Franklin County Caring Communities Happy Harvest !!! National Walk to School Day

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Franklin County Caring
Happy Harvest !!!
Swanton Mentor Needed !!!
National Walk to School Day
October 8 ,2014
Our vision: A safe and healthy
community that values all its members.
Our mission: To promote healthy
communities in Franklin County
through positive youth development
and substance abuse prevention.
Remembering Catherine
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Watershed Mentoring movement! Visit and click on Watershed
Mentoring or call Beth at 527-5049 x 2 for
more information.
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During the past several months, we were fortunate to have an old
friend join our team to help out in the office. Catherine Bennett
Silverstein, who several years ago was the director of the Franklin
Grand Isle Community Partnership, joined us to promote family
prevention, parenting programs, and mentoring. Catherine was full of
enthusiasm and creative ideas, and she had loads of passion--and
compassion--for moms in recovery, having experienced very tough
times herself on the road to recovery. She was looking forward to
helping with our Rocking Horse and other parenting initiatives when
she suffered a broken arm in September. Shortly afterward, she died in
her sleep. Catherine was always a bundle of energy and ideas, with a
great smile and a word of encouragement no matter what the situation
or challenge, so it is hard to believe that she is no longer among us.
For her children, Rob, Catrina, and Levi, her parents, sisters, and their
families, and her dear friend Mike we wish the comfort of love and
happy memories. To all the people in the recovery and community
justice families, we know that her life will provide inspiration for the
journey, as it does for us.
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Enosburg Prevention Group
Northwestern Medical Center Fresh
Start Smoking Cessation Classes
Thinking about Quitting?
Call Chari at 524-8480 to register for
the next 4-session series to help
you successfully quit smoking.
Concerned residents of Enosburg Falls and Enosburgh Town have
begun meeting to support a positive, healthy, safe community and
tackle the challenges of risk, especially risk related to substance use
disorders. The group drafted a mission statement at its September
This group is open to anyone who has a concern and would like to
support youth aspirations for a healthy community. The next meeting is
scheduled for October 16, 4:00 p.m. Call Beth Crane at 527-5049 for
more information.
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Guiding Good Choices Workshop
Program designed for parents of children
ages 9-14 years
Do you want to learn more about how to:
Is the way or amount I drink
harming me?
here to
find out.
"Talk. They Hear You."
How to prevent drug use in your family?
How to develop healthy beliefs and clear
How to say no to drugs & keep your friends?
How to control and express your anger
How to strengthen family bonds?
talking with your
kids about the
dangers of
underage drinking.
Contact us to sign up!
Franklin County Caring Communities
802-527-5049 x 2 Betsy Fournier
email [email protected]
67 Fairfield Street, St.Albans VT 05478
Underage drinking - it''s
not a minor problem.
drinking, whether in the home, in a bar, or
on the road, is never safe and always
illegal. Concerned about underage
drinking in Franklin County? Report
planned and ongoing underage drinking
parties, events, and violations to your
local law enforcement and ask them to
activate START. Questions? Call 5275049 for more information.
Safe Home Parent Network
is currently looking for town liaisons to
promote, recruit, and support your
community in efforts to have
safe, healthy, drug free, and violence-free
homes and communities.
stipends available contact Beth or Betsy
for more information @ 527-5049
Point of Franklin
In recovery or looking for support for your
recovery? Contact Turning Point at 7828454 or drop in at 182 Lake Street for
information on meetings and services.
Prevent Child Abuse
PCAV offer a range of parenting programs
and classes. Patricia Hendee is our
regional representative.
(1-800-244-5373) or
FAX: 802-223-5567
E-mail: [email protected]
Parents of kids ages 9-20: Join today!
SHPN member commitment:
• We will supervise all gatherings of youth in our homes/property
and ask for help if needed;
• We will not allow the underage possession or use of alcohol,
tobacco, or other drugs in our home or on our property;
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• We will set expectations for our children by knowing where they
are going, with whom, what their plans are, and when they will be
• We will monitor/lock up/properly dispose of prescription
• We will welcome calls from other parents and support joint
efforts to have safe, healthy, drug- and violence-free home
Join the network online by following this
link: .
You may think that poisoning affects only
a certain group of people – such as
young children or older adults. This,
however, is not true. Anyone, regardless
of their age, race, ethnicity, or career, can
be poisoned. Poisonings happen more
often than you think.
In 2008, 2.5 million people called a
poison center because someone had
been exposed to a poison. Children
under age 6 accounted for half of all
human poison exposures reported to
poison centers.2 However, adults are
also at risk. That year, more than threequarters of all poisoning deaths reported
to poison centers occurred among people
ages 20 to 59
Help us spread the word about SAFE HOMES Parent Network!
