Dysart’s on Broadway is hosting the annual “Pancake Breakfast with Santa” on December 3rd, and again on December 17th, from 9:00 to 11:00 to benefit Pine Tree Camp. Bring your camera to capture those precious photos of your little ones with Santa. The cost is $10 per person, and the kids eat free! This is an excellent opportunity to have fun with your family, eat a delicious breakfast at Dysart’s, and help support Pine Tree Camp. We hope to see you there!
Pine Tree Society is pleased to announce the expansion of Children’s Case Management services to the Auburn location.
“Pine Tree Society has been providing Children’s Case Management services in our Scarborough location for 16 years and I am excited that we now have the opportunity to provide the same quality service with dedicated staff to the Auburn area as well,” stated Julie Brennan, LMSW, Director of Case Management Services.
This expansion of service follows Pine Tree Society’s January 2016 acquisition of the Auburn-based non-profit organization, Pathways, Inc. in an effort to better serve the Lewiston-Auburn area. Bringing Children’s Case Management to Auburn further strengthens the spectrum of care offered from early childhood through senior years. Children’s Case Managers focus on forming relationships to get to know the unique needs of the child and family to identify resources and solutions. They provide stability and support, while helping the child reach his or her goals.
Pine Tree Society is now accepting new Children’s Case Management clients who live within an hour of the Auburn office. Parents and caregivers may self-refer for this service and may get more information by contacting Julie Brennan at (207) 386-5952.
Pine Tree Society is pleased to announce that Children’s Case Management is now available in the Lewiston – Auburn area.
Samantha Laverdiere has joined the Pine Tree Society team as a Children’s Case Manager based out of the 589 Minot Avenue office in Auburn. While attending the University of Maine, she worked as a Behavioral Health Professional helping families with Rehabilitative and Community Support as well as Home and Community Treatment services. In 2013, Samantha graduated with a Bachelor of the Arts in Psychology. She spent two years in Massachusetts as an Assistant Special Education Teacher and Caregiver, and has now has moved back to Maine to assist children and families with their case management needs.
How would Case Management benefit your child? A case manager is a professional who can help connect you to resources and services that meet the unique needs of your child and family. The case manager will help guide and support you and advocate for your child and family in the often overwhelming experience of navigating the complex web of programs and services.
For more information, check out our Children’s Case Management page.
To find out how Pine Tree Society Case Management Services may be able to help you, contact Julie Brennan, Director of Case Management Services at (207) 386-5952.
During November, Pine Tree Society will spotlight the Career Development Department by highlighting the many contributions of workers with disabilities and provide education on the value of a diverse workforce.
We will start by celebrating our very own Pine Tree Society Career Services Team who bring valuable skills and talents to their work of supporting the mission of Pine Tree Society.
Chad Marshall has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Rehabilitation Services from the University of Maine at Farmington. He brings experience in working in the Mental Health Field and a former Case Manager and Camp Counselor at Pine Tree Society. Chad is nationally certified in supportive employment and specially trained in Discovering Personal Genius™ This past August, Chad was recognized as “The Best Employment Specialist Provider in Maine” by the Department of Health & Human Services during their accreditation site review!
Marie DeFranca has a Master’s Degree in Special Education from Assumption College AND a Master’s Degree in Communication from Clark University of Massachusetts. As a certified Educator for people with Moderate Disabilities, Marie worked with older youth in the WIA funded – Education for Employment program that prepared out-of-school youth between the ages of 16-22 for the GED exam, post-secondary education, specialized training and employment. Marie also worked at a staffing agency where her work included recruitment, job placements, inspection of job site safety and job performance evaluations. In addition, Marie has a Bachelor of Science degree in the food industry and first-hand experience in working in farming and working knowledge in the agricultural industry – and comprehends the business’ point of view in supported employment.
Lillian Scenna is a licensed social worker with over 30 years’ experience in program development for adults with disabilities. She joined Pine Tree Society in 2014 and has been instrumental in the development of two new program initiatives, the Autism Transition Program and Employment Services. In 2015, she became certified in supported employment through ACRE, a national organization for trainers and educators who work in the field of employment for people with disabilities.
As you can see, our Career Service staff understands how a meaningful job can transform a life and the value of being a part of the Pine Tree Society Team!
We don’t ever say the word “can’t.” We say “how can we?”
A long-time member of the Pine Tree Society team recounted a story of working with a young child who was considered nonverbal. As an experienced speech pathologist, she knew that little girl wanted to use verbal speech. After working with her for a period of time, she received the most amazing feedback from the child’s father. The young child, for the first time, said “I love you” to her parents.
People with disabilities are used to hearing the word “can’t.” Pine Tree Society opens a new world to the people we serve. Whether it’s a child whose speech is impacted by cerebral palsy, a young adult with autism who wants a meaningful job or a young child who uses a wheelchair simply wanting to swing at the playground – we find a way to make it happen. We break down barriers. And we are able to do this thanks to your support.
