By Pam Harnden, Staff Writer
LIVERMORE FALLS — Friends Together Peer Support and Recovery Center, 31 Park St., is opening a new store Aug. 1 that will feature handcrafted and re-purposed items.
The store will be open Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Items in the store will have set prices.
Yard sales will continue to be held on Friday and Saturdays. Sales on those items will be by donation. The yard sales will be advertised ahead as has previously been done.
Activities director Marge Grant said the members at Friends Together make crafts such as hats, blankets and bowl koozies (which protect one’s hands when removing warmed items from a microwave). Dish towels, dish cloths and decorative wreaths, glassware and other items have been glued together or spray painted to create new kitchenware or decorative accents. Tons of cloth, yarn and glassware have been donated to the center.
The store will be manned by center members and feature many gift ideas. The center can keep prices low because of the many donations it receives, Grant said.
“The store will provide work experience to help members feel they have value in life,” Grant said.
The center was started in 1995 by Cindy Hebert with help from her mom, Irene. Cindy’s dream was to have a permanent space for peers to meet in the Greater Franklin County area. In 1996, Friends Together was incorporated as a non-profit organization.
In 2000 enough State funding was obtained to rent space at 70 Main St. for the center. Six years ago the center moved to its current location.
Grant said most of the center’s funding comes from the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse. Proceeds from the store will support the center.
The center is peer run. There is a monthly calendar of events filled with classes, games, fun activities and special meals.
The center is very active in the community. Members volunteer at community suppers, collect non-perishable foods for the food pantry and donate handmade items to area schools, nursing homes, and Togus. The center’s van can be seen in local parades and members have adopted a needy family.
Grant said volunteers are welcome at the center.
For more information, call 897-1010 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.