Showing posts with label support. Show all posts
Showing posts with label support. Show all posts

Thursday, April 21, 2022

Community Support Night for the Gaspar Family - May 2, 2022

Join our @Franklin_Lax program as we support Nick & his family on comm5/2/22!  
Pack the stands with Carolina Blue!! #nickstrong #noonefightsalone 

Shared from Twitter -> https://twitter.com/FHSlax_boosters/status/1516414244207607808 

Community Support Night for the Gaspar Family - May 2, 2022
Community Support Night for the Gaspar Family - May 2, 2022

Friday, February 25, 2022

Inside the Shamrock Walk for Refugees scheduled for Mar 19, 2022 (audio)

FM #739 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 739 in the series. 


This session of the radio show shares my conversation with Jerika Lowry and Adam Calvert. They came together as part of the Franklin Neighborhood Support Team to provide support for an Afghan family now living here. We recorded this via the Zoom conference bridge Feb 22, 2022.  


We talk about the Shamrock Walk for Refugees scheduled for March 19, 2022 on the Franklin High School track, the organization of the Neighborhood Support Team and their fundraising effort.


The recording runs about 17 minutes, so let’s listen to my conversation with Jerika and Adam. Audio file -> https://franklin-ma-matters.captivate.fm/episode/fm-739-shamrock-walk-for-refugees-02-22-22


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Register or donate to the Shamrock Walk For Refugees -> https://walkforrefugees.org/ 


For more about Acentria, the New England based non-profit providing some of the infrastructure for the Neighborhood Support Teams ->  https://www.ascentria.org/ 


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We are now producing this in collaboration with Franklin.TV and Franklin Public Radio (wfpr.fm) or 102.9 on the Franklin area radio dial.  


This podcast is my public service effort for Franklin but we can't do it alone. We can always use your help.

 

How can you help?

  • If you can use the information that you find here, please tell your friends and neighbors

  • If you don't like something here, please let me know


Through this feedback loop we can continue to make improvements. I thank you for listening.


For additional information, please visit Franklinmatters.org/ or www.franklin.news/


If you have questions or comments you can reach me directly at shersteve @ gmail dot com


The music for the intro and exit was provided by Michael Clark and the group "East of Shirley". The piece is titled "Ernesto, manana"  c. Michael Clark & Tintype Tunes, 2008 and used with their permission.


I hope you enjoy!

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You can also subscribe and listen to Franklin Matters audio on your favorite podcast app; search in "podcasts" for "Franklin Matters"

 

Inside the Shamrock Walk for Refugees scheduled for Mar 19, 2022 (audio)
Inside the Shamrock Walk for Refugees scheduled for Mar 19, 2022 (audio)

Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Ariel Doggett on Supportive Day Care at the Senior Center - 12/20/22 (audio)

FM #696 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 696 in the series. 


This session of the radio show shares my conversation with Ariel Doggett. Ariel is currently the Supportive Day Coordinator for the Franklin Senior Center. Ariel and I recorded this in her office at the Senior Center. 


We talk about the Respite and Supportive Day program returned in person in September and is looking to expand by a couple of more members for now. 


The recording runs about 17 minutes, so let’s listen to my conversation with Ariel.


Audio file -> https://franklin-ma-matters.captivate.fm/episode/fm-695-ariel-doggett-on-supportive-day-care-at-the-senior-center-12-20-22



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Franklin Senior Center https://www.franklinma.gov/fsc


Senior Center Connections newsletter  https://www.franklinma.gov/franklin-senior-center/pages/connection-newsletter


Supportive Day program “The Sunshine Club”

https://www.franklinma.gov/franklin-senior-center/pages/sunshine-club 



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We are now producing this in collaboration with Franklin.TV and Franklin Public Radio (wfpr.fm) or 102.9 on the Franklin area radio dial.  


This podcast is my public service effort for Franklin but we can't do it alone. We can always use your help.

 

How can you help?

  • If you can use the information that you find here, please tell your friends and neighbors

  • If you don't like something here, please let me know


Through this feedback loop we can continue to make improvements. I thank you for listening.


