Crossroads for Women e-Newsletter

February 2010

This month we're talking about how our residential programs - halfway house and residential rehab - are bridging the gap to help clients achieve and maintain sobriety, with a little help from their friends in other programs. We're also asking for your vote to win a grant from the Bangor Savings Foundation.

As I mentioned in our last newsletter, we have a couple more new outpatient therapy groups starting up. Living with Depression and Anxiety will be offered on Tuesday nights in Kennebunk (FMI, 207-467-3369) and a Friends and Family group for those dealing with a loved one's addiction will be offered on Monday evenings in Portland (FMI, 207-773-9931). Both groups are scheduled to begin in March, so call now to reserve a spot in the group!
Bridging the Gap Between Halfway House and Residential Rehab 
Anasazi Sofware logo In an effort to help bridge the gap between our clients beginning their recovery journey and the clients who "know the ropes" here at Crossroads for Women, the women at our halfway house (aka, Back Cove) invited the women at our residential rehabilitation (aka, Res) program to their weekly "All House" meeting.

The All House meeting includes all of the halfway house clients, a Crossroads clinician and a personal care coordinator (PCC). Typically, the group discusses house issues, new policies or procedures, any new staff, as well as changes in phases that the clients are making. The second half of the All House meeting is more of a celebration, recognizing the women who have moved to the next phase of their recovery. It's a time for everyone to see how far they've come on their journey to recovery. This is where the women from Res came in.
The level of freedom available to the clients at the halfway house may be difficult for Res women to identify with, especially for those in very early recovery. Instead of concentrating on the differences, the "newcomers" were invited to be involved in some of their sober fun activities. Both Back Cove and Res clients were in touch with their creative selves in a simple game of charades and used this to their advantage. Some of these women have come from backgrounds not conducive to playing a simple game of charades, and were even a bit fearful at first. In the end, though, all clients smashed through their fears and did a great job acting out words like calendar, water, basketball, and tack (easier said than done!).
All in all, it was a very positive experience for both residential programs. The clients living in the halfway house got an up close and personal reminder of their past. The clients out at Res had an opportunity to see what could happen next. And everyone had the chance to experience some good, sober fun with other supportive women.

After all, recovery isn't over after a 28 day or 6 month program.

~ Nikki Oliver, program manager
Crossroads Back Cove halfway house
Find out more about our residential programs:
Crossroads Back Cove Halfway House
Residential Rehabilitation | Children And Mothers Program (CAMP)

Help Crossroads for Women Win a $5,000 Grant from Bangor Savings Bank
Community Matters MoreBangor Savings Bank is looking for input from the community to decide which nonprofits they will award grants to in 2010. The organization in each region that earns the most votes, listed or write-in, will be awarded a $5,000 grant, and the top 20 write-in winners will each be awarded a $1,000 grant (at least 2 in each region).

In early March, Bangor Savings Bank Foundation will give a total of $100,000 to 68 local non-profit organizations as part of their Community Matter More program.

Please Vote Here and write in Crossroads for Women in both the Greater Portland/Lewiston/Auburn and York County categories. Any extra grant money we get will help support our work with women in treatment and recovery!

Find out more about the Community Matters More program

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Jennifer Barbour
Jennifer Barbour, communications specialist
Crossroads for Women
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Bridging the Gap Between Halfway House and Residential Rehab

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