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News Archive

Hannaford Helps!

Sep 1, 2016

During September, purchase the blue “Hannaford Helps”reusable bag for $2.29 at the Westbrook Hannaford, 7 Hannaford Dr., and a $1 donation will be made to Woodfords. 

 


Family Fundraising for Sweet Cases for Woodfords Foster Children

May 20, 2016

In celebration of Foster Care Awareness Month, a Windham family of five is working hard to raise $800 to purchase 32 “Sweet Cases” for Woodfords’ foster children. Sweet cases are duffel bags filled with comforting items a foster child can keep. Many foster children don’t have a bag for their belongings as they move through the foster care system. The family has raised $500+! With six days left in the Together We Rise challenge, they are 64% of the way towards their goal. FMI or to make a donation, visit https://www.togetherwerise.org/fundraise/beckern

Arbonne Baby Care Promotion Benefits Woodfords' Consumers

May 18, 2016

Arbonne develops world-class products with botanicals and cutting-edge science. From now until June 30, buy the ABC Arbonne Baby Care four-product set and Woodfords will receive a donation of a baby care product for a consumer family.


Calling All Superheroes!

Mar 28, 2016

Be a Superhero to a child with special needs! Sign up for the Superhero 5K today! Click here for the registration link.


Safety-Care for Families - Now Enrolling!

Feb 11, 2016

Woodfords is please to provide Safety-Care for Families: Skills for Managing Challenging Behaviors this spring at Woodfords Training & Resource Center in Westbrook.

Woodfords Selected to Speak at Autism Conference

Feb 11, 2016

The Southern Maine Autism Conferenc will be held on Saturday, March 12, at the DoubleTree Hilton in South Portland. Nick Hammond, Director of In Home Support Services, Southern Maine, and Allyson Lowell, Director of Programs, will present a break-out session “Arranging the Environment to Evoke Positive Behavior Change: Concrete Strategies for Success.” This session will be held from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. in the ballroom with 250 participants expected to attend.


Holiday Run Benefits Families in Need

Nov 12, 2015

Case Manager Jen Bradbury has recruited runners for the holiday half-marathon to raise funds for Woodfords’ Case Management Family Emergency Fund. Last year, Jen raised $1,170 in pledges.

To pledge support online for Jen or Doug Patrick, running the half marathon, or members of the HCT Team running the 5K - Ian Duggan, Amanda Evans Powell, Jessica Platanitis or Melanie Mauro, visit https://www.woodfords.org/donations.php. Be sure to put “Holiday Run” in the “Note” field and the name of the runner you are pledging.

 

Pledging by check? Send it to:

Woodfords Family Services

ATTN: Case Management—Holiday Run

PO Box 1768

Portland, ME, 04104.

 

Put “Holiday Run” in the check note line.


Woodfords Hosts Transitions Workshop

Jan 9, 2014

Woodfords Family Services is hosting a FREE workshop on Thursday, January 23, from 5 to 7 p.m., for parents and professionals working with youth with special needs, 15 to 18 years of age, that are transitioning to adulthood.


FREE Supported Transitions to Kindergarten Workshop

Nov 27, 2013

Woodfords Family Services is offering a free two-hour workshop on Thursday, December 5 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on what parents can do to support their child's transition to kindergarten.

Foster Parents Wanted!

Oct 7, 2013

Ever thought about sharing your home with a child in need. Consider foster care. Woodfords will be hosting Foster Care Informational Meetings on Wednesdays October 9, 16 and 23 at 6 p.m., 15 Saunders Way, Ste. 900, Westbrook.

Train To Save the Life of a Family, Friend, Neighbor or Co-Worker

Jun 17, 2013

Woodfords Family Services is offering American Heart Association CPR/First Aid/AED classes this summer on July 24 and 31, August 9 and 21, and September 10. Classes will be held at the Westbrook Preschool, 15 Saunders Way, Ste. 720 Westbrook.

FMI about times, registration fees and course content, contact Training Coordinator Maria Romano at mromano@woodfords.org or call (207) 878-9663, x 4131. 

