Markathon Raises $62,000
A new CYY Markathon record! $62,000. THANK YOU AND SWEET DREAMS MARK CURDO!
Here's why Mark does what he does
PORTLAND SERVICE SITE:
555 Forest Avenue
Portland, Maine 04101
SANFORD SERVICE SITE:
North Parish Congregational Church, UCC
893 Main Street
Sanford, ME 04073
PHONE FOR BOTH LOCATIONS:
MAILING ADDRESS FOR BOTH LOCATIONS:
P.O. Box 1438
Portland, Maine 04104
HERES SOME WONDERFUL STORIES ABOUT THE CENTER'S GREAT WORK
Candi & Emily
Erin & Korey Ryan have been attending The Center since their father, Kevin, died unexpectedly back in 2007. They have both made great friends at The Center and have been able to help other children through the grief journey. The following is a testimonial from their Mom, Kim.
After Kevin died The Center became the most important resource in my life .... I knew about the Center because I had heard people in the community talk about it and it had helped many families, but I was soon to find out just how amazing The Center really is!
Following Kevin's death, I found myself in completely unfamiliar territory – I had no idea what my kids needed. They were 8 and 11 – and their entire lives were turned upside down over night. It is not something you ever think you will experience, so you are truly flying blind. I knew I needed The Center's help. From the very first time I called The Center, the amazing staff and volunteers provided me with resources and guidance. They helped me be prepared for what my children were experiencing, they actually helped me anticipate their needs. They provided resources to their schools and their counselors making sure that everyone was working together to support my kids.
Within weeks we began to attend a weekly support group. On our way home from our first meeting, I asked the kids what they thought – both of them said "we are not different here Mommy – it feels good not to be different". They look forward to Thursday nights – although I can't actually tell you what goes on in their groups (my kids take the confidentiality rule VERY seriously) I can tell you that it has turned tears into smiles and laughter! One of the special rooms at The Center is called "the volcano room" ... it is a special place where the kids can physically express their feelings in a safe way. It is always my kids favorite part of the night!
The Center also helped us create some wonderful new traditions for the holidays that have helped us keep their Dad a part of our lives – and we can truly celebrate him and keep his love alive.
FINAL MOMENTS FROM LAST YEAR