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Grants & Summer Programming for SAPARS

We are pleased to announce that we have received the following grants to support our work.

Maine Women’s Fund has provided funding to support “Bridging the Gap.” During the school year, students in high schools (and some middle schools) can obtain services from a SAPARS advocate through our school based drop in programs. This program allows students to meet with an advocate during the school day at the school, thus minimizing barriers for students to access services. The “Bridging the Gap” project is designed to continue that access to SAPARS services by establishing drop in programs in the communities during the summer months. Those drop in sites will be at various locations and various times, and will allow for students to seek or continue to access support services throughout the summer. For more information, see the “Summer Services” section of this newsletter.

The Betterment Fund has awarded a three year grant to SAPARS to help support our Rural Educator/Advocate who will be working in the areas of Franklin County outside of the greater Farmington area. The Rural Educator/Advocate will be providing prevention education programming in the schools, and will also be establishing service sites in communities of western and northern Franklin County so that residents of those communities will have better access to sexual assault services without having to travel to our office in Farmington.

The Maine Coalition Against Sexual Assault has awarded 3 Rape Prevention Education “mini grants” to SAPARS. One of the grants will fund training for Resident Assistants at Central Maine Community College (in Auburn) to support ongoing prevention programming with their students.  Our College Advocate, Sabrina Yocono, will train the RA’s and provide them with materials and support do continue doing prevention education using materials from the Backbone Zone curriculum. Trainings will also be offered to faculty/staff and non-residential students.

The second grant will fund a project working with Upward Bound Students at UMF over the summer. This project will provide prevention education training to the Bridge student leaders of Upward Bound, using the scenario based prevention training of the University of Maine system. Those Bridge students will then provide the training to the other Upward Bound students throughout the summer months. At the end of the training, the Upward Bound participants (including the Bridge students) will develop a project of their choosing to reflect the information they have received and which can be shared with the larger campus community.

The third project is a media literacy project occurring in Androscoggin and Oxford Counties which will engage youth age 13+ in developing and using critical thinking skills when presented with images and stories through media outlets. Four movies will be viewed, followed by facilitated discussions about the themes in the movies. Those themes include healthy relationships, consent and sexual assault; sexual harassment; internet safety and online bullying; and gender roles as they relate to sexual violence. Participants will then help create youth focused/issue focused boards on our social media sites (Pinterest, Tumblr) and mini PSA’s that can be broadcast via local radio stations. This program will be available at Lewiston High School, Lisbon High School, Oak Hill High School, the Auburn Library and through the Norway Library.

Summer Programming:

With schools out for the summer, SAPARS is providing a wide range of services for youth during the summer months. Our goal is to continue our education efforts with youth and to provide greater access to our support services during the summer months. Below is a list of activities/service sites for youth.

Media Literacy Project:

The media literacy project (described above) will be held at  Lisbon High School (beginning 6/22), Lewiston High School (beginning 6/30), Oak Hill High School (beginning 6/24), the Auburn Library Teen Center (beginning 7/2), and through the Norway Library and New Beginnings. For specific dates and times for programming through the Norway location, please call (207) 743-9777.  For dates and times in Androscoggin County, call (207) 784-5272.

Drop In Service Sites:

For the summer months, we will have an Advocate at various locations, accessible to young people so that they can access crisis and support services close to home.

In Androscoggin County, drop in programs will be available at Lewiston High school, Lisbon High School, Oak Hill High School, Auburn Library Teen Center, New Beginnings, and Poland High School. For dates and times, call (207) 784-5272. Support groups will continue at both locations of Beckett House.

Drop in sites in Oxford County will be at the Norway Memorial Library, Common Ground Counseling in Fryeburg, the Peru Community Building and the Rumford college campus. For more information, call (207) 743-9777.

Drop in sites in Franklin County will be at the libraries in Rangeley and Phillips, and at the Jay Town Office. Other possible sites are under development. For more information, call (207) 778-9522.

Final Yard Sale Fundraiser!

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Mark your calendars for July 10th and 11th, 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM for our last annual yard sale in Oxford County!

The yard sale has been a successful fundraiser for the past several years. However, this summer will be our FINAL one, because we will be changing the space around to add a Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) in the South Paris office!

We are accepting items for this yard sale. If you wish to donate items, please bring them to 1 East Main St., South Paris. We accept household items, books, games, knick knacks, clothing in good condition, etc., but please no electronics or appliances.

For more information, call (207) 743-9777.

We’re Hiring!

