2017-09-14 / Neighbors

Volunteers help Milestone in 50th year



Volunteers gathered early Saturday morning to help check in motorcyclists ahead of the one and half hour ride. The police escorted ride began in Old ORchard Beach and continued as far south as Kennebunk before looping back. All proceeds from the ride went to the Milestone residential treatment center at 28 Portland Ave. in Old Orchard Beach. From left, Gill Kramer, Jim Kerrigan, Brian Arundel, Mindy McNally, Gabi McNally, Nikki Erskine, Crystal Marshall, Tom Foley, Nathan Szott, Joe McNally and Jeff Eaton. See more photos on page 9. (Grant McPherson photo) Volunteers gathered early Saturday morning to help check in motorcyclists ahead of the one and half hour ride. The police escorted ride began in Old ORchard Beach and continued as far south as Kennebunk before looping back. All proceeds from the ride went to the Milestone residential treatment center at 28 Portland Ave. in Old Orchard Beach. From left, Gill Kramer, Jim Kerrigan, Brian Arundel, Mindy McNally, Gabi McNally, Nikki Erskine, Crystal Marshall, Tom Foley, Nathan Szott, Joe McNally and Jeff Eaton. See more photos on page 9. (Grant McPherson photo)

Part of Milestone’s mission, apart from housing and rehabilitation, is reducing the stigma associated with homelessness and addiction recovery. Marriane Sennsale- Guerin, director of finance and administration, said much of their work deals with the fallout from the failed war on drugs. Once people go to jail for heroin use, they have difficulty finding a job because they must tell every employer they served a felony term. At left, Dave Whitaker and Sandy Fletcher arrive at the starting line of the ride. (Grant McPherson photos) Part of Milestone’s mission, apart from housing and rehabilitation, is reducing the stigma associated with homelessness and addiction recovery. Marriane Sennsale- Guerin, director of finance and administration, said much of their work deals with the fallout from the failed war on drugs. Once people go to jail for heroin use, they have difficulty finding a job because they must tell every employer they served a felony term. At left, Dave Whitaker and Sandy Fletcher arrive at the starting line of the ride. (Grant McPherson photos)

Karen Watkins and Tom Pike have a personal reason for attending this year’s ride. Watkins works as a CNA full time at the Portland Milestone detox center and is a recovering addict. She said working with others and helping them reach their goals keeps her grounded. Karen Watkins and Tom Pike have a personal reason for attending this year’s ride. Watkins works as a CNA full time at the Portland Milestone detox center and is a recovering addict. She said working with others and helping them reach their goals keeps her grounded.

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