Volunteers from the Pierce Atwood law firm beautified the Crossroads for Women center in Windham on Tuesday, digging up the gardens, hacking down a bamboo forest and repainting the buildings.

Crossroads for Women is a rehabilitation center for women with substance abuse and behavioral health issues.

“Pierce Atwood has a lot of people willing to help and it makes a big difference for us,” said Crossroads spokeswoman Jennifer Barbour. She said it is the only rehab program in Maine that offers a place for children to stay as well.

Jennifer Whittier, a spokeswoman for Pierce Atwood, said every year her company choses a few charities to help with its community outreach program. She said between 30 and 40 attorneys and staff helped at Crossroads. About 200 Pierce Atwood volunteers in total pitched in on Tuesday at the therapeutic horse center Riding to the Top, also in Windham, Camp Ketcha in Scarborough, St. Brigid School in Portland, as well as Crossroads for Women.

Lindsay Maffei, 30, who grew up in South Portland, is in the Crossroads program and was out brushing white paint on the building with the rest of the volunteers.

“This program has really supported me, and I felt like giving back,” said Maffei. She expects to be out in five months and back in the work force.

“My main concern is breaking the cycle of addiction in my family,” she said. She said Crossroads is helping her maintain sobriety and provides a daycare service for her children.

WCrossroads1: Legal Secretary Terry Stearns paints the fence around the children’s playground at the Crossroads for Women substance abuse treatment center in Windham. Spokeswoman Jennifer Barbour said it is the only rehab program in Maine that offers a place for children to stay as well.WCrossroads2: Volunteers from the Pierce Atwood law firm spruce up the landscape at the Crossroads for Women substance abuse treatment center in Windham. About 200 Pierce Atwood volunteers in total pitched in on Tuesday at Crossroads for Women, Riding to the Top Therapeutic Riding Center, also in Windham, Camp Ketcha in Scarborough and St. Brigid School in Portland.WCrossroads3: Volunteers from the Pierce Atwood law firm paint the back porch of the Crossroads for Women substance abuse treatment center in Windham. About 200 Pierce Atwood volunteers in total pitched in on Tuesday at Crossroads for Women, Riding to the Top Therapeutic Riding Center, also in Windham, Camp Ketcha in Scarborough and St. Brigid School in Portland.


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