Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Maine – Providing Mentorship & Support to Make a Difference in a Child’s Life – Episode 126

Part 1 – Eileen Veroneau Brown, Director of Development & Communications, for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Maine, joins me to discuss how they provide mentorship services to children and youth ages 7-17 in Cumberland and York counties in Maine. Their mission is to ignite the power and promise of all youth and seek to remove obstacles for all young people by connecting them with a mentor – a caring adult who can be in their corner.  Ever thought about volunteering to work with children?  Listening to this episode would be a great start to learn more about this opportunity!

Part 2:  Weekly Words of Wisdom – Lynda talks about being exposed to Covid and getting a Covid test.  The test results were negative, but how accurate are they really and why aren’t we hearing about how many Covid tests have been given and how many are negative?  Want to know what the numbers are for the U.S.?  Check this out and be prepared for some staggering numbers!

Portland Recovery Community Center – Helping People with Recovery & Spreading Hope – Leslie Clark, Exec Dir – Episode 120

Part 1:  If you’ve been listening to or reading the news over the past year then you know that substance use & addictions have increased significantly during Covid.  In this episode Leslie Clark, Executive Director for the Portland Recovery Community Center (PRCC), discusses PRCC’s mission of providing support education and resources for people recovering from and affected by addiction, and to spread the message of hope throughout the state of Maine.

PRCC on Forest Avenue in Portland provides a safe haven for people in recovery and offers a home for meetings and activities devoted to recovery from substance use disorder and other addictions. PRCC is operated by staff and volunteers who are passionate about recovery, and every activity is designed to help people with their daily recovery efforts.

In the last Living Life with Lynda episode, #119, we spoke with Crossroads on this same topic and I love that they work together with PRCC to help people recovery in our communities.  Do you or someone you know need help?  I encourage you to reach out and ask for help!  There are so many resources and programs available.  You just need to take that first step.

Part 2:  Weekly Words of Wisdom – Lynda talks about hiking a new trail she discovered on All Trails.  She shares how the trees she saw on that hike reminded her of an article she read by Dr. Karen Clickner, titled Lessons From Living Things in the monthly Wisdom magazine.  

Crossroads – Offering Addiction & Behavioral Health Treatment Programs – Dr. Mary Anne Roy, Psy.D., CCS – Episode 119

Part 1:  Crossroads Maine is an addiction treatment and behavioral health treatment center that provides gender-responsive treatment programs that enable clients to recover from addiction in a safe, supportive environment and develop the skills and strategies necessary to support long-term recovery from substance use. Dr. Mary Anne Roy is a licensed psychologist, certified clinical supervisor and the Chief Clinical Officer of Crossroads.  In this episode, she discusses the various treatment plans they offer, including multiple outpatient and inpatient programs, as well as other resources available to help people with recovery from addiction and eating disorders.

Part 2:  Weekly Words of Wisdom – Lynda talks about her effort to change some habits that have developed over time.  What habits do you have that you would like to change?

Episode 98 – How Covid Has Impacted Elderly Housing with Senior Care Advisor, Shawn Sambo

Part 1: Shawn Shambo has over 30 years of experience as an Occupational Therapist and is now a Senior Care Advisor through Assisted Living Locators. We will talk about how Covid has changed elderly housing and also about the upcoming Alzheimer’s Walks happening in Maine that Shawn is helping with!

Part 2: Weekly Words of Wisdom – Do you find that you are always running late?  What is that really saying??  Lynda shares a DailyOm email about chronic lateness that may help shed some light on that for you!

Episode 87 – Lift Up Young Lives: Helping At-risk Teens Aging Out of Foster Care

Part 1:  Lisa Soloway is the founder of the non-profit organization, Lift Up Young Lives, as well as a Realtor, Investor and Wealth Strategist who has a passion for helping a hurting generation. Her mission through Lift Up Young Lives is to equip “at risk” teens and young adults who age out of foster care, are homeless or rescued from human trafficking to live independent and abundant lives. Join us to hear Lisa share her very personal story of fostering and adopting her daughter, Tiffany, and how that led her to starting this organization.

Part 2: Weekly Words of Wisdom – Lynda talks about Optimism vs. Pessimism and how we can learn to be optimistic.

Episode 84 – Feeding Kids & Ending Hunger with Justin Alfond of Full Plates Full Potential

Part 1:  Today, 43% of all Maine Public School children rely on school meals to get the nutrition they need. And even though these students qualify for school meals, too many of them face barriers to accessing school meals. Justin Alfond, co-founder of Full Plates Full Potential joins us to talk about the work they are doing to ensure that every eligible child has access to nutritious food so that they can learn, grow and thrive.

Part 2:  Weekly Words of Wisdom – Lynda has been very fortunate to have more available time during this crisis and she shares what she has been doing and encourages everyone to look at how they’re spending their time and being ok with whatever that is….being busy or doing nothing.

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