, Active Parenting First Five Years, and the Nurturing Fathers Program.

If you would like to learn how to register for Active Parenting 4th Edition, or learn more about our parent education offerings, please call Janna Swift at 207-338-6675 or e-mail jswift@brmaine.org.

January 10, 2017

Broadreach to offer interactive forum on the value of place-based nature education

sprouts fort

Why Kids Build Forts and other inspirations from the Forest Preschool Movement
On Monday, January 30, from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM, The Belfast Free Library will host an interactive discussion forum on the value of place-based nature education for young children in the Abbott Room of the Library.. The forum features a panel of seasoned early childhood educators who are currently working in a Forest Preschool setting, providing nature-based preschool services to young children designated with a variety of special needs as well as typically developing children. The presentation is sponsored by the SPROUTS Early Childhood Education Program of Broadreach Family and Community Services: www.brmaine.org. For more information contact Vicky Nickerson at 207-338-2200 x 101, vnickerson@brmaine.org

October 19, 2016

Please join us for a community conversation about Maine’s heroin/opiate crisis

Heroin/Opiate Community Discussion

Tuesday October 25th from 5:30 to 7 pm at Troy Howard Middle School in Belfast

Please join us for a community conversation about Maine’s heroin/opiate crisis and the roadmap for action on prevention, treatment, harm reduction, and law enforcement that has been developed by the Maine Opiate Collaborative Task Forces.

Maine’s heroin/opiate crisis is taking a toll on the people and families of Waldo County and the number of overdose deaths across Maine is likely to be higher than ever this year.

Last February Belfast/Waldo County came together to discuss this growing crisis and make recommendations to the Task Forces that had been convened by the U.S. Attorney for Maine, the Maine Attorney General, and the Maine Commissioner of Public Safety.  In May of this year, the Task Forces released their roadmap for federal, state, and local actions that should be taken in the areas of prevention, treatment, harm reduction, and law enforcement.

All members of the community, including our young people, are invited to attend and participate in this facilitated discussion.  We will start by hearing from a few Task Force members about their proposals for reducing the devastation of opiate misuse and addiction in Maine.  Then we will open up the conversation to hear your reactions, suggestions, and observations about the opportunities and challenges to being successful.  We will talk about what’s going to be needed in Washington D.C. and in Augusta, and we will identify the action steps we can take here in Waldo County.

Please join us for this important discussion about what’s happening and what we can all do about heroin/opiate use and the impacts it’s having in our communities.

Please join us on Tuesday October 25th from 5:30 to 7 pm at Troy Howard Middle School, Lincolnville Ave. in Belfast for a:

Heroin/Opiate Community Discussion sponsored by the Maine Medical Association,  Broadreach Family & Community Services, and Waldo County Building Communities for Children coalition


Light refreshments will be available


Please RSVP by contacting Patrick Walsh at 338-6679 or pwalsh@brmaine.org

heroin conversation poster


September 1, 2016

Career Opportunity- Substitute Teachers

Filed under: Career Openings,Early Childhood Education,Preschool — Vicky @ 1:23 am

Broadreach Family & Community Services is presently accepting applications for substitute teachers to assist the classroom staff in the delivery of programming in our Early Childhood classrooms throughout Knox and Waldo Counties.

Do you love working with children? Are you passionate and energetic? Do you want to make a tangible difference in the lives of children?  If so, come join our team!

Apply now to be a Substitute Teacher with Broadreach Family & Community Services and discover the rewards of supporting young children as they learn and grow in natural environments!


At Broadreach, you will have the opportunity to nurture and educate children ages two-and-a-half to five years of age while working in an environment in which your unique skills and competencies are celebrated. We’ve been midcoast Maine’s premier early childhood education provider for over 30 years! We offer a unique early childhood education to children of all abilities in nationally acclaimed and accredited, collaborative PreKs and inclusive classrooms, some of which operate year round.


As a Substitute Teacher at Broadreach, you will collaborate with a team of exceptional early childhood professionals, support an inclusive environment for children of all abilities, inspire children’s exploration of the natural world and impact the lives of children in your own community every day!


Successful applicants will possess a high school diploma, GED or greater. You must be at least 18 years of age. Previous experience working with children and reliable transportation are required. You must be able to bend and lift 50 lbs. And  be available to work, as needed, between the hours of 7:30 am and 4:30 pm Monday through Friday. You must attend all required trainings and complete a thorough background check.


Broadreach is an equal opportunity employer. Applications will close upon selection of a qualified applicant.


To apply, please forward your resume and three written references to

Vicky Nickerson

Early Childhood Operations Coordinator

Broadreach Family & Community Services

5 Stephenson Lane, Belfast, ME 04915

e. vnickerson@brmaine.org

F. (207) 338-1652


August 16, 2016

Youthlinks Grassroots Garden Harvest Underway

Filed under: Broadreach Events,Fundraiser,Press Releases,Teens,Youthlinks — Vicky @ 4:13 pm
 “Farm stand open today from 9:30-11:30!  Cucumbers, kale, carrots, green beans, onions, leeks, chard and so much more!”So says a recent Facebook post for the Youthlinks Grassroots Garden & Learning Center.  This summer, the Youthlinks garden has grown through the work of 38 middle school and high school students from RSU #13.  Youthlinks is a program of Broadreach Family & Community Services located in Rockland, Maine that provides after-school programs including community service, leadership and enrichment opportunities to youth ages 10-17 in mid-coast Maine.  Youthlink students learn skills, build self-esteem, cultivate social responsibility, develop leadership ability while connecting to their peers, adult mentors, and the community.

“The garden is amazing!   We have vegetables and beautiful flowers growing.  The students do the work – everything from weeding, to watering, to working at our farm stand,” said YL Director Racheal Ahearn.  “Last year, we donated over 600 pounds of produce to the local soup kitchen and food pantry.  Community members also get involved helping tend portions of the garden and stopping by our farm stand to purchase fresh, locally grown foods.”

Now in its third season, the Youthlinks Grassroots Garden has become a valuable learning experience for the students.  Students receive hands-on experience growing foods, plus, increasing awareness of nutrition and healthy living.  Practical business experience comes from operating the student farm stand next to the Youthlinks building.

In September, the garden will be harvested and closed for the winter.  Then, after-school programs begin that are held Monday through Friday from 2:30 pm to 5 pm at the Youthlinks center located at 420 Broadway, Rockland, Maine.  Youthlinks is funded through a combination of state grants and the generous donations of local individuals, businesses, and foundations.

Youthlinks after-school programs are free for participating youth.  There is still space available for the fall programs which begin in September.  For more information, please call 207-594-2221 or visit the Youthlinks website:  www.broadreachmaine.org


Youthlinks Director Racheal Ahearn at the YL Grassroots Garden, 420 Broadway, Rockland, ME
Sunflowers and a bountiful harvest!!!

July 28, 2016


NAEYC logo

Program among the top in the nation by earning accreditation


Broadreach Family & Community Services’ Early Childhood Education Programs located in Belfast and Unity have earned accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) – the nation’s leading organization of early childhood professionals.


“We’re proud to have earned the mark of quality from NAEYC, and to be recognized for our commitment to reaching the highest professional standards,” said Jayne Crosby Giles, Broadreach Interim Executive Director.   “NAEYC Accreditation lets families in our community know that children in our high-quality program have teachers who create engaging classrooms, enhance relationships with their parents and families, and develop rich experiences for their students.”