 


Shop for Kids to Benefit Case Management Family Emergency Fund

Nov 5, 2012

Shop with Beyond Play from November 3 through November 18, 2012, and the company will donate up to 15% of your total purchase to Woodfords' Case Management Family Emergency Fund.


Wine Tasting to Benefit Club 21 Social

Nov 5, 2012

Together with Devenish Wines and Slainte Wine Bar and Lounge, Woodfords Family Services is hosting a Wine Tasting on Sunday, December 2, 2012, to benefit Club 21 Social.


DSP of the Month for October

Nov 5, 2012

Congratulations to Rhonday Cyr, the Residential Program's Direct Suport Provider (DSP) for October.

Woodfords Client Finds Freedom in His Own Backyard

Oct 31, 2012

Woodfords’ client Ryan Rone, who lives with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome which causes severe seizures, has found freedom and independence in his own backyard thanks to Make-A-Wish Maine and the employees of Diversified Communications.

BHP of the Month

Oct 31, 2012

Congratulations to Taylor Fey, In Home Support's, Behavioral Health Professional (BHP), of the month in Region I.

DSP of the Month for September

Oct 1, 2012

Congratulations to Heather Smith, Direct Support Provider (DSP) of the Month in Woodfords' Residential Program!

August DSP of the Month

Aug 30, 2012

Congratulations to Sherree Call!

In-Home Support Program Recognizes Two Outstanding Employees

Aug 21, 2012

Congratulations to Behavioral Health Professionals Bonnie Morin and Kathleen Copp!

July DSP of the Month

Jul 27, 2012

The Residential Program is pleased to recognize Paul Orciani as the DSP for July.

Oakland Preschool Now Enrolling!

Jul 24, 2012

Woodfords' Oakland Preschool, 47 Heath Street, Oakland, is now registering full-time, typically developing children ages 3 to 5 years, for its year-round preschool program in an inclusion classroom. Inclusion classrooms include peers with developmental delays.


Therapeutic Foster Care Information Sessions Scheduled

Jul 10, 2012

Woodfords Family Services is hosting informational sessions about therapeutic foster care for current and prospective foster parents the second Wednesday of each month, from July through November, at the Westbrook office location, 15 Saunders Way, at 6 p.m. in the Board Room.


June DSP of the Month

Jun 28, 2012

The Residential Program is proud to recognize Bill Thibodeau.


In Home Support Recognizes BHPs of the Month

Jun 18, 2012

In Home Support is pleased to recognize two Behavioral Health Professional Staff Members of the Month.

Club 21 Social Hosting Car Wash Fundraiser

Jun 14, 2012

Club 21 Social, a monthly activity night for adults 21+ with special needs, is hosting a car wash fundraiser on Saturday, July 7 from 2 to 5 p.m.

May DSP of the Month

Jun 4, 2012

Congratulations to Ruth Bateman, the Residential Program DSP of the Month.

99.9 The Wolf Sponsors June Club 21 Social

May 25, 2012

Nassau Broadcasting's station 99.9 The Wolf, Maine's number one country music station, is sponsoring the June 2 Club 21 Social, a Country Night. The Wolf is airing public service announcements and providing give-aways at the event.

Flatbread Fundraiser for Foster Care

May 23, 2012

Join Woodfords Family Services, the Foster Care Team and foster families to raise money to recruit and support much-needed foster homes in Maine at Flatbread's on Tuesday, May 29 from 5 to 10 p.m. Order pizza to dine in or take out and you're supporting foster care!

Waterville 5K Raises Almost $5,000 for Preschoolers with Autism

May 18, 2012

On Saturday, May 5, at Thomas College in Waterville, 175 runners, walkers, family members, preschool students and volunteers gathered for Woodfords Family Services’ 2nd Annual 5K Fun Run/Walk for Autism.


In Home Support Initiates Recognition Program

May 10, 2012

Woodfords Family Services In Home Support Program has initiated an employee recogniton program to highlight some of the amazing Behavioral Health Professionals (BHPs) on their team.

 


April DSPs of the Month

May 8, 2012

Congratulations Residential Program staff Carmen Chum and Nancy Jensik, DSPs of the Month.


