The Good Samaritan Agency is pleased to announce a $9,000 grant from the TJX Foundation to support their Teen Parent Education program (TPE). The program is individualized, alternative education program in which pregnant and parenting teenagers can earn their high school diploma. Students take traditional high school courses, as well as, classes that emphasize parenting skills and other practical life skills that help them to become more self-sufficient. Students come to the program from throughout the Bangor area. Curriculum oversight is provided by the Bangor Adult Education Program. The program depends on tuition from sending schools and the Bangor School Departments, as well as funding through United Way grants. In the last 5 years, 68% of the TPE graduates have gone on to further education, either to a 4-year college, technical school or have become employed.
The agency also operates a childcare center, which is licensed by the State to serve up to 49 children aged 6 weeks to 5 years. Priority for childcare is given to students in the Teen Parent Program, then to former students and low income families, but daycare is also available for the general public. Other services to children and their families include adoption, counseling, and advocacy to secure needed housing, transportation and medical resources. The agency will provide home based services when necessary and all services to single parents are free of charge.
Good Samaritan Agency was founded in 1902 by volunteers in the Bangor area to serve single pregnant women in need. Today, the mission of the agency remains much the same as it was 110 years ago, “to help individuals with have special needs concerning pregnancy and parenting to gain the services and support they need to improve the quality of their lives.”