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February 02, 2016

Outstanding Citizen Award

The Portland Police Department awarded Bill Burns, Preble Street Resource Center coordinator, with an "Outstanding Citizen" commendation at its annual award breakfast on January 30.

In presenting the commendation, Major Donald Krier, who has worked closely with Resource Center staff, observed that police officers and social workers might approach things differently, but Bill has been instrumental in helping officers understand that social work values can help ensure positive community relations and fair and respectful resolution to community problems.

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December 22, 2015

Connecting the Dots

We need to connect the dots between the numbers of people dying, and the manner in which they’ve died to public policy.

When I say that we must insist that policies in our city, in our state, and in Washington must change, it means we each must pay attention. We must connect the dots. And we have to let our policy-makers know that we’re paying attention. And that the policies they craft and create must be a reflection of what we care about.

Our public policy must reflect the love that is in our hearts.

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February 09, 2016

The Heroin Epidemic Is Turning My Soup Kitchen Into an Emergency Room

Sternal rubs. Rescue breathing. Intra-nasal application of Narcan. These are the lexicon of emergency personnel—people whose job it is to save lives during desperate times. Increasingly, and unexpectedly, these words have also become part of the unofficial job description for me and other social workers at the Preble Street Resource Center in downtown Portland, Maine.

With so many clients at risk of heroin and opiate addiction, we are the new first responders.

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