Advertising Campaign Raises Awareness

May 1, 2012

Thank you to Nassau Broadcasting Partners in Portland for their donation of a two-month marketing campaign,

Petunias Sale to Send Kids to Summer Camp

Apr 30, 2012

Woodfords Family Services Case Management program in the Buxton, Hollis, Limington, Standish area (SAD #6) is working with Rippling Waters Organic Farm to send kids to summer camp!


Yard Sales Benefit Preschool Programs

Apr 20, 2012

The Westbrook and Topsham Preschools are hosting Yard Sales at their respective locations on Saturday, May 19 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Preschool Needs Your Recipes

Apr 20, 2012

The Westbrook Preschool staff and parents are planning a cookbook fundraiser and they need your help! 

Flapjack Fundraiser for Autism

Apr 9, 2012

Join Woodfords Family Services and The Autism Society of Maine for a Flapjack Fundraiser in Waterville hosted by Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar on Sunday, April 29!

Oakland Preschool Hosting Open House

Apr 3, 2012

The Oakland Preschool is hosting and open house on Thursday, April 12 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.


Spring Fling Auction Results

Apr 2, 2012

The Spring Fling Auction closed on Friday, March 31. Auction results are in!


February & March DSPs of the Month

Mar 28, 2012

The Residential Program is pleased to recognize two amazing employees!


Spring Fling Online Auction

Mar 20, 2012

Woodfords' "Spring Fling Online Auction" opens for bidding tomorrow, March 21 and runs through March 30. Check out items up for bid at www.biddingforgood.com/woodfords.

Recruiting Therapeutic Foster Care Parents

Feb 23, 2012

Enjoy working with children? Are you creative, flexible, willing to grow? Enjoy a challenge? Do you have the space, patience, time, love and energy to help a child with special needs?

Blind Auction Results

Feb 17, 2012

Love is Blind...But Fashion Isn't!
Valentine's Day Fashion Scarf Auction


Blind Auction Benefits SibShop and Club 21 Social

Feb 2, 2012

Love is Blind...But Fashion Isn't, Valentine's Fashion Scarf Blind Auction opens on Tuesday, February 7 in the Westbrook office lobby of Woodfords Family Services.


J. Jill Denim Promotion Benefits Donation Closet

Jan 26, 2012

Too big? Too tight? Get a new pair that fits just right.

January DSP of the Month: Steve Virgilio Sr.

Jan 25, 2012

Read more about January's DSP of the Month Steve Virigilio Sr. on the Residential Staff of the Month page.

 


December DSP of Month: Marci Douglas

Dec 28, 2011

December DSP of the Month: Marci Douglas. Read more on the Residential Staff of Month page.

Woodfords "Wraps for a Reason" at Maine Mall

Dec 8, 2011

Visit Woodfords Family Services staff and volunteers on Thursday, December 15 from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. at the Maine Mall and get your holiday gift wrapping done. 100% of the proceeds from this fundraiser benefit Woodfords.

November DSP of the month: Valerie Currier

Dec 6, 2011

Valerie Currier has been chosen as DSP of the month for November. Read more on the Residential Staff Member of the Month page.

Start Training for the Waterville 5K

Nov 30, 2011

Woodfords Family Services will hold its Second Annual Waterville 5K Fun Run/Walk to benefit preschoolers with autism on Saturday, May 5, 2012 at Thomas College.

Cheers! Wine Tasting Benefit a Success

Nov 30, 2011

Happy Birthday Club 21 Social! Woodfords Family Services' November 20 Wine Tasting Benefit raised more than $750.


October DSP of the month: Candice Weiss

Nov 16, 2011

Candice Weiss has been selected as DSP of the month for October. Read more on the Residential Staff Member of the Month page.

Wine Tasting to Benefit Club 21 Social

Oct 21, 2011

Join Woodfords Family Services on Sunday, November 20, 2011, from 4 to 7 p.m. for a Wine Tasting to benefit Club 21 Social, a monthly dance party for adults 21+ with special needs.


Era Berry: September DSP of the Month

Oct 3, 2011

Era Berry has been selected as DSP of the month for September.  Read more on the Residential Staff Member of the Month page.

