BANGOR, Maine — Most of us take for granted that we have a place to brush our teeth, somewhere to lie down and sleep safely at night, a table where we can eat a hot meal and the wherewithal to provide ourselves with health care. But those dealing with homelessness can’t count on any of those. Hope House Homeless Shelter, which operates under the auspices of Penobscot Community Health Care, has for many years stepped into that divide. The shelter will hold its second annual Auction for Hope, both silent and live, 5-7 p.m. Thursday, April 26, at Hollywood Casino.
Auction organizers are seeking sponsors for the event and pointed out that $1,000 will feed 418 people or buy 100 blankets; $500 will provide 50 people with gloves, hats and warm socks; $200 will purchase milk for two weeks; $100 will supply soap and hygiene products for two weeks and $50 will buy enough cereal for one week.
Last year the auction raised $10,000. This year the goal is $15,000. Hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar will be available at the event. Those who attend the auction may choose to donate personal care items such as deodorant, toothpaste, soap, razors and shampoo that will be given to those seeking shelter at Hope House. The auction, organizers said, plays an important part in the facility’s ability to continue to serve the needs of the Bangor area homeless population.
Hope House, equipped with 69 beds, provides 10,000 bed nights for homeless men and women. The average guest, according to a press release, often has an addiction or long-term mental illness and no support network. The average age of those who rely on the shelter is 41.
In addition to providing a safe place to sleep and meals, the shelter also provides medical services.
For information about sponsorship, contact Mary-Anne Saxl at firstname.lastname@example.org or 992-9200 ext. 403.