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November 3, 2017

BROADREACH PREPARING TO CELEBRATE 35TH ANNIVERSARY

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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

April 12, 2016

Broadreach Welcomes New Board Members

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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.