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Annual Report October 1, 2010 – September 30, 2011

Together we can‌ change attitudes save lives end abuse

PO Box 653 | Bangor, ME 04402 administration 207-945-5102 24-hour Hotline 800-863-9909

A Look Back at 2011... Our year kicked off with highly successful events in schools throughout Penobscot County for Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month. Hermon High School got involved doing informational bulletin boards and a healthy relationships awareness activity. Students in the group Jobs for Maine’s Graduates (JMG) at Brewer High planned a school-wide campaign that included a bulletin board, a tabling session, and bathroom stall signs. At Nokomis Regional High School, JMG students organized a “Wear Purple” day, sold purple tie-dyed shirts, and made healthy relationship ribbons during lunch. Penobscot Job Corps Academy students participated in an activity where they answered questions about healthy and unhealthy relationships, and culinary students made purplethemed desserts for the dining hall. The inaugural Domestic Violence Day at the State House was held in early February with a focus on teen dating violence and prevention efforts in Maine. Jenn Chiarell, the Coordinator assigned to the Child Protective Initiative Program, reported nearly 200 consultations with caseworkers, and 130 conversations with clients. This program provides direct consultation in the Maine Department of Health and Humans Services (DHHS) office and specialized advocacy for victims involved in that system. Spruce Run was one of the first participants in what is now a statewide project. Jenn and other domestic violence liaisons noted that with their help, DHHS caseworkers were better able to increase victim safety and were more understanding of the dynamics of domestic violence and services available.

“Thank you so much for listening. I really just needed someone to listen.” Spruce Run hotline caller

We continue to have a strong presence in the community regarding trainings and presentations. This year we presented at the University of Maine, University of Maine Augusta at Bangor, and Husson University. We also continued our work with the healthcare system, including emergency medical personnel and Health Access Network --a nonprofit community health center in Lincoln. For the second year, Spruce Run partnered with Acadia Hospital and Wellspring to host a conference on Mental Health, Substance Abuse, and Domestic Violence. Our outreach opportunities in the community included Spruce Run’s participation in a statewide effort to call attention to the recent domestic violence homicides in Maine. We partnered with several area faith communities and organizations to ring bells at noon on August 31st throughout Penobscot County. The bells ANNUAL REPORT 2011


rang for two minutes --one to remember those who have been killed as a result of domestic violence and one to remind us that it is everyone’s responsibility to end domestic violence. In addition, we are pleased to unveil our new rack cards which are designed to share information with specific audiences such as ways people can get involved or volunteer, teens or elders experiencing abuse, and information about our services. We’re partnering with the Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence and the University of Maine to participate in an Engaging Men initiative. This grant focuses on male athletes, as student-athletes have a responsibility to model positive behavior, including in relationships. The initiative includes high-profile athletic events, radio and television public service announcements, outreach on campus, and events with local schools. Thanks to funding from the US Department of Justice, we were able to hold a retreat for our Transitional Housing residents. The retreat helped residents gather information needed to assist in the healing process, and to garner community support towards a positive future for themselves and their families. The three-day event included workshops focused on setting short-term and long-term goals, economic empowerment, and understanding abusive relationships while identifying attributes of healthy relationships. Through feedback from retreat participants, we learned that the retreat “helped me face and effectively start repairing damage, helped me grow in ways I hadn’t expected” and was “totally awesome, empowering both emotionally and spiritually.” When asked about the effects on their families and community, residents stated,“before, I always felt how different we all are --now I have a feeling of closeness, mutual respect, and compassion.”

Service Statistics from FY 2011 In Fiscal Year 2011, Spruce Run provided the following services: Crisis response and advocacy to 1,461 people for a total of 8,650 hours, assisting victims with a range of issues, including obtaining safe, affordable housing and navigating the legal and child protective systems. Direct contact, on the hotline or face-to-face, to an average of 747 people per month, supporting victims and their allies and helping them plan for their safety and long-term security. Support, education, and activity groups for 136 people for a total of 3,499 hours, helping men, women, and children sort through their experiences with abuse. Emergency shelter for 77 adults and children for a total of 2,861 bed nights, providing families experiencing abuse with supportive services and a safe, confidential place to stay as they move forward. Transitional housing and services for 25 women and 36 children, helping families establish long-term stability and create lives free from abuse. Community education and training for 3,027 ,people, including members of the business, faith, and healthcare communities, supporting them as they take a firm stand against abuse. School and youth-based education and activities to 5,323 young people, educating a new generation about healthy relationships and creating a more peaceful world for the future. 4 SPRUCE RUN

Our Mission Spruce Run Domestic Violence Project is dedicated to serving people affected by domestic abuse in our community, while working simultaneously to eliminate personal, institutional, and cultural violence against all individuals. Spruce Run offers 24-hour hotline services, emergency shelter, transitional housing, support and curriculum groups, and advocacy to victims of intimate partner violence. In addition we provide community training, education, and collaboration to foster a coordinated community response to domestic abuse. For Spruce Run our vision of zero tolerance for violence goes hand in hand with the goal of overcoming recurring and ongoing power imbalances. We promote self-help and empowerment and mirror empowerment in the way that we work.

