BANGOR, Maine — Penobscot Community Health Center has announced that 12 members and two staff of Unlimited Solutions Clubhouse participated in a two-week training at Husson University, made possible through a grant from Maine Community Foundation.
The course focused on Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points Training through the American Hotel and Lodging Educational Institute and the WelcomeME Hospitality Program. HACCP is a systematic, science-based approach for the identification, evaluation and control of food safety hazards. The course was led by Dr. Lee Speronis and Marilynne Mann, Professors in the School of Hospitality, Sport and Tourism Management at Husson University’s College of Business.
Dr. Speronis wrote “Marilynne and I greatly enjoyed this project and every participant has received a certificate from Husson University and the School of Hospitality, Sport and Tourism Management. I am confident that the combination of PCHC and Husson will offer great opportunities for our community members who need some skill training.”
Carrie Lyn Lemos, OTR/L, MHRT/C, Executive Director, states “We are very excited the skills and opportunity that this offered the Clubhouse in general and the members at Clubhouse. The members will be able to use the training to improve food safety and hospitality during food service at the Clubhouse and it will give them skills that will help further their employment goals. It has been wonderful to see members use the skills they have learned.”
The Unlimited Solutions Clubhouse is located at 34 Summer Street, Bangor, and serves more than 100 members. The Clubhouse model focuses on recovery from mental illness through the use of a therapeutic environment that includes work responsibilities within the Clubhouse and in the community resulting in meaningful relationships, increase self-sufficiency and an overall improved quality of life. The Unlimited Solutions Clubhouse will provide those with mental illness an opportunity to stop being seen as a condition but as a vital person. As such, individuals are healthy, productive, and self-sufficient members of a more responsible community.