For additional information, please visit Franklinmatters.org/ or www.franklin.news/

If you have questions or comments you can reach me directly at shersteve @ gmail dot com


The music for the intro and exit was provided by Michael Clark and the group "East of Shirley". The piece is titled "Ernesto, manana"  c. Michael Clark & Tintype Tunes, 2008 and used with their permission.


I hope you enjoy!

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You can also subscribe and listen to Franklin Matters audio on iTunes or your favorite podcast app; search in "podcasts" for "Franklin Matters"

 

Ariel Doggett on Supportive Day Care at the Senior Center
Ariel Doggett on Supportive Day Care at the Senior Center

Saturday, September 4, 2021

Strive to Thrive: a program for "siblings of family members with mental health needs"

The Survive to Thrive Sibling Support Group is offered for youth who have siblings with mental health and behavioral health challenges living in the home. Ben Speaks’ knows the wide-ranging impact that mental health issues can have on families, and looks to serve as a resource to youth that are impacted by the stigma, volatilities, and demands placed on families. 

Siblings of family members with mental health needs may experience challenges and disruptions in their own emotional growth and development. This group will provide these youth with a nurturing environment to share their unique experiences of having a sibling with mental health needs, engage in empowering and fun expressive activities, and develop their own skills and resources, so that they may thrive in face of the challenges that they and their families encounter.

What is the Sibling Support Group?

Group is open to youth ages 11-14 years old, living in MetroWest Massachusetts, who have siblings that struggle with mental health and behavioral health issues living in the home.

Group sessions will include opportunities for both open and themed discussions, expressive art activities, age appropriate learning about mental health challenges and their impacts on families, and empowerment skills to enhance emotion regulation and effective communication.

This program will be conducted virtually via ZOOM meetings. A reliable internet connection will be required. We will send all virtual meeting links and information via email after registration.

10 weeks - 1.5 hours each week (No group will be held September 16 due to Yom Kippur)

Facilitated by Bretton Torkelson, Psy.D., Judy Giovangelo, Michael Giovangelo and Penny Young; Members of the Ben Speaks’ Board of Directors.

Cost: This program made possible through grants and sponsors. Thank you to Rockland Trust, ADM Cleaning Services, Penny Young, Judy Giovangelo, Jim McCusker & Nicole Kittredge.

Visit https://www.benspeaks.org/survivetothrive for more information & to sign up.

Download flyer as reminder to follow up or share with someone ->   https://drive.google.com/file/d/1i4s3N2HfQzB9D5oFmHe8rzbmjRm1Dy5q/view?usp=sharing

 

Strive to Thrive: a program for "siblings of family members with mental health needs"
Strive to Thrive: a program for "siblings of family members with mental health needs"

Saturday, August 21, 2021

Franklin Public Schools, MA: Open House Job Fair - Aug 23

Franklin Public Schools, MA (@FranklinPSNews) tweeted Fri, Aug 20, 2021:
Please consider attending the FPS Open House Job Fair. August 23rd from 4pm-6pm. We are seeking Educational Support Professionals at various school locations, assisting our students in the classroom environment. https://t.co/apB4b9f64Q


Franklin Public Schools, MA:  Open House Job Fair - Aug 23
Franklin Public Schools, MA:  Open House Job Fair - Aug 23


Tuesday, March 2, 2021

SAFE Coalition announces new support group for substance abuse

"New Support group added: starting MARCH 15th, 18+ sibling support group for anyone with a loved one grappling with substance use disorder

💜 "Family means no one gets left behind or forgotten"
Shared from Facebook:
"SAFE is a regional coalition of community partners in Western Norfolk County (serving Franklin, Foxboro, Mansfield, Medway, Millis, Norfolk, Plainville, Walpole, Wrentham and surrounding towns) who have come together to provide a pathway for support, education, treatment options and coping mechanisms for those affected by substance use disorder. We do so by empowering those affected, including their families, with the tools necessary to succeed on their journey to recovery. We understand that while I can’t, we can."
For more info about the SAFE Coalition, visit them on the web  https://www.safecoalitionma.org/

SAFE Coalition announces new support group for substance abuse
SAFE Coalition announces new support group for substance abuse



Tuesday, January 26, 2021

HMEA is hiring Direct Support staff for its Residential Division

Looking for a rewarding job? HMEA is currently hiring Direct Support staff for its Residential division in the Franklin Area

