MVCS welcomes new disability service director, Beth Wike
Martha’s Vineyard Community Services (MVCS) has announced that Beth Wike has joined the agency’s leadership team as the new disability services program director. According to a press release, Beth brings 17 years of diversified experience to the program, working with individuals with disabilities of all ages and backgrounds. Read more.
At Early Childhood Programs, Heather Quinn Settles In
Heather Quinn had a tough choice: whether or not to leave her longtime job as director of the Chilmark Preschool for an Islandwide position heading Early Childhood Programs, an agency of Martha’s Vineyard Community Services. Read more.
A hike on the Long Trail forges a path to opioid recovery
Vineyard Gazette | 9.3.2017
By the time this article goes to print, Todd Hitchings will be several miles into the wilderness on Vermont’s Long Trail, which traverses the ridgeline of the Green Mountains from Massachusetts to Quebec. St Through crowdsourcing, his 272-mile journey has already raised $9,623.02 for Martha’s Vineyard Community Service’s Substance Use Recovery Programs, just short of its $10,000 target. The thing is, Mr. Hitchings has already had to raise his monetary goal twice, because the Island community keeps smashing through it. Read more.
Hiking the Long Trail for a Good Cause
Vineyard Gazette | 9.3.2017
Todd Hitchings spent the night before his 7 a.m. Saturday morning ferry departure packing and repacking his backpack. He needed to find the perfect balance of necessities, necessary luxuries and a bearable weight. He figured he’d forget something, he just hoped that it wouldn’t be anything important. Read more.
Countdown to Bargains: Chicken Alley Sale is a Crowd Pleaser
Vineyard Gazette | 8.15.17
Two women wearing hats and sunglasses sat in the narrow strip of shade outside a tent roped off with yellow police tape. Sandy Gogel and Randi Walsh had been waiting since 6:30 a.m. on Sunday for the annual Chicken Alley Thrift Shop Art and Collectibles Sale. It was noon. The sale would open at 1 p.m. Read more.
Art and Collectables, Fashion and Fun at Chicken Alley
MV Times | 8.8.17
Marshall Pratt doesn’t remember exactly how many Chicken Alley Art & Collectible shows have taken place, but he is sure there will be a line forming at around 6:30 in the morning outside the Lagoon Pond Road location in Vineyard Haven for this year’s show on Sunday, August 13, from 1 to 5 pm. Read more.
Everybody wins at Possible Dreams Auction
MV Times | 7.31.2017
It’s hard to say what was more beautiful Sunday evening — the weather or the overwhelming generosity at the 39th annual Possible Dreams Auction. A crowd of over 500 people gathered on the lawns under a cloudless sky at the Winnetu Oceanside Resort in Katama for a fundraising event on behalf of Martha’s Vineyard Community Services — and more than $400,000 was raised by the end of the night. Read more.
Sweet Dreams, Generous Bids at Possible Dreams Auction
Vineyard Gazette | 7.30.2017
Paddles popped up like daisies under the tent at Winnetu Oceanside Resort in Katama Sunday for the 39th annual Art Buchwald Possible Dreams Auction. The auction raised a gross total of $445,241 for Martha’s Vineyard Community Services. Read more.
Possible Dreams Auction is setting sail with its 39th Auction
MV Times | 7.25.17
A trip to St. Lucia, VIP tickets to a taping of “Late Night with Seth Meyers,” a tour of the African American Heritage Trail — these are only a selection of the Live Dreams being auctioned off at the 39th annual Art Buchwald Possible Dreams Auction on Sunday, July 30, at the Winnetu Oceanside Resort in Katama. Read more.
Possible Dreams Auction Features Dreams Big and Small
Vineyard Gazette | 7.21.17
A round of poker with actor Tony Shalhoub and director Peter Farrelly, a party for 50 at the Ritz with Johnny Hoy and the Bluefish and a sail on a Black Dog tall ship are among the possibilities this year for bidders in the 39th annual Art Buchwald Possible Dreams Auction. Read more.