Job description:

The Franklin County Rural Educator/Advocate will provide advocacy services and the school based education programs of Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Services in the more outlying areas of Franklin County.  Responsibilities include identifying and developing partnerships with community resources in rural Franklin County in order to locate services in those areas, providing school based prevention education programming in the schools of rural Franklin County, and providing direct services and support to people affected by sexual assault, childhood sexual abuse, sexual harassment, stalking or sex trafficking.  This is a new position and will also involve some program development and outreach activities.

Full time. Annual salary.

Job requirements:

Qualifications include awareness and sensitivity to issues of sexual victimization, strong communication and interpersonal skills, experience with public speaking and/or education presentations/teaching, ability to work independently, successful program development experience.  Reliable transportation required. Some night/weekend/holiday helpline coverage required.  To apply, submit cover letter, resume and 3 references by mail (P.O. Box 6, Auburn, ME 04212-0006) or email to marty.mcintyre@sapars.org.  Applications must be received no later than Monday, March 23.

Education requirements:

Bachelor’s degree in related field and/or equivalent life or work experience.

Benefits:

paid vacation, paid sick time, health insurance for employee paid by agency and available for dependents paid by employee, dental insurance available (paid by employee), 403 (b) retirement plan.

Contact info:

Marty McIntyre
Executive Director
Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Services
P.O. Box 6
Auburn,  Maine 04212

Phone: 207-784-5272
Fax:207-777-3231
Email:marty.mcintyre@sapars.org

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Meet our new Site Coordinator in Franklin County!

Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Services (SAPARS) announces the appointment of Kayce Hunton as the Site Coordinator for their Franklin County office.

KayceHpicPrior to joining the SAPARS team in January, 2015, Kayce was the Client Services Manager and later the Director of Client Services at Sexual Assault Support Services of Midcoast Maine (SASSMM). In that capacity, she managed multiple programs, led school-based education presentations, conducted community and professional trainings and facilitated support groups. Kayce worked at SASSMM for over 14 years.

Kayce was a core committee member in writing, Help In Healing, A Training Guide for Advocates, which is used by sexual assault support centers across Maine. Since 2013, she has been a member of the Maine/New Hampshire Victim Assistance Academy & Tri-State Advanced Victim Assistance Academy Advisory Committee.

Kayce received her BS in Rehabilitation Services from the University of Maine at Farmington (UMF) and her MS in Organizational Leadership from Southern New Hampshire University. While a student at UMF, she worked at the LEAP Corporation and upon graduation accepted a position at Tri-County Mental Health Services (TCMHS) as a Case Manager. Kayce spent a couple of years at TCMHS before accepting a position at SASSMM and moving to the Midcoast area. In 2007, Kayce moved back to the Farmington area and commuted to her job at SASSMM.

“I am happy and excited to be working in Franklin County again. I feel honored to have been selected to join the team at Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Services. This opportunity allows me to continue to be engaged in the important work of sexual violence prevention and response and also allows me to work much closer to where I live,” says Kayce.

In her role as the Site Coordinator, Kayce will oversee SAPARS’ programming in Franklin County. In addition, she will represent the agency in Franklin County collaborations, and will provide support and supervision for the staff.

Kayce replaces Nicholas Citriglia, who served as the Site Coordinator from 2012 to 2014.

SAPARS (historically known as SAVES in Franklin County) helps people recover from the trauma of sexual violence. Through school and community based programs, we work to raise awareness, educate, and prevent sexual violence. Please visit our website at www.sapars.org.  The statewide, toll free, 24-hour Helpline is 1-800-871-7741.

SAPARS Board President receives an award from the New England Patriots!

William Lowenstein (our Board President) of Auburn, Maine wins second place award of $10,000 for SAPARS in the Myra Kraft and New England Patriots Community MVP Charitable Foundation!

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Here is the official press release:

“FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The Kraft family and New England Patriots Charitable Foundation’s Myra Kraft Community MVP Awards place a spotlight on those who give their time to help others and exemplify leadership, dedication and a commitment to improving their communities through volunteerism. Annually, the Kraft family and New England Patriots Charitable Foundation host the awards program as part of the ongoing Celebrate Volunteerism initiative in honor of Myra Kraft’s example of being a lifelong volunteer.

On June 9, 26 volunteers were recognized for their contributions at a luncheon and awards ceremony at Gillette Stadium. Each Community MVP received grants for their respective nonprofit organizations. Fifteen New England based organizations were presented with $5,000 grants in honor of their volunteers’ work. Ten others received grants of $10,000 and one grand prize winner was presented $25,000.