Shed Sale in Westbrook Saturday, October 15

Sep 29, 2011

What's a Shed Sale? A very big garage or yard sale!


Bachelor Dances for Favorite Charity!

Sep 29, 2011

Woodfords Family Services Board Member Travis Beaulieu participated in the DivaTini2 Gala and raised $350 for his favorite charity - Woodfords Family Services!

FREE Parent Training Classes for Families with Toddlers and Preschoolers

Sep 28, 2011

FREE Parent Training Classes for Families with Toddlers and Preschoolers

Woodfords Family Services is offering FREE parent training classes for families with toddlers or preschool aged children who are “at risk” of, or show signs of, increased behavioral or mental health issues—frequent biting, hitting, aggression; self-injury; elopement; property destruction; screaming, yelling tantrums; at risk for being expelled from day care or preschool for challenging behaviors.

 


Mary Otto named August Residential Staff Member of the Month

Sep 22, 2011

Mary Otto has been selected the DSP of the month for August.  Read more on the Residential Staff Member of the Month page.

Online Auction Open for Early Bids

Sep 9, 2011

Get a head start on bidding for Woodfords Family Services Annual Auction!

Buy iPad 2 Raffle Tickets for $10 Each!

Sep 9, 2011

Win an iPad 2 with Wi-Fi!

Millard Dekalb named May Residential Staff Member of the Month

May 25, 2011

Millard has been selected the DSP of the month for May by the team of House Managers.  Millard has worked at the Scarborough residence as a DSP since 7/13/2009.  Read more on the Residential Staff Member of the Month page.


Sue Underwood named April Residential Staff Member of the Month

May 2, 2011

Sue Underwood has been selected the DSP of the Month for April.  Sue has worked in the Residential Program since February 19, 2008.  Over the years, Sue has worked in several of our residences and formed positive relationships with many of the consumers. Currently, Sue works at our Scarborough residence.  Sue comes to work each day with a positive attitude and is always more than willing to help out in any task asked of her. Sue is a very caring person and truly has the consumers she works with bests interests at heart.  Sue is very supportive of her co-workers and is always willing to give that extra effort to go above and beyond the requirements to ensure the residence is running efficiently and all supports are being provided.  We thank Sue for her efforts and congratulate her on being selected DSP of the month for April.


Karen Adams named March Residential Staff Member of the Month

Apr 1, 2011

Karen Adams has been selected the DSP for the month of March. Karen has been an employee of the WILO program since 2-13-06. Over that period of time Karen has worked in many of our programs and formed positive relations with the consumers she has worked with. Karen is someone that is always flexible and willing to take on more tasks and ensure the final product is well done. Karen has been one of the core staff in the Saco program since she was asked to transfer there over a year ago. Karen’s been able to help the Saco program run successfully without a direct House manager on site. Her efforts to help coordinate appointments, work extra hours when needed, and take on some administrative tasks makes her stand out from her peers. Karen’s efforts are hard to match and we appreciate all of her efforts out in the Saco program.

Patience Berry Named Residential Staff Member of the Month

Mar 1, 2011

Patience Berry has been selected the February DSP of the month for the Residential Program. Patience has worked for the program since 10/9/07. Patience works in one of the Portland apartments and has been a very reliable and consistent staff in the delivering of services to two consumers one of which has significant behavioral and boundary issues. Patience is a staff that is relied on to always take the extra effort by setting the example for new staff, complete tasks assigned, makes sure the apartment is always well kept, and that day to day logistics in the evenings/mornings go as scheduled. Patience plays a very active role in the programming and continues to be a reliable and positive presence in the consumers lives.

Check out our latest "Woodfords World" Newsletter!

Feb 25, 2011


Register Now for our 1st Annual 5K Fun Run/Walk for Autism on May 7th!

Feb 15, 2011

Help Support our Central Maine Programs by participating in our 1st Annual 5K Fun Run/Walk!


2010 Annual Report now Available!

Jan 31, 2011

Woodfords Family Services' most recent annual report is now available for download.  Click here to obtain a copy of the report!


Woodfords Offers Babysitter Course for 11-15 Year Olds During April Vacation

Jan 31, 2011

Register now for the American Red Cross Babysitting Course to be held on April 19th and 20th!

