Linda Lee – Molina Community Champion Award

Linda Lee Molina Award

Belfast resident and Jonno’s Place co-founder  Linda Lee has been named a Molina Healthcare Community Champion at an annual award ceremony in Augusta. The $1000 award was presented by Molina Medicaid Solutions of Augusta in recognition of Lee’s work in support of those with autism for the past seventeen years. Lee designated the funds to go to Jonno’s Place, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in Belfast.

Molina award and Senate proclamationIn addition to the Molina award, ME District 11 Senate President Mike Thibodeau recognized Lee’s work, presenting her with a flag that has flown at the Maine statehouse, and a formal proclamation from the Maine Senate.

Linda Lee has also worked with Belfast Police and Waldo County Communications Center to create the Wandering Database for anyone who is at risk for wandering, including those with autism and Alzheimer’s. After at-risk individuals are registered in the Wandering Database, officers in the cruiser can access a photograph and critical information if the at-risk person subsequently goes missing. To date, Waldo, Knox, Lincoln, Penobscot, Somerset, Sagadahoc Counties, Hancock and Waterville all participate in the program. There is no charge for this program.

Physicians Guild to AutismIn 2002, when her youngest son was diagnosed with autism at the age of two, Lee, an RN co-founded HANS – Help Autism Now Society, to create and disseminate information on the early recognition and diagnosis of autism to both the medical community and public. The organization maintains a website with resources for physicians, parents and those working with children with autism. The website, offers a Physician Handbook in seventeen languages along with other helpful information about autism.

Contact Linda Lee,, and (207) 505-0307 to learn more about these organizations and how you can support or get involved. To learn more about autism and the Wandering Database visit

Molina Healthcare is the fiscal administrator for the State of Maine’s Medicaid Program.

James, Junior Firefighter – His Story

James' Story Video

Young FirefighterJames wanted to be a fire fighter. Here’s the story of how he became a member of the Northport, Maine Fire Department’s Junior Firefighter’s Program. It’s a real world example of how Jonno’s Place’s  Camphill-inspired vision of fitting in can work for people of all abilities.

Jame’s story begins with parents attentive to the interests of their son, who is on the autism  spectrum. They recognized James’ desire to become involved  in fire fighting.  They met with Northport Fire Chief Paul Rooney and the rest is James’ Story as told in this video . The video was produced by Ned Lightner for Somewhere in Waldo County as Jonno’s Place update and is available on  Belfast Community Media’s Vimeo channel along with an earlier interview about Jonno’s Place.

James' Story Video
Ned Lightner interviewing Fire Chief  Paul Rooeny in Northport, Maine. Click the image to view the entire video interview and learn James’ story and more on the history and mission of Jonno’s Place.

James Jr. Firefighter


Jonno's Place

HarmonyHARMONY: The bee and the butterfly at Jonno’s Place co-exist harmoniously on the sunflower head… they both happen to be fast asleep even though it is past noon.

Our dream for Jonno’s Place is that all species (including humans) can not only co-exist, but co-thrive harmoniously, as we share life together.
(Notice the color harmony; the yellow fuzz on the bee’s back coordinates with the yellow on the wings of the butterfly, and the gold color on the butterfly wing matches the sunflower petals perfectly).

Snug and Awaiting Reassembly

The Barn in Storage

The barn’s ancient bones await future life as our gallery and craft center, marked for reassembly and stored in donated space in an old chicken barn.

The Barn Goes into StorageJonno’s Place Barn Flintstone-Style Moving Day:

Weekend before last we moved our barn into an old chicken house to keep it dry for the winter, as we continue to plan for its final move to our Jonno’s Place site in Belfast Maine.

Some of these beams are over 40 feet long and very heavy. It was a monumental task, planned and overseen by our volunteer builder Mike. We had a few surprises along the way, including a snake, porcupine poop, a flat tire, a few minor injuries, and a mysterious mold which looked remarkably like molten marshmallow. Our barn is now all safely tucked in for winter. Thank you to everyone who made our move such a success.