Emmaus Shelter needs your help

Dear Editor:

The Emmaus Homeless Shelter is having a county-wide month-long fundraiser. As the seasons change and the days become darker and colder those who find it hard to make ends meet struggle more. The shelter gets an average of 18 calls a day from people looking for assistance for housing, heat, electric bills clothing and food. The more donations we get the better we are able to serve our community and those who suffer most.

The Emmaus Homeless Shelter isn’t just a shelter. We have the Clothing Closet, which helps those in our shelter as well as in the community get the items that they need. The Clothing Closet helps with day-to-day clothing as well as prom dresses and winter jackets. We also have furniture, linens and housewares. These items are used to help set up our residents as they transition out of the shelter into their own place and items are also available to members of the community when available.

We are also an emergency food pantry. Those who need a food box should call ahead 24 hours before pick-up. On Thursday and Saturday mornings, at 8:30 sharp, we have what is called produce days, which is not just produce but many items like meat, cheese, bread, sweets and fruits and veggies. The items are different every week. Members of the community are welcome and can take all that they can use. Just bring bags to carry your items home.

The holidays are a very busy and demanding time at the shelter. We have Thanksgiving and Christmas food boxes so that every family can enjoy a wonderful meal with all the fixings. We also have our Christmas for Kids Program where we provide multiple gifts for each child so that all children can have an exciting Christmas morning.

We are a 501c (3) nonprofit organization under HOME Inc. We depend on the generosity and support of the business and people in the in the community. According to the United States Census, there are approximately 54,419 people in Hancock County. If each person could donate 10 cents we could raise nearly $5,500, which is our goal. We know not everyone can afford 10 cents, so we of course will accept any amount. We are working with Bangor Savings back and monetary donations can be dropped off at any of their locations, which are in Castine, Bucksport and Ellsworth. Ellsworth also has a coin counter. We also have change containers at Sylvia’s Café, Governor’s, Friends and Family Market and Pat’s Pizza in Ellsworth. Tideway Market in Hancock and Jordan’s Restaurant in Bar Harbor are also places to drop off change. We will also be accepting change right at the Emmaus Homeless Shelter.

Stacey Herrick

Housing Navigator

Emmaus Shelter


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