Discovering abilities together. It takes all of us. You play a critical role. You make stories like this a reality.
The funding Pine Tree Society receives through reimbursement for services only covers a portion of our costs. Families caring for loved ones with disabilities have fewer and fewer resources to turn to for help. We need your help to fulfill the promise of our mission, a mission that has been in place for more than 80 years. Your donation will be put to work immediately to impact the lives of Maine children and adults with disabilities and their families through critical programs. We cannot do it without you. Together, we transform the lives of Maine children and adults with disabilities. Thank you.
Congratulations to Carole Hoyle from Hampden! She was the winner of the Labor Day Sweeps drawing at Pine Tree Society.
Pine Tree Society Sweepstakes raises money to help Pine Tree Society transform lives. For information about the sweepstakes, call us at (207) 443-3341.
For 50 years, Pine Tree Society’s holiday cards have featured quintessential Maine art showcasing the beauty of winter. What a difference a card makes! Three million dollars in card sales has had a tremendous impact and transformed the lives of people with disabilities.
When you send your holiday cards this year, you can do so with pride knowing that Maine artists are helping you help Maine people, one card at a time.
This year’s cards feature work by Richard Hasenfus of Georgetown and Marieluise Hutchinson of Cushing. Both artists have designed cards for Pine Tree Society in previous years. In fact, Richard Hasenfus’ first card design, titled “Peaceful Harbor,” was in 1969.
“Big Red Barn”
Marieluise Hutchinson brings us a captivating painting featuring everything we love about winter in Maine. A fresh blanket of snow has covered the ground and the earth is still except for the smoke wafting from the chimney. The big red barn is adorned with a simple wreath and a vintage truck holds the perfect Christmas tree waiting to be decorated.
“Schooner in the Harbor”
The rugged nature of the people of Maine shines through in this painting by Richard Hasenfus. Cold, wind and waves will not stop this sailor from delivering a Christmas tree to the keepers of this coastal island lighthouse. The crew of the tall ship watches as the sailor makes the special delivery.
You can order your cards by calling (207) 443-3341; stopping in to the 149 Front Street, Bath location between the hours of 8:30 and 5:00, Monday through Friday; or online at https://app.etapestry.com/cart/PineTreeSociety/default/index.php
On the weekend of September 2-4, the Adaptive Outdoor Education Center partnered with Pine Tree Camp to put on the first Water Sports Weekend. It was a two day event held at Pine Tree Camp and there were a total of 17 participants and 20 volunteers. The participants had the chance to try kayaking, paddle boarding, rowing, sailing and adaptive cycling. The weekend events also included pontoon boat rides, fishing, swimming and a campfire both nights. It was a great chance to try out new activities in a supportive environment. There were plenty of volunteers around to make all of the activities accessible to each participant’s ability level.
This was the first time paddle boarding and rowing have ever been offered as activities at Pine Tree Camp. The rowing team had participants start out doing training in technique on land first, using a rowing machine and then progressing to a boat with an instructor with them. It was amazing to see how quickly people were able to improve their skills!
Pine Tree Camp Director, Dawn Willard-Robinson said, “Paddle boarding was such a huge hit that we are going to offer it as an activity during our camp sessions next summer. We were able to adapt the boards by adding a seat to them. This allows people to be able to use them in a variety of different ways depending on their comfort level, sitting, kneeling or standing.”
She adds, “The big highlights of the weekend were seeing participants try new activities even if they were hesitant or even nervous being in the water! They all made new friends and we had a beautiful sunset cruise on the last night. We are already starting to plan for next year. The group is committed to adding more participants and also to add water skiing to the list of activities.”
To see more photos, go to https://www.facebook.com/pinetreecamp/
On Friday evening, September 16, Pine Tree Society in Bath opened its doors to the public during the Bath Art Walk.
Art enthusiasts viewed “A Maine Retrospective,” a large collection of Maine art representing paintings selected as annual holiday card designs over a span of more than 50 years. There were over 60 paintings on display, representing all aspects of Maine in the winter – country scenes, woods and fields, the coast and lighthouses. The earliest paintings in the collection date back to the 1960’s.
Featured were the paintings chosen for Pine Tree Society’s 2016 Holiday Cards. Big Red Barn, by Marieluise Hutchinson and Schooner in the Harbor by Richard Hasenfus. Those holiday cards are on sale now and will support Pine Tree Society’s full range of services designed to help Maine people with disabilities lead active, more socially connected lives.
The annual holiday card campaign has had an amazing impact on the people served by Pine Tree Society. It is estimated that collectively the artwork showcased during the Art Walk represents about $3 million in holiday cards sales over the past 50 years. Those funds have gone directly to transform the lives of Maine people with disabilities.