Crossroads for Women e-Newsletter

November 2010
The holiday season can bring up a lot of emotions, good and bad. If you are a woman dealing with the loss of a loved one, we have a special group for you starting on December 7th.

Also this month, some wonderful women from the HRASM visited our halfway house to conduct an employment workshop and made a big impact. Plus, check out our holiday window display in Biddeford!

Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving!

P.S. If you are doing your holiday shopping, don't forget about Crossroads for Women's wish list!
firstDealing with Grief and Loss During the Holiday Season
holiday bulbThe holiday season can be especially lonely and challenging for those dealing with the loss of a loved one. To help, Crossroads for Women will be offering Grief and Loss During the Holiday Season from December 7 - January 11.

The 6 week outpatient therapy group offers support during this holiday season to adult women who have lost a loved one. It provides a safe, confidential atmosphere to share experiences of loss and grief at a time when the focus is on happiness, family and celebration.

We encourage women to reach out and take this opportunity to connect with others in this healing process.

Grief and Loss During the Holiday Season


December 7, 2010 - January 11, 2011 (6 weeks)
Tuesdays, 5:30pm - 7:00pm


Greater Portland Counseling Center
66 Pearl Street, Suite 202, Portland
counselor: Marianne Donahue, LCSW

FMI: 207.773.9931 or email

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secondHRASM Helps Halfway House Clients
Last month, the clients of our halfway house program were visited by a few caring human resources professionals HRASM logoinvolved with the Human Resources Association of Southern Maine (HRASM). They came in without judgment and ready to work.

Women from various Portland area companies, including Unum, Portland Public Library, Maine Eye Center and RM Davis, shared their expertise on everything from resume writing, to job searching, to presenting yourself to a potential employer over the course of three very informative educational sessions.

Clients learned how to address tricky subjects like employment gaps or past convictions due to their addiction. They were taught how to reshape their language when presenting themselves in an interview. They created resumes and worked with each other to assess their strengths, weaknesses and how to identify and break the barriers that were keeping them from getting a job.

In the end, both the clients and the human resources professionals were elated with the results of the workshop. Almost immediately, three clients were able to see positive results from the work they completed in the workshop via job leads and actually obtaining employment. The facilitators of the group loved working with the women and were inspired by their positive energy and eagerness to learn.

We are looking forward to continuing this partnership in the future!

Find out more about Crossroads for Women's halfway house program

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thirdVisit Crossroads for Women's Window in Biddeford                  
Downtown Biddeford will shine a little brighter this holiday season, as the town has generously donated the use of empty storefronts to nonprofits. Twenty vacant store windows will be decorated by different area nonprofits, including Crossroads for Women.

Each nonprofit will decorate their window for the holiday season and include info on their programs and services as well as a wish list.

Here's a sneak peek of what our window looks like!

Crossroads window display

Existing businesses on Main Street and Alfred Street are participating by either posting nonprofit organizations' wish lists or partnering with an organization in decorating their windows.

The "Biddeford Cares" event runs from Thanksgiving to January 2, 2011. Come by and see our window! FMI, visit the event website.

Jennifer Barbour
Jennifer Barbour, communications specialist
Crossroads for Women
In This Issue

Dealing with Grief and Loss During the Holiday Season

HRASM Helps Halfway House Clients

Visit Crossroads for Women's Window in Biddeford

Outpatient Therapy Groups

Grief & Loss During the Holiday Season
Tuesdays, 5:30pm-7pm
*December 7 - January 11

Professional Women's Recovery Group

Wednesdays, 5:30pm - 7pm

Friends and Family Group

Mondays, 5pm - 6:30pm

Friends and Family Group
Wednesdays, 6pm - 7:30pm

Portland, Kennebunk & Windham
Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)
Mon - Fri, 9am - 12pm


Download a flyer with group descriptions

Meet Our Outpatient Counselors

Crossroads for Women accepts MaineCare, private insurance and self-pay.
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Holiday Giving That Makes an Impact for Good

Crossroads for Women gets lots of calls from supporters who are interested in making direct donations of goods to help our clients out while they are in treatment for substance abuse and mental health struggles with us.

Since our needs are always changing, we decided to create a wish list on If you are interested in helping us out...Read More

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Crossroads for Women addresses substance abuse and mental health so that women and their families can live healthy lives. FMI, call 207.773.9931 or visit our website.