Helping Families Succeed
The goal of MCRC's "Helping Families Succeed" program is to help families end the cycle of addiction, particularly for their young children.  This program will focus on families in which at least one parent has drug addiction and will support the family by:
  • Helping the parent(s) seeking high quality treatment for their addiction, behavioral health and medical issues
  • Assisting with barriers to a thriving family such as
    • Barriers to healthy parenting such as inadequate role models and/or over-extended parents
    • Lack of health insurance
    • Lack of adequate transportation
    • Housing and food insecurity
    • Difficulty in accessing basic needs for their family
    • Difficulty attaining adequate employment
  • Fostering strong connections within the community and from organizations who strive to help families in need including but not limited to these organizations:
    • The Parent Program of Mid-Coast Maine- Maine Families Knox, Lincoln and Sagadahoc
    • Pen Bay Healthcare Departments of OB/GYN, Pediatrics and Family Medicine
    • Maine Behavioral Health, "Groups," the Metro Clinic and other local addiction treatment practices
    • Maine Public Health Nursing home visit program
    • Maine Mother's Network (a consortium of partner agencies funded through Maine's Department of Health and Human Services and the Office of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services)
    • The "Snuggle ME Project: Embracing Drug Affected Babies and Families in the First Year of Life"
    • The Knox County Homeless Coalition
    • Penquis
    • The Diaper Fund




 Rachel Smolenski
Case Manager -
Helping Families Succeed

Rachel Smolenski, MS-P., is the Case Manager to lead this program.  She holds a Master’s Degree in Psychology and a Bachelor’s Degree Human Services Management along with an Associates in Early Childhood Education. She brings over 20 years of experience working with individuals, families and children in supporting each to reach their full potential with the services and resources available.
Rachel has worked in numerous roles supporting families through the Early Childhood, Social Service and Mental Health Systems. Rachel's previous work has proven to exemplify her ability to build relationships with families, children and the community through collaborative efforts and effective communication.                           
Rachel currently is the Director and Founder of The Diaper Fund, a 501(c)(3) non-profit Charitiable Organizaiton in the state of Maine that provides FREE cloth and disposable diapers and wipes to families in diaper need in the mid-coast area. This work experience has afforded Rachel the opportunity to meet with many families at different stages in their own lives and provide support, encouragement and resources as needed. 
For more information, contact Rachel at:
"A Healthy Community is Stronger than any Drug"
411 Main Street | Suite 205
Rockland | Maine