New Years By The Bay ~Belfast, Maine

Join with us on New Years Eve for the second annual “Break The Stigma Of Untreated Drug and Alcohol Addiction” concert at the Belfast, Maine Police Department.  We will rock the night away to the tunes of Random Idea, an all girl rock band performing cover songs of Nirvana to Paramore along with original tunes.  These girls rock on in support of the WeCARE Mission to build a collaborative, nonjudgmental environment to support addiction recovery through education , advocacy, and compassionate community action.  This free-will donation event (no button needed) will begin at 6:00 with (45) minute sets until 9:00.  In between sets, an open mic will be available to share recovery stories.  Hot cider and sweets.  WeCARE sticker with every donation.

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WeCARE Walk and Special Guest, Police Chief Leonard Campanello

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On Saturday, September 19, 2015, WeCARE celebrated National Recovery Month with our second annual walk to “End The Stigma~Recovery is Possible”.  With an increase from sixteen walkers to almost one hundred supporters, we walked the Belfast waterfront, over the famous footbridge and back.

When we returned, we gathered around the gazebo on Steam Boat Landing, to hear from Chief Leonard Campanello, from Gloucester, Massachusetts.  He explained to us how he and his police department launched a program to “assist” not “arrest” people suffering from untreated drug addiction.

Chief Campaneollo’s innovative program has gained national attention and in just three months time, (187) people have been assisted into treatment.  P.A.A.R.I. an acronym for Police Assisted Addiction Recovery Initiative which includes a volunteer team of “Angels” have provided comfort, support and guidance to the seekers of recovery.  The program now has followers in several states including Maine.

The Scarborough Police Department instituted a PAARI program just this month. See article Scarborough PD here: http://gloucesterpd.com/2015/09/17/scarborough-maine-police-partner-with-p-a-a-r-i-to-create-gloucester-style-addiction-initiative/

And so it goes, WeCARE and the Belfast Police Department will begin a new collaboration of community and law enforcement in Waldo County next week.  Please stay tuned…

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Chief Campanello talks with community leaders

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Brian Jones and Jay Bain support WeCARE

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Our Chief with his pal Alan Kaplan

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Two of our walkers who are dedicated to visible recovery

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The WeCARE symbol ready for the walkers

 

 

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Our friend, John Pangiochi, a servant of the community

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Reverend Alan Shumway, WeCARE supporter all the way

Thanks Everyone, you made our day!

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WeCARE Contra in the Street

On Saturday, September 5th, WeCARE took to the street…with Chrissy Fowler calling the moves and the Belfast Bay Fiddlers supplying the tunes, a good time was had by all!  Thanks Belfast for your show of support to our mission to build a collaborative, nonjudgmental, environment to support addiction recovery through education, advocacy, and compassionate community action.  Let the good times roll…

Chrissy Fowler~Contra Caller Extraordinaire

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The Belfast Bay Fiddlers created the groove

WeCARE thanks everyone who made the day a success!

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WeCARE Celebrates National Recovery Month September 2015

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WeCARE will celebrate National Recovery Month in September with two community events.  Our first event on Saturday, September 5th from 4:00 to 6:00 will celebrate recovery with a “Contra In The Street” on the corner of Church and Maine Street in Belfast, Maine.  The Belfast Bay Fiddlers will provide the dance tunes and Chrissy Fowler will lead us through the dance steps.  Yee-haw!  Refreshments, recovery resources and WeCARE logo items.  Let’s Celebrate Recovery!  And then…

Break the Stigma

On Saturday, September 19th at 9:00 WeCARE will make recovery visible at our second annual “Break the Stigma-Recovery is Possible” community walk along beautiful Belfast waterfront.  We will gather at Steam Boat Landing on Commercial Street, walk to and across the foot bridge and back.  Our special guest speaker, Police Chief Leonard Campanello, from Gloucester, Massachusetts, will speak about the innovative, life saving program to address untreated drug addiction he and the Gloucester Police Department introduced in May of this year.

Chief Campanello, nationally known for his “assist” rather than “arrest” program.  This program is designed to locate and then place individuals with untreated drug addiction into treatment.  Since June of this year, Chief Campanello, his staff, and PAARI: Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative have placed (137) people into treatment for drug addiction.  All of this has happened without a criminal arrest.

WeCARE: Waldo Encourages Community Assisted Recovery Efforts applauds Chief Campanello and welcomes him to our community on Saturday, September 19th.  We say, “Bravo” Chief Campanello, we honor your commitment to the individuals and families who suffer from untreated and under treated drug and alcohol addiction.

