Of the many requests Joe gets from non-profits who want to be featured on the Time & Temperature sign, he has a soft spot in his heart for local organizations that work with Maine's disabled population. That's exactly what tonight's message is: Spurwink is a local organization that provides behavioral health and education services for children, adults and families. Spurwink's vision is that all children, adults and families affected by behavioral health challenges and developmental disabilities can live healthy, engaged lives in their communities. After beginning in 1960 with one house in Portland, today Spurwink has 37 active homes serving children, and another 18 homes serving its adult program.
On Friday, October 21st, Spurwink will celebrate and honor three special people who have shown a commitment to its mission - going the distance for those in need - at the 30th annual Humanitarian Awards. This year, the focus will be on children in crisis, especially those in Spurwink's foster care, child abuse, and residential programs. They are excited to be celebrating the Humanitarian Awards this year at a new location this year: Thompson's Point in Portland. Joe hopes the event is a great success and gives his thanks to the good folks at Spurwink for the essential work they do!