My Place Teen Center – Helping At-Risk Youth Grow Into Healthy Adults – Episode 144

Part 1:  Donna Dwyer, President and CEO, of My Place Teen Center joins me to talk about their mission to provide a safe haven for youth ages 10-18, sustaining them with comfort, meals, resources, and hope. My Place Teen Center (MPTC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, regional organization headquartered in Westbrook, Maine, with a temporary location secured in Saco, and a soon-to-be new one in Biddeford (opening in 2022). 

They are a year round, free, out of school time program. They provide academic assistance through tutoring, study skills, the Learning Technology Lab, and Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Math (STEAM) programs. They offer instruction in character development, leadership development, life skills, job skills, and financial literacy. They focus on aspects of healthy, responsible moral development that builds strong character, self-esteem, academic, and leadership skills.

The culture at the Teen Center is one in which they are loving first and firm when needed. A family-type, anti-bullying, safe environment is their hallmark. When youth walk through their Red Doors, they see kids who have the potential to thrive with mentoring and guidance. Their niche is fostering grit, perseverance, curiosity, passion, and accountability. These non-academic pursuits are the success indicators of positive, thriving futures. They are committed to engaging these young people in positive relationships and meaningful activities that allow them to be courageous in the face of their traumatic life circumstances. 

Given their transient, middle and high school population, they know that hunger and homelessness are on the rise and parent substance use is a contributing factor to their kids’ exposure to early trauma. Confronted with the fallout of childhood trauma, they are asking why do some children adapt and overcome, while others bear lifelong scars that flatten their potential? A growing body of evidence points to one common answer: Every child who winds up doing well has had at least one stable and committed relationship with a supportive adult. 

Please consider donating to help My Place Teen Center continue their mission.  Not only will you be helping children today, but also our future adults!

Part 2:  Weekly Words of Wisdom – Lynda shares a story about a recent encounter with an angry parent and provides tips on how we can have a positive influence on our children.

Keeping Maine’s Population Healthy through Healthy Living for ME – Episode 143

Part 1 – Jen Paquet, Training Manager, for Healthy Living for ME joins me to talk about this amazing organization that is helping to keep Maine’s population thriving into and through their elder years!  Through a network of local leaders, community organizations and health systems, Healthy Living for ME delivers programs to help adults manage chronic health conditions, prevent falls, and foster well-being. If you are coping with high blood pressure, heart disease, COPD, arthritis, diabetes or other chronic conditions, Healthy Living for ME can support your efforts to live life as fully and independently as possible.

Part 2 – Weekly Words of Wisdom – Lynda talks about her beloved dog, Trevor, being ill recently and how she noticed that the healthcare system for pets is following the same pattern as for people.

Suicide Prevention – Maine Chapter of National Alliance for Mental Illness – Episode 142

Part 1: We all have probably either known someone who has taken their own life or have heard of suicide and how it affects the loved ones who are left behind. However, it’s one of those subjects that people tend to not talk about. But like I’ve said on my show many times before, the only way we can make things change is by being willing to acknowledge the topic and have these tough discussions. In this episode, I speak with Greg Marley, the Director of Suicide Prevention for the Maine branch of NAMI (National Alliance for Mental Illness). Greg talks about what mental illness is, what signs you can look for and shares tips on how to help those you love who may be suffering from a mental illness.

This show is dedicated to my cousin’s grandson, Andre James Shaeffer who passed away on June 12, 2021.
 
Part 2: Weekly Words of Wisdom – Lynda shares an email from DailyOM titled, Same Choices Same Results

Voices of Hope: The Rugged Road to Recovery – Episode 141

Almost everyone has directly or indirectly experienced how chemical dependency can affect a loved one.  Lynda is joined by the creators and subjects of a local Maine television documentary series, Voices of Hope – The Rugged Road to Recovery.  This series is a project started by SEED (Students Empowered to End Dependency) and is a variety of very personal stories shared from the people who struggle with substance use disorder and are in recovery to the families who have lost loved ones.  

SEED was formed to add the voice of students to help explain the insidious brain disease of chemical dependency. Their main objective is to amplify community messaging about use of chemical substances by explaining the science underlying the disease model. In so doing, it is their hope that fewer people will start using drugs & alcohol and more will seek recovery.  This series is their first project.  You may watch the whole series on their website and stay tuned for more episodes, as they are in the process of being filmed!

If you or your loved one struggles with addiction, please seek out local help.  There are a variety of resources on the Voices of Hope website.

Farmers Markets – How are they so beneficial to so many? Episode 140

Part 1:  In this episode, I am joined by Jimmy Cesario-DeBiasi and Carolyn Snell.  Jimmy is the Director of Programs for the Maine Federation of Farmers’ Markets and Carolyn is the Chair of the Farmers’ Market Association in Portland, Maine and a fourth-generation, farmer at Snell Family Farm located in Buxton, Maine.  We talk about the benefits of buying from local farms and farmers markets and the various programs offered through these markets including how they can double the dollars for people who receive SNAP benefits (food stamps).

Part 2:  Weekly Words of Wisdom – Lynda shares a story of being approached by a stranger in a restaurant, inviting him to join her for dinner and how that one act of kindness may have changed his life.

Connecting People with Their Loved Ones in Spirit with Cathy Ripley Greene – Episode 139

I hosted a special event with Psychic Medium, Cathy Ripley Greene, where people called in to be connected with their loved ones who have passed away.  From the young mother who recently lost her love in a car accident to reuniting a woman with her sister and another with a close friend, Cathy was able to give each caller information that helped identify their loved one as proof it was them, then gave them each a message and finished the call channeling a special message for them to give them some peace.  I have met many Psychic Mediums and Cathy Ripley Greene is the real deal!  Prepared to be blown away!

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