November 3, 2017

Mainers Encouraged to Document and Report Wind Storm 2017 Damage

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: — Vicky @ 3:59 pm

11/03/2017 01:21 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, MAINE – As the state-wide response and recovery effort continues in Maine following a devastating wind storm that caused power outages to nearly a half million electricity customers as well as tree damage, flooding and property damage, many are asking how to report those damages.

Individuals – Report damages to 2-1-1 Maine. This information will be used to assess damages and will be provided to the individual’s town to enable them to learn who has storm-related damages. Callers will be asked a series of questions. By reporting this damage, callers are not applying for assistance, and should continue to pursue the steps and resources below. – Callers should keep their documentation of the damage and cost of items damaged or spoiled as well as receipts for any repairs in a safe place (receipts, photos and other documents). – File a claim with homeowner’s or auto insurance. – Those who cannot afford to fix damage from the storm should contact their municipal General Assistance Officer for assistance that may be available under 22 M.R.S.A. § 430. – Check with local food pantries if you lost food. – Community Action Programs may be able to provide some assistance to those who meet certain income guidelines. – Current SNAP benefit recipients may be able to obtain a voucher to replace lost food. Contact the Office of Family Independence at 855-797-4357. – Individuals can also contact 2-1-1 Maine for referrals for assistance.

Farmers who experience losses and need assistance should contact USDA Farm Service Agency at 207-990-9140.

Businesses should report losses to their local Economic Development Corporation.

For additional preparedness, shelter, resource and safety information, please visit MainePrepares.com, or visit MEMA on Facebook or Twitter.

This information provided by Maine.gov the official website for the State of Maine • 45 Commerce Drive, Suite 10 • Augusta, ME 04330 • 1-877-212-6500


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Filed under: Press Releases — Tags: , , , , , , — Vicky @ 3:47 pm

Belfast, ME (November 2, 2017)—With three and a half decades of service in Waldo County and beyond, Broadreach Family & Community Services (originally Waldo County Preschool Services) is making plans to celebrate its latest milestone anniversary next year.

To mark its 35th year, Broadreach will launch a new behavioral health home service in partnership with Penobscot Community Health Center, establish a family resource hub at the First Church of Belfast and complete extensive renovations at its 5 Stephenson Lane campus to bring its Waldo County staff together under one roof.

Broadreach Board Chair Sharon Goguen, M.Ed., was there back in 1983 when it all began.  At the time, she was the director of Special Education Services at then MSAD 56.

“The federal law had just passed requiring school districts to provide special education services to identified students,” said Goguen, “and there were no programs in Waldo County to deliver those services to identified preschoolers.”

Goguen and four other local residents, including founding Executive Director Ruth Southworth, donated $5.00 each toward the $25 licensing fee to launch the nonprofit Waldo County Preschool Services. Goguen became the founding board chair and retains that position on the Broadreach board to this day.

“I believed strongly in the necessity and benefit of early intervention for preschool children with cognitive, physical and emotional challenges to insure more equal footing and success moving into the public school system,” she said.

The agency’s first preschool classroom served a dozen children with disabilities in what is now known as the ‘red and white’ building. This past year, Broadreach served nearly 130 preschoolers of all abilities in 6 sites across Waldo County.

From five people who each invested five dollars to achieve the single vision of delivering high-quality early childhood special education in Waldo County, the agency has quite literally achieved “Broadreach” status. Today Broadreach Family & Community Services has $3 million in annual revenues, more than 70 staff, multiple service sites in Waldo and Knox Counties and touches 1,000 lives each year across mid-coast Maine.

Broadreach will be inviting the community to join in its 35th Anniversary events in the coming months. Please stay tuned for more details!

Gail Jones-Wilkerson

Executive Director

Broadreach Family & Community Services