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Port Chester Cares began in August 2007 by the Council Of Community Services, Executive Director Ann Barringer Spaeth, with the assistance of other service providers in Port Chester such as the Open Door, Family Services of Westchester, and The Carver Center. Through the mentoring of Student Assistance Services, Port Chester Cares applied for a Drug Free Communities grant in March 2008 and received support in August 2008. The Drug Free Communities Support Program is a function of the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) as well as the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

Today, Port Chester Cares is a coalition made up of community members who are dedicated to making Port Chester a healthier place to live, preventing substance abuse in Port Chester. Through policy change, advocacy and initiatives, the coalition seeks to connect its youth, families and community by offering positive activities and relevant, helpful information.

 

What We Do

Port Chester Cares continues to bring a variety of activities to your local calendar, for youth, families, and community members alike. With programming constantly evolving and seasonal initiatives in abundance, here are a few staple activities that you might recognize from years past. Get involved in the planning stages, or just come join us!

  •  Free Family Film Night Free Film Night is an evening when you can come and spend some quality time together as a family watching a free movie at Ryan Stadium at Port Chester High School.  Spending time as a family decreases the likelihood that a child will engage in risky behaviors.
  • LifeSkills Training LifeSkills Training (LST) is a research-validated substance abuse prevention program proven to reduce the risks of alcohol, tobacco, drug abuse, and violence.  We currently teach it to all 6th, 7th, and 8th graders at Port Chester High School in collaboration with the Port Chester Police Department.
  • First Fridays First Fridays is an opportunity for families to go out together for dinner.  PCC offers key cards to all families in Port Chester which allows them to visit participating restaurants on the first Friday of every month and get a 10-15% discount.  Children who eat with their family 5 or more times per week are 50% less likely to drink alcohol, smoke cigarettes, or smoke marijuana.

 

 

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Mission

The Port Chester Cares is a group of individuals, invested in the community, working together in the area of the Port Chester School District to promote positive, safe, productive and healthy lives for all. We achieve this through research, education, and advocacy and by focusing our resources to reduce youth substance abuse and other high risk behavior and promote positive outcomes.

 

 

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Vision

Port Chester is a healthy, caring, thriving community where everyone contributes to serve and benefit all.

 

 

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