During this accreditation process Broadreach has been working to add the SPROUTS Program to its preschool services.  According to Deb Hensley, Director of Early Childhood Services, “Broadreach PreK and SPROUTS early childhood programs are collaborative programs with the High Scope curriculum (a nationally recognized early childhood curriculum) intertwined with rich opportunities for all children to experience nature both inside and outside of the classroom.  SPROUTS programs are full day, full year programs where children will spend the majority of their time in outdoor learning spaces. The children will have repeated and regular access to the same natural space.


“Children’s learning is guided by state certified teachers who have been trained in providing a place-based nature education which is designed to meet all children’s developmental and academic needs.  The teachers will provide an authentic, meaningful nature experiences infused with literacy, numeracy, science and social skills.”


“There are many benefits to nature education programs. Children in these programs often experience reduced behaviors, healthier appetites, less illness and better sleep habits.  Children who make a positive connection with nature at an early age often carry this connection with them throughout their lives.”


“SPROUTS will also provide children and families with opportunities to connect with and explore their communities through forays to local sites, such as; swimming at the Y, visit to farms, farmers markets and parks.  The SPROUTS programs will also invite people from the community to visit our site and share their knowledge with our children.”


To earn NAEYC Accreditation, Broadreach went through an extensive self-study process, measuring the program and its services against the ten NAEYC Early Childhood Program Standards and more than 400 related Accreditation Criteria. The program received NAEYC Accreditation after an on-site visit by NAEYC Assessors to ensure that the program meets each of the ten program standards. NAEYC-accredited programs are also subject to unannounced visits during their accreditation, which lasts for five years.


In the 25 years since NAEYC Accreditation was established, it has become a widely recognized sign of high-quality early childhood education. Nearly 7,000 programs are currently accredited by NAEYC – approximately 8 percent of all preschools and other early childhood programs.


“It’s a lengthy and rigorous process to achieve NAEYC Accreditation, and Broadreach Family & Community Services should be commended for seeking high standards,” said Rhian Evans Allvin, executive director of NAEYC. “Caring for children is not ‘rocket science’ – it’s brain science. Studies prove that the brain connections made in the first few years of life set a child’s path for success in school and in life. That’s why quality educators are so crucial. For parents and caregivers of young children who are searching for a high-quality early learning experience, Broadreach’s NAEYC Accreditation is a sign that it offers a high-quality education in a nurturing and stimulating environment.”


The NAEYC Accreditation system has set voluntary professional standards for programs for young children since 1985. In September 2006, the Association revised program standards and criteria to introduce a new level of quality, accountability, and service for parents and children in child care programs. The new standards today reflect the latest research and best practices in early childhood education and development. NAEYC is committed to using the newest studies and analysis on positive child outcomes to ensure young children continue receiving the highest-quality care and education possible.


The NAEYC Accreditation system was created to set professional standards for early childhood education, and to help families identify high-quality preschools, child care centers, and other early education programs. To earn NAEYC Accreditation, a program must meet each of the ten NAEYC Early Childhood Program Standards. Programs are accredited by NAEYC for a five-year period.


For more information about NAEYC Accreditation, visit www.naeyc.org/academy.   For more information about Broadreach or the SPROUTS program, contact (207) 338-2200 or visit broadreachmaine.org.

May 18, 2016

Racheal Ahearn Becomes Youthlinks Interim Leader

Racheal Ahearn, Interim Director


Exciting change is on the horizon at Youthlinks in Rockland. We have been very grateful to have Youthlinks under the skillful guidance of Director Kris Koerber for the past two years and wish him
well in his new endeavors. He will be missed, and beginning on May 20th, our very own Racheal Ahearn will be stepping in to take on the leadership role at Youthlinks. Currently serving as a case manager for Broadreach Family and Community Services, Racheal has been working closely with Youthlinks over the past year. Along with her professional and educational experiences, she will will be adding enthusiasm and a passion for youth development to the Youthlinks team. Racheal will be working closely with current program managers, Rose Swan and Jess Wincapaw to continue developing and delivering high quality after-school programming to the youth of the mid-coast communities. Speaking about her new role Ahearn said, “I am excited to have the opportunity to become more involved with the Youthlinks team in supporting the youth of Knox County through exploration and creativity.” The core of Youthlinks will continue to be our strong focus, establishing and nurturing growth promoting relationships with our youth. Currently at Youthlinks, 37 middle school and 18 high school youth are engaging in programs that create meaningful opportunities to connect with themselves, the outdoor world and their community. Racheal is eager to continue to support and lead the mission of Youthlinks into the future. It is our plan to expand on existing services, as well, while never losing sight of our original mission. Be sure to follow all the action on Facebook and if you are in the area, stop by the Grassroots Garden, right behind Youthlinks on 420 Broadway in Rockland.

May 4, 2016

Broadreach to offer new nature-based, full-time, year round Early Childhood Education program this fall!

Sprouts gardening


SPROUTS – Early Education Where Nature Meets Nurture

“In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous.” – Aristotle

Aristotle spoke these words over 2300 years ago and today Broadreach Family & Community Services is launching a new early childhood experience for children in the 21st century.  The program called “SPROUTS,” harkens back to the  world where children are in tune with our surroundings – Where Nature Meets Nurture.

Debuting in Belfast and Unity, Broadreach is opening affordable, nature-based full-day, full-year, early childhood education programs for children ages 2 and a half years old to five years old.  SPROUTS will begin this fall in both locations.  To register contact Broadreach by phone at 338-2200 or visit online at www.broadreachmaine.org.

Both programs, with activities based outdoors in natural settings, are open to children of all abilities.  There are no residency or income guidelines.  Programming is offered Monday through Friday from 7:30 am – 4:30 pm.

SPROUTS offers rich, nature based  educational experiences infused with language, literacy, numeracy,  social skill development, music and arts.  SPROUTS teachers are certified by the state of Maine.  High/Scope, our research-based, nationally recognized curriculum, supports all children through active learning, including those with special needs and those at-risk for developing learning difficulties.

SPROUTS nurtures the skills young children need to become masters of their own learning.  Tuition rates for 2016 will be $170 per week for a full-five day week at SPROUTS.  Some children’s tuition may be covered by a third party, such as Child Development Services (CDS).  Broadreach offers families an easy automatic payment option and a tuition discount for those who enroll in this auto-bill pay plan.

For more information about Sprouts contact Vicky Nickerson at 338-2200 or vnickerson@brmaine.org.  To learn more about how SPROUTS compliments the full range of services that benefit preschool children with special needs, contact  Broadreach’s Special Education Services Coordinator Shelly Wilbur at 338-0029 or swilbur@brmaine.org.

Broadreach began as Waldo County Preschool over thirty-three years ago to provide early childhood education.  It now serves people of all ages striving to reach their full potential in through programs such as early childhood education, behavioral health services and case management, after school services for middle and high school students and family-strengthening programs.



April 12, 2016

Broadreach Children’s Art Show at Belfast Free Library, Sing-A-Long This Saturday

Children's Art

Works from the Broadreach Family & Community Services Children’s Art Show at the Belfast Free Library.