Gartay Yekah Named Residential Staff Member of the Month!

Jan 28, 2011

January 2011:  GARTAY YEKAH


CTN features Woodfords Preschool on Weekly News Program - Check out the Video!

Jan 19, 2011

Community Television is airing a story this week about children getting free haircuts at the Westbrook preschool.  Here is the link:  http://www.ctn5.org/node/120438.  The story starts 8:58 into the video.

A big thank you to Bei Capelli Salon for making this event happen!


Check out the latest edition of Our Monthly "Connections" Newsletter!

Jan 11, 2011

The "Connections" newsletter is a monthly publication that looks at early childhood transitions for children with special needs.  Click here to download the December edition!


Bei Capelli Stylists Come to Woodfords to Give Free Haircuts on Tuesday Jan. 11th!

Jan 10, 2011

Woodfords Family Services and Bei Capelli Team Up to Provide Professional Haircuts for Children with Autism!


Club 21 Social Night Set for January 15th!

Jan 4, 2011

Woodfords is hosting a New Year's Party at this month's Club 21 Social! 

Dine at One Dock in Kennebunkport and Support Woodfords on January 19th!

Jan 3, 2011

One Dock Restaurant in Kennebunkport will donate 15% of all revenues to Woodfords Family Services as part of its "Worthy Wednesdays" program!

Therapeutic Recreation Applications Closed for 3rd Quarter

Jan 3, 2011

We are no longer accepting Therapeutic Recreation applications for this quarter. We are thrilled to be able to help so many children take horseback riding, swimming, dance, karate lessons and more! Check back in March for information about next quarter.

Woodfords Accepting T-Rec Applications Beginning January 1st

Dec 29, 2010

Woodfords is accepting T-Rec applications for January - March activities beginning Saturday, January 1, 2011. 

Woodfords Holds Holiday Raffle to Benefit Residential and Shared Living Programs

Nov 30, 2010

 


Club 21 Social Night Set for Saturday December 16th!

Nov 29, 2010

Woodfords' new monthly activity night for adults 21 and over with special needs will feature a fun holiday bash!


T-Rec Applications Now Available for Download

Sep 24, 2010

Therapeutic Recreating funding applications are now available!


On the Border Restaurant Hosts Fundraiser for Woodfords

Aug 9, 2010

Print out the attached flyer and head to On the Border on Monday, August 23rd to help raise money for Woodfords Family Services!

Wine Tasting Event to Benefit Woodfords on August 29th!

Aug 6, 2010

Slainte and Devenish Wines are hosting a wine tasting event to benefit Woodfords Family Services on Sunday, August 29th from 4-7 pm. 

Dr. Paul A. Nau Named as Woodfords' New Executive Director

Jul 14, 2010

The Board of Trustees of Woodfords Family Services announced today the appointment of Paul A. Nau, PhD, BCBA as Executive Director. 


Save the Date! Woodfords' Auction October 2, 2010!

Jun 22, 2010

Woodfords Family Services will be hosting its annual live and silent auction event on October 2, 2010!


Visit Woodfords' Yard Sale on June 19th and Help Send Children with Special Needs to Camp!

Jun 14, 2010

Woodfords Family Services will be holding a community yard sale on Saturday June 19, 2010 to raise money to send children with special needs to summer camp!

Help Raise Funds for Foster Care at Flatbread Pizza in Portland!

Jun 14, 2010

Join Woodfords Family Services and the other member organizations of the Southern Maine Foster Family Recruitment Team for a fundraiser at Flatbread Pizza in Portland on June 29, 2010! 

Join Woodfords at Jimmy the Greek's on July 2nd to Raise Money for our Consumer Activity Fund!

Jun 9, 2010

Woodfords Family Services is teaming up with Jimmy the Greek's for a fun night of live music to raise money for activities for individuals in our Residential and Shared Living programs!

"Hope Blooms in Foster Care" Event on Saturday June 5th!

Jun 4, 2010

Woodfords Family Services will join with the Southern Maine Foster Family Recruitment Team for "Hope Blooms in Foster Care," an annual planting event in celebration of Foster Family month at 10 am on Saturday, June 5, 2010.


