If you need assistance...

Need help finding housing, food or help with rent or heat? Want to return to work or find a better job? Worried about a loved one who is aging and not sure what resources are available to them or you? The Community Navigator Program (CNP) is a free and confidential service designed to help families on the Peninsula meet essential needs and achieve goals and aspirations. We connect community members to available resources so that everyone on the Peninsula can meet the challenges of life head on with grace and dignity.

 

The CNP serves as a single point of contact … don’t know which way to turn or where to go first? Talk through your options with a Community Navigator.

 

What does the CNP do?

 

Community Navigators assist members of our communities who are in need of a little help. We provide service coordination, technical assistance, financial aid (small grants) and resource coordination, including referrals for

  • food assistance

  • healthy living, including substance use and chemical health

  • career counseling and entrepreneurship training

  • charitable health insurance and health marketplace

  • housing counseling & foreclosure prevention

  • volunteer service opportunities.

We also assist with 

  • family budgeting and financial coaching

  • small grants for basic living expenses (e.g., food, housing, fuel and utilities; self-care, including smoking cessation and substance abuse) to help members of our community to reach their potential.

  • communicating with your case manager, healthcare provider or other agency to help you make changes to your life.

  • connecting to community partners to promote health and prosperity on the peninsula.

 

How it works...

 

  • Schedule an appointment (M-F, 9:30a-3:30p) by calling 207-633-6272 or email the Community Navigators, Kathleen Arabasz at kathleen.arabasz@boothbayresources.com and Hannah Corkum at hannah.corkum@boothbayresources.com.

  • Expect to spend 30-60 minutes to discuss and prioritize your needs, assess next steps and set or establish a timeline for meeting your goals.

    • We will complete your application, create a working agreement, agree on objectives that are right for you, and develop a plan to achieve these goals.

    • Each consultation will focus on immediate and long-term goals designed to solve immediate needs as well as create lasting change.

    • If you require financial assistance, please bring proof of income, bank or credit card statements statements, latest tax return, OR some other official documentation of income and/or expenses.

  • Please note: The purpose of the navigator program is to help strengthen our community. Everyone has something to offer. 

 

What the CNP does not do…

 

The CNP is a small office and does not have the capacity, resources or training at this time to provide specialized or therapeutic counseling services. As more resources become available, the scope of the practice may be reviewed to assure that our community’s needs are met. In the meantime, we will refer you to an appropriate provider.

 

About the CNP Community Navigators…

 

Kathleen Arabasz is the senior Community Navigator and was a licensed social worker for over a decade. Kathleen has extensive experience in elder care and housing as well as long term care and advocacy for underserved and vulnerable populations. Kathleen is a resident of the Peninsula, a member of the Rotary, and spent 10 years living on the road in an RV with her husband and adventuring all across America. 

Hannah Corkum is a licensed social worker (conditional) and is the newest member of our team. She comes to BRCRC with several years experience working in behavior management and has worked with many members of our community. She is excited to be joining BRCRC and we feel very lucky to haver her!

 

 

The Community Navigator Program is made possible by a grant from the Doree Taylor Charitable Foundation, Bank of America, NA, Trustee, with additional financial support from the Besse D. Brooks Trust, the John T. Gorman Foundation and the Elizabeth Ann Leach Charitable Trust.

Our Office is located on the Lincoln Health Campus:

BRCRC

6 St Andrews Lane Ste 230

Boothbay Harbor, ME 04538

You can send mail to:

PO Box 43

Boothbay Harbor, ME 04538

Call Us:

(207) 633-6272