Celebrating the Week of the Young Child, artwork from children in Broadreach Family & Community Services’ Early Childhood Education classrooms in Belfast, Brooks, Liberty, Morrill, Swanville, and Unity are currently on display at the Belfast Free Library in the Children’s Area on the second floor and in the Abbott Room.  The colorful and imaginative works were accomplished with a variety of mediums and represent the work of many of the area’s three to five year old artists.


The Week of the Young Child will culminate in an hour long Sing-A-Long on Saturday, April 16th from 11:00 am – noon in the Abbott Room.  This free family-friendly event is open to the public and will feature fun, interactive songs that children and adults will enjoy.


For more information, contact Broadreach Family & Community Services at 338-2200 and visit online at www.broadreachmaine.org.


Broadreach Welcomes New Board Members

Filed under: Press Releases,Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , — Vicky @ 8:53 am

Jeff Carty Steven Fein

Jeffrey Carty of Thomaston             Steven Fein of Northport

Sharon Goguen, MEd, Chair of the Broadreach Family & Community Services Board of Directors, has announced two new community representatives have joined the non-profit organization’s board.  They are Steven Fein of Northport and Jeffrey Carty of Thomaston.

Steven Fein owned a private clinical practice for sixteen years, providing services to families and individuals and served as a consultant to schools and the Department of Human Services.  He had previously served as a Clinician and Consultant for Mid-Coast Mental Health Center and taught at the Mid-Coast Community College.  Fein earned his Master’s Degree in Community Psychology from Goddard College and his Bachelors of Science degree in Human Relations from Boston University School of Business Administration.

Jeffrey Carty is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Maine in the field of human services.  He retired from his position of Program Administrator for the Maine Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Children and Families in 2009.  Carty worked for the Department for thirty-two years.  Since his retirement, Carty has been a consultant to the Maine Children’s Alliance and the University of Maine Muskie School, Child Welfare Institute.  He earned his Master of Social Work degree from San Diego State University and his Bachelor of Arts degree from Colby College in Waterville.

Broadreach Family & Community Services has provided community services since 1983.  The agency offers Early Childhood Education and Support Services, Behavioral Health and Case Management Services, Youthlinks middle and high school out-of-school programs, and Prevention programs and services to over 1,000 children, youth, adults, and families in Waldo and Knox counties and surrounding communities.  The Board of Directors serve in a volunteer capacity.  For more information, contact Broadreach Family & Community Services at 338-2200 extension 102, view the website at www.broadreachmaine.org or visit Broadreach on Facebook.

March 30, 2016

Broadreach Celebrates Week of the Young Child with Art Show Culminating with Children’s Sing-A-Long Fest on 16th


Broadreach Family & Community Services is celebrating the Week of the Young Child with a family Music Fest on Saturday, April 16th from 11 am to noon in the Abbott Room of the Belfast Free Library.  Children, their families, and the public are invited to attend this free, interactive music and sing-a-long fun.  The Music Fest will be the culmination of the  April 9 – 16 Children’s Art Show with exhibits of the Broadreach Family & Community Services’ children’s creations to be shown in the library lobby, the Abbott Room, and the Children’s Area.  Supplies needed for the event were sponsored in part by Maine Roads to Quality through the University of Southern Maine.


This is the second year of the combined Sing-A-Long Music Festival and Art Show to celebrate the The Week of the Young Child™  which is an annual celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) celebrating early learning, young children, their teachers and families.  Broadreach offers early childhood classrooms in Belfast, Swanville, Morrill, Liberty, and Unity with children attending from across the Waldo County region.  For more information about Broadreach’s Early Childhood Education program and registration for the fall, please visit www.broadreachmaine.org.


March 7, 2016

Broadreach Classroom Children Run AMOK and Donate to Food Cupboards

East Bel

Photo: Avery Mailloux and Thatcher Otis,
students at Broadreach’s East Belfast Classroom
have helped gather food items for local food cupboards.

As part of a global kindness event known as Random Acts Annual Melee of Kindness, the children and staff of Broadreach Family & Community Services Early Childhood Education programs have been actively gathering non-perishable food stuffs for local food cupboards. For the past two weeks the preschoolers have brought in canned and packaged foods to help others in their communities.

Beginning on Saturday, March 5th, Victoria Nickerson, Early Childhood Education and Development Assistant at Broadreach Family & Community Services, who has spearheaded and coordinated the food drive with the help of the organization’s Early Childhood Education staff, began delivering the canned goods collected from all of Broadreach’s classrooms to the following food cupboards in the area: Greater Belfast Ministerial Food Cupboard, AMVETS Memorial Post 150 Food Pantry in Liberty, Volunteer Regional Food Pantry in Unity, and the No Greater Love Food Pantry in Searsmont.

AMOK stands for the Annual Melee of Kindness. It is a global day of kindness. AMOK encourages people to go out into their local communities and perform kind acts for those in need. The concept is to spend the day having a positive and meaningful impact on people’s lives.

Broadreach Family & Community Services is a non-profit agency providing Early Childhood Education and Services, Behavioral Health and Case Management Services for all ages, Youthlinks middle and high school program, and Prevention Services Programs designed to strengthen the family. For more information call (207) 338-2200 or visit the website at www.broadreachmaine.org.



February 18, 2016

Broadreach co-sponsors Fostering Reading Readiness Through Place-Based Nature Education Training

Nature to Nurture Program on February 26

Susan Bennett Armistead
Dr. Susan Bennett-Armistead


Broadreach Family & Community Services has been diligently working to move its Early Childhood Education model to incorporate nature-based programs in its classrooms in Waldo County. A recent grant from the Davis Family Foundation is allowing the organization to bring an exciting program, “Where Nature Meets Nurture…Fostering Reading Readiness Through Place-Based Nature Education” to Belfast on Friday, February 26th from 8:30 am – 2:30 pm with featured speaker Susan Bennet-Armistead. Ms. Bennett-Armistead is an Assistant Professor of Early Literacy and holds the Correll Professorship in Early Literacy at the University of Maine.

The program is co-sponsored by the University of Maine Hutchinson Center, also the location for the session which is open to the public. The cost is $39 per person and includes lunch. The program offers five training contact hours for education professionals.

The Davis Family Foundation grant is designed to provide a series of rigorous professional development opportunities to early childhood educators. It will give teachers a deeper understanding of the rationale, methods and therapeutic value of implementing nature-based programs for children of all abilities. It is intended to help educators locate and carry early language and literacy learning experiences into natural settings.

Deb Hensley, Director of Broadreach’s Early Childhood Education Services shared, “We are excited to be able to open this program to the community and to our colleagues in other schools and programs. With the success of last summer’s Unity Sprouts summer program; we have been moving forward with our place based nature programming. Literacy, language skills, numeracy, science, general developmental and social skills have all been successfully provided in an outdoor setting for young children of diverse abilities.”

Susan Bennett-Armistead, the speaker for this event, will be drawing on her twenty years as a preschool teacher, parent educator, program administrator, and her doctorate with an emphasis in early literacy. She speaks nationally to educators and parent groups on the role families can play in their children’s early literacy learning. For more information, please contact The Hutchinson Center at 338-8034.

