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Operation Backpack 2018
Operation Backpack is an annual backpack and school supply drive hosted by The Pettengill House.  We ask the community to help us provide new backpacks and school supplies to local students in need (grades pre-k through twelfth) so that every student can start the school year ready to learn!  Donations can be dropped off at our collection bins stationed at local sites throughout the community.  Please see below for the full list of drop-off sites and needed items.  You can also donate online with just a few clicks using our Amazon Operation Backpack Wish List!
 
 
Thank you to our wonderful drop-off sites, volunteers, and donors who make the Operation Backpack program possible each year! 

 
Cummings Foundation's "$100 for 100k" Grant Will Fund Increased Senior Outreach and Services
 

We are honored and thrilled to have been chosen as a recipient of the Cumming Foundation's "$100k for 100" grant!  We have big plans to use this grant to implement a new Senior Wellness Outreach Program (SWOP) and expand our services to meet the growing needs of the vulnerable senior citizen population in Salisbury and Newburyport. Thank you to the Cummings Foundation for supporting the The Pettengill House's mission, and helping us improve the lives of senior citizens in our community!

To learn more about the Cummings Foundation, visit https://www.cummingsfoundation.org
 
 
Some Pettengill staff members and senior community members celebrate the $100k grant given by
The Cummings Foundation to The Pettengill House for a new Senior Wellness Outreach Program (SWOP)
 

The "Veg Out" Farm Stand is Open!
 
The "Veg Out" Farm Stand is back for the third year in a row!  In partnership with Nourishing the North Shore and several local farms, we are proud to stock our pantry with fresh, healthy, local produce!  This season promises to be even more bountiful and colorful than last year, and we couldn't be more excited!
 
 
 

 Pettengill House Receives Grant to Offer Mental Health First Aid Training
 
 
               
            The Pettengill House is pleased to announce they have received a grant award from The Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower Foundation to provide a nationally acclaimed eight-hour Mental Health First Aid certification course. The Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower Foundation supports community programming that results in children, adolescents, and young adults affected by substance use disorders, learning disabilities, mental illness, and intellectual disabilities achieving their full potential. The Foundation is dedicated to societal impact through healthy communities and capacity building. Their generous grant enables The Pettengill House to offer this groundbreaking Mental Health First Aid course, which gives participants the tools to be able to recognize when someone might be struggling with a mental health or substance use problem and connect them with appropriate support and resources when necessary. The course will be offered in partnership with Lahey Behavioral Health Services, a leading provider of mental health and substance use treatment and outreach counseling to local families, children, and schools.

One in five American adults has a mental illness, but many are reluctant to seek help, or might not know where to turn for care. Symptoms of mental illness and substance addiction can be difficult to detect. Just as CPR helps even those without clinical training assist an individual having a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid prepares participants to interact with a person experiencing a mental health crisis. Mental Health First Aiders learn a five-step action plan that guides them through the process of reaching out and offering appropriate support.

“Through this program, we hope to take the fear and hesitation out of starting conversations about mental health and substance use problems,” said Linda Rosenberg, President and CEO of the National Council for Behavioral Health, which helped bring Mental Health First Aid to the U.S. in 2008. “When more people are equipped with the tools they need to start a dialogue, more people can get the help they may need.”

In just ten years, Mental Health First Aid has become a full-blown movement in the United States—more than 550,000 people are certified in Mental Health First Aid, and that number is growing every day.

Deb Smith, Executive Director of The Pettengill House, stated “We are so grateful to the Tower Foundation for their support and partnership to bring this training to our communities at such a critical time when mental health and substance addiction are at crisis levels.” The course will be made available to community partners of The Pettengill House, including educators, community groups, public health and safety departments, nonprofits, and others from the nine cities and towns comprising the Pettengill service area.

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