Full & part time available, visit www.hmea.org  or email a resume to jobs@hmea.org for more information 

 

What is Horace Mann Educational Associates (HMEA)? Listen to the interview with HMEA President Michael Moloney. We talk about

  • How HMEA is adapting their service delivery to the pandemic
  • What services they provide to more than 4,000 people in over 100 communities
  • How Cloud 4 Causes is helping non-profits with their technology needs
Listen here:
 
HMEA is hiring Direct Support staff for its Residential Division
HMEA is hiring Direct Support staff for its Residential Division

 

Sunday, November 1, 2020

Keep It Local - Support Franklin Businesses

As part of its Keep It Local - Support Franklin Businesses campaign, the Franklin Downtown Partnership is distributing these signs to local businesses. Please look for these signs on businesses doors or windows and support our local establishments!

Keep It Local - Support Franklin Businesses
Keep It Local - Support Franklin Businesses

Note: Franklin Matters/Steve Sherlock is a individual member of the partnership and proud supporter

#ThinkFranklinFirst


Sunday, October 4, 2020

SAFE Coalition reminds the community it is here to provide support

Dear Community,

Charles Dickens opened a Tale of Two Cities with these memorable lines: 

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of light, it was the season of darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair.” 

In the past few months, I have felt these words in my soul. 

Some of us have rejoiced in this new time spent with family, the opportunity to get ahead of those fall clean outs, and the ability to practice a work from home life. Others have experienced financial and academic changes, mental and medical heath concerns, and most deeply a lost sense of hope and recovery.

It is during these times that we must reckon with our own lines of need. 

The SAFE Coalition has seen an incredible increase in calls – which we welcome and it’s why we are here.

The calls have been from individuals asking for support, parents seeking information for their children’s health, school systems looking for structure in treatment, and local prescribers and first responders interested in collaborating. On top of that, we have received inquiries on ways to support the larger community. 

We often speak about Vaping, Heroin, Alcohol, mental health, expectations vs. reality and domestic violence. In listening, we take the time to recognize how stigma, past care, and the reality of the world are impacting each caller. We, work together, to create a recovery oriented support plan for the family as a whole.

We recognize that you and those you love are worthy of support. We know that the quiet voice whispering in the dark of night, the reminders of vulnerability, the questions of, “am I doing enough?”, does not need to hold a place within you forever. And we believe the fears you have about your child’s substance use is not a failure of your parenting, but an opportunity to gain more insight into their needs. 

Healing only happens when it is shared within a supportive community.

With a warm (socially distant) embrace, the SAFE Coalition offers pathways for support, education, treatment options and healing opportunities. We are here and we are ready.
 

Warmly,
Jennifer Knight-Levine
Executive Director, co-founder
SAFE Coalition   https://www.safecoalitionma.org/

 

SAFE Coalition reminds the community it is here to provide support
SAFE Coalition reminds the community it is here to provide support


Friday, August 28, 2020

Sunday, August 2, 2020

Veteran Employment And Housing Virtual Walk-In Clinic

Resources Available
  • Employment Assistance
  • Education & Training Resources
  • Housing Programs
  • Support Services

*** Visit from any Device***
Join Meeting   https://zoom.us/j/97525135152?pwd=VnpGRGE0Wmd6dmFEUDAxSnkwSWJyQT09

Meeting ID: 975 2513 5152
Password: 819142
Or Call: (929) 205 - 6099

Join Weekly:  Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 1 PM – 2 PM

Hosted by Volunteers of America

Download a copy of the flyer:   https://drive.google.com/file/d/1yTojlNlDrwHRgg34HhtzbpwwvpTXVCnd/view?usp=sharing



Veteran Employment And Housing  Virtual Walk-In Clinic
Veteran Employment And Housing  Virtual Walk-In Clinic

Thursday, April 16, 2020

Franklin Downtown Partnership: Offers Free Promotional Resource To All Franklin Businesses

If you own a small business in Franklin, the Franklin Downtown Partnership (FDP) wants to help publicize changes to your business during this time of social distancing. For example, have your business hours changed, do you offer delivery or curb-side pick up, do you sell gift cards, etc.? 

