News & Events
There’s always a lot going on at Spruce Run-Womancare Alliance and in the communities we serve. Find out more about upcoming events, community awareness activities, and prevention and training programs.
We’d like you to be a part of all we do!
Thanks for wondering about how we are doing! Here are a few highlights of the last six months of our work as the Alliance:
- We continue to provide a full spectrum of services at both the Dover-Foxcroft and Bangor Resource Centers including support and education groups, hotline, court advocacy, emergency shelter, transitional housing and prevention education. During these first six months we answered 2,900 hotline calls as we provided service to over 900 individuals. Sixty-eight women participated in support and education groups and forty seven women and children were sheltered. Two hundred seven individuals received court advocacy services and twenty seven women and children participated in transitional housing services.
- In the prevention education arena, 2007 individuals were surveyed after their participation in educational programs. Eighty-eight percent reported increased knowledge of domestic violence and shared statements such as, “I learned how to handle a situation better when someone is in an abusive relationship,” and “I learned that it is not so simple to just leave an abusive relationship.”
- Alliance staff have been working in association with the Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence to prepare and train law enforcement officers to implement the use of ODARA (Ontario Domestic Assault Risk Assessment). This assessment tool will be required for use in January 2015 by all police officers in Maine responding to domestic abuse calls. As of the end of April over 300 officers have been trained in the use of this tool. Additionally, nine agreements have been signed with local law enforcement agencies enabling advocates to call victims after a perpetrator’s arrest for domestic violence for the purpose of assisting with safety planning.
- Our combined Steering Committee has been meeting monthly since October, sometimes in Bangor and sometimes in Dover-Foxcroft. Members are enjoying getting to know one another and learning more about the two county region we all serve together. Additionally, the Steering Committee has worked to develop comprehensive personnel policies, including a merged salary scale and benefits plan. A great deal has been accomplished, and there is much to do – stay tuned for further developments!
Registration is now open for Harmony Camp in Greenville, Dover-Foxcroft, and Dexter. You can register online or print/mail in the registration form. Find out more about 2014 Harmony Camp.
Please join us as we run and walk in honor of Amy, Monica, and Coty at the 4th Annual Memorial 5K Race/Walk to End Domestic Violence. Click here to register online.
Erin’s Run is an annual 5K Road Race in Bangor, Maine held in honor of Erin McGrath Woolley and in support of the Spruce Run-Womancare Alliance, and a scholarship in Erin’s honor for a member of the University of Maine Swimming and Diving Team.
Join us at 10AM for the 2nd Annual Erin’s Run 5K Road Race on the Bangor Waterfront on May 3rd, 2014. Register today for $25 and receive a free t-shirt!
Erin McGrath Woolley worked at Spruce Run as an advocate for women and at the time of her passing she was enrolled at the University of Vermont Law School with the goal of being a family attorney in order to continue her advocacy work. The second beneficiary of Erin’s Run is a scholarship set up through the University of Maine Athletic Boosters. The Erin M. Woolley Scholarship Fund is an award given annually to an underclassman member of Maine swimming and diving that best embodies the contributions of dedication, spirit, and spunk that Erin brought to the program. We run this race to remember Erin and to provide financial and community support to the causes in which she believed!
We have some exciting news! As of October 1, 2013, Womancare and Spruce Run have merged. We have chosen to maintain the corporate structure of Spruce Run and rename the organization the Spruce Run-Womancare Alliance, which reflects the future continuity in the Alliance’s mission. The Alliance remains committed to providing the highest quality supports to those affected by domestic violence in the communities we serve throughout Piscataquis and Penobscot Counties.
Why did we merge? In 2011, the Maine Department of Health and Human Services announced that funding for domestic violence services in the state of Maine would be changing to be in better compliance with federal requirements. Historically, DHHS contracted with each domestic violence organization in the state. Now, however, the state would be providing one contract for domestic violence services per health district, instead of one contract per domestic violence organization. Health District #6 is comprised of Penobscot and Piscataquis Counties, and there were two separate domestic violence organizations serving these counties (Spruce Run and Womancare, respectively). In anticipation of this change, Spruce Run and Womancare began working together to decide how to apply for funding so that victims of domestic abuse in both counties would still receive quality services. Through monthly meetings for over a year, both organizations realized that the partnership committee they had formed was about much more than how to receive state funding; it was about how to provide the best quality services for victims of abuse across a very broad health district. As a result, the Spruce Run-Womancare partnership committee came to an understanding that they can work more efficiently and effectively together, rather than separately, and that victims of domestic abuse in Penobscot and Piscataquis counties would benefit greatly from the combined resources and expertise of the two organizations.
