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Next Step's Blueberry Fun Run and Road Race

Next Step's Blueberry Fun Run and Road Race is the kick off to the annual Machias Wild Blueberry Festival, which features craft vendors, exhibits, and food. Course: 5 mile and 1 mile option: scenic, hilly loop course Awards for 5 mile: Top 3 female and male overall. Top female and male ages 14 & under, 15-24, 25-40, 41-55, 56-70, & 71 and older. Also 1st Walker and 1st Wheelchair. Awards for 1 mile: Top overall team. Top participant ages & under, 9-10, & 11-13. Team Awards: 1st and 2nd teams. Unlimited number may register. Top 3 score by place of finish. Ties are determined by fastest cumulative times.

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If you're reading this, you probably...

  • Want to learn more about domestic violence
  • Have a friend or family member you're concerned about
  • Wonder if you're being abused
  • Know you're in a tough situation
  • Don't know what to do
  • All or some of the above
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Signs of Abuse

Advocacy & Information

Next Step advocates will help and support you as you learn to navigate systems and access services like TANF, Child Welfare, secondary education programs, and community housing programs.

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Support Groups

Our free, weekly support groups provide all women a chance to talk about domestic violence and share questions, concerns, and experiences with others who are facing, or have been faced with similar situations.

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Transitional Housing

We also offer transitional housing, where we welcome families who need a place to live because they’ve left an abusive situation. You can stay in transitional housing, and participate in the programs we offer.

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Emergency Shelter

No matter how difficult your situation, it’s often hard to leave an abusive relationship for a lot of reasons.

If finding a safe place to live is one of those reasons, Next Step can help. Just call our hotline ­– 1 (800) 315-5579 – and we’ll talk to you about different options and resources, including our emergency shelter.

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Emergency Shelter Options