November 17, 2015

Two generous and talented donors give hand-knit hats and mittens

Two very talented and generous anonymous donors have hand-knit 32 hats and 31 pairs of mittens for young children.  Some of the hats will be used by Broadreach’s Family Strengthening Services.  Each year we collaborate with Waldo County General Hospital and Pen-Bay Medical Center in the Click for Babies Campaign.  This winter campaign sends babies home with little purple hats and education for parents about a period of time in the baby’s development when they can seem to cry inconsolably despite seemingly having all of their needs met.  Babies grow out of this phase in their development and the hats and education are a way to teach parents so they can be prepared and become less frustrated at the inability to sometimes soothe a crying child.  The title “Click for Babies” is named after the sound that knitting needles make when crafting the little hats.  Thanks to our own Patrick Walsh for coordinating Broadreach’s donation of hats for this campaign each year.

The other hats and mittens have headed to Broadreach Case Management so that they are available to families in need of warm outerwear for their small children.  These cozy hats and mittens will keep those little heads and hands toasty warm during our long Maine winter.  A special thank you goes out to all the Broadreach Case Managers and Linda Baker who make sure these items are delivered to the families and children who can use them.

We so appreciate the kindness and generosity of people who take the time and donate their resources to make the lives of those we serve a bit better, and in this case, a lot warmer.

October 6, 2015

Cruise Industry Charitable Foundation Awards Grant to Broadreach’s Youthlinks Program

Filed under: Fundraiser,Press Releases,Teens,Youthlinks — Vicky @ 12:33 pm
Kris Koerber and Kate Finlay receiving CICF grant 10-4-2015 aKris Koerber and Kate Quinn-Finlay accept a grant
award from the Cruise Industry Charitable Foundation
on board the Serenade of the Seas Maiden Voyage.
Photo credit: Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce

On Sunday, October 4th, the Cruise Industry Charitable Foundation (CICF) made three grant awards aboard the Serenade of the Seas Maiden Voyage in Rockland. Broadreach Family & Community Services’ Executive Director Kate Quinn-Finlay and Youthlinks Program Director Kris Koerber were on board for the ceremony in celebration and appreciation of the CICF’s $2,500 gift to the non-profit agency’s program that provides out-of-school-hours programs year-round for middle and high school students in the greater Rockland area. The program is housed at 420 Broadway and is participation in Youthlinks is free of charge. Programs range from Student Garden Army to a number of choices that provide students with an opportunity to be active members of their community, often volunteering their time at other non-profits, including animal shelters, assisted living for older individuals, and the food cupboard and community meals program.

Kate Quinn-Finlay shared, “We are grateful to have one of Broadreach’s programs chosen to receive this contribution from CICF. This donation to Youthlinks will be used to help us continue to serve the 11 – 17 year old students in the area with programs that help them gain knowledge and experience, and become involved for the betterment of their community. They acquire a wide variety of life skills. We know for many young people, Youthlinks participation has a positive impact on their school performance and their relationships with their families, peers, and teachers.”

The Cruise Industry Charitable Foundation (CICF) focuses its efforts on programs that are designed to improve the quality of life in the communities served by the cruise industry. CICF supports programs that enhance educational opportunities for youth, including those designed to improve literacy, teach basic life skills, and promote good citizenship. The Foundation also supports academic enrichment opportunities aimed at enhancing student proficiencies in reading, math and science, as well as programs focused on environmental and public health initiatives.

For more information about Broadreach Family & Community Services visit www.broadreachmaine.org or call (207) 338-2200. Broadreach provides a wide range of programs including Early Childhood Education Services, Behavioral Health and Case Management, Prevention Programs that help strengthen families, and its Youthlinks Program. Broadreach serves Knox, Waldo, and Lincoln counties.

September 3, 2015

Students Sprout Love of Outdoors Through Summer Program

Filed under: Press Releases — Sam McKenna @ 3:55 pm

Click here to view a PDF version of the original article on Village Soup.

June 8, 2015


Are you a student entering grades 9th-12th who wants to learn about gardening and growing your own food while helping to have a positive impact on our community? Apply today to join the ranks of this summer’s Student Garden Army at Youthlinks.

We will be planting, tending, harvesting, cooking, eating and selling garden produce. Along the way we will be learning more about leadership, nutrition, food systems and how to influence change in our community. All members of the SGA will earn money through sales of produce at their weekly farm stand.

Visit www.Youthlinksonline.org for further application information.

This 8 week intensive program runs from June 30th-August 20th, 8:00am-12:00pm Monday thru Thursday. Youthlinks is located at 420 Broadway in Rockland and the phone number is 594-2221.

Youthlinks is a proud program of Broadreach Family and Community Services. Learn more about who we are at: Broadreachmaine.org

June 4, 2015

Healthy Waldo County seeks Waldo County residents’ input on substance use and abuse prevention activities

Healthy Waldo County* is looking for input from Waldo County residents so that we can refine our 5 Year Plan to reduce substance use / abuse in the youth (12 to 25) population. The survey at this link provides an opportunity for respondents to identify activities that you think might be effective in reducing substance use / abuse by 15% over the next 5 years. We appreciate your thoughtful consideration.



*Our local Healthy Maine Partnership; a collaboration with the Hospital,

that includes Broadreach and numerous other providers and community



May 18, 2015

Youthlinks Yard, Bake & Seedling Sale on Saturday, May 23rd

It’s everybody’s favorite season…Yard sale season!  Come support Youthlinks next weekend at their second annual bake-yard seedling sale.  On Saturday, May 23rd, there will be tables of treasures, homemade baked goods and seedlings raised by students.  Every purchase you make helps to fund our programs.  Start your spring by coming to 420 Broadway in Rockland from 8:00am-2:00pm.  All parking will be at Oceanside East High School.  Don’t miss this one!

Youthlinks offers programs to middle school and high school students that provide them with opportunities to engage with their community, to learn life skills, self- reflection, and healthy outdoor time.  Youthlinks is a program of Broadreach Family and Community Services. For more information about Youthlinks like us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/youthlinks. For more information about Broadreach visit brmaine.org

May 11, 2015

Broadreach Recognizes Mental Health Awareness Month

5. Fri- May 8th

May 4, 2015

Career Opportunity- Daily Living Support Specialists

Broadreach Family and Community Services has immediate part time and full time openings for conscientious Daily Living Support Specialists to provide adults with mental illness in Knox and Waldo Counties with the personal supervision and therapeutic supports needed to assist them with developing and maintaining the skills of daily living.

Services are offered in the home, community and temporary shelter settings. The Daily Living Support Specialist will incorporate methods such as modeling, cuing, and coaching to assist and support clients with treatment goals.

Eligible candidates will have full certification as a MHRT 1, a clean driving record, reliable transportation and adequate insurance coverage to transport clients as needed. Candidates with experience and additional certifications will be given priority.

Broadreach is an equal opportunity employer. We offer excellent pay commensurate with experience, flexible hours and a supportive working environment.

To apply, please forward resume and cover letter to:

C/O: Gale Marie
5 Stephenson Lane
Belfast, ME. 04915
E: gmarie@brmaine.org
P: 338-2200
F: 338-1652

April 28, 2015

Broadreach to Hold Fine Fiber Fair on May 30th

Yarn Diane The Kind-Hearted Little Girl

Calling all fiber artisans!  Here is a chance to purchase some of the finest materials for your projects.  On Saturday, May 30th from 11 am – 2 pm Broadreach Family & Community Services will hold a Fine Fiber Fair to benefit Broadreach Family & Community Services’ Early Childhood Education Program and Services.  The items for sale come from the studio of fiber artist Diane Brott Courant who is making the donation to help support early childhood programs.  Diane will be at the event for the first hour to say hello to attendees.