Share the link on facebook and twitter! Details about SAFE
HOMES of Franklin County are also available at .
Need more information? Call 527-5049 or email
[email protected] to learn more.
Red Ribbon Week October 23-31
Since its beginning in 1985, the Red Ribbon has touched the
lives of millions of people around the world. In response to the
murder of DEA Agent Enrique Camarena, angered parents and
youth in communities across the country began wearing Red
Ribbons as a symbol of their commitment to raise awareness
of the killing and destruction cause by drugs in America.
Enrique (Kiki) Camarena was a Drug Enforcement
Administration Agent who was tortured and killed in Mexico in
1985. When he decided to join the US Drug Enforcement
Administration, his mother tried to talk him out of it. "I'm only
one person", he told her, "but I want to make a difference."
In honor of Camarena's memory and his battle against illegal
drugs, friends and neighbors began to wear red badges of
satin. Parents, sick of the destruction of alcohol and other
drugs, had begun forming coalitions. Some of these new
coalitions took Camarena as their model and embraced his
coalitions took Camarena as their model and embraced his
belief that one person can make a difference. These coalitions
also adopted the symbol of Camarena's memory, the red
Today, the Red Ribbon serves as a catalyst to mobilize
communities to educate youth and encourage participation in
drug prevention activities. Since that time, the campaign has
reached millions of U.S. children and families. The National
Family Partnership (NFP) and its network of individuals and
organizations continue to deliver his message of hope to
millions of people every year, through the National Red Ribbon
For more than a decade, many Franklin County schools have
participated in Red Ribbon Week, choosing a theme for each
day of the week and high-lighting the importance of staying
substance free. Is your group holding Red Ribbon Week
celebration this year? Post to our Facebook page or email us.
We'd love to publicize your success! Below are links to
resources to help you get started:
Mentoring Works!
Mentor pairs
It's a new season and a great time
to become a mentor. Kids and youth
are waiting. Are you ready to take
on a commitment that is full of
Ready to mentor? Contact us at
email [email protected], or visit and click on
Watershed Mentoring for more information.
We would like to thank Northwestern Medical Center and Perrigo
Nutritionals for their sponsorship of Watershed Mentoring! Would
your organization like to become a sponsor? Call 527-5049 x 1 to
learn more.
"Youth Notice" Video Contest !!
Join Together at the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids
Safe Supportive Learning
Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services
News on alcohol and drug research and policy
Supports for pregnant women and mothers with
Circle of Parents for Moms in treatment/recovery -
"Wonder Women" Circle of Parents group is a facilitated,
mutual self-help group for pregnant and parenting women
dealing with addictions. The group meets weekly for about two
hours. While you meet with other parents, your children are
cared for by childcare volunteers. The group is free of charge.
Call Patricia at 498-0607,or 1-800 CHILDREN for more
information. Meeting time: Mondays, 9:30-11:30 a.m. at Turning
Point of Franklin County!
Rocking Horse Circle of Support classes: NEW Rocking
Horse Circle of Support groups will be starting in St. Albans and
Richford in September! Rocking Horse is a 10-week program
for pregnant and parenting women dealing with substance
abuse disorders (theirs or a family member's). It focuses on
understanding the negative impact of substance
abuse/addiction, managing stress, managing cravings,
improving communication, relationship, and parenting skills,
and gearing up for change. Participants enjoy refreshments
and weekly gifts while building confidence and healthy,
supportive friendships. Call Pam at HowardCenter, 524-7265 ex.
7 to register for Rocking Horse in St. Albans. Call Beth at Caring
Communities, 527-5049 x 1 to register for Rocking Horse in
Upcoming Events
Webinars, trainings, and conferences:
MVU Parent Group
October 9th in the MVU library from 7:00 - 8:00 pm
Sheldon Guiding Good Choice Workshop
Starting In October at Sheldon School
to register contact us at 527-5049
Guiding Good Choices(TM)
Starting Wednesday, October 8, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m., Sheldon
Elementary School. For parents of youth ages 9-14. Five
Wednesday sessions. Light meal provided. Call Betsy to
register at 527-5049 x 2.
Women's "We Can!" Expo 2014
Saturday, October 18, 8am – 3pm at BFA
Keynote speaker: Madeleine Kunin
This is a free event! For more information, visit
3rd Annual College Symposium
on High Risk Drinking
Thursday, October 9, 2014, 9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Creating a Campus Commitment to Alcohol Prevention:
Working Effectively with Senior Administrators, Faculty &
Being held at
Middlebury College
William DeJong, PhD,Boston University School of Public Health
& Staff & Faculty from Vermont Colleges and Universities
* Registration Fee of $35.00 includes morning refreshments &
Patty Baroudi
[email protected]
Tel: (802) 527-5049
Fax: (802) 524-3952
Email: [email protected]
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