The Person of the Week for July 20, 2017 – Eric Adams, Recovery Coach
MVY Radio | 7.20.17 | Soundcloud
Possible Dreams Auction to Raise Money for Martha’s Vineyard Community Services
Cape Cod Daily News | 7.5.17
MARTHA’S VINEYARD – A major fundraiser will be held later this month for Martha’s Vineyard Community Services, an organization which provides programs to assist families on the island. Read more.
Pilot Creating Ready Access to Detox Sees Brisk Participation
Vineyard Gazette | 6.27.17
Dozens of Islanders suffering from addiction have found their way to off-Island detox centers through a program organized last year by Martha’s Vineyard Community Services and the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital. Read more.
After 23 Years of Helping Families Become Families, Marney Toole Retires
Vineyard Gazette | 6.22.17
Marney Toole has always loved babies.
“When you have a baby fall asleep on your shoulder, there’s that warm, heavy weight, you never want that to end,” she said. “It’s the best feeling in the world.” Read more.
New auctioneer for Possible Dreams
MV Times | 6.21.17
The Possible Dreams Auction, run by Martha’s Vineyard Community Services (MVCS), has hired Sherry Truhlar as its new auctioneer for 2017. Ms. Truhlar is a professional auctioneer and the founder of Red Apple Auctions, a business dedicated to helping a variety of nonprofits and schools raise money through auctions. Read more.
United Way partners with Martha’s Vineyard non profits
MV Times | 5.31.17
At its annual Community Impact Celebration, the Cape and Islands United Way announced funded programs and partnerships for the coming year, and celebrated the efforts of the donors and volunteers who make the work of the United Way possible. According to a press release, included among the 33 nonprofit partnerships and 37 programs announced was funding for several Martha’s Vineyard–based programs to address critical needs on the Island. Read more.
‘Red House’ is changing hands
MV Times | 5.24.17
It’s been a long time coming, but the “red house” located on Martha’s Vineyard Hospital property is being leased to the Martha’s Vineyard Community Services, for Islanders suffering from substance use and mental health issues. Read more.
Crisis Stabilization at Red House becomes Reality
Vineyard Gazette | 5.24.17
A crisis stabilization center in Oak Bluffs will finally become reality after leaders at the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital and Martha’s Vineyard Community Services signed off on an agreement this week that clears the way for use of the building known as the Red House. Read more.
The fifth annual Sexual Assault Awareness Walk
MV Times | 4.18.17
The beauty of the Island of Martha’s Vineyard is tarnished when we allow abuse of any kind toward our friends and families. The fifth annual Sexual Assault Awareness Walk, sponsored by Connect to End Violence, made a show of not tolerating sexual violence on the Island. Read more.
The Vineyard Current for March 26th, 2017
MVY Radio | 3.26.17 Soundcloud | CONNECT to End Violence’s Education & Prevention Coordinator, Heather Arpin, is interviewed at 16:50
Director of Early Childhood Programs at Community Service to Retire
Vineyard Gazette | 3.23.17
As director of Early Childhood Programs at Martha’s Vineyard Community Services, Debbie Milne has been an advocate for the youngest Island residents for 35 years. Each of the organization’s cornerstone programs for children — the Family Center, the Childcare Center and Head Start — was developed and nurtured during her tenure, which began under the mentorship of ECP founder, Helen Maley. Read more.
The Volunteers: We’re all in this together
MV Times | 3.21.17
Several busy volunteers speak about their community service and the organization they serve, why they do it, what they get out of it, and why the Island breeds this special activism. Chicken Alley Thrift Shop Volunteers: Barbara & Greg Thornton featured. Read more.
IWYC focuses on education and awareness in addiction speaker series
MV Times |3.14.17
The Island Wide Youth Collaborative (IWYC) is inviting the public to a series of talks about addiction. The talks are designed to impart information on the highly charged subject in an easily digestible and sympathetic manner. On Thursday, March 23, Dr. Ruth Potee, a Greenfield physician and sought-after speaker, will speak about addiction and the adolescent brain.Read more.
Detox pilot program off to a good start
MV Times |2.15.17
A new pilot program that aims to address substance use disorder (SUD) for people on the Vineyard is off to a successful start. About 18 people have been placed into detox centers off-Island since the middle of November, according to Julie Fay, executive director of Martha’s Vineyard Community Services (MVCS). Read more.
