Above: Our current home in the north wing of the
New Hope E Free Church
Below: the new facility behind the current shelter
which is nearing completion. The tentative
move-in date is late summer, 2014.
This is one of 2 shelters in Somerset County which is the second poorest county in Maine with 14.9% living below the poverty line, according to the US Census Bureau. The worse the economy is, the greater the need for housing. In these tough economic times, more
and more people are finding themselves homeless.
There are many reasons women become homeless. Some of those reasons are:
Lack of a solid family structure
Developmental Disability or Mental Illness
Unemployment or Under-employment
It is our mission to take care of homeless women and their young children. The Bible says in James 1:27 that this is “pure and undefiled religion."
HISTORY OF THE WOMEN’S SHELTER
A desire to provide a place where women can regain their lives amidst a loving Christ centered atmosphere was our goal in starting the shelter. Many women in Somerset County were seeking shelter but there were none available. On January 28, 2010 the New Hope Shelter opened. In the first 4 1/2 years of operations, we have provided a place for over 400 women and children.
The shelter is currently in the north wing of the New Hope Church while we are in the final stages of building a new secure shelter for the women that will be able to house 28 women and children and at the same time meet the code requirements of the fire marshal.
Jesus teaches that there is hope for everyone! New Hope teaches the same principles, through our Christian program.
Our schedule includes:
Devotions daily at 8 AM
Classes and Groups most days at 10 AM. These include:
Monday- Parenting Class
Tuesday- Celebrate Recovery
Wednesday-Groups that includes the following topics: conflict resolution, depression, domestic violence prevention, money management, and more
Thursday- Boundaries Group
Friday- Nutrition and Healthy Cooking
6:30 pm Daily Bible Study
The women and children are not required to leave during the day and they are given support and guidance through our caring staff and volunteers. We have several mature Christian women from the area who come in and supervise, teach, mentor, and sometimes just lend a listening ear. Most of the volunteers and staff are women who have gone through some of the same struggles as many of the residents, in their own pasts, and are now able to testify as to the healing power of Christ in their lives.
We are happy to provide case managers who are available 4 days each week to help navigate the different goal areas the women are working on. Those goals include: medical, social, education, and employment as well as housing. These Christian case managers are able to work with the women for a short while after they leave the shelter. We are also so very excited to have a Christian counselor who does individual sessions in addition to the groups she facilitates . God always provides just what we need!
The shelter requires residents to sign a contract when they enter. This contract prohibits the use of drugs or alcohol, requires residents to attend all of the various meetings and Bible studies and take part in household chores. All medications are kept locked up and dispensed under supervision of staff members. Because of our spiritual requirements, the operational expenses of the shelter are provided by churches, businesses, and caring individuals. Thank you to all who have had a part in the continued support of the New Hope Shelter!
For I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’
“Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’
“And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me."
If you make a donation, please specify if it
is for the New Shelter Building, or for the general operating expenses of the shelter!
New Hope Women's Shelter
Links to other ministries:
Trinity Men's Shelter and Trinity Family Shelter
located at a sister church in Skowhegan, Maine.
Franklin County Family Shelter
located at Living Waters Church in Farmington, Maine.The Mansion Ministry
- A church specifically begun for formerly incarcerated people located near Bangor, Maine.Shepherd's Godparent Home
- A Christian home for pregnant women and their babies after birth. Their is a transitional home also provided for up to an additional year called "Nikki's Hope"The King's Daughters Home
- A Christian home that provides a safe living environment for single young women who are in college or working.First Choice Pregnancy Center
- Christian pregnancy resource center for expectant moms or dads.Manna Ministries
- This Bangor ministry provides shelter, counseling, a Christian recovery program, and a food pantry.Welcome to Housing
- This Bangor ministry provides furniture and various household goods to anyone leaving a shelter and moving into their own home or apartment and also to families who have lost their homes to fire.Hope Revived Ministries
Hope Revived Ministries is teaching disadvantaged young women who they are in Christ. It is a healing ministry that is equipping these young women through Christ and allowing them to fulfill the purpose that God has for their lives. It will take in ladies to live in a 6 month program and will minister Biblical truths to those that have a low self esteem and other various issues. Some of these issues are self-harm, depression, eating disorders and other types of abuse.
Our FIRST $5,000 matching gift challenge toward completing the new building was matched...and that SAME person issued yet another challenge. All monetary gifts up to $5,000 will be matched. This is a fall challenge that needs to be completed by December 1st!!!