Register for the Superhero Cornhole Classic Today 
We mastered the run, now we fly! Registration is open for Woodfords’ first ever Superhero Cornhole Classic, Saturday June 3rd at the Gorham Sports Center! Join our elite lineup of duos in a four-game round robin tournament followed by a sudden elimination match to determine the first ever Superhero Cornhole Classic champions! The first place champions take home $300! This is a family friendly event that will include children’s activities, refreshments, and more. Everyone is welcome to join! Registration for teams of two is open now, so find your super corny sidekick, pick a fun team name, and get ready to let the bags fly! 
Donor Spotlight: Locations Real Estate Group Employee Benefit
Locations Real Estate Group is owned by Maureen Zemrak and Edie Fontaine, two longtime Woodfords supporters. Maureen also serves as a member of the Board of Truestees and is the parent of a Woodfords consumer. For many years, she consistently coordinated the largest donations to the Superhero 5k in honor of her son Grady. The Zemrak and Fontaine families and Locations Real Estate Group collectively have donated $36,175 to Woodfords’ programs and services since 2016. We are so lucky to have them as friends.

As a new benefit to all Woodfords employees, Locations Real Estate Group is offering the Loved by Locations Program, which provides a $500 rebate at closing to any employee who works with Locations to buy or sell their home.

This month, Courtney Frost, BCBA at the Westbrook Schools is closing on the purchase of her first home with through the Loved by Locations Program! Congratulations Courtney and thank you Locations Real Estate Group for your continue support! 
Save the Date for the 2023 Auction Gala

Mark your calendars for this year’s annual Auction Gala, Saturday, September 23 from 6pm – 10pm at the Sheraton Sable Oaks in South Portland.

Stay tuned for more details include how to purchase tickets in upcoming communications! 
Thank you Foster Parents & Foster Care Professionals!
Today more than 391,000 children and youth are in foster care nationwide. Each May we take a moment to recognize and appreciate the incredible work of foster parents and foster care professionals. Each and every one of you play a vital role in supporting children and youth when they need it the most. We thank you for opening your homes, hearts, families, and careers to supporting our community’s most vulnerable children. 

Last week, in recognition of Foster Care Awareness & Appreciation Month we celebrated our incredible foster families and foster care community with a night at the Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine. The night was full of fun, festivities, and connection. Thank you to the Children’s Museum for being such gracious hosts. 
Meet our Newest Member of Facilities, Woodfords Student, Brison!
Named after Woodfords' Founders, the late Alan & Katrina Rich, Rich Moments celebrate the dedication of our staff to the agency's mission, and the successes, big and small, of the individuals with whom we work.
When a grieving student came to school in need of a positive male role model, he quickly found some unlikely friends while bonding over a vacuum. You see for Brison, vacuuming the school is a treasured reward and a responsibility he takes very seriously. One day when his vacuum needed repairs, Woodfords’ own Maintenance department rushed to answer his call without realizing the idols they’d quickly become in the process. What started out as simply repairing his vacuum has grown into a great friendship and so much more. On difficult days Brison calls upon our maintenance staff for reassurance, encouragement, and guidance. In every way possible the team, made up of Don, Greg, Karl, and Ryan, has and continues to go above and beyond to provide Brison with consistent reliable role models, talking him through his morning routine, encouraging him to come to school, and more. Most recently, the team gifted Brison with a Woodfords issued maintenance t-shirt, honoring him as the teams youngest member in history. This is just one in a sea of stories of the many ways our staff, whether in direct consumer facing roles or not, fulfill Woodfords’ mission, vision, and values through their work each and every day. Thank you to our Maintenance team for your incredible commitment to the individuals we serve!
Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!
Each year in early May we recognize and celebrate the impact of our educators during Teacher Appreciation Week with a unique line-up of themed days and activities that include gifts, snacks, and opportunities to connect and show appreciation for one another. This year our teachers are enjoying everything from free coffee from Aroma Joes, to “you float our boat” ice cream floats and so much more. Thank you to each and every one of our dedicated educators, you make a daily difference in the lives of our students. 
Happy Nurse's Week!

In honor of Nurses Week last week, we want to recognize and shout out the incredible work of our on-staff RN, Stacey Jensen. Stacey is a dedicated member of our Training & Resource Department and does a great job keeping Woodfords staff and consumers safe, healthy, and informed. Thank you Stacey for your unique contributions to our work, happy Nurses Week! 
Grants, Awards and of Note
  • The M&T Bank Charitable Foundation has generously awarded Woodfords’ Family Wellness programs a $5,000 grant to support programming efforts. Woodfords’ Family Wellness Programs include the Sibshops Sibling Support Program, the Pathways to Transition Parent and Caregiver Support Group, and more. 

  • J.McLaughlin, a Wells boutique, hosted its annual Sip & Shop event in honor of autism acceptance month and Woodfords. Thanks to store manager Kelly, this is the third year J.McLaughlin has generously donated a portion of its sales from this event to the agency.

  • Westbrook Hannaford selected Woodfords to be the recipient of their Hannaford Helps reusable bag program throughout the month of April. With the support of our generous community, Woodfords received a total donation of $478. 
Jumpstart Your Career, Become a BHP
Woodfords is proud of its on-going partnership with the State of Maine to deliver both the Behavioral Health Professional Training & Certificate Program and its related workforce development efforts. We continue to strive to increase statewide awareness of this free training program and to increase the number of certified Behavioral Health Professionals available to support children and youth with disabilities throughout the state.
Learn more about becoming a BHP and the BHP training and certificate program by visiting or connecting with Jeffrey Carpenter our Workforce Recruitment Specialist at
Spring has Sprung at WFS
Employee Spotlight: Recently Recognized Employees
Thank you to our employees recently recognized by their programs. To learn more about our Program's monthly employee recognitions, follow up on Facebook.

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and inclusion of people
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