Island Wide Youth Collaborative takes preventative stance on substance abuse
MV Times |2.14.17
The Island Wide Youth Collaborative (IWYC) is addressing the escalating concern about substance abuse and other risky behavior among the Island’s young people with a focus on education and awareness-building. Read more.
MVCS launches transgender support group
MV Times |2.09.17
When Martha’s Vineyard Community Services launched a transgender support group last December, the response was immediate. “I was surprised at how many people called within two weeks of putting out the word right before Christmas,” says the group’s facilitator, Rikki Pashen, Psy.D. “I got over a dozen calls. I didn’t know there would be that many that quickly.” Read more.
DPH head urges Islanders to rethink addiction assumptions
MV Times |2.8.17
“If you remember anything from tonight, I hope it is that you see substance abuse disorder as a medical disease that deserves prevention, intervention, and treatment, just like diabetes, just like heart disease,” Dr. Monica Bharel, Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) commissioner, told a Vineyard gathering last Wednesday night. “Until we get over that stigma as a society, it will be very difficult to bring down our opiate overdose death toll.” Read more.
Forum Focuses on Addiction Prevention, Removing Stigma
Vineyard Gazette |2.7.17
With opioid addiction on the rise, the head of the state Department of Public Health stopped by the Vineyard last week to shed light on her department’s efforts to support communities that are working to respond to substance use disorder. Read more.
Community Services Launches Telemedicine Program
Vineyard Gazette | 1.23.17
Martha’s Vineyard Community Services last week launched a new telemedicine program aimed at better serving the needs of patients seeking mental health services.
The telemedicine program will allow remote diagnosis and treatment of patients in conjunction with the University of Massachusetts. Read more.
MVCS telemedicine clinic boosts mental health care on Martha’s Vineyard
MV Times | 1.20.17
Looking to address the acute shortage of psychiatric care on Martha’s Vineyard, Martha’s Vineyard Community Services (MVCS) is opening a telemedicine clinic that will enable Vineyarders to be seen by Dr. Alan Brown, psychiatrist at UMass Medical School in Worcester, via videoconferencing.
Telemedicine is the remote diagnosis and treatment of patients via videoconferencing technology. Read more.
MVRHS hosts forum on teen substance abuse
MV Times | 1.16.17
A forum last Thursday at the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School (MVRHS) addressed the issue of substance abuse among Island youth. It was led by Thulani DeMarsay, a recovery and wellness coach based in Boston, who discussed the importance of understanding the developing teenage brain and suggested effective forms of communication and engagement between adults and children. Read more.
Collaboration the key to detox breakthrough on Martha’s Vineyard
MV Times | 1.11.17
Islanders health care leaders contemplate a post- Affordable Care Act World
MV Times | 1.11.17
The Times recently talked to three Island health care leaders — Julie Fay, executive director of Martha’s Vineyard Community Services (MVCS); Sarah Kuh, director of Vineyard Health Care Access; and Joe Woodin, CEO of Martha’s Vineyard Hospital — about what health care on the Island might look like should the Affordable Care Act (ACA) be repealed. Read more.
The Vineyard Current for January 8th, 2017
MVY Radio | 1.8.17 Soundcloud
Islanders have priority access to two off-island detox centers
MV Times | 1.4.17
As part of a pilot program, the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital (MVH) and Martha’s Vineyard Community Services (MVCS) have entered into an agreement with two off-Island detox centers to offer Vineyard residents immediate access to detoxification services beginning Jan. 1, 2017.
“The opioid crisis has been really raging here on the Island for the past couple of years,” MVCS executive director Julie Fay told The Times on Wednesday. Read more.
Agreement Clears Path to Detox for Islanders Seeking Treatment
Vineyard Gazette | 1.4.17
A trial program has begun that offers Vineyard residents immediate access to detox services at two mainland facilities, leaders at Martha’s Vineyard Community Services and the Island hospital said Tuesday.
The pilot is thanks in part to an anonymous donor and marks a first-of-its kind collaboration between Community Services and the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital aimed at improving treatment services for people suffering from drug and alcohol addiction. Read more.