Our Core Values In Fiscal Year 2011, Spruce Run reaffirmed the following as the organization’s core values. These values inform both the work that we do and the manner in which we carry out our work.

“I’ve learned more in this group than in any other class I’ve ever taken. It saved my life.” Educational group participant

•A focus on preventing and ameliorating the effects of violence against women. •A commitment to providing emergency and low-barrier access to free services. •A respect for the dignity and the choices of the people with whom we work, co-workers and clients alike. •A belief in everyone’s right to be safe and respected. •A commitment to collectivist structure and consensus decision making. •An integrated sense of social change work to end abuse and direct service advocacy with individuals. •An awareness of and appreciation for others’ work at the local, state and national levels, and a desire to collaborate when possible. •A commitment to excellence. ANNUAL REPORT 2011



“It’s like a whole new life. It is really, a new life. I never thought it would be possible.” Shelter resident

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 Advertising Specialists  All Maine Women  Alpha Chapter Delta Kappa Gamma  Alpha Omicron Pi  Altrusa International of Bangor  Amicus Community Life Program  Anthony John’s Day Spa  Bangor Area Homeless Shelter  Bangor Lodge of Elks #244  Bangor Metro Magazine  Bangor Steel Service, Inc.  Bangor Water District  Beta Sigma Phi  Brewer Stitchers  Carmel Union Congregational Church  Chili’s Grill & Bar  CHISPA - Centro Hispano  Church of Universal Fellowship  City of Bangor  Coffee Pot Cafe  Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi  Consumer Title  Deadham School  Deighan Associates, Inc.  Dirigo Pines  Ellingwoods Corner United Methodist Church  EMMC Credit Union  EMMC PACU Nurses  EMMC Radiology Department  EMMC Student Nurse Association  Empire Beauty School  First Baptist Church Missions Bangor

Thank you to all who donated time, goods, and money to Spruce Run in 2011.  Fiberphilia  Forest Avenue Congregational Church  Forest’s Edge Garden  Francis & Louise Nichols Foundation  Girl Scout Troop 868  Gifford’s Famous Ice Cream  Girl Scouts of Maine  Glad Tidings Church of Bangor  Gosselin’s Bakery  Governor’s Restaurant  Granicrete of Maine  Granville Rental  Griffin & Jordan, LLC  Hammond Street Congregational Church  Healey & Associates  Heart of Maine Chorus Sweet Adelines International  High Street Congregational Church  Holbrook Middle School  Hollywood Slots at Bangor  J Group Advertising  Jewelry Artisans of Maine Cooperative  Johnson Family Foundation  Literacy Volunteers  Lois M. Gauthier Charitable Trust  M.S. Walker, Inc.  Machias Savings Bank  Macy’s  Madder Root  Maine Association of Realtors Foundation  Maine Equipment & Party Rental  Maine State Society of Medical Assistants

 Maine Valley Artists  Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots  McGraw Elementary School  Northeast Cardiology Associates  Northeast Reprographics  Old Town Rotary  Order of Eastern Star  Parker Lumber Company, Inc.  Patawa Club  Penobscot Christian School  Penobscot Green Clean  Penobscot/Piscataquis Assoc, UCC  Penquis Resource Development Center  Preceptor Alpha Beta  Redeemer Evangelical Lutheran Church  Rotary Club of Bangor  Shaw’s Supermarket  Shelter Alliance  Spectrum Medical Group  Spotlight Cinemas  Springfield Congregational Church  St. Johns Episcopal Church  St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church  Sub Deb  Temple of the Feminine Divine  The Cotton Cupboard Quilt Shop  The Maine Edge  The Pajama Program  Town of Chester  Town of Edinburg  Town of Exeter  Town of Glenburn  Town of Hermon  Town of Lee ANNUAL REPORT 2011


