Community Resources & Supports Following Traumatic Events in Lewiston 

November 2, 2023
Upcoming Virtual Events

Community Grief Support via Zoom – Wednesday 11/1, 6:30pm-8pm

  • A facilitated community space for grief support where all are welcome
  • Organized by Maine Access Points
  • Contact MAP at (207) 370-9440 with questions (text, call, signal)

Circle of Parents – How to talk to your child about traumatic events via Zoom – Friday 11/3, 12pm-2pm

  • Learn how to engage in conversations with your children about trauma, fear, grief, and navigating those challenging emotions 
  • Contact Missy (Midcoast Maine Community Action) to register: (207) 442-7963 ext. 286 or
Upcoming In-Person Events

Grief Support at Freeport Community Services (53 Depot Street, Freeport)Wednesday 11/1, 3pm-5pm

  • A safe, supportive space to process the recent losses and trauma of last week with bereavement specialists and a pet therapy team

Love Lewiston Day at Tree Street Youth (144 Howe St, Lewiston)Friday 11/3, 9am-6pm

  • Writing thank you/encouragement cards, distributing remembrance ribbons, training to become a response listener

Community Paint Day at Wicked Illustrations Studio (140 Canal St, Lewiston)Friday 11/3, 1pm-6pm 

  • Using art to heal and navigate through grief
  • Community members can create a butterfly to add to the Wicked Wings Wall with any color they choose and words to describe Lewiston

Multi-Church Prayer Service at Kennedy Park (120 Park Street, Lewiston)Friday 11/3, 4pm-6pm

  • Prayer, family activities, refreshments, music

Healing Humor: A Relief Comedy at Great Falls Comedy Club (34 Court St, Auburn) Friday 11/3, 7:30pm

  • Local Maine comedians offer respite from sorrow by making laughter a priority
  • All ticket revenue and donations will go to the Lewiston-Auburn Area Response Fund

Running with Scissors at Great Falls Comedy Club (34 Court St, Auburn)Saturday 11/4, 7:30pm

  • An improv troupe offer respite from sorrow by making laughter a priority
  • All ticket revenue and donations will go to the Lewiston-Auburn Area Response Fund

Just-in-Time Community Pumpkin Tribute at Pediatric Associates (33 Mollison Way, Lewiston) and Hannaford (692 Sabattus St, Lewiston) Sunday 11/5, 1:30pm

  • In memory of and to honor the lost community members
  • Pumpkins will be carved and then placed on the lawn of Just-in-Time Recreation and across the street at the Pediatric Associates’ lawn
Ongoing Support
  • Family Assistance Center at Lewiston Armory (65 Central Avenue, Lewiston)open 10am to 5pm
  • Gateway Community Services based in Greater Portland and Lewiston areas
    • Providing free crisis support therapy (in-person or telehealth/statewide) for individuals & groups 
    • Form to apply; Facebook and Website
  • Included Health
    • Providing a free mental health service (virtual therapy or psychiatry) to Maine residents (use code LEWISTONSTRONG) 
    • Link to article here; Available through 11/25/23
  • Lewiston Auburn Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce
    • Facebook account has shared updates, resources, events
  • National Deaf Therapy – American Sign Language (ASL) Support Line
    • Providing 60 minutes of virtual wellness support to Maine residents
    • Book an appointment here for free
    • Visit Website for additional information about ongoing ASL therapy services and support circles
  • Tri-County Mental Health Services (1155 Lisbon St, Lewiston)
    • Providing mental health and substance use treatment In the Lewiston area 
    • Website and Facebook
Immediate Resources
  • Frontline WarmLine
    • For clinicians, health care workers, first responders, and school staff
    • Call (207) 221-8196 or text 898-211 from 8am-8pm, 7 days/week. Website
  • Maine Immigrant and Refugee Services + United Youth Empowerment Services Hotline
    • Call (207) 520-8176 for support finding and understanding resources in multiple languages
  • Spiritual Care Services of Maine – Hotline 
    • Call (207) 261-5200 for 24/7 access to a chaplain
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Disaster Distress Hotline
    • Toll-free, confidential support for individuals experiencing emotional distress due to natural disasters or acts of violence
    • Call 800-985-5990 or, for TTY/hearing-impaired access, call 800-846-8517
    • Text ‘TalkWithUs’ to 66746; para español, mensaje ‘habla con nosotros’ al 66746. Website 

If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health crisis, please call 988 or visit our website for a list of crisis resources.

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