"We must realize the truth of ourselves. . .We are one human family. One part of the other. My old workhorse Teddy and the fancy registered horse visiting us had no trouble eating out of the same dish. We must discover the same." -Lucy Poulin
"Serving first those who suffer most."
WHAT IS H.O.M.E.?
H.O.M.E. Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to keeping and enhancing the quality of life for low-income and homeless families. Through services, stewardship of resources, and shared responsibility, we aim to bring forth new possibilities for food, jobs, shelter, low-income housing, education, and self-sufficiency.
H.O.M.E. is the primary resource in the area providing assistance with basic needs of food and shelter, overseeing the only shelters in our area that rather than put people back to the street each day, provides opportunities for individuals to work or provide service to the wellbeing of others. H.O.M.E. staff and volunteers seek to provide a nurturing community where formerly homeless residents, current homeless shelter residents and low income residents in our area, are engaged in all levels of program administration. Everyone has a seat at the table.
History of H.O.M.E.:
H.O.M.E. Inc. was founded in 1970. In the beginning, handcraft studios were created as a means for low-income families in rural Hancock County to earn extra income through hard Maine winters. Community members produced items from home to sell at the craft store which is located on H.O.M.E.’s 23-acre site in Orland. As one of its first efforts toward addressing homelessness in our area, H.O.M.E. opened the county’s first overnight shelter in 1979, and its first transitional housing unit in 1996. Now, more than 47 years later, our shelters and transitional houses provide 55 emergency shelter spaces on any given night as well as 18 units of transitional housing.
Over the years, needs of local citizens have led to programs of service tailored to respond in positive and effective outcomes, i.e. shelters for the homeless, affordable daycare, organic gardens, a craft coop for home-based industries such as weaving, stained glass, pottery, sewing and creative arts, a food pantry and soup kitchen, plus programs to support a house construction and repair effort that has built 53 homes for low-income families.
All programs are organized and equipped through a dedicated corps of volunteers and staff, who have lived experience of poverty and in many cases have experienced homelessness.
Ways to help:
Visit or volunteer
Order a balsam Christmas wreath
Buy a craft from our gift store (Our gift store is open M-F and Sat 10-4)
WHAT IS EMMAUS AND HOW IS HOME INVOLVED?
H.O.M.E. is a member of the world Emmaus Movement, started in France in 1949 by Abbe Pierre, a Franciscan priest. Emmaus International is made up of 350 member organizations in 37 countries across Africa, the Americas, Asia and Europe. These organizations run income-generating activities at local level with people who have experienced social exclusion to access their fundamental rights and, through their collective action, demonstrate there are credible alternatives to injustice.
H.O.M.E. is perhaps unique in the way it meets the needs of people in a region where people have been pushed off the land and employment is for the most part seasonal and poorly paid.
The FOUR principles of Emmaus are:
Help those in need
Help people help themselves
Help communities, not just individuals
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PO BOX 10
ORLAND, ME 04472
FAX: (207) 469.1023