New Hope Women's Shelter
The Hope Church Shelter was open in the winter of 2010 in Solon, Maine within the New Hope Free Evangelical Church with the purpose of providing shelter to the rural homeless women and children living in Somerset county. Somerset county is the second poorest county in Maine with a median income of only $30,731 and an unemployment rate of 18% . In Somerset county, as with the rest of Maine, homelessness is difficult at best in the summer and potentially terminal in the winter.
When most of our ladies come to us they are struggling with more then homelessness. They are battling addictions, cancer, escaping abuse or merely have fallen through the cracks in the system. The staff here have been blessed to be in front row seats, watching God do his work in these lady's lives, watching God at work in the women developing hope for the future and confidence as they find their true identities as beautiful woman of God. Over 200 women have come to know Christ here at the shelter and nearly 75 baptized. We have been blessed to see many of the women continuing to attend church and Bible Studies even after leaving the shelter.
We believe the success here at New Hope Shelter is due entirely to the exposure the women have to the Word and love of God . On arrival, each lady signs a contract committing to attend devotions every morning, Bible study every evening and to attend all church services. Because of this contract the shelter is not eligible for federal funding. New Hope Shelter is run entirely on donations and staffed mostly by volunteers meeting the needs of over 500 woman and children since opening.
Below is our needs list:
Personal Products: Shaving Gel, Shampoo, Conditioner, Body Wash, Toothpaste, Tampons,
Towels, New Pillows, New or nearly new sheets (twin size)
WalMart gift cards -(to supply new underclothing to a few women who arrive with nothing)
Small reading lights (to clamp on books)
AA, AAA, and C Batteries
Over the counter meds: pain relievers, cold medicine, rolaids, cough drops
Donations designated for purpose of helping women attain their birth certificates (I think they are $15 in this area) The women are required to have these documents in order to get their housing & medical needs met.
Paper products: paper towels, toilet paper, napkins, trash bags (13 gallon & 35+ gallon), plastic wrap, foil, paper plates, bowls, and cups
Cleaning products: laundry soap (high efficiency detergent), dish soap, bleach, liquid hand soap, dishwasher tabs
Please no strongly scented lotions or perfumes as we have some with asthma and it greatly affects them!
Please send any financial donations to:
New Hope Shelter
PO Box 209
Solon, Maine, 04979
Make all checks payable to: New Hope Shelter
Or Call for questions: 207-643-6015