With regard to services, the facilities in Dover-Foxcroft and Bangor will remain the Resource Centers for those affected by domestic violence in Piscataquis and Penobscot Counties as well as the prevention education programming centers for this region. We reaffirm that the Spruce Run-Womancare Alliance is a dedicated member of the Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence.
We look forward to enhancing our crucial relationship with our donors and community partners as we move forward together.
Spruce Run is hosting “Bangor Walks to End Abuse” on October 24th as part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Join us and other members of the community as we walk a loop around downtown to raise awareness about domestic abuse. We are inviting all members of the greater Bangor community to walk together in support of survivors, to remember those who have been lost and make a statement that we will not tolerate abuse in our community.
11:00 pm -12pm | Gather at West Market Square
Come get your purple! Purple is our awareness color so we envision a sea of purple walking around town. We’ll be giving out free purple balloons, purple ribbon temporary tattoos, purple ribbon stickers and more. We’re even giving out Free purple T-shirts to those who register for the walk.
Bring your kids for the Hands are Not for Hurting Activity, which focuses on engaging young children in becoming a part of a healthy community. Children are asked to trace their hands on a banner and pledge that they will not use their hands to hurt others. The banner will then be carried during this walk.
Show your support of Spruce Run and our mission to end abuse in our community. We are encouraging everyone to bring your company or school signs/banners, etc. and help us make this a successful event that demonstrates our community’s commitment to raising awareness and ending abuse.
12:00 pm | We walk!
Participants should be ready to walk shortly after noon.Walkers will begin to make their way down Main Street and will follow the flow of traffic up Hammond, onto Harlow, turning onto Main Street, walking up to Water Street and Back down Main to West Market Square. This is a half mile walk.
A short remembrance ceremony will begin upon our return. Candles will be lit to honor those who have lost their lives due to domestic violence. Speakers from Spruce Run and the community will focus on affirming their commitment to ending abuse.
Don’t forget your lunch! Registered participants can pick up their bag lunch immediately following the ceremony. The Darling’s Ice Cream Truck will also be on hand with some very tasty treats. This event is projected to end at 1:30pm.
Wow, this year’s “Race to End Domestic Abuse” is going to be amazing! Don’t miss out on this great event in Guilford. Pledge sheets and race registration forms are still available by visiting www.wmncare.org
Spruce Run is hosting the 3rd Annual “Lincoln Walks to End Abuse” event on October 10th as part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
11:00am-5:00pm: The Clothesline Project, T-Shirt Pick-Up, & Children’s Activities
Spruce Run is proud to join groups across the globe in participating in the Clothesline Project. T-shirts are decorated by victims of abuse throughout Penobscot County and hung on a clothesline for display. With its vibrant yellows, oranges and reds, our shirts reflect the prevalence of domestic violence and vividly detail the impact for the victims and their loved ones. Please consider visiting this impactful and beautiful display of strength, courage, and hope. Those who pre-register can pick up t-shirts at this time and children can participate in fun activities, such as our Hands Are Not For Hitting activity.
5:00-6:30pm: Walk & Candlelight Vigil
Join Lincoln Town Manager William Lawrence and other members of the community as we walk a loop around town to raise awareness about domestic abuse. We are inviting all members of the greater Lincoln community to participate in this event to show that we are in support of survivors, that we remember those who have been killed and that we will not tolerate abuse in our community.
Check out the News and Events section of our website for more details and to register for the Walk to End Abuse in Lincoln. Want to do more? Browse our other Domestic Violence Awareness events for the month of October.
Sign up for the walk today and get a t-shirt before they run out! Get more information and sign up by visiting the Lincoln Walks to End Abuse Website.
For more information about Domestic Violence Awareness Month, please take a look at our website.
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM)!
You can get involved in raising awareness by participating in our events. Take a look at our October calendar of awareness events here.
We will be holding two “Walk to End Abuse” events. This year marks our 3rd annual walk in Lincoln on October 10. Last year we had over 100 participants! For more information visit the Lincoln Walk event page. We will be holding our 2nd annual Bangor Walks to End abuse this year on October 24th. Last year Bangor came together with over 300 participants. Let’s make this another record year. You can find out more and register online by visiting our Bangor Walk event page.
Spruce Run is celebrating four decades of work to end domestic abuse this year!
There will be a formal celebration at Hollywood Casino Hotel on September 20, 2013 from 6pm-9pm. The evening will include dinner, guest speakers, and many interactive displays for you to learn more about Spruce Run’s long and influential history.
If you are interested in attending, please RSVP to Bev at 945-5102 or firstname.lastname@example.org by September 13th.
If you have any thoughts/experiences about spruce run that you would like to share, please contact Bev by phone or e-mail.
This event is free of charge due to a generous sponsorship provided by Hollywood Casino.