Community leaders of all backgrounds–from law enforcement to outreach groups–received awards from the U.S. Attorney’s office today.
They were honored for the work they do on behalf of the victims of domestic abuse–especially children.
“Many of the organizations that we recognize here today take these children in and work with them and help them as far as their studies are concerned, as far as their social life is concerned as well, with the idea of hoping to keep them out of the stream of criminal acts themselves,” said U.S. Attorney Thomas Delahanty.
Shaw House executive Sally Tardiff says a key piece of that puzzle is youth homelessness.
“It’s not just a problem with families or for one agency or for homeless youth agencies. It really is a community problem. We have to work together to find the solutions and resources to help these kids,” said Tardiff.
Also among the honorees was former Bangor Police Chief Don Winslow, who changed the department’s approach to domestic violence cases.
“I feel pretty good about it. It’s-I think many police departments have dedicated domestic violence investigators who work with the victims or domestic violence, and some of the programs and things that we did when I was on the police department that we did has spread to other departments. And that’s a good feeling. When you can see the work that you’ve done continue to be used, that’s nice,” said Winslow.
Though the award recipients come from all lines of work, the one commonality seemed to be their ability to build relationships.
“The gift of each of the people that got honored today–that’s what we see. They are people who know how to touch other people’s lives, and how to build a relationship. And I believe that’s something that mainers know how to do really well,” said Marjorie Withers, Executive Director of the Washington County Community Caring Collective.