‘Every year, we ask New England nonprofit organizations to nominate one volunteer who they consider their MVPs,’ said Patriots Chairman and CEO Robert Kraft. ‘This year, we received a record number of nominations from over 400 nonprofits. Their stories are heartwarming and inspirational and narrowing the field to 26 winners gets more difficult every year. As a lifelong volunteer herself, this was always Myra’s favorite event. I am so glad that her legacy continues to live through the great work of all the Myra Kraft Community MVPs.’

On hand to congratulate the award winners was Patriots Chairman and CEO Robert Kraft, New England Patriots Charitable Foundation President Joshua Kraft, Pro Football and Patriots Hall of Famer and Patriots Executive Director of Community Affairs Andre Tippett, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo and Patriots alumni and three-time Super Bowl Champion Joe Andruzzi.

William Lowenstein of Auburn, Maine was one of ten $10,000 second place winners.

‘It is a privilege and an honor to be recognized by the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation and with being entrusted with carrying on the legacy of Myra Kraft,’ said Lowenstein. ‘Volunteering has provided opportunities for creating personal growth and provided me with the chance to create positive change in my community while trying to establish a safe environment for sexual assault victims.’

As a founding board member, Lowenstein has been volunteering tirelessly to support those in need for thirty years. Being a survivor of childhood sexual abuse, he willingly opens up about his experiences to other male survivors. Lowenstein is able to build trust with victims and has made himself available to speak with other survivors while also serving as a community advocate, educating the public about sexual assault. He is able to touch upon a topic that people have trouble discussing and does so with heartfelt compassion. Despite being diagnosed with leukemia several years ago, Lowenstein continues to play a key role in shaping the organization’s prevention programming.

‘Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Services is proud and grateful that Bill Lowenstein is being honored with a Myra Kraft MVP award,’ said Marty McIntyre, Executive Director of the nonprofit. “The award not only recognizes and honors Bill’s 3 decades of work with and for our agency, but it also provides an opportunity for us to continue to raise awareness about sexual assault, including that it happens to males and that males can have a powerful role in helping to end it.’

The 2014 MVPs represent all six New England states, a variety of nonprofit organizations and range in ages from 13 to 93 years old. Nominations open each spring and for the most up-to-date information, visit www.patriots.com/community.”

(Congratulations, Bill!)

Seeking donations!

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Our annual yard sale in Oxford County will be held on July 11th & 12th, 9 AM – 2 PM.

We are currently seeking donations of gently used items, but please no computer equipment or heavy furniture. 

Items can be dropped at our office: 1 East Main Street in South Paris

For more information, please call (207) 743-9777 or send an e-mail to: steph.leblond@sapars.org

Thank you!

We’re hiring!

Rural Outreach Advocate

Job Description:
Northern Oxford County Advocate will identify, assess and appropriately respond to victims of sexual assault, in rural areas or rural communities. Provide victims/survivors information about community resources and strategies for enhancing safety. Staff school drop in services and respond to advocacy and support needs of students. Provide educational/support groups for survivors of sexual assault. Support survivors with obtaining protection from abuse orders when needed. Connect with school personnel, law enforcement, and other community resources to facilitate referrals for services. Staff helpline, and provide direct client service when necessary.

Job Requirements:
Knowledge of sexual violence and its impacts, excellent verbal and written communication skills, ability to work independently and as part of a team, reliable transportation a must.

Education Requirements: 
Bachelor’s degree in related field, or equivalent life or work experience.

Benefits:
paid vacation and sick time, health and dental insurance, 403b plan, professional development opportunities.

Full time, annual salary $30,000.00

If you are interested, please submit your resume, cover letter, and references via e-mail, mail, or fax by January 21, 2014 to:

Stephanie LeBlond, Oxford Site Coordinator
Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Services
P.O. Box 300
South Paris, Maine 04281

Phone: (207) 743-9777
Fax: (207) 743-2677
Email: steph.leblond@sapars.org

Happy New Year’s Eve!

Are you looking for a way to end 2013 on a positive note? Please consider making a donation to Sexual Assault Prevention & Response Services! Your gift makes a difference. A donation to our agency will help and support survivors of sexual violence, and help us reach more people through outreach and education efforts.

We rely on community support, so that we can serve our communities. Donations to Sexual Assault Prevention & Response Services are tax deductible.

Thank you so much!

“For it is in giving that we receive.”