We invite all Waldo County citizens to walk with WeCARE to “Break The Stigma~Recovery Is Possible”.  Our vision is to build a collaborative, nonjudgemental, environment to support addiction recovery through education, advocacy, and compassionate community action for this misunderstood disorder which affects the mind, body, and spirit of the affected.  Thank you.

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WeCARE in the House

Belfast Street Party

Once again, on the first Monday in August, the City of Belfast celebrated their unique all out, free for all. Here, there, and everywhere, children, teens, and adults enjoyed the myriad of festivities, food treats, and awesome music, and guess who was there to enjoy the fun?  WeCARE in the house, check it out!

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Welcome to WeCARE

A New Friend

Last evening at our monthly community potluck supper, a new face appeared in the crowd.  Of course we all welcomed “Arthur ” to sit and share a meal with us.  When we finished eating, a group member stood and shared her recovery journey.  Then it was on to our entertainment for the evening.   Brian Hallinan, a Rockland, Maine vocalist and guitarist opened his one man show.  As Brian finished up the Harry Nillson song, “One is the Loneliest Number” our new friend, Arthur, approached the stage and stood at the microphone.  Quietly he said, “I would like to say a few words.”  “Yes, of course” murmured the small crowd and our new friend spoke humbly about the losses in his life due to drug and alcohol addiction, and how he knew he had been guided by some unknown Grace to arrive at our door.  The group listened with compassion and Arthur clearly felt supported and loved.  As he finished his recovery journey, Arthur said he could sing too.  Without pause, he joined with Brian to sing several songs including the iconic, “Ruby Tuesday” and we all joined in.  As Nillson so aptly wrote:

One is the loneliest number
One is the loneliest number
One is the loneliest number that you’ll ever do

And that my friends is why WeCARE is important…please join us at our next community meeting on Monday, August 31st at 6:00 at the First Baptist Church of Belfast, 95 High Street.

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WeCARE a Collaborative Community

~ Maine Community Foundation in Waldo County ~

On Thursday, June 11, 2015 at the Belfast Boat House,

Waldo County not for profit agencies and organizations

gathered to celebrate twenty-five years of generosity from the

~ Maine Community Foundation ~

The Restorative Justice Project of Mid-Coast Maine Recipient of  Community Grant

~ WeCARE celebrates and congratulates RJP for work well done ~

The WeCARE Community Support Poster will travel throughout Belfast until September

WeCARE Cares About You

WeCARE Rally May 2, 2015

Many passersby gave us a thumbs up and…

when Heidi gave the universal “honk your horn” sign

guess what happened?  Many horns-a-honking!

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Another wonderful WeCARE event at the First Baptist Church of Belfast

We shared a tasty homemade dinner,

heard the personal recovery story of one of our members

and then

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Who Cares ~ WeCARE

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A WeCARE Village

The small, yet very determined WeCARE group continues their mission to build a collaborative, non-judgmental, environment to support addiction recovery through education, advocacy, and compassionate community action.  Still, what they lack in numbers, this grass roots movement that seeks to “Break the Stigma” of untreated drug and alcohol addiction makes up for in spirit.  The message they carry is simple, they care.

Some have been concerned about the slow growth of  WeCARE while untreated drug and alcohol addiction does not rest.  Could it be some of us struggle with the old, “pull yourself up by your bootstraps” adage? Does this deeply ingrained, social construct, influence our willingness to offer a compassionate humane response to those who struggle with addiction.  Can we rise above the detached “not my problem” mantra and begin to support our neighbors who are so very ill?

Together, in a group such as WeCARE, we can make a difference, through the creation of a new paradigm of understanding and compassion for people who suffer from drug and alcohol addiction.  We must develop innovative solutions for untreated drug and alcohol addiction and finally turn the page on a new chapter, one of understanding and love for the afflicted.

So who’s up for building a village (another old adage) of care and concern for our friends and neighbors? Will we, the people of Waldo County, open our hearts to the sufferers and their families who struggle daily with the real-life demon of untreated drug and alcohol addiction?  Can we find a way to show them we are here to help?

WeCARE has opened the conversation and everyone is invited to bring their creative ideas to the table so as a community, we can begin to take care of our own.  It will take all of us to end the plague. Like all social movements, a slow, steady, dedicated response is needed for WeCARE to succeed.  Let’s remember positive community action will not worsen the addiction epidemic in our streets, schools, homes, and businesses, just the opposite, we will put untreated drug and alcohol addiction on notice.

On Monday, April 27, at 6:00 at the First Baptist Church on High Street, WeCARE will have their monthly meeting and everyone is invited to be part of the WeCARE movement.  Let’s create a fearless community, a WeCARE Village, where everyone is cared for regardless of their troubles.

If you would like additional information about WeCARE meetings and events, please click on the “Upcoming Events” tab on the opening page of this website.  Thank you!

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