Businesses should contact the FDP at Downtown.Franklin@yahoo.com so they can get their updated business information listed on the Partnership website. Businesses do not need to be an FDP member to be listed.
Franklin Downtown Partnership
Franklin Downtown Partnership

The FDP's goal is to provide Franklin residents with one place they can visit for all updated information on local businesses as well as one website that lists all the small businesses in Franklin that sell gift cards.

“During this time of social distancing, the Franklin Downtown Partnership is committed to helping our businesses weather this storm,” said FDP Executive Director Lisa Piana. “The FDP is currently working on a recovery plan for the months ahead to help our small businesses.”

Franklin business owners who would like to receive the monthly FDP newsletter should contact the FDP office to be added to the distribution list. The newsletter provides updates on local businesses, town news and information that affects local businesses. The FDP also provides lots of information through social media - follow the FDP on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

The Franklin Downtown Partnership is a nonprofit, 501©3 organization made up of more than 280 business owners, community leaders and residents working to stimulate economic development downtown and create a positive impact throughout the area. 

Visit www.franklindowntownpartnership.org for more information

Monday, February 24, 2020

FM #209 - Housing and Transitional Assistance Discussion

FM #209

This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 209 in the series. We are now producing this in collaboration with Franklin.TV and Franklin Public Radio (wfpr.fm).

At the Franklin (MA) Town Council meeting held on Feb 12, 2020, there was an extended discussion on housing and social services related to it.
8. PRESENTATIONS/DISCUSSIONS
a. Housing Authority - Lisa Audette, Executive Director, Franklin Housing Authority

b. Transitional Assistance Discussion - Franklin Senior Center
Karen Alves, Senior Center Director
Erin Rogers, Social Services Coordinator
Several others stepped up to comment during the course of the two presentations. They introduced themselves as they began talking (per Town Council public meeting protocol)

The show notes include the link to the Senior Center document so you can follow along. The Housing Authority portion did not include a public document.

Social service presentation
https://www.slideshare.net/shersteve/transitional-assistance

My Live Reporting notes
https://www.franklinmatters.org/2020/02/live-reporting-housing-and-transitional.html

The recording runs about an hour and 20 minutes. So without further ado, here is the recording of the discussion on housing and social services from the Town Council meeting of Feb 12


https://www.hipcast.com/podcast/HcdPW36X




This podcast is my public service effort for Franklin but I can't do it alone. I can always use your help.

How can you help?
  • If you can use the information that you find here, please tell your friends and neighbors
  • If you don't like this, please let me know

Through this feedback loop we can continue to make improvements.
Thank you for listening.

For additional information, please visit Franklinmatters.org/
If you have questions or comments you can reach me directly at shersteve @ gmail dot com

The music for the intro and exit was provided by Michael Clark and the group "East of Shirley". The piece is titled "Ernesto, manana" c. Michael Clark & Tintype Tunes, 2008 and used with their permission.

I hope you enjoy!

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You can also subscribe and listen to Franklin Matters audio on iTunes or your favorite podcast app; search in "podcasts" for "Franklin Matters"

Some of the units managed by the Franklin Housing Authority
Some of the units managed by the Franklin Housing Authority

More of the units managed by the Franklin Housing Authority
More of the units managed by the Franklin Housing Authority

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Franklin SEPAC: January 2019 Newsletter

Franklin SEPAC: January 2019 Newsletter

Parent to Parent Support 
Please join us at Cole's Tavern for this month's
parent to parent night.

Where: Cole's Tavern (back room)
When: January 10  at 7 PM 


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Anxiety in Relation to Learning/
Developmental Disabilities


"Anxiety in Relation to Learning/Developmental Disabilities and How to Address in the IEP" 

presented by Dr. Erin Gibbons 
from Neuropsychology & Education Services for 
Children & Adolescents (NESCA).

Free and open to the public.

