Bangor homeless shelter grateful for support

Posted Feb. 06, 2009, at 6:51 p.m.

Everyone associated with the Bangor Area Homeless Shelter “wants all to know” that the support it continues to receive from the community “is precious and sincerely appreciated,” wrote executive director Dennis Marble.

Although shelter staff and volunteers work every day “in ways that are clear for all to see, it is the broader community that allows those actions to occur,” Marble said.

“We are able to operate 24 hours, every day, because of a ton of local support,” including many of those volunteers “who provide more than 30,000 meals, every year, on a food budget of less than $500,” he wrote.

St. Joseph Hospital in Bangor provides free laundering “for all of the guests’ linens and towels,” and “many professional services” are provided at “free or reduced rates” along with “thousands of donated items … in a range of categories and purposes,” he added.

But what Marble believes is most significant is the “private funding” the shelter continues to receive.

With state and federal homeless funding “less than 27 percent of our annual costs, we deeply rely on our neighbors to keep us going and provide the support and supervision our guests and visitors need.”

Especially, this past year, when we are all experiencing such economic difficulties, Marble wrote with deep gratitude that “a team of individuals, churches, businesses, service clubs, the United Way of Eastern Maine and private foundations has, again, come through, in heroic fashion, and allowed us to keep going.”

The BAHS board and staff extend their sincerest “thank you” to everyone who supports this organization.

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The nondenominational choir Voices for Peace will perform at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 8, at Holden United Church of Christ on Church Road, reports Audrey Swanton.

The concert is free, but donations are welcome.

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Janelle Wuoristo reports Maine Kids-Kin, a program of Families and Children Together, or FACT, of Bangor will present a Mainely Music Chorus Barbershop Concert at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 8, at Congregation Beth El, 183 French St., Bangor.

Tickets are $10 or $30 for a family and are available at The Briar Patch, 27 Central St., Bangor, and at the door the day of the concert.

Maine Kids-Kin assists extended family members caring for relatives’ children, and proceeds from this event, and an accompanying bake sale, will help support its Emergency Fund.

To learn more about this program, call 866-298-0869 or 941-2347 or visit www.mainekids-kin.org.

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Michele Hall conducts, and Amy Maier accompanies, members of the Bangor Area Children’s Choir as it presents its first performance of the season at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 8, at Columbia Street Baptist Church in Bangor.

The featured guest artists will be the Bangor Symphony Youth Orchestra, conducted by Rebecca Edmonson.

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Jean Carville and Trudy Tremblay invite you to enjoy a hot turkey supper at 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 9, at Church of Universal Fellowship, 82 Main St., Orono.

Admission is $7 for adults, $3.50 for children under 12 and a minimum of $21 for a family.

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President Lori Wingo and members of our historic Bangor Band invite you to join in celebrating the commemoration of “the exact date that the band gave its first concert,” 150 years ago, at the old Norumbega Hall in Bangor.

Cole Land Transportation Museum is sponsoring this special celebration at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 9, at Penobscot Theatre on Main Street, also known as the Bangor Opera House.

Admission is free, but donations will be gratefully accepted.

In keeping with its attempt “to uphold the strong historical traditions” of the band, “the cornet that the City of Bangor” gave to the 1800s cornetist-composer R.B. Hall will be displayed at this concert.

Hall, who was considered one of the finest cornetist-composers of his era, was given the unusual instrument “in recognition of the role he played in revitalizing interest in the band,” Wingo wrote.

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Training begins Monday, Feb. 9, for anyone interested in becoming a volunteer facilitator for Pathfinders: Support for Grieving Children.

The spring session is March 9 through May 18 at Redeemer Lutheran Church on Essex Street in Bangor.

Now in its 15th year, Pathfinders offers a 10-week session of grief support for children, their families or caregivers experiencing the death of a loved one.

If you are interested in being trained to assist grieving children and their adult caregivers, call Linda Boyle at 973-8269.

Joni Averill, Bangor Daily News, P.O. Box 1329, Bangor 04402; javerill@bangordailynews.net; 990-8288.

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