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Easter Seals Maine’s
Military & Veterans Services
Easter Seals Maine’s
Provide exceptional services that
enable people with challenges to
enjoy equal opportunities to
work, live, learn and play in their
Service Menu:
 Early Intervention Therapies
(birth to age 3)
- Physical, occupational, speech &
developmental therapies
 Specially Designed Instruction/
Therapeutic Preschool (ages 3-6)
 Case Management Services (birth to
age 20)
 Vocational Services (teens & adults)
Military & Veterans Services:
 Based on successful model at Easter
Seals New Hampshire since 2007
 Launched with support of NH’s TAG
and the NH National Guard
 Funded by Department of Defense &
private donations
 Care Coordination / Case Management
Services during deployment cycle
 Emergency financial assistance
Military & Veterans Services
 Care Coordination Program:
- Clinical supervisor (LCSW)
- Case management staff
- In-home model
• Hallmark of program is one-to-one
relationships & convenience,
confidentiality of in-home service
Military & Veterans Services
 NH’s Significant Outcomes
(N= 2,900 over past 6 years)
63 averted suicides
400 employment placements
200 housing placements
No one in the program has
committed suicide since launch
 Looking to replicate these results
in Maine
Military & Veterans Services
 Emergency Assistance Fund
 Philanthropic arm called
“Maine Veterans Count”
 $1 million raised annually in NH
 800 families helped in total
 Covers emergency auto repair,
childcare, food, medical, rent, etc
 “Hand up” not “handout”
 Part of an individualized
community re-integration plan
Client Testimonial:
click here for WCSH6 news story
Maine Program Launch:
 Hire program director
 Build awareness
 Raise funds to support the work
 Gala on November 15th w/ Col David
Sutherland of Easter Seals National
 Partner with military & civilian programs
to build support network
 Advocate for “program of record” status /
long-term sustainability
Partnership Opportunities:
 VA Rural Coordinating Pilot Grant
 Invited to participate as a partner with
 ESME to supply Care Coordination
 Focus on rural counties of Aroostook
and Washington
 ESME as part of a strategy that
considers the whole person
Partnership Opportunities:
 Portland Veterans Network
 Chamber program to be acquired by
 Links veterans with mentors in
Greater Portland to enhance
employment opportunities
 Military & Veterans “Summit”
 October 2, Portland
Other Potential Partnerships:
 Habitat for Humanity
How You Can Help:
 Spread the word
 Support our advocacy for becoming
a “program of record”
 Link us to providers of services
 Attend our October 2nd “Summit”
or November 15th Kickoff Gala
Charlie Summers, Military & Veterans
Program Director
[email protected]
Gail Wilkerson, Executive Director
[email protected]

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