Though there are wonderful qualities to Maine, it’s not always “vacationland” and for some, life can take an unexpected downturn. The breadwinner in the family loses a job, and stable housing. A woman beaten by her husband, takes the kids and runs. A veteran with post-traumatic stress disorder comes home to a broken marriage. A drug addict finds herself without a stick of furniture as she works to better her life and start fresh.

These are the realities that a life-time resident of Rockland, Sharon Setz, and her friend of 30 years, Lori Alice Friant, know only too well. Setz and Friant started a nonprofit last spring called The Ripple Initiative. In September, The Ripple Initiative opened their shop in the converted garage of a friend at the corner of Union and Willow streets in Rockland.

Sharon Setz and Loria Alice Friant of the Ripple Initiative will be our special guests on the Monday, October 10, 2016 The Chris Wolf Show, 8:00 a.m. They’ll tell us all about their amazing idea and their wonderful new shop which helps those in need who are trying to make a new better life or themselves.

And the amazing thing about their organization is that it is self -funding and is viable without large amounts of external funding, which is similar to their goal for the people they are helping…to get them to a point where they can live a normal life and be an integral part of their communities.

Part of the Ripples Initiative Shop

 

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