Families First Community Center receives $12,500 in grants

ELLSWORTH — Families First Community Center has announced that it has recently received four grants totaling $12,500.

The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Castine once again awarded the organization $5,000 from the Deborah Pulliam Social Justice Fund.

The Maine Community Foundation awarded the group $500 from an anonymous donor.

These gifts may be used at Families First’s discretion to assist the not-for-profit organization with its goal to provide transitional housing for six homeless families with minor children.

Families First Community Center is currently renovating an old farmhouse at 41 North St. A large new addition under construction includes generous space for a classroom where life skills classes will be offered and a child learning center for resident and nonresident children.

Two organizations are helping the organization to meet the increased costs required by stringent fire safety codes in the child learning center. The Parish of St. Mary and St. Jude has given $5,000 from the Stroud Fund, and Bangor Savings Bank recently made a check presentation of $2,000 for that purpose.

“We are very grateful for the ongoing generosity of these foundations,” said Terri Ouellette, Families First Community Center’s president. “We see these gifts from previous donors as full confidence for our mission to break the cycle of multi-generational poverty.”

Volunteers to help in the renovation process are still needed.

For more information or to volunteer, call 460-3711 or email [email protected].

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