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Town of Milford Town of Orrington Town of Stacyville Trillium Caterers United Methodist Women, North Brewer/Eddington University of Maine Alternative Spring Break University of Maine School of Social Work University of Maine Student Women’s Association University of Maine System USDA-ARS New England Plant Soil Water Lab Veazie Congregational Church WABI TV Webber Oil Company Women in the Curriculum and Women’s Studies Program Women’s Resource Center Women’s Fellowship Women’s Fellowship, Hammond St. Congregational Church Women’s Re-entry Center Zonta Club of Bangor


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Marjorie & Bradford Adams Patricia Adams Robert & Linda Allen Julianne & Wesley Archer Sasha Armitage Jim Aucoin Margaret Baillie Steve Barkan Hasan Basheera Shellie & David Batuski Louise Beaumont Karen Belknap Kathleen Bell Patricia Bell Darlene Bergeron Tracy Bigney


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Richard Bilodeau Sandra Blaney Martha Block Samantha Bond Phyllis Borns Kathryn Bourgoin & David Labrecque Suzanne Boutilier Marjorie Bradford Celina Bragdon Jane & Frank Bragg Johnna Brazier Josephine Bright Kamila Brown Alice & Mitchell Bruce Meredith Bruskin Jan Bryan Barbara Bryant Teresa Brzustowicz Sue-Ann & William Buckley Donna Bulger Jane & Charles Burger Judy Burk Ann Patricia Burnes Andrea Burris Sandra Sue Butler Debra Calderwood Jean Camuso Elizabeth Cannon Sandra Caron Valerie Carter Mary Cathcart Debra Chaiken Gina Chandler Sandra Cheney Sarah Clark Alice E. Clifford Jo Ann & Robert Clough Janet Cobb Lisa & Steven Colburn Jane Ann Cooper Corrine & William Cost Monica Cote

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Douglas & Posie Cowan Theresa Crosby Sue Cross The Curtis Household Melanie & Eliot Cutler John Cyr Joseph Cyr Beverly Daniels Lei Daniels Shirley & Ron Davis Carol Davis Harriman Mary Louis Davitt Peggy & Lloyd Day Bernadette Demmons Olivia Devine Jane Dewitt Catherine Dickerson Christina Diebold Linda & John Dorman Geraldine Dorsey Marcia Douglas Shaun Dowd Shaun Dowd, DMD, LLC Shelley Drillen Robert Dubay Susan Dubay Molly Duplisea-Palmer Jean Durham Suzanne Duval Clifton Eames Debora Elliott Ward Brandy Ellis Carol Epstein Julie Farrar Al Faust Gary Fessler Kathy & John Field Anita Findlen Nancy Fishwick Margaret & Robert Flynn Dorothy Frank Nicole Franklin

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Madeleine & Stanley Freeman Ruth & Ivan Frost Florence Gentile Shirley George Paul Gervais Sally Gibson Donna Gilbert Erica Glidden Mildred Goodness Julie & Alex Grab Judson Grant Allison Green Katie & John Greenman Stephanie & David Gross Heather Hallsey-Bernstein & Rick Bernstein Wayne Hamilton Jana Hanscom Anne & Thomas Hanson Margaret & William Hanson Kathleen Harkins Stephanie Harp Linda & Michael Hatch Marcia Hatch Kayla Heal Christine Henderson Maureen & Michael Henry Elaine Hewes Angela Higgins Fred Hirsch Annamary McCarthy Hobbs Rebecca Hobbs Virginia Hodge Rachel Hodsdon Debbie Holmes Alma Homola Katelyn Hood Brittany Hopkins Martha & Yu Kao Hsu Patsy & James Husson John Hyk Donna Ingraham The Ireland Family

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Sally & Fred Irons Eleanor & Stanley Israel Barbara Ives Naomi Jacobs Gail Johnson Evelyn Joost Judith Josiah-Martin Pat Judd Marty & Mark Kelley Suzanne & Bob Kelly Marilyn Kenyon Mimi Killinger Jill King Carolyn Kinnard Ziffer Valerie Kirk Renate Klein Abbott Knowles Mary Knowlton June Koegel Emily Kohler Joanna Kotara Melissa Ladenheim Kristin Langellier & Eric Peterson Edie Leach Diana LeBel Ann Leffler Anita & Ralph Leonard Carol Quagliotti & Darah Lerner Laura Levenson & Jon Falk Nancy Lewis & Grace Bartlett Terri & Don Lewis Jon Lightner Sara Lindsay & Paul Rawson Jeni Lloyd Sarah Lockhart Erin & Jason Lundstrom Calvin Luther Katie Lyons Nancy MacKnight Jean MacRae & Farahad Dastoor LeeAnne & Bruce Mallonee George Manlove

