The Community Emergency Shelter Committee is a grassroots initiative of clergy, community leaders, and staff from the Knox County Homeless Coalition (KCHC) in MidCoast Maine.
THE NEED FOR SHELTER IN THE MIDCOAST: Our neighbors who become homeless need a safe, warm place to sleep. Local churches, the Knox County Homeless Coalition, and area agencies receive numerous calls every week asking for help to find or pay for temporary accommodations for those who have nowhere to go. The details change---illness or injury, loss of employment, relationship break-up, or just a series of bad luck---but the outcome is the same: individuals or families without a safe place to spend the night in the winter cold of MidCoast Maine. The KCHC family shelter in Rockport can house only 22 of the more than 150 homeless families and individuals that they serve each month. While emergency funds are available, they are often insufficient to cover the need and the process can be time-consuming.
COMMUNITY EMERGENCY SHELTER - WINTER PILOT PROGRAM: The Community Emergency Shelter Committee hopes to address this need by piloting a four month shelter program in winter 2020 - 2021. The pilot will help the Committee to better understand and assess long-term, emergency shelter needs in the region. The City of Rockland and the PenBay YMCA are permitting the use of the Flanagan Community Rec Center of Rockland at no charge to the Committee. Funds raised will be used primarily for staffing costs, as well as insurance, cleaning, food, and other necessities.
HOW TO HELP: Donations and volunteers are needed to launch the pilot. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about volunteering.
Tax-deductible donations via credit card can be made on this GoFundMe page.
Checks can be mailed to: Emergency Shelter Pilot, PO Box 1255, Rockland, ME, 04841, made payable to “Knox County Homeless Coalition” and note: “Emergency Shelter Pilot Fund.”
Knox County Homeless Coalition (EIN 46-3136785) is acting as Fiscal Sponsor for this community-led effort, and will provide tax acknowledgement letters to donors.
QUESTIONS OR SUGGESTIONS?
Contact Jeanne Denny at 207-230-8227 or email@example.com
The Community Emergency Shelter Committee members include local clergy, community leaders, and staff from the Knox County Homeless Coalition (KCHC).