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RESOURCES for SENIORS and CAREGIVERS

Based on conversations with community leaders across the US, many seniors are unaware of the available care options and programs that can help maintain their independence and quality of life. A group of senior advocates from Caring.com, a senior care organization that supports family caregivers and their loved ones, put together a free resource that provides comprehensive information on topics
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New Support Group!

NEW SUPPORT GROUP FOR THE VISUALLY IMPAIRED AND THEIR LOVED ONES FORMING IN CUMBERLAND COUNTY   The first meeting of the Cumberland County Support Group will take place on Wednesday, June 19, 2019 from 10:00AM-noon at The Iris Network, 189 Park Avenue, Portland. We invite any who are blind or have low vision and their family members. Come make friends and share resources. At this the
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Falmouth Lions AUCTION Saturday, June 1

It’s time for SPRING CLEANING & RENEWAL!   Free up some space by DONATING used items you want out of a house or business or Come and FIND NEW TREASURES at an amazing deal!     2019 FALMOUTH LIONS ANNUAL AUCTION   Saturday, June 1, 2019   100 Woods Rd. – Falmouth, Maine   INCREDIBLE auction deals on: boats, cars, mowers, furniture, exercise
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Alternative Wellness Services on 207

The Iris Network was mentioned on the 207 show on News Center Maine this past week. The feature highlights Amber Elliott and her award winning business, Alternative Wellness Services, providing mental health support and personal adjustment counseling to our clients who are blind or visually impaired.  Alternative Wellness Services Amber Elliott started Alternative Wellness
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Dietary Aide

Position :  Dietary Aide, in Portland, part-time, no benefits, 20 hours/week (M-F, flexible schedule.) Start date:   immediate Agency :  The Iris Network - www.theiris.org - a community-based nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization with a mission of helping people who are visually impaired or blind attain independence and community integration. The Iris Network seeks a Dietary Aide to
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Upcoming Iris Network Events

05/27/2019 01:00 PM to 02:30 PM
A support group for clients with low vision is available in the Bangor area

In collaboration with Maine’s Division for the Blind and Visually Impaired (DBVI) and The Iris Network, a support group for clients with low vision in the Bangor area has formed with an initial six members and is open for new members to join. They meet at the Career Center on the second and forth Monday every month at 1-2:30pm.  Family and friends are also invited. Sessions are now led by DBVI or The Iris Network staff, addressing participants’ areas of interest where members share their experiences and needs. For more information, contact Sue Summers at ssummers@theiris.org.

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06/10/2019 01:00 PM to 02:30 PM
A support group for clients with low vision is available in the Bangor area

In collaboration with Maine’s Division for the Blind and Visually Impaired (DBVI) and The Iris Network, a support group for clients with low vision in the Bangor area has formed with an initial six members and is open for new members to join. They meet at the Career Center on the second and forth Monday every month at 1-2:30pm.  Family and friends are also invited. Sessions are now led by DBVI or The Iris Network staff, addressing participants’ areas of interest where members share their experiences and needs. For more information, contact Sue Summers at ssummers@theiris.org.

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06/24/2019 01:00 PM to 02:30 PM
A support group for clients with low vision is available in the Bangor area

In collaboration with Maine’s Division for the Blind and Visually Impaired (DBVI) and The Iris Network, a support group for clients with low vision in the Bangor area has formed with an initial six members and is open for new members to join. They meet at the Career Center on the second and forth Monday every month at 1-2:30pm.  Family and friends are also invited. Sessions are now led by DBVI or The Iris Network staff, addressing participants’ areas of interest where members share their experiences and needs. For more information, contact Sue Summers at ssummers@theiris.org.

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07/ 8/2019 01:00 PM to 02:30 PM
A support group for clients with low vision is available in the Bangor area

In collaboration with Maine’s Division for the Blind and Visually Impaired (DBVI) and The Iris Network, a support group for clients with low vision in the Bangor area has formed with an initial six members and is open for new members to join. They meet at the Career Center on the second and forth Monday every month at 1-2:30pm.  Family and friends are also invited. Sessions are now led by DBVI or The Iris Network staff, addressing participants’ areas of interest where members share their experiences and needs. For more information, contact Sue Summers at ssummers@theiris.org.

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Upcoming Community Events

05/21/2019
Visually Impaired Support Team Alliance or VISTA

Originated in the Augusta area, allowing people with a vision impairment to meet in an informal environment to talk about our challenges and how we overcome those challenges.  We mentor and support one another by listening to one another, offering encouragement, and praising one another for overcoming and achieving.  No achievement is ever too small!  We meet on the First and Third Tuesdays of each month.  The time is 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm EST.  We welcome you!  for more information, please call or write: Leona McKenna 207-333-7087

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05/21/2019 06:00 PM to 07:30 PM
Waterville Disability Peer Support Group

Waterville Disability Peer Support Group 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Pleasant Street
United Methodist Church. This group meets each month on the third Tuesday of the month. For more information, contact Alpha One in Bangor at (207) 941-6553 or TTY (877) 229-8954.

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05/23/2019 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Visual Impairment Service Team (VIST) Education and Support Group

Education and Support group hosted by the Visual Impairment Services Team at VA Maine: 4th Thursday of the month from 10-11:30am (except Nov. and Dec. when it occurs the 3rd Thursday).  This is a closed group for veterans enrolled in the VA Maine Visual Impairment Services Team (VIST) program.  Contact Amy Tague at 1-877-421-8263, ext. 5944 for more information on how to participate.

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05/29/2019
The Wells Support Group

The Wells Support Group, For people with vision impairments and their significant others, Wells Congregational Church, Post Road (US Route 1) last Wednesday of the month from September until June (except July and August), from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. FMI call Brenda Bacon 207-646-7079.

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189 Park Avenue
Portland, ME 04102
(207) 774-6273
www.theiris.org

The Iris Network is a community-based, Maine nonprofit 501(c)(3) public benefit corporation. Our vision is to build a world where no person is limited by visual impairment or blindness. The Iris Network is accredited by the National Accreditation Council for Blindness and Low Vision Services.

 
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