Broadreach’s Executive Director Kate Quinn Finlay shared, “This is a wonderfully generous donation from Diane Brott Courant.  We included some of Diane’s items in our Stashbuster Fiber & Fabric Fair last September and those items quickly sold out to people looking for high quality materials.  We are excited to be able to offer an entire sale of Diane’s beautiful fibers and related items.  This is a must-attend sale for fiber artists, whether novice or highly experienced. “

For more information about the sale, contact Broadreach at 338-2200, extension 201 or Sue diRosario at sdirosario@brmaine.org.  The Fiber & Fabric Fair is free and open to the public.  Broadreach is a not-for-profit organization serving the people of Waldo, Knox and Lincoln counties with Early Childhood Education, Behavioral Health/Case Management Services, Youthlinks out-of-school hours programs, and family strengthening and child abuse and neglect and substance abuse prevention services.  More information about Broadreach can be found at www.broadreachmaine.org.




April 27, 2015

Broadreach to Hold Fourth Annual Mid-Coast Mom Prom on May 30th

Mid-Coast Mom Prom

The fourth annual Mid-Coast Mom Prom is being hosted this year by Broadreach Family & Community Services on Saturday, May 30h from 7:30 – 11:30 pm at the Boathouse in Belfast.  All proceeds from the event will be used to support Broadreach’s Early Childhood Education Program.  A national event, each Mom Prom is designed for “Moms and Those Who Mother” to enjoy the camaraderie of others while raising funds for a local charitable cause.  The tickets for this year’s Las Vegas-themed event, which can be purchased online at www.broadreachmaine.org/momprom are priced at $30 and cover the cost of the Prom and refreshments.

DJ Ryan Albert will once again be donating his services for the event with a lively mix of danceable numbers.  Women are encouraged to bring their female family members and friends to this annual spring event.  There will be a crowning of the Mom Prom Queen.  A “Step and Repeat” backdrop will be set up for red carpet “prom photos” for each lady attending the event compliments of Jessica Michael Photography.  Hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be available, including a cash bar through Rollie’s Bar & Grill.   Attendees must be 21 or older.  All designated drivers will receive a special token of appreciation.

Broadreach Family & Community Services is a non-profit organization serving the people of Waldo, Knox and Lincoln Counties.  Services include Early Childhood Education, Behavioral Health and Case Management, Youthlinks out-of-school hours programs for middle and high school students, and prevention services designed to strengthen families and prevent child abuse and neglect and substance abuse.  For more information about Broadreach Family & Community Services or the Mid-Coast Mom Prom, contact Sue diRosario at 338-2200 extension 201 or at sdirosario@brmaine.org.  The website is www.broadreachmaine.org/momprom .


April 9, 2015

Broadreach Hosting Children’s Art Show and Free Children’s Musical Event

Broadreach Children's Art Show 2015


Broadreach to Host Family Musical Event on April 18 and Children’s Art Show Beginning April 12


Kate Quinn-Finlay, Executive Director of Broadreach Family & Community Services is announcing to area families with young children, “Come join us for a wonderful time with award-winning children’s entertainer Matt Loosigian of Earth Jams.  This free event will take place in the Abbott Room of the Belfast Free Library on Saturday, April 18th from 11:15 am until noon.  This fun family time is the culmination of our celebration of National Week of the Young Child.”


Deb Hensley, Director of Early Childhood Education at Broadreach shared that businesses throughout Belfast will be displaying the artwork during this time period of children attending Broadreach’s Early Childhood programs in Waldo and Knox County.  “We are excited that the Belfast Free Library (in the Children’s Room and the Abbott Room) and so many businesses have agreed to showcase the children’s art in such a special way.  We encourage everyone, including the children’s families, to check out the displays at Belfast Framers, Eat More Cheese, Coyote Moon, The Good Table, The Green Store, All About Games, and Vinolio’s.”


According to the EarthJams.com website, “Matt is a folk singer/guitarist specializing in playful, funny songs about ecology and being green.  Join him as he works his musical magic in this interactive and fun music show.  Inspired by Matt’s incredibly dynamic voice and charismatic performance style, participants will sing, play, and dance along as this musical wizard pulls giggles out of his guitar.”


This event is hosted by Broadreach Family & Community Services, Maine Roads to Quality, and Many Flags.  For more information about this free family event, contact Sue diRosario at Broadreach Family & Community Services at 338-2200 extension 201 or at sdirosario@brmaine.org.




April 2, 2015

Adverse Childhood Events Summit April 17th

WALDO, Maine — An informational meeting on findings from the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study, particularly strategies to build resilience, will be held Friday, April 17, from 8:30 a.m. to noon, at the University of Maine Hutchinson Center, 80 Belmont Ave., Belfast.


The study is one of the largest conducted to assess associations between childhood maltreatment and later-life health and well being. The summit is intended for area educators, social service providers, law enforcement personnel, clergy and parents. Topics include: implications of adverse childhood experiences on early childhood and adolescent development; possible long-term ramifications of ACE over a lifetime; ways to promote resilience in parents, children and professionals; and the importance of building relationships. Scheduled guest speakers are Sue Mackey-Andrews, co-facilitator of the Maine Resilience Building Network, and Chris Trout, founder and president of Strengths in Focus.


Sponsors are the University of Maine Cooperative Extension Maine Families program, Broadreach Family & Community Services, and Belfast Adult Education. The program is free; a $10 donation is suggested at the door to assist with expenses. Registration is available at brmaine.org/summit. For more information, or to request a disability accommodation, call Wesley Neff, 207.255.3345,ext. 1021, 800.287.1426 (in Maine).

March 31, 2015

Thanking DHHS-Rockland Child Protective Workers


“Today, we delivered a gift basket of mini-whoopie
pies from Wicked Whoopies to the Child Protective
unit at Maine DHHS in Rockland. We expressed our
thanks for the important and difficult work that
they do. This recognition is part of our observance
of Child Abuse Prevention Month (April)”.

– Patrick Walsh, Director of Prevention Services,

Broadreach Family & Community Services

March 12, 2015

Broadreach to Help Bangor Savings Bank Collect Peanut Butter & Jelly for Local Food Pantries


Broadreach Family & Community Services is joining in the project to collect jars of peanut butter, jelly, and jam for the Bangor Savings Bank Peanut Butter & Jelly Drive.  The jars can be dropped off at Broadreach and we will deliver them to Bangor Savings Bank.  Please see information from the Bangor Savings Bank’s website below about this drive:

Peanut Butter and Jelly Drive

Helping to feed Maine families.

More Maine families are facing hunger than ever before. Today 200,000 Mainers struggle with hunger, a quarter of which are children. During the month of March, Bangor Savings Bank will be collecting peanut butter and jelly to benefit local food pantries statewide.


Take a photo of yourself donating at one of our locations and send to socialmedia@bangor.com and we will upload to our Facebook page! For each #SelflessSelfie we receive, we will donate 2 additional jars of peanut butter to the drive to be donated to local food pantries statewide. It is our way of showing the community how grateful we are for those who take the time to selflessly donate to others in need.

Why peanut butter and jelly?

