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 June, 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
Jesus had a lot to say on the subject of taking care of the poor and homeless.
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 years of operation, we have provided a place for over 300 women and children.
The shelter is currently in the north wing of the New Hope Church while we are in the beginning stages of building a new secure shelter for the women that will be able to house 30 women 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:
Tuesday- Group that includes the following topics, conflict resolution, depression, domestic violence prevention, money management, and many more!
Thursday- Christian 12 step program using Celebrate Recovery Materials.
Friday- Job Readiness
6:30 pm Daily Bible Study
Unlike state funded traditional shelters, the women and children are not required to leave during the day and they are given 24 hour 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 here in the building 3 days each week to help navigate the different goal areas the women are working on. Those goals include: medical, social, education, and employment. 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 is doing her internship with us throughout the next several months. 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 take part in household chores. All medications are kept locked up and dispensed under supervision of staff members. Because of the contract, the shelter is not able to get any state or government grants or funding that are usually given to shelters. Because of this, 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."
Many thanks to the several churches,
organizations, and individuals who made Christmas very special for the women of
the shelter and their 8 children. We are so grateful to have caring such
caring partners in ministry!
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.