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Dennis Marble Stanley Marshall Jr. Ida Martin Karen Marysdaughter & Larry Dansinger Rebekah Mayhew Susan McCallum C. Leigh McCarthy Megan McGraw Samantha McInnis Sue McKay Janice McNally Elizabeth & Adam Metropoulos Joanna & Spencer Meyer Chris Miles & Dawna Bean Anne-Marie Miller Bernard Miller Leonard & Renee Minsky Cindy Mitchell Mike Monroe Marjorie Moore Kenneth Morgan Sue & Joe Morse Judith Muller Helen & Daniel Munter Mary Murphy Virginia Nees-Hatlen Joan Nestler Angela Nickerson Elizabeth Noble Nancy Ogle Kathryn Olmstead Alice & Thomas Openshaw Debbie Otis Wanda Passero Karen Patterson Catherine Pease Joshua Peppard Philip Persinger Joyce Philbrick Mary Phillips & Thornton Merriam Sandra Phinney ANNUAL REPORT 2011


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Elaine Piecuch & Wally Evans Lori & Bryan Pike Patricia Plant Michael Poirier Linda Pomerleau Henrietta Poons Ellen & Frederick Port Patty Preston Wanda & Norm Prouty Glenna Quigley Lucy Quimby Nancy & Glenn Rampe Claude Reitenauer Wendy Rich Edith Richardson Judith Richardson Marsha Richardson Robin Rie Nancy Ellen Roberts Theresa Roberts Sandra Robson Louise & Michael Rolnick Regina Rooney & Ben Blackmon Paula Boyer Rougny Diana Roy Kristi & Steven Sader Lynne Santerre Jim Sargent Lorianne Sargent Alan Schonberger & Martha Painter Ann Schonberger Lisa Schonberger & Ian Crowley Christa Schwintzer Phyllis Scribner Sandra & Barry Serpell David Sewall Liz & John Sherblom John Shirrefs Linda Silka & Laurence Smith Susan Skinner Denise Skonberg Kathryn Slott


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Barbara Smith Carrie Smith Karen Smith Lori Smith Marilee Smith Ingrid Solomon Susan Soto Dennis “Don” Soucy Nina Speed Kathleen & Paul Spencer Fern & William Stearns Teresa Steele Pat Stevens Pene Sutherland Sarah Tabor Karen Tardiff William Tebrake Mary Thompson Jolene Thurlow Norman Thurlow Betsy Thurston Patricia Trask Brenda Travis Claudia Tucci Elaine Tucker Diane Van Deuson & Thomas Jones Ginny Waldo Kathy Walker Mary & David Warner Nancy Webster Stephanie Welcomer Emily Wesson & Peter Millard Greg Westrich Judith Whitney Martha Wildman Jennie Woodard Jolene Woodbury Sue Young


“You can feel the passion and motivation at Spruce Run.” Volunteer for 10 months

FY 2011 Staff & Steering Committee SPRUCE RUN STAFF

Advocacy Coordinator: Heidi Robinson Attorney: Nicole Black Child Protective Initiative Coordinator: Jenn Chiarell

Transitional Housing Coordinator: Suzie Boutilier Transitional Housing & Family Systems Team Coordinator: Maureen O’Malley Women’s Advocate: BJ Grotton SPRUCE RUN STEERING COMMITTEE

Children’s Services Associate: Karen Gilgan

Robin Ball

Crisis Intervention Services Coordinator: Catherine Kurr

Cheryl Boucher

Tracy Bigney

Groups Coordinator: Tricia Westwood

Peggy Day

Legal Associate: Debbie Otis

Leslie Forstadt

Legal Services Associate: Patricia Peterson

Marty Kelley

Northern Penobscot County Transitional Housing Coordinator: Candace Sabol Office Associate: Bev Wilson Outreach Coordinator: Joy Walters Program Coordinator: Amanda Cost Program Planning and Integration Coordinator: Sue Bradford Residential Resources Coordinator: Kat Wargo McTernan Resource Development Coordinator: Cathleen Hanclich Neslusan School - Based Program Coordinator: Emily Wagner Shelter Services Coordinator: Johnnie Walker

Sally Dobres Judith Josiah-Martin Erika Navarro Nancy Rampe Ann Schonberger

“This experience has been a personally challenging one and has inspired me to make it a regular task to reach out and assist others who are affected by domestic violence.” Volunteer for 15 months ANNUAL REPORT 2011


Spruce Run 2011 Annual Report  

Annual report for Spruce Run, a nonprofit organization in Maine dedicated to serving people affected by domestic violence.