Peanut butter is among one of the most expensive foods for food banks to purchase in large quantities. However, it is one of the most sought after due to its high protein and beneficial fats (monounsaturated and polyunsaturated oils). And what’s peanut butter without jelly?

Donate today.

You can drop off donations of peanut butter and jelly in the Proud to Support Maine Communities bin at any of our 56 branch locations. Donations will be accepted throughout the month of March.  (Remember, you can also drop off your donations at Broadreach and we will deliver them for you!)

Have questions?  Contact Patrick Walsh, Broadreach Prevention Services Director at 338-2200 x 209 or at pwalsh@brmaine.org


April 10th is Wear Blue Day


Friday, April 10th is Wear BLUE Day in support of April as Child Abuse & Neglect Prevention Awareness Month.  Spread the word and wear blue to show your commitment to the children of Maine.

March 3, 2015

Adverse Childhood Experiences Summit Hosted by Broadreach, UM Cooperative Extension & Belfast Adult Education

The Adverse Childhood Experiences Summit, to be hosted by Broadreach Family & Community Services, the University of Maine Extension Service, and Belfast Adult Education will be held on Friday, April 17th from 8:30 am – 12:00 noon at the University of Maine Hutchinson Center in Belfast.

Guest Speakers will be Sue Mackey- Andrews, Co-Facilitator of Maine Resilience Building Network – www.maineaces.org (go to site and explore) and Chris Trout, Founder and President of Strengths in Focus at                   www.strengthsinfocus.com.

The topics to be discussed will include:

  • The Adverse Childhood Experiences Study
  • The implications of adverse childhood experiences on early childhood and adolescent development
  • Possible long-term ramifications of Adverse Childhood Experiences over a lifetime
  • Ways in which we can promote RESILIENCE in parents, children and professionals, and in our own lives
  • The importance of building relationships

This summit is free ($10.00 donation at door to assist with expenses appreciated)


REGISTRATION – https://brmaine.org/summit/


Questions? Please contact one of the following individuals:

Wesley Neff- Maine Families, UMaine Cooperative Extension 800-287-1426 x 1021

Patrick Walsh- Broadreach 338-2200 x  109

Laura Flagg- Belfast Adult Ed 338-3197


February 24, 2015

Write in Your Vote for Broadreach Today!

This is the last week to vote for your favorite non-profits in Bangor Savings Bank’s 2015 Community Matters More!  Please write in your vote for Broadreach Family & Community Services under the Knox, Lincoln, Sagadahoc & Waldo Counties section.  We need your vote!  Please ask your family, friends, and colleagues to vote for Broadreach, too!

A total of 68 grants will be awarded to the organizations listed on the Community Matters More ballot and to the top 20 write-in recipients. The organizations in each of the eight regions (including write-ins) that get the most votes will receive $5,000 each. The remaining 60 organizations will each receive $1,000. So, make your vote count!

To vote for Broadreach and up to two more of your favorite nonprofits, visit Community Matters More or stop by any of the Bangor Savings Bank’s 56 branches statewide or you can copy and paste the following link in your browser and click for the Bangor Savings Bank voting site:


Thank you!


February 12, 2015

Youthlinks Finds Missing Cat While Volunteering!

Youthlinks Volunteering at Humane Society of Knox County

By Hannah Magnusson, Youthlinks Program Manager

The Youthlinks Student Garden Army celebrated Valentine’s Day with homemade heart shaped healthy treats for the dogs at the Pope Memorial Humane Society. The dogs were excited to gobble down the peanut butter treats and they definitely loved the attention!

The afternoon brought the high school group an exciting surprise when visiting the cats. “This is my cat!”, exclaimed 8th grader Winter Cormier.  The staff at the animal shelter confirmed that all the data matched and the cat, Cinder, purred against the bars of her cage in recognition of her owner! It was a happy ending for all of us.

Youthlinks is a program of Broadreach Family and Community Services. For more information about Youthlinks find us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/youthlinks. For more information about Broadreach visit brmaine.org.  Visit http://www.humanesocietyofknoxcounty.org/ to learn more about the animal shelter or take home a new pet!

February 9, 2015

NAMI Courses Being Offered in Belfast

The Maine Affiliate of NAMI is offering two eight-hour Mental Health First Aid Training Courses with Youth and Adult Models in Belfast.  These courses help teachers, parents, peers, and caring citizens help a young person (12—18) or an adult who is experiencing a behavioral health or substance abuse challenge in their lives.

The course covering adults is scheduled for Thursday, Febuary 12th at Broadreach Family & Community Services’ 8 Stephenson Lane Conference Room in Belfast and the course focusing on youth will be held on March 26th at the Waldo Technical Center on Route 137 in Belfast.

The courses  are open to anyone 16 or over who wishes to gain a better understanding of different mental illnesses and addictions, and what helps individuals experiencing these challenges get well.  For more information call NAMI at 1-800-464-5767 or contact by email at www.namimaine.org.


December 31, 2014

Youthlinks Volunteers at Hospitality House

Youthlinks Cooks for Change

By Hannah Magnusson, Youthlinks Program Manager

“I think my favorite part of being at the Hospitality House was how quickly I connected with the kids there,” reflected Youthlinks’ sophomore Mariah Blake.  At the end of every day the Youthlinks high school group, the Student Garden Army, spends time in a circle sharing their thoughts about their experience that day and writing in their journals.  Thursday, December 18th the students reflected on their time at the Hospitality House in Rockport. The students cooked, decorated cookies with the residents and served a delicious meal with veggies from the Grassroots garden at Youthlinks. They spent the last six weeks developing their cooking skills, making ornaments, and cutting out snowflakes.  During their closing circle the students were giddy with excitement about the experience they shared together in helping to give back to their community. ” I feel like we all really bonded,” said freshman Kat Cova.

Youthlinks offers programs to middle school and high school students that provide them with opportunities to engage with their community, to learn life skills, self- reflection, and healthy outdoor time.  The Youthlinks Student Garden Army are excited for another session beginning January 12th. During this session they will be working on making a documentary to raise money for a new greenhouse and developing another great community service project as a team.

Youthlinks is a program of Broadreach Family & Community Services. For more information about Youthlinks like us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/youthlinks or for more information about all of Broadreach’s programs and services, visit www.brmaine.org.

November 5, 2014

UMCC Awards Funding to Broadreach

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(Photo by Marti Stone Photography from left to right:  Helen Kosmo, CCC-Sp – Board Member of Broadreach, Deb Schilder, Broadreach Director of Development, and Marty Martens representing UMCC

Camden – On October 9th, Broadreach Family & Community Services Board member Helen Kosmo, CCC-Sp and Deb Schilder, Director of Development met with United Mid-Coast Charities (UMCC).  For many years UMCC has generously supported Broadreach.  This year UMCC awarded a grant of $30,000 for Broadreach’s Early Childhood Education Program which is offered throughout Waldo and Knox counties and the Youthlinks Program offered in Knox County.  Broadreach offers preschool programs including PreKindergarten at school and community locations in the region using evidence-based curricula and certified staff.  Broadreach also connects children and their families to a wide variety of programs and services.  Youthlinks offers middle and high school students a place to belong to a program that teaches them new skills, connects them to the community, and provides camaraderie.  Students participate free of charge in programs such as Student Garden Army and Student Garden Army Junior, learning to plan, plant, tend, harvest, sell and donate to local food cupboards the garden produce they raise.  Working with local chefs, they learn to cook delicious and healthy meals with the vegetables they have grown.  They also run a weekly farm stand selling the produce and donate a portion of the produce when they prepare meals at the local Saturday meals program at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church.  The students also have opportunities to work with animals at local rescue and shelter organizations and at the renowned Aldermere Farm with the Belted Galloway cattle.


