Women’s shelter seeks donations to make matching grant possible

Posted March 06, 2013, at 8:21 a.m.

BANGOR — A year ago, on Jan 3, 2012, Manna Ministries opened Ann’s House in a wing at Manna at 629 Main St. To ready the shelter for occupants, Ann’s House Program Director Sherry Molcan and a group of Husson students refurbished the wing with four new bedrooms, a modern kitchen and a laundry room. New beds and cribs..

Ann’s House provides a safe, secure environment for mothers and their children. Manna offers residents counseling and case management services at its on-site outpatient clinic. The school bus comes to the front door to pick up school age children each day.

Mothers and their children may stay at Ann’s House until they have found permanent housing.

Molcan said that staff has seen trauma on the faces of many of the children and the moms when they first walk into Ann’s House, but after a few weeks of feeling secure and talking to counselors, the children start to laugh and play and the moms start working on a future. Molcan said she works with the mothers to help them go back to school or to find a job, to help them aim for personal autonomy.

To date, Ann’s House has served 29 mothers and 38 children, including newborns at a cost of $2,100 per week for staff, utilities, food and baby items.

Ann’s House receives no state or city funding. A local foundation has offered Ann’s House a $60,000 grant, if it can be matched by the end of March. The grant will allow a continuation of services and expansion of parenting classes.

To donate funds toward the matching grant or for information, call Manna Executive Director Bill Rae at 990-2870 or go to www.mannamaine.org.

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