Volume 09 | DECEMBER 1, 2018
Monthly News and Events
Program sponsored by the Sturgeon Bay Jaycees

The final days to sign up for Toys for Kids program at the Jaycees Hall is as follows:

Friday, December 7th 5:00pm-8:00pm
Saturday, December 8th 12:00pm-3:00pm
Sunday, December 9th 9:00am-12:00pm
SAFE TOYS AND GIFTS MONTH - December - National Day Calendar

NATIONAL SAFE TOYS AND GIFTS MONTH During December, participate in Safe Toys and Gifts Month. Since December is the biggest gift-giving month in the world, it's important to keep safety in mind as you're shopping for the little ones in your life. ...

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Community Connections Corner
Happy Holidays Everyone!

This November marked the one year anniversary of Community Connections! I feel blessed and honored to have worked with more than 27 wonderful families over this past year!
I was excited to be able to connect families with resources here in Door County that offer housing assistance, utility bill assistance, dental care, food and more.
A few families I met with were in need of a little extra support with their children. Whether their children were facing challenges at school, in community programs or at home, we took a look at those challenges and then I connected them with an appropriate resource to provide some longer term support.
Community Connections is absolutely FREE, confidential and a judgment free zone. Sometimes raising families is challenging. I know this first hand, so please reach out, I am happy to provide a listening ear and a hand up!

Do view the full details about Community Connections click here .

To connect with me you can fill out this interest form , call or text me at (920) 421-3145 or email me at partnershipconnector@gmail.com


"Rebecca was a great pleasure to work with! I think this new service is really great!" ~ local mother

"I think what you are doing is really awesome! I know County workers care, but it is nice to talk to someone who can really relate to what you're going through. " ~ local mother
Supporting Literacy in Door County

 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten
To participate:
  • read with your young child
  • color a shape for each book read
  • come in to receive a sticker from the library for each page of 100 books
  • put a sticker on the fish at the library for each page finished
  • complete 1000 books and receive a book as the final prize
Miss Beth's Monthly Pick
Local Events & Opportunities
Training on Adolescent Brain Development
*** Light refreshments will be served. Please RSVP with Kathy Zak at (920) 746-2349 by Wednesday, December 12, 2018
A Film Screening and Panel Discussion Related to Addiction
*** click image to view the trailer ***

Thursday, January 10, 2018
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Donald and Carol Kress Pavilion
7845 Church Street, Egg Harbor

Panel, Q&A, and Discussion will follow the film

Light Meal provided at 5:00 p.m.
Film starts at 5:30 p.m.
Supporting Early Childhood Development
Infants & Toddlers (Approximate Ages 0-3) | Parent...

Being a parent of a baby or a toddler can be both fun and hard work. If your child is age three or younger, this page is meant for you. These links will help you learn how to give your child a healthy start to life.

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Supporting Door County Youth & Teens

Anti-Bullying Program Makes a Big Impact at Three Door County Schools
Challenge Day Vision
Our vision is that every child lives in a world where they feel safe, loved and celebrated.

Challenge Day Mission
Challenge Day provides youth and their communities with experiential programs that demonstrate the possibility of love and connection through the celebration of diversity, truth and full expression.

Challenge Day Recap:
"Challenge Day is a social emotional learning day that works to build connection, empathy, and inclusivity between students. The day was about being our most authentic self, by being real and sharing about who we really are. We walk around each day showing people 10% of who we are, but what would happen if we dropped that 10% image and showed people the real us? The day was all about showing others who we truly are, where we really come from, what makes us the person we are today. We did this by forming small family groups and completing an activity called if you really knew me. This was an opportunity to share life experiences that have influenced the person we are today. It gave us the chance to heal, share deep emotional stories that we rarely share with others, and help others understand what makes us the person we are. This was an extremely powerful activity that showed me everyone has a story and you never know what a person has survived to get them to where they are at today. The day taught me that you can’t judge a person by one glance, there is so much more to a person than appearance. In the afternoon we did an activity called cross the line. The Challenge Day leaders announced different scenarios that you may have experienced, and if it was true for you, you crossed the line. Some examples were; have you ever been judged on your appearance, have you ever been in foster care, do you have a family member with a physical or mental disability, did you grow up in a single parent home, has one or both of your parents passed away, etc. This activity really built connection among students and adult volunteers. There is so much power in seeing that someone you know has experienced similar challenges in life. Of all the scenarios that were listed, there was never a time a student crossed the line by themselves, there was always someone else who has experienced that same scenario. Overall, the day was very powerful and impactful. It showed me that you never know what a person has experienced and there is power in showing compassion and love for others." ~ Dakota Londo

"I went into Challenge Day with an open mind, as these type of events are usually uncomfortable for me. The facilitators did a fantastic job of making everyone feel included & engaged. Before we knew it, students & adults were interacting on a human level without labels & roles being a concern.  
We were encouraged to step outside of our comfort zones, be in the moment, express ourselves, & share openly, without judgment or bias. I believe every person could benefit from experiencing a Challenge Day!" ~ Melissa Andrews
Supporting Door County Youth
with Different Abilities
Come hear about a new Resource coming to Door County

At Lindamood-Bell, we DREAM BIG for learning.
We believe, passionately, that all children and adults can be taught to read, comprehend, and do math to their potential.
We identify strengths and weaknesses that may be affecting school performance. Our instruction is based on an individual’s learning needs.
Some students come to us with previous diagnoses such as dyslexia, autism spectrum disorders, or general learning challenges—and we make a difference for each of them.
Some students seek our help to enhance their skills or to just make learning easier—and we do.

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Local Resource Spotlight
Salvation Army Emergency Fund
The Salvation Army of Door County functions as a “service extension” of the Salvation Army Corporate office in Milwaukee. Service Extensions do not have a building and / or office so assistance is handled by volunteers.   
Our Purpose:  To provide emergency assistance to individuals and families residing or employed in Door County, Wisconsin.

The Salvation Army of Door County may be able to offer assistance with utility bill, rent or mortgage, hotel/motel stay (maximum 2 nights) and vehicle repair (through a partnership with Door-Tran). Assistance is provided upon approval and only after all other local resources have been exhausted.
To receive assistance Individuals should call (920) 885-1260 and leave a message. This phone number is available 24/7 however calls are returned on Mondays each week. An appointment will be set up and any monetary assistance will be provided directly to the vendor (i.e. motel / hotel, utility company, etc.) or Landlord.

In extreme emergency shelter situations, individuals can contact the Door County Sheriff's Department for assistance at (920) 746-2400.

Door County Partnership
for Children and Families
Next Quarterly Meeting is
Friday, December 14, 2018 @ 8:15am

Everyone is Welcome!

The Partnership is open to any Door County Community member. You are especially encouraged to attend our quarterly Partnership meetings to hear what the Partnership has been working on. This program is person-centered and requires feedback from community members to be successful. Please be sure to share any feedback or suggestions you may have, we want to hear your voice!
If you have any questions or would like to learn more about the Door County Partnership for Children and Families, please contact:

Candis Dart
Partnership Coordinator
(920) 421-3144
The Door County Partnership for Children and Families together with our partner organizations, is dedicated to connecting people to resources through a family-centered approach in order to achieve social emotional well-being and school success.

For questions regarding Community Connections
contact Rebecca Nicholson at
(920) 421-3145 or  partnershipconnector@gmail.com .

Check out Door County Resources on the Door County Library website!
"Working together and supporting families."