Maine State House of Representatives Honors Executive Director Richard R. Farnsworth

Apr 27, 2010

AUGUSTA – Executive Director and former State Representative Richard R. Farnsworth was recently honored by the Maine State House of Representatives for a long and accomplished career in the fields of health and human services.  The Legislative Sentiment was sponsored by Rep. Anne Haskell of Portland and co-sponsored by the entire Portland and Westbrook delegations.  Mr. Farnsworth attended a legislative session with family and colleagues in April, where he received a standing ovation from the House of Representatives.

 

The following is the text of the Legislative Sentiment adopted by the House on April 7, 2010:

 

“Be it known to all that we, the members of the Senate and House of Representatives join in recognizing the Honorable Richard R. Farnsworth, of Portland, former member of the Maine House of Representatives, who is retiring after a long and accomplished career in the field of health and human services. For the past 18 years, Mr. Farnsworth has served as the Executive Director of Woodfords Family Services, a nonprofit organization that is committed to the support and inclusion of individuals with special needs and their families in Maine communities.  During his time there, he transformed the agency into one of the leading agencies for children and adults with developmental disabilities. He worked to add a diverse set of programs to the services the agency offers and oversaw the agency's receiving accreditation from the Council on Accreditation.  Before coming to Maine, Mr. Farnsworth served as Director of Developmental Services at COMHAR, Inc. in Philadelphia,  Executive Director of Region Ten Client Management, Inc. in New Hampshire and Assistant Professor at Temple University's School of Social Administration.   Mr. Farnsworth's career has spanned decades and touched thousands of lives.  He has worked as a tireless advocate for some of our state's most vulnerable citizens, and his civic and volunteer activities demonstrate his commitment to improving the lives of others.  We send our appreciation to Mr. Farnsworth for his dedication, compassion and leadership not only at Woodfords Family Services but throughout his entire career. His hard work has made life better for thousands of individuals with special needs.  We extend our congratulations and best wishes to him on his retirement.”


Woodfords Honored at the Maine Association of Nonprofits' Annual Leadership Conference

Apr 27, 2010

WATERVILLE – Woodfords Family Services was recently honored as a leader in nonprofit excellence at the Maine Association of Nonprofits’ Annual Leadership Conference at Colby College in April.  Woodfords received a runner up award in the large business division of the 2010 Governor’s Awards for Nonprofit Excellence, which came with a $1,000 prize. These awards are given annually to organizations that have achieved significant results by utilizing ingenuity combined with sound management practices.

According to a press release from the Maine Association of Nonprofits, “‘All award winners represent excellent examples of organizations that are adapting to the challenging funding environment currently facing nonprofits,’ says Scott Schnapp, Executive Director of MANP, ‘they utilize innovation and ingenuity to achieve a greater social mission impact.’"

Woodfords received the award in part for its creativity in creating the Maine Autism Program (MAP), a recently-launched program designed to help parents navigate the complex system of accessing a comprehensive set of services, and its Site-Based Case Management Program, which is designed to provide better case management services by engaging entire communities while reducing overall costs.  The awards committee also mentioned Woodfords’ commitment to transparency and staff input in decision making as a reason for the honor.


Training Department Now Offering a Free Train the Trainer Seminar on March 23rd!

Mar 3, 2010

The Woodfords Family Services Training Department is offering a free train the trainer seminar...


Welcome to Our New Website!

Feb 25, 2010

Thank you for checking out the new Woodfords Family Services Website. Along with updated agency information, there are now many new features to explore!

The Woodfords’ Online Resource Library has been generously funded through our Early Childhood Transitions grant from the Department of Education. We hope you use it as an informative guide to help you navigate information related to diagnoses, legislation, state/federal regulations and so much more. Check back often, as it will be updated frequently!

Also, our training catalog is now online! Click on the Training page to download our latest course offerings and registration information!

Plus, there is updated donation information on our Donate & Get Involved page. Learn how you can help us continue to fulfill our mission each and every day!

We hope you spend a few minutes checking out our new website! Check back often for updates!