About the Spotlight Fund
The Spotlight Fund was created by Kennebunk Savings in 2016 to shine a light on critical issues affecting our community. Our team identifies an issue to focus on and proactively works to understand how our community is impacted via research and input from subject matter experts. The monetary gifts that the Spotlight Fund provides are intended to help make meaningful impact on a single, critical issue. We hope that helping advance the efforts of our grant recipients will lead to added support for affected community members.
Each of us has been affected in some way by substance use disorder. A stronger and more informed community is a powerful tool to help our friends, our neighbors and ourselves. Kennebunk Savings continues to work to alleviate this crisis in 2020, and this year we are stepping up our contribution, committing $150,000 to efforts in Maine and New Hampshire with a focus on community education and the social determinants of health that are key to recovery.
What they do:
Hope on Haven Hill (HHH) provides a nurturing therapeutic home environment for pregnant women with substance use disorder who are seeking recovery. By providing a safe home with comprehensive addiction treatment services, family therapy, parenting classes, advancement in education and life coaching, they support families in their recovery from addiction. An enriched self-esteem, confidence and a tool belt full of life skills will promote independence and sustained sobriety.
Kennebunk Savings grant funding will support a Connected Transportation
Services (CTS) van. Women who graduate from HHH’s residential program and
who only need outpatient services come to the facility Monday through Friday
intensive outpatient groups, therapy and case management. They often miss
critical treatment services due to transportation issues. The State of New
Hampshire has approved HHH to become their own CTS provider and the Bureau
Drug and Alcohol Services (BDAS of NH) has awarded them with a grant to fund
driver if they are able to secure a safe van. Our donation is allowing them
purchase a new van to help transport clients to and from outpatient
well as to provide transportation to clients wishing to have assessments for
What they do: Maine Recovery Fund works in conjunction with MaineWorks to provide “wraparound” services for people in recovery from substance use disorder, re-entering the workforce from jail or prison or Veterans facing obstacles upon their return. “Wraparound” social services are intended to support individuals in all aspects of their lives – acknowledging the importance of the social determinants of health Economic opportunities and resources, positive relationships and support networks are major “social determinants of health” – the conditions in which people live which impact quality of life beyond our traditional understanding of health care. A person’s education, employment history, access to transportation and housing can have a significant impact on their wellbeing. in creating individual and community wellbeing. MaineWorks provides jobs, while the Recovery Fund provides access to housing, transportation, tools and training. After several successful years of operating in Portland, Maine, the group is now expanding their efforts to York County.
Kennebunk Savings grant funding will support a program expansion into York County, with start again “Start Again” services provide employment support in the form of assistance with transportation, housing, basic self-care needs, access to social services, access to healthcare including mental health, educational opportunities—plus a new work jacket, new boots and new gloves. services provided for 10 individuals.
What they do: the Pinetree Institute promotes a sustainable sense of health, prosperity, happiness and life-satisfaction in individuals, families and communities. This is accomplished through educational workshops and retreats at their Learning Center in Eliot, Maine and through strategic facilitation of community-based collaboration throughout the Seacoast New Hampshire and Southern Maine region.
Kennebunk Savings grant funding will support the facilitation of a “Master Trainer” series, created to carry the message of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and the effect of toxic stress Toxic stress occurs when stress response systems are overtaxed, which can be particularly dangerous for young children, having an adverse impact on their developing brain, immune system, metabolic system and cardiovascular system. Toxic stress early in life can lead to negative health outcomes later in life, including substance use disorder. to every sector of the community, adapting the approach we take to law enforcement, counseling, rehabilitation and social work. Adverse Childhood Experiences are instances of abuse or neglect experienced by people under the age of 18. In 1997, a study found a strong connection between high ACE scores and negative health outcomes later in life.
What they do: SOS Recovery Community Organization is a collaborative of peers in recovery from substance use disorder and their allies working together to create safe spaces and peer-based recovery supports throughout Strafford and Rockingham Counties, NH. SOS and its Recovery Community Centers exist to bolster and grow the local recovery community through: recovery coaching, crisis response, telephone recovery support, workshops, advocacy, partnerships with diverse community organizations and more.
Kennebunk Savings grant funding will support a new transportation program at their Hampton recovery center, as well as sponsorship of SOS’ “Innovations in Recovery” conference, New England’s premier peer recovery conference. The event will bring national keynote speakers to New Hampshire to share the latest research in peer recovery and its intersection with trauma, Trauma is, in this case, a deeply distressing or disturbing personal experience that may or may not be physical or violent in nature.toxic stress, Toxic stress occurs when stress response systems are overtaxed, which can be particularly dangerous for young children, having an adverse impact on their developing brain, immune system, metabolic system and cardiovascular system. Toxic stress early in life can lead to negative health outcomes later in life, including substance use disorder.and harm reduction Harm Reduction describes public health policies designed to lessen the social or physical consequences associated with behaviors such as recreational drug use and sexual activity. Harm reduction policies are used to nonjudgmentally manage behaviors. .
What they do: The Center for Grieving Children is a nonprofit organization that provides peer support, outreach, education and a safe gathering space to children, teens and families suffering a loss. Services are provided for free at centers throughout southern Maine.
Kennebunk Savings grant funding supported their March 2020 Bereavement Conference: “Fostering Resiliency, Support, and Hope Following Loss,” providing the latest research and discussions about trauma-informed care for educators, counselors and social workers.
What they do: the Granite Youth Alliance (GYA) is a collection of youth groups in Rockingham and Strafford Counties, NH that focuses on drug prevention, under the auspices of United Way of the Greater Seacoast. GYA teams are based in middle and high schools – teens meet weekly and plan various activities and action items related to education, prevention, and community health.
Kennebunk Savings grant funding will support youth leadership groups in Portsmouth, Newmarket and Stratham, NH, as well as the GYA Youth Empowerment Training for middle and high school students who want to get involved in preventing the harm caused by substance misuse in their communities.
What they do: Maine Association of Recovery Residences (MARR) manages the ethical and safety standards for recovery residences in Maine. All people seeking recovery-based housing should have access to a safe and welcoming residence where they can live a healthy life.
Kennebunk Savings grant funding will provide a community training video for recovery residence peer leaders which will be used as part of the recovery residence certification process.
What they do: New Hampshire Public Broadcasting (NHPBS) inspires their one million NH viewers each month with engaging and trusted local and national programs on-air, online, in classrooms and in communities.
Kennebunk Savings grant funding will support exclusive sponsorship of the documentary “Roads to Recovery IV,” which focuses on veterans impacted by substance use disorder.
What they do: Step Up Parents provides financial assistance to caregivers (relatives or in some cases close family friends) in New Hampshire raising the children of parents with substance use disorder.
Kennebunk Savings grant funding will support marketing and fundraising support for assisting kinship caregivers.
What they do: The Triangle Club is a welcoming meetinghouse and a leading source of recovery support in Dover, NH. They provide a safe environment for those recovering from substance use disorder, where shared experience leads to empowerment, respect and a new way of life.
Kennebunk Savings grant funding will support systemized and sustainable marking and fundraising.