Broadreach Family & Community Services has been serving the needs of the people of the midcoast region for more than three decades. The non-profit 501c3 agency offers Early Childhood Education, Behavioral Health and Case Management Services, Youthlinks after school and summer programs for middle and high school students, and  Prevention Program focusing on parenting programs and the deterrence of child abuse and neglect and substance abuse.  For more information about Broadreach Family & Community Services and its programs, contact the organization at 338-2200 or visit at www.broadreachmaine.org.


Youthlinks Embraces Fall

Youthlinks began the school year with a schedule of exciting after school programs and a great set of new students. On Mondays, middle schoolers prepared tasty and healthy meals and learn about nutrition through the Cooking Matters program. On Wednesdays, one group of middle school youth prepared the garden for winter and had fun with hands on science experiments. Another group of learned how to halter train calves through the Farmhands program, with our Aldemere Farms partners. The High School Student Garden Army met on Tuesdays and Thursdays, to continue the garden harvest and run the fall farm stand.  A highlight of the session was the Halloween haunted greenhouse.

Registration for Youthlinks late fall programs is open. Middle and high school youth may register online at www.youthlinksonline.org. Youthlinks amazing after school activities are offered to youth free of charge.

Youthlinks is a program of Broadreach Family and Community Services. For more information about Youthlinks, please like us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/youthlinks or call us at 594-2221. For more information about Broadreach visit www.brmaine.org or call 338-2200.Youthlinks at Aldermere Farm

October 28, 2014

Click for Babies Campaign

Click for Babies Campaign photo 2014

The parents of newborns at Waldo County General Hospital and Penobscot Bay Medical Center will be receiving hand knit purple hats for their babies during the month of November and December as part of the Click For Babies campaign. This effort was organized by the National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome who connected with states that had infant abuse prevention programs and had the capacity to implement local campaigns.  Currently Maine is one of 14 states and two Canadian provinces participating in this effort.

Patrick Walsh, Child Abuse and Neglect Council coordinator at Broadreach Family & Community services says that for the fourth year of this project he is once again “overwhelmed” with the response and marvels at the variety of hats that have been donated, more than 112 for Waldo and Knox counties at this point.  Eighteen knitters from Waldoboro, to Pittsfield, to Bucksport have generously donated their time and materials to ensure that each precious baby born at our hospitals in November and December will receive a beautiful, lovingly crafted hat.  The “click” in the “Click for Babies” title refers to the clicking sound of the knitting needles as the hats are created.

Along with the hats, parents will receive an information package titled The Period of PURPLE Crying that provides those parents with important information about their newborn.   PURPLE is an acronym that helps to inform parents that: P is for Peak of Crying – “your baby may cry more each week with the most at 2 months then less at 3 to 5 months. U is for Unexpected – “crying can come and go and you don’t know why”. R is for Resists Soothing – “your baby may not stop crying no matter what you try”. P is for Pain-like face – “a crying baby may look like they are in pain even when they are not”.  L is for Long Lasting – “crying can last as much as 5 hours a day or more”.  E is for Evening – “your baby may cry more in the late afternoon or evening.”

Research tells us that children are vulnerable during this period to being shaken by a stressed out caregiver who feels frustrated that they cannot understand their child’s apparent discomfort and can do nothing to soothe them. In the past we may have attributed this crying and apparent pain to “colic”, and equated that with a medical condition. Research shows that this type of crying is “normal” and reduces over time.

Walsh says that “this is one small but significant effort that communities can take to ensure the well-being of its young children.”

For more information or to find out how you can be involved in Click For Babies, contact Walsh at Broadreach Family & Community Services at 338-2200 ext 109 or pwalsh@brmaine.org.



October 6, 2014

Long Time Advocate Patrick Walsh Awarded Professional of the Year

Patrick Walsh

A special annual event hosted by the Maine Children’s Trust was held to honor the organization and individuals in the State of Maine who have demonstrated their dedication and expertise in the field of the prevention of child abuse and neglect. Patrick Walsh, Director of Prevention Services for Broadreach Family & Community Services was awarded the 2014  Professional Advocate.

In honoring Patrick Walsh,Broadreach Executive Director Kate Quinn Finlay shared, ““Patrick is a bona fide example of living true to his professional and personal standards of always walking the talk in the sincere belief in the strength of each individual, diversity, and protection of each child in our community. He takes this a step further by advocating and leading positive change in our community.  This takes not only expertise, which he researches on a local and national level, but a committed belief and the devotion of long hours to promote this change.  He is fearless and compassionate in his work.”

Patrick Walsh has worked and volunteered in the field of Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention for over 37 years, the past 15 as Director of Prevention Services at Broadreach Family & Community Services. He is a tireless advocate for children and youth as is demonstrated by his dedication to serving the children and families of mid-coast Maine and beyond.Prior to working at Broadreach, Patrick served as an Ombudsman at Waldo County Committee for Social Action (1977/78), Victim/Witness Advocate for Waldo and Knox Counties (1979 to 1986), Director of Waldo County Child and Parent Council (1987 to 1990); and Prosecutorial Assistant for Knox County (1990 to 1999).

Patrick has coordinated Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Councils (CAN) for Waldo and Knox counties, is a member of the Maine Association of Child Abuse Prevention Councils, served as member of Healthy Waldo County in partnership with Waldo County General Hospital, served on the Waldo County Building Communities for Children Coalition since 1999 and helped organize the Greater Waldo Community Network Forums since 2007, has twice Chaired the Waldo County Fund Committee and been a member of the Maine Community Foundation’s Cobe Fund Advisory Committee.  Patrick has served for many years as a board member on the Maine Juvenile Justice Advisory Group and represented Maine for two years on the Federal Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice, formerly served as a Waldo County Habitat for Humanity organizational board member and former member of the President & Speaker’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Children and Families.  He is a former member of the Child Welfare Advisory Committee and Midcoast Coalition to Prevent Domestic Abuse.  For several years Patrick has coordinated the “Click for Babies” Campaign in Waldo and Knox counties working with Waldo County General Hospital and Penobscot Bay Medical Center and local volunteer knitters to provide each baby born in November and December with a purple hat and their parents with educational information about the “period of purple crying” that is a natural feature of an infant’s development.  The purpose is to help new parents understand that this is a normal development process and learn coping mechanisms as an effort to prevent Shaken Baby Syndrome.