Where: 3rd floor training room  
Franklin Municipal Building
When: January 17 at 7 PM




If you have any suggestions for workshops or social events for the kids, please send us an email at franklinsepac@gmail.com.
WWW.FRANKLINSEPAC.ORG




Franklin Special Education Parent Advisory Council
355 East Central St.
Franklin, Massachusetts 02038
US

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Friday, February 10, 2017

Verizon: We're here for you when the snow stops falling


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As the snow continues to fall, one of the most common storm-related issues is a power outage, which can affect your Fios®  services.  If that happens, here are some quick tips to get you back up and running.
  1. To fix most issues, unplug and plug back in your Verizon equipment.
  2. Didn't work?  You may have to reset your Optical Network Terminal (ONT) by following these instructions.
  3. Still no luck?  Visit verizon.com/Outage or the My Fios app via a mobile device for answers to common questions or to submit a repair request. 

Don't have the My Fios app?  Download it now.



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We hope you stay warm and stay safe this winter.


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Please Note: If you have fiber-optic voice service, your service requires electricity in order to work. In the event of a power outage, you won't be able to make or receive calls, including calls to 911, unless you use an alternative like a cell phone. If you have an alarm system it may not be able to contact its central monitoring station in the event of a power outage. Depending on the Verizon equipment installed at your home, backup power may be provided by a Battery Backup Unit (BBU) that uses a 12-volt battery or a PowerReserve device that uses 12 D-cell batteries that you provide. More information is available at verizon.com/battery
Ensure Verizon emails reach your inbox by adding verizon-notification@verizon.com to your "safe" email list. Your email or Internet provider can provide instructions on how it works.
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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Announcing the SAFE Support Line: (508)-488-8105

Do you or a loved one need assistance in treatment and support for Substance Use Disorder? 

Call the SAFE Support Line for free and confidential help.

The SAFE Support Line is a confidential supportive service which will provide callers with access to resources related to Substance Use Disorder including;

  • Locating treatment for Substance Use Disorder including (but not limited to) Detox, Inpatient and Outpatient Rehabilitation, Halfway Houses, Sober Homes
  • Support with MassHealth Insurance
  • Referrals to counselors for psychiatric assessments and therapeutic treatment
  • Information and assistance with Section 35 and Section 12
  • Knowledge of local supportive services for families and loved ones
  • Information on obtaining Narcan
  • Information on veterans substance use services


Hours of Operation: 

The SAFE Support phone line will be answered between the hours of 9am and 9pm. All calls beyond these hours will reach a voicemail with calls being returned within 24 hours.

This line is a for non-emergency calls. In the event of an emergency call 911 for Emergency Services

Announcing the SAFE Support Line: (508)-488-8105
Announcing the SAFE Support Line: (508)-488-8105

Friday, June 12, 2015

"Stop the Silence. Speak the Truth. Start the Conversation".

Patricia Byrne writes:

Patricia's son Kurt
"It’s time to Stop the Silence. It’s time to Speak the Truth. My son is a heroin addict. I want to wear a t-shirt, a hat, a pin, something. I want a suffering family member or addict to see me in the grocery store and be able to walk up and say ‘me too’. I want families to not feel isolated and alone in this hell that is Addiction. It is everywhere, and we are hiding it because we feel guilty and ashamed. I have seen in people’s eyes in the past that they knew my son was an addict. But they also didn’t know if I knew, and I wasn’t shouting it from the rooftops. So the elephant was with me everywhere I went. We lived in a small town. I was sure everyone knew. I was sure my son’s name was whispered when I wasn’t there. Yet I stayed silent.  
My son is in recovery. He has been clean and sober for 16 months. It’s a miracle he’s alive. That miracle cost us a small fortune. True recovery is not cheap and it is not easy. It is not five days of detox, have a nice day. It is not a thirty day stint in rehab, have a nice life. It is a slow, slogging, exhausting crawl out of the muddy nasty pit Addiction digs under you."

Continue reading her article here
https://stopthesilencespeakthetruth.wordpress.com/2015/06/04/hello-world/


Help is coming to Franklin. There is a meeting at the Franklin High School auditorium on Tuesday, June 30 - 7:00 PM to form a "Community Coalition" to address the heroin and opiate drug problem the community faces. It can be solved, not by putting additional police on the streets but by providing the support to the individuals and families that need it.

Additional information on the Community Coalition can be found here
http://www.franklinmatters.org/2015/06/community-coalition-on-opiate-addiction.html