Progressive Employment Model

Saturday, September 24, 2016 @ 9am

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Julie Rabinowitz
Director of Policy, Operations
and Communications
Maine Department of Labor

Libby Stone Sterling
Assistant Director

Maine Department of Labor
Division of Vocational Rehabiitation

Progressive Employment Program –

The Bureau of Rehabilitation Services of the Maine Department of Labor works to bring about full access to employment, independence and community integration for people with disabilities. Our Progressive Employment program meets the needs of employers and Maine youth with disabilities by matching them to employment-related activities. We work with selected youth to identify strengths, interests and career goals and then identify employers that offer career opportunities in the young person’s field of interest. Employers may participate through:

Job Tours: Let youth see what your business is all about!

Interviews: Offer a young job seeker an opportunity to practice interview skills or, better yet, let them interview you to find out more about you and your business.

Job Shadows: Invite a youth to see jobs at your business in action.

Work Experience: Provide a work experience to help a youth gain skills, with wages and workers’ compensation paid through DVR.

On-the-Job Training: Hire a young person and have some initial training costs offset.

Sometimes Progressive Employment activities lead to a job offer but there is no expectation that an employer do so.


Bureau of Rehabilitation Services |

Services for employers who are looking to hire or accommodate a current employee with a disability |

Information about Vocational rehabilitation services for youth |

Client stories with employer input (short videos) describing Vocational Rehabilitation |

Succession Planning Event

Saturday, September 17, 2016 @ 9am

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Catherine Wygant FossettX
Catherine Wygant Fossett
Executive Director
Institute for Family Owned Business

Succession Planning Part 3 of 3
September 29, 2016, 8am – 10:30am
Husson University, Southern Campus
340 County Rd, Westbrook, ME 04092

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As the daughter of a U.S. Foreign Service officer, Catherine was a world-wide traveler, graduated from Bates College, then settled in Portland. She split 20 years between Hewins Travel, as director of marketing, and Hurley Travel Experts, as director of sales. Catherine served as executive director of the Boothbay Harbor Region Chamber of Commerce for the past three years. She remains on boards at the Boothbay Civic Association and Boothbay Sea & Science Center.

The Institute’s board chairman, John Isaacson, says of Catherine, “Her skills seem ideal for the Institute, since she’s travelled the globe and worked with such a broad range of businesses at the Boothbay Chamber. That parallels the Institute’s membership in many, many ways.”

Galaxie Salsa

Saturday, September 17, 2016 @ 9am

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Dana Carmen
Galaxie Salsa


Prepare to Share –

Galaxie Salsa Co. was established in 2010 by Dana Carman of Buxton, Maine. The overwhelmingly positive response to our zucchini salsa is the motivation behind its production and the reason you have to try it! Like many who venture into the “specialty food business,” we knew that we had a great product because we were constantly being asked to make it for people and giving it away. Though suggestions from friends, was initially what made this idea come alive, support from YOU is the reason we are such a success!

The inspiration behind the name comes from our 63′ Ford Galaxie. Yes, the GALAXIE is real, and in our garage! Classic cars have always been a family passion; a way for us to do things together. We actually started selling salsa “out of the trunk” at car shows. Eventually, people would see us and ask, “Where’s that GALAXIE SALSA?” and that is how we got our name!

With our focus always on balancing home, work, and family, this business venture couldn’t be more perfect! Though we started introducing our product at car shows, high demand prompted us to move into local stores to allow people other ways of finding us and now, with Hannaford Supermarket on board, more of you can find us in your local grocery store. We’ve got our area surrounded but we want to be everywhere you are…If you see the Galaxie on the road, you can be sure we are making it happen!

After five amazing years of sharing our salsa, some of our supporters have said ” GALAXIE SALSA practically sells itself.” It’s that good! If you have tried it, you understand! With five different styles and heats to choose from, we have one for you! See you on the road!

The inspiration behind the name comes from our 63′ Ford Galaxie. Yes, the GALAXIE is real, and is in our garage! Classic cars have always been a family passion; a way for us to do things together. We actually started selling salsa “out of the trunk” at car shows. Eventually, people would see us and ask, “Where’s that GALAXIE SALSA?”. So, that is how we got our name!

Music Heals 2016

Saturday, September 10, 2016 @ 9am

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Steve Webster

We are pleased to announce that Country Music Stars Steve Azar and Deana Carter will headline the 2016 Music Heals concert to benefit victims of human trafficking.  We are also pleased to introduce Nashville newcomer Emily Jubb.

The concert is Saturday, September 24th.  It takes place at the Performing Arts Center in Westbrook Maine.  Doors open at 5PM, the show begins at 6PM.

We are appreciative of the efforts of so many to make this evening happen including the Not Here Foundation who has been a leader in the fight against human trafficking.

Walk, Run or Roll Event

Saturday, September 10, 2016 @ 9am

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robbie-and-familyLynn Gierie
Robbie Foundation

Robbie was born with Cerebral Palsy in 1999.  To say that our lives have been a journey that continues to build on our purpose, hope and fulfillment would be an understatement.  Our son’s life is nothing short of a miracle, and every day with him reminds us that despite his disability, Robbie’s loving heart is touching many who have come to know him.

One of our favorite moments with Robbie is our cuddle time.  He is still so much like a baby and we still treasure having the rare opportunity of a teenager in our arms!  Does he test our endurance?  Of course.  Do we ever feel cheated? Certainly.  Are we emotionally & physically drained at times?  Yes.  But being this child’s parents has also brought more joy, fulfillment and gratitude into our lives than we ever would have imagined.  He has taught us true love, patience, selflessness and devotion.  Being parents has changed our lives, but being Robbie’s parents has been an overwhelming blessing God planted on us years ago.

Because of the kindness shown to us as we have raised our son, we have come to realize how great and meaningful it is to give.  There is enormous power to simply seeing a need and answering it.  Join us in our quest to helping others with special needs feel that they really do belong.  Along the way, we hope that your hearts will become tender to the many children out there who need our support to improve the quality of their lives.

– Lynn and Robert Gierie

Never worry about numbers. Help one person at a time,
and always start with the person nearest you.

— Mother Teresa