While at Broadreach, most recently Patrick has:

  • Initiated the Student Intervention and Reintegration Program (SIRP) for at risk youth aged 13 to 18. This is a 12 hour free educational course for teens to help them make healthy choices about the use of alcohol and other drugs.
  • Initiated “Raising a Thinking Child”, a program funded by the Maine Children’s Trust. This parent education model has been recognized as an exemplary program by the Strengthening America’s Families Project and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
  • Been instrumental in offering “Kids First” parent education classes in Waldo County for parents who involved in divorce, separation, or child custody proceedings. Scholarships are available for parents who cannot afford the cost.
  • Offered Parent Education programs in Knox and Waldo County including free classroom-based and on-line Active Parenting Now classes for parents of children aged 5 to 12.
  • Provided free training for professionals regarding Mandated Report of suspected child abuse and neglect.
  • Worked with local police departments, sheriff’s office, and Waldo County Regional. Communication Center to bring an Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws Program called wTip, an anonymous text-a-tip program to Waldo County providing individuals, including youth, a resource to report. The goal is to intervene before a situation escalates, becoming a danger to youth or others in the community.
  • Presented to a wide range of audiences on topics of child abuse and neglect and substance abuse prevention.

When asked what would be his heart’s desire in his professional life, Patrick responded, “I am hopeful that we can work together to put an end to the maltreatment of children.”

For more information about Child Abuse and Neglect and Substance Abuse Prevention programs and information available through Broadreach, please contact Patrick Walsh at 338-2200 extension 109 or at pwalsh@brmaine.org.

Student Gardeners Are Ready for Fall

YL Farmstand fall 2014

Youthlinks Student Garden Army (SGA) is back at it again with a Fall Farmstand. Stop by for pumpkins, gourds, greens, and more. The Farmstand is at Youthlinks at 420 Broadway in Rockland, Thursdays from, 3:30-4:30 pm. The SGA looks forward to meeting new customers!

Youthlinks is a program of Broadreach Family & Community. For more information concerning Youthlinks please call 594-2221 or visit www.youthlinksonline.org.  For more information about Broadreach please visit http://broadreachmaine.org/.

September 23, 2014

Camaraderie and Fun – Volunteer for Stashbuster

This Broadreach fundraising event promises to be a fun time!  Over 75 donors have helped us amass an amazing collection of fiber and fabric to sell at the Broadreach Stashbuster Fiber & Fabric Fair fundraiser for the Early Childhood Education Program to be held on Saturday, September 27th from 9 am – noon in the Abbott Room of the Belfast Free Library.  We also have volunteers for Wednesday through Saturday for the prep and event but could use a few more helping hands on Saturday, the 27th, the day of the event.  We have openings for the following shifts:

6:30 – 8:30 AM  The Early Bird Shift for set-up

8:30 AM – Noon  Volunteering at the Event (may choose a portion of this time to volunteer)

Noon – 2:00 PM  Clean-up

If you can volunteer any of these time slots, or a portion of one of these time slots, please contact either Deb Schilder at 338-2200 x 112 or Sue diRosario at x 201 or email either Deb or Sue at dschilder@brmaine.org or sdirosario@brmaine.org.



Amazing Donations Received for Stashbuster Fiber & Fabric Fundraiser

Imagine beautiful mountains of yarns, fabrics, notions, books and patterns – a craftsperson’s dream!  Over 70 people have donated some of the most wonderful items for Broadreach’s Stashbuster Fiber & Fabric Fair to raise funds for the Early Childhood Program serving preschoolers in thirteen locations throughout our region.  The event will take place Saturday, September 27th from 9 am – noon at the Abbott Room of the Belfast Free Library (across the street from the Belfast Co-op).

We have all types of yarns from all over the world, including an incredibly special assortment from the renowned fiber artist Diane Brott Courant.  (Watch for news of a future event featuring more of Ms. Courant fantastic collection.)  We have gorgeous quilting fabrics and lots of “fat quarters” and stacks of wonderful quilting books and patterns.  There is also a large assortment of high quality upholstery fabrics.  Then there are all the notions!  We have all sorts of knitting needles, Velcro reels, sewing patterns and fabrics, from cottons to wools, for clothing and projects, ribbons, bindings, and wonderful bags of wool for braided rugs and felted wool for all those autumn and winter projects, and even spools of cording for macramé!  We have unique items that you will only find at the Belfast Broadreach Stashbuster event.  This is an event not to be missed!

For more information, please call 338-2200 x 201 or email Sue diRosario at sdirosario@brmaine.org.





September 11, 2014

Broadreach’s Youthlinks Program Achieves Let’s Go! 5-2-1-0 Gold Status

Youthlinks, a Rockland area program serving middle and high school students, has been notified that it has attained Gold Status in the Let’s Go! 5-2-1-0 Program. Let’s Go! is a nationally recognized childhood obesity prevention program that promotes the increase of physical activity and healthy eating for youth.

Gold status requires that the program implement all five Let’s Go! priority strategies, have them in written policy format, and enforce these policies.


As a Let’s Go! 5-2-1-0 site, Youthlinks is dedicated to carrying out these strategies by providing healthy choices for snacks and celebrations, providing water and low-fat milk instead of sugary beverages, providing opportunities for daily physical activity, and engaging with community partners to help support and promote a healthy lifestyle for youth. Youthlinks collaborates with RSU 13, the Good Tern Co-op, Cooking Matters, a program of the Knox County Community Health Coalition (KCCHS) which is funded by the Good Shepard Food Bank, University of Maine Cooperative Extension Program,  and Foo Corps, to provide consistently healthy lifestyle choices for students in middle and high school.


For example, the Student Garden Army, summer camp, and other programs offered by Youthlinks for 11- 17 year olds emphasize the tenets of 5-2-1-0 which signify eating at least 5 vegetables and fruits per day, 2 hours or less of recreational screen time, 1 hour or more of physical activity, and 0 sugary beverages. At Youthlinks, students have opportunities to grow, harvest, and eat their own garden produce. Many students try vegetables that are new to them and learn they like them and find out ways through interactive cooking demonstrations to incorporate more healthy ingredients into their meals.  They bring this knowledge home with them to their families and it adds to their store of knowledge needed to become a healthier adolescent and adult.


Youthlinks is a program of Broadreach Family & Community Services. For more information on Youthlinks please call (207) 594-2221 or visit the following website: http://www.youthlinksonline.org/ or for information about Broadreach Family & Community Services the website is www.broadreachmaine.org .



Broadreach’s Youthlinks Program Awarded Quimby Family Foundation Grant

The Quimby Family Foundation has awarded Broadreach Family & Community Services Youthlinks Program a grant in the amount of $15,000. The funds will be used to expand the summer pilot Student Garden Army into a sustainable year-round program for middle and high school students in the greater Rockland region – Rockland, Cushing, St. George/Tenants Harbor,Thomaston, South Thomaston, and Owls Head).


Youth, age 11 – 17 living in towns served by RSU 13 will have an opportunity to participate in the program that teaches young people to learn to grow, cook, and eat healthy food and to make food choices that positively impact their health, and that of their community and their world. Student Garden Army also teaches students how to operate a micro-business through the operation of a local farm stand, and to give back to the community through support of the local food cupboards with fresh garden vegetables and fruit.


Youthlinks works closely with partners such as RSU 13m the Good Tern Co-op, Cooking Maters, a program of the Knox County Community Health Coalition (KCCHC), Let’s Go! 5-2-1-0, the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, and Food Corps. The Youthlinks Program is located at 420 Broadway in Rockland and has been in operation for nearly 32 years.  It provides a safe place to nurture the development of young people, to support youth in becoming positive role models, and create meaningful connections between youth and their community.


For more information on Youthlinks please call (207) 594-2221 or visit the following website: http://www.youthlinksonline.org/ or for information about Broadreach Family & Community Services the website is www.broadreachmaine.org .



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