SMH Teams with The Progress Center
to "Have a Nice Day"
Progress Center's "Project Have a Nice Day/Night," a
phone call check in program, has a new partner in
Stephens Memorial Hospital, and with the partnership, a
This project began with the
suggestion of two people who attend The Progress Center
and a staff person who works there. The three,
Sarah Paladino, Georgia Cote, Kathlene Bourget were
integral in getting this project off the ground.
It is a way to have an individual make a phone call to
any person, either elderly people or latch-key children,
who is alone to check on them. These phone calls
will be made on a daily basis or as needed at a mutually
agreed upon time. If there is no answer The
Progress Center volunteer would call the emergency
contact person provided on the application.
The program has been expanded for Stephens
Memorial Hospital to include follow up calls to patients
returning home alone after surgery or an extended
hospital stay. The calls can continue as long as
the person would like to receive them. All
individuals will be asked upon discharge if they would
like to receive a phone call.
The project is not
only a benefit the community at large, but also supports
The Progress Centers mission to promote the rights of
children and adults with disabilities and afford them
opportunities to increase work and volunteer skills
while performing this civic service.
LCSW of the Social Service Department at Stephens
Memorial Hospital states of the partnership, "We hope
this will be increasingly beneficial for our homebound
Applications for phone calls from the
program are available by calling The Progress Center
directly at 743-8049 x233 or at the hospital at Central
Stephens Memorial Hospital
is part of the MaineHealth® Family. Please visit
our website at www.wmhcc.org.
Caption: Progress Center attendees who will be
making phone calls - Sarah Paladino and Georgia Cote
stand with Kathlene Bourget, staff member and major