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Boothbay Region Peer Center opens its doors

November 28 2018

The Boothbay region has a new peer support and recovery center through Amistad, a Portland-based nonprofit. The Boothbay Region Peer Center at 35 School St. in Boothbay Harbor officially opened its doors Nov. 20 to those seeking help with mental health and substance abuse issues.

Read more from the Boothbay Register >>

United Way of Greater Portland invests $3.74M

August 16 2018

Thanks United Way!

Amistad is happy to announce we have received capacity building funds from the United Way! This money will be used to improve our infrastructure and help manage all of our different, ever expanding programs.

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News Image: Jaylynn Tenney, 6, and her grandmother Angie Newhouse shop for candy in Scrummy Afters on Saturday on Water Street in downtown Hallowell

Small Business Saturday a big deal for shoppers in central Maine

Nov 25 2017

The mugs at the Holiday Pottery Shop caught the eye of Christina Juarez of Sidney, who was out shopping specifically to support small businesses on Saturday.

Read more from the Press Herald >>

Holiday shopping to help people in recovery

Nov 25 2017

Many holiday shoppers hit Portland's streets to get gifts Saturday.
At dozens of stores, some of the money customers spent went to Amistad, a non-profit recovery center in Portland for people struggling with drug use.

Read more from WCSH News 6 >>

Old Port stores to donate portion of sales made Saturday to peer community

Nov 25 2017

50 shops in Portland's Old Port will donate a portion of their sales on Saturday to Amistad Peer Support and Recovery as part of Shop for a Cause.

Read more from WMTW News 8 >>

Portland Press Herald Image: Mark Perry, a peer coach at Amistad, right, speaks with Billy, left, on Friday in Portland as he walks around downtown.

Maine officials unsettled by threat to block grants that help so many

April 24 2017

President Trump wants to eliminate a federal program that provides more than $16 million annually for initiatives in communities all over the state.

Read more from the Press Herald >>

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Amistad

It's not often that we get thanked by someone who we have arrested.

Today, while on the foot-beat, Officer Savage and Officer Moore were flagged down by a passerby. He introduced himself as Steven, and wanted to thank the Portland Police Department for "saving" his life. Steven told us that he had been arrested for operating under the influence in 2014 by Portland Police officers. Steven was an alcoholic and struggled with his addiction for many years prior.

While on the way to the jail, and at the jail, Steven and officers had a talk about what had occurred--and how he might be able to change his life for the better. It was on this night, Steven said, that he decided he wanted to fight back and leave alcohol in the rear-view. Steven has been sober since that day in April of 2014, and says that if it wasn't for the help from Portland Police officers, he may not have sought out recovery and would have continued to face hardships.

Often, when an officer is injured or killed in the line of duty, we see comments like "well that's what they signed up for". I think moments like these are what we truly "sign up for". We, as police officers, want to help people be better than they were before contact with us.

It was nice to hear Steven's story and see that he was left in a better place than he was in before his interaction with police on that winter's night. We want to thank Steven for sharing his story with us, and for allowing us to share it with you.

Pictured below is Steven with Officer Savage, today, on Commercial St.
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3 days ago

Amistad

It's not often that we get thanked by someone who we have arrested.

Today, while on the foot-beat, Officer Savage and Officer Moore were flagged down by a passerby. He introduced himself as Steven, and wanted to thank the Portland Police Department for "saving" his life. Steven told us that he had been arrested for operating under the influence in 2014 by Portland Police officers. Steven was an alcoholic and struggled with his addiction for many years prior.

While on the way to the jail, and at the jail, Steven and officers had a talk about what had occurred--and how he might be able to change his life for the better. It was on this night, Steven said, that he decided he wanted to fight back and leave alcohol in the rear-view. Steven has been sober since that day in April of 2014, and says that if it wasn't for the help from Portland Police officers, he may not have sought out recovery and would have continued to face hardships.

Often, when an officer is injured or killed in the line of duty, we see comments like "well that's what they signed up for". I think moments like these are what we truly "sign up for". We, as police officers, want to help people be better than they were before contact with us.

It was nice to hear Steven's story and see that he was left in a better place than he was in before his interaction with police on that winter's night. We want to thank Steven for sharing his story with us, and for allowing us to share it with you.

Pictured below is Steven with Officer Savage, today, on Commercial St.
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