Crossroads for Women e-Newsletter

April 2009

This month, we're looking for your input on webinars. We've also got some great recovery gift ideas for Mother's Day and announcements of a few new board members and some exciting staff moves.

We are also excited to be the recipient of The Grill Room's very first Nonprofit Night. On Monday, April 27th, Crossroads for Women will receive 10% of the restaurant's total proceeds for the night. So, please go to the restaurant between 5:30pm and 9:00pm for some amazing food that benefits an amazing cause! From what I hear, reservations have already been made for the evening. So, you might want to call 774.2333 for a reservation ahead of time!
We're looking for your input on webinars!
Crossroads for Women is constantly expanding its reach. In addition to its 4 physical locations in Maine, the agency also provides valuable information via its blog, website and Facebook page, attracting people from all around the globe. Crossroads for Women is assessing the need for providing webinars - i.e., workshops or discussions delivered over the internet - on a number of topics related to what we do everyday. These webinars could be for therapists, case managers, nonprofit managers, people in recovery, family members and friends affected by addiction, business owners, among others. Would you please take a few minutes to complete a quick, 10 question survey to help us assess interest in such webinars?

Great Mother's Day Gifts for Women in Recovery
Crossroads for Women offers recovery books and other products from Hazelden Publishing, with a special focus on women, via our website. The agency receives 12% in total sales that start from our website or this e-Newsletter. With Mother's Day just around the corner, I thought it would be nice to feature a few products from the store that would be perfect gifts for either a mom in recovery or a mom who's dealing with a family member in recovery.

Click here for more gift ideas from Hazelden

By shopping our store, you're not only supporting recovery, you're supporting women and their families achieving healthy and independent lives through women-specific substance abuse and mental health treatment. Thank you for your continued support!

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Crossroads for Women board and staff announcements
Crossroads for WomenCrossroads for Women recently welcomed 4 new board members and 4 new staff members. Three current staff members were also promoted to new positions.

New Board Members
Four new members were nominated to Crossroads for Women's board of directors - Kristy Greco, Emily Semenchuck, Carolyn Delaney and Anna Kent. Kristy is finance manager at Hydro International in Portland. Emily works as senior technical service representative at Waste Management of NH in Rochester, NH. Carolyn is manager, application development for L3 Microdyne Outsourcing and also acts as the volunteer coordinator at Crossroads for Women. Anna recently launched Stone Coast Staging, a home staging and photography company for home sellers and real estate agents.

New Hires
Crossroads for Women hired three outpatient clinicians at its new satellite office, Kennebunk Counseling Center. Rachael O'Donnell, LCSW, LADC also works as a clinician at Southern Maine Medical Center's ambulatory behavioral health unit. Ashley Weymouth, LCSW was previously a clinical social worker at Maine Medical Center. Kathleen Hebden, LCSW  is also a program manager at Sweetser. Also at Kennebunk Counseling Center, Lisa Wishart, was hired as office manager. Lisa previously managed three branches at Apria Healthcare.

Staff Promotions
Susan Lovely, LADC was promoted to team leader at the halfway house in Portland. Susan was previously senior counselor. Teresa Bendokas, CADC has been promoted to the position of manager of client services from senior intake coordinator. Marianne Donahue, LCSW was promoted to outpatient clinical team leader at Crossroads for Women's Portland outpatient office. Marianne was previously outpatient/intensive outpatient clinician.

Congratulations to all!

Crossroads for WomenCrossroads for Women addresses substance abuse and other behavioral health issues so that women and their families can live healthy and independent lives. FMI, call 207.773.9931 or visit

Jennifer Barbour
Jennifer Barbour, communications specialist
Crossroads for Women

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We're looking for your input on webinars!

Great Mother's Day Gifts for Women in Recovery

Crossroads for Women board and staff announcements

Great Food That Benefits a Great Cause
Nonprofit Night
@ The Grill Room

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Monday, April 27th

Eat any time between 5:30pm - 9:00pm

The Grill Room, 84 Exchange Street, Portland, Maine

FOR RESERVATIONS:* 207.774.BEEF (2333)

10% of the restaurant's total proceeds for the evening will benefit Crossroads for Women's vital programs and services!

*Reservations suggested to ensure seating, though not required.

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From our Blog
Women & Substance Abuse blog

An open letter to the strongest, most able women ever, from a woman in recovery

To the strongest, most able women ever: When I first came to (Back Cove) Crossroads halfway house for women, I was transferred from the 28 day program in Windham. I arrived here after a long term of  jail time for a probation violation and new criminal felony drug charges. Drugs had completely taken over my life. I alienated my family. Lost custody of my children, overdosed, and still every waking moment was obsessed with drug use. Read More

Women in Jail and Rehab Share Hope and Warmth

This past winter, Crossroads for Women enjoyed a donation of beautifully crocheted blankets, hats and purses from an unusual donor - the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office. Turns out, the Cumberland County jail in Portland, Maine has a crocheting program. Incarcerated women learn the art of crocheting and donate the items they create to a nonprofit organization in the community. Read More

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Substance Abuse Prevention, Portland

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