Friends of Friends to open in Livermore Falls

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Clients and staff at Friends Together Peer Support and Recovery Center will soon open a new store, Friends of Friends, at 31 Park St. in Livermore Falls. They also recently completed an Inspiring Minds class sponsored by the Healthy Community Coalition. Pictured with their certificates are, from left, Marge Grant, Suzanne, Cheryl, Tiffany, Arlene and Jacob. 

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.

Clients and staff at Friends Together Peer Support and Recovery Center will soon open a new store, Friends of Friends, at 31 Park St. in Livermore Falls. They also recently completed an Inspiring Minds class sponsored by the Healthy Community Coalition. Pictured with their certificates are, from left, Marge Grant, Suzanne, Cheryl, Tiffany, Arlene and Jacob. 

(Pam Harnden/LFA)

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 friendstogether@myfairpoint.net.

pharnden@sunmediagroup.net

On Aug. 1, Friends Together Peer Support and Recovery Center clients and staff will be opening Friends of Friends. The 31 Park St. store will be open Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and feature hand crafted and re-purposed items. Pictured with a newly painted chandelier are, from left, Tiffany, Arlene, Amy, Suzanne, Cheryl and Jacob. 

(Pam Harnden/LFA)

A new store Friends of Friends, 31 Park St., Livermore Falls will open Tuesday, Aug. 1. Blankets, hats and bowl koozies are some of the items offered that were made by clients and staff at Friends Together Peer Support and Recovery Center. Activities coordinator Marge Grant holds up a reversible afghan while standing beside a table covered with items that will be found in the store.

(Pam Harnden/LFA)

A new store, Friends of Friends, will open at 31 Park St. in Livermore Falls on Aug. 1. Donated materials used in making the hand crafted and re-purposed items will keep prices low. Arlene holds several bowl koozies she made for the store.

(Pam Harnden/LFA)

On Aug. 1, Friends of Friends will open at 31 Park Street in Livermore Falls. The store will feature re-purposed items made from plates, small bowls, vases, boxes, etc. Seen are an angel and several platters that can be used to serve appetizers such as chips and dip. 

(Pam Harnden/LFA)

Hand crafted and repurposed items will be found at Friends of Friends, a new store opening Aug. 1 at 31 Park St., Livermore Falls. Cindy Hebert holds a decorative box that could hold pot holders, keys or other items.

(Pam Harnden/LFA)

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