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Individuals Encouraged to Seek Assistance

May 22, 2009 - TRC

You are not alone if you are facing tough times in Piscataquis County. If you need assistance, there may be programs and services available to you.

Penquis’ mission is to assist individuals and families in preventing, reducing or eliminating poverty in their lives. Through collaboration and regional partnerships, Penquis addresses issues such as economic and social needs, unemployment and underemployment. One such collaborative effort is the Piscataquis Resource Exchange, a network of service providers who meet monthly to share information regarding new and existing programs. The goal is to increase awareness and use of community resources. Another cooperative effort, involving the Center Theatre and Penquis, is providing free movie tickets to children and families affected by job loss in Piscataquis County.

Penquis is part of the Piscataquis County Transition Team, a collection of community, governmental, and educational organizations that provides information and support to people experiencing layoffs. The Team is currently hosting a weekly series called “Morning Matters” which offers free workshops and networking opportunities. These are held each Thursday in the town meeting room at the Morton Avenue Complex in Dover-Foxcroft. Additional information about these events can be found at www.piscataquisresources.org. Other related services located at the Complex include the Maine Career Center, Piscataquis Valley Adult Education Cooperative, Training and Development Corporation, and, for residents of Dover-Foxcroft, General Assistance. Residents of other towns may call their town office to inquire about General Assistance programs.

For more information on programs and services provided through Penquis, call 564-7116 or visit www.penquis.org and www.mainestreamfinance.org.

For information on other useful area resources, visit www.pvaec.org, www.mainecareercenter.com, www.learn.maine.edu, www.tdc-usa.org, www.umext.maine.edu/PiscataquisCounty/default.htm, and www.211maine.org.

To learn how to join Penquis and its partners in these efforts or how to make a donation, please contact James Macomber at 564-7116 x210.

NOTE - This article reflects the views of